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The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

Meditation yields a surprising number of health benefits, including stress reduction, improved attention, better memory, and even increased creativity and feelings of compassion. But how can something as simple as focusing on a single object produce such dramatic results? Here’s what the growing body of scientific evidence is telling us about [...]

Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know

Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is essential to building strong, dense bones when you're young and to keeping them strong and healthy as you age. The information included here will help you learn all about calcium and vitamin D - the two most important nutrients for bone health. What is Calcium and What Does it Do? How Much Calcium Do You [...]

Be Mine Forever: Oxytocin May Help Build Long-Lasting Love

Be Mine Forever: Oxytocin May Help Build Long-Lasting Love

The hormone oxytocin increases empathy and communication, key to sustaining a relationship between mates Feb 12, 2013 |By Luciana Gravotta Two locks on a fence with a heart on each. Public Domain / Hans If cupid had studied neuroscience, he’d know to aim his arrows at the brain rather than the heart. Recent research suggests that [...]

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. By Mayo Clinic Staff You know that exercise does your body good, but you're too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second — there's good news when it comes to exercise and [...]

Exercise for Your Bone Health

Exercise for Your Bone Health

Vital at every age for healthy bones, exercise is important for treating and preventing osteoporosis. Not only does exercise improve your bone health, it also increases muscle strength, coordination, and balance, and it leads to better overall health. Why Exercise? The Best Bone Building Exercise Exercise Tips A Complete Osteoporosis [...]

Can meditation really slow aging?

Can meditation really slow aging?

Editor's note: CNN.com is showcasing the work of Mosaic, a new digital publication that explores the science of life. It's produced by the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation that supports research in biology, medicine and the medical humanities, with the goal of improving human and animal health. The content is produced solely by [...]

Exercise and aging: Can you walk away from Father Time?

Exercise and aging: Can you walk away from Father Time?

(This article was first printed in the December 2005 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch. For more information or to order, please go to www.health.harvard.edu/mens.) The clock ticks for all men, and with each tick comes change. For men who manage to avoid major medical problems, the changes are slow and gradual, but they do add up. Here [...]

Does Exercise Release a Chemical in the Brain?

Does Exercise Release a Chemical in the Brain?

Exercise is the best medicine for a healthy mind and body. Regular exercise will not only benefit you physically, it can provide emotional and psychological perks as well. During exercise, several different chemicals are released into the brain, with a broad range of positive effects. These chemicals are powerful mood- and mind-boosting [...]

Influence of Exercise on Serotonin

Influence of Exercise on Serotonin

According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, of the United Kingdom, exercise increases brain serotonin function in humans. A study published in Neuropsychopharmacology revealed that there are two mechanisms by which physical activity increases brain serotonin. First, motor activity increases the rate and frequency at [...]

How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs

How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs

The primary purpose of this editorial is to point out that pharmacologic strategies are not the only ones worthy of study when devising strategies to increase brain serotonin function. The effect of nonpharmacologic interventions on brain serotonin and the implications of increased serotonin for mood and behaviour need to be studied more. The [...]

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