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Socializing may be an important sleep aid
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Eat fiber. Cut down on salt. Stay active. Oh, and get plenty of sleep. Of all the things people are supposed to do as they age, that last item might be the most important. Sleep is important for everybody. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says sleep affects mental, physical and emotional health, all […]

The link between marijuana and psychosis
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Cannabis is largely regarded as a harmless drug. Side effects are thought to be limited to possible weight gain from the munchies, irritated eyes, some paranoia and the tendency to find everything amazing. However, research indicates that there is a darker side to marijuana, and its name is psychosis. It’s just a predisposition Scientists have […]

Dual diagnosis in seniors: a perfect storm
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 44 million people in the U.S. who are 65 and older. The total U.S. population in 2014 was 318.9 million. In 2015, U.S. pharmacies filled over 4 billion retail prescription drugs. The elderly consume one-quarter of prescription drugs sold in the U.S. Doing the math, this […]

Can older adults drink safely?
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Older adults deserve to enjoy themselves. Many have worked hard for their whole lives, raised families, and have saved for retirement. A few drinks might help ease the tension in social settings and might help make new friendships. Some may even no longer drive or are wise enough not to drink and drive. So what […]

Silence is good for the brain
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Guess what Finland is marketing to its visitors to promote tourism. It’s offering something we barely find anywhere in today’s fast-paced world. Finland’s selling point: Silence. Dr. Leo Chalupa, vice president for research and professor of pharmacology and physiology at George Washington University, said, “A national day of absolute solitude would do more to improve […]

Alcohol Awareness Month: Special populations at risk of alcohol addiction
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Understanding knowledge, wisdom and insight can be life-changing. “Knowledge is measuring that a desert path is 12.4 miles long. Wisdom is packing enough water for the hike. Insight is building a lemonade stand at mile 6.” –Author unknown April is Alcohol Awareness month. The following are helpful statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse […]

The dangers of smoking vaporized alcohol
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As reported in a previous article on the subject, recent research shows about 90 percent of alcoholics smoke cigarettes, and around 70 percent of alcoholics are very heavy smokers. Smoking dependency fuels compulsive alcohol consumption and together, activate a third reward spot in the brain, creating something of its own gravitational pull so-to-speak. Smoking and […]

Gut bacteria worsens alcoholic liver disease
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Chronic, excessive alcohol intake prevents the production of natural antibiotics in the intestinal wall. Gut bacteria overgrow and spread into the blood, where they are circulated to the liver to be broken down. This excess of bacteria appears to cause liver damage. One of the primary functions of the liver is to break down and […]

Yoga has a role in recovery, but more research needed
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Yoga, a form of mind and body exercise with roots in Indian philosophy, has been used for centuries for physical, mental and spiritual means. It’s also increasingly being used in addiction recovery. Why yoga and treatment? Firstly, yoga’s simply good exercise, which is a strong tool in recovery by itself. The American Osteopathic Association lists […]

Spring cleaning for the mind
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Even though Floridians enjoy spring-like weather year-round, springtime still brings a sense of renewal. If you are not feeling the sense of renewal, doing some real spring cleaning should help. (Don’t forget the spring safety checklist.) If the spring cleaning doesn’t work, perhaps it is the mind that needs a little tidying up. The Internet […]

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