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The profound effects of exercise on the brain

John Ratey is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, as well as the author of numerous article and books, including Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. In his clinical work, Dr. Ratey focuses on attentional disorders. He collaborates with institutions around the world, helping children and adults move better and with more ...

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New York Facing ‘Russian Roulette’ with Future Power Outages

New York City is facing “Russian roulette” with future power outages, the governor warned Monday in the wake of this weekend’s massive blackout that left a swath of Manhattan in the dark. “Blackouts cannot happen. They cannot happen in the city of New York and they can’t happen for no reason,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told WNYC Radio’s Brian Lehrer on ...

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Major Companies Pulling Out of China

China’s economy could be a lasting casualty of the nation’s trade war with President Donald Trump, according to a new report The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that many manufacturers are leaving China to escape the 25-percent tariffs that are currently tacked onto products coming out of China. Although much of the article was hidden behind the Journal’s paywall, it ...

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Diabetes: Some Antidepressants Reduce Death Risk

Depression and diabetes are two major causes of early death — particularly when they co-occur. Researchers have found that taking certain antidepressants may reduce mortality risk. — Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. According to the American Diabetes Association, 30.3 million people in the United States (9.4% of the population) had diabetes in 2015. The World Health ...

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How fast do we feel pain? Study overturns previous notions

New research overturns the widespread notion that humans, unlike other mammals, process pain more slowly than touch. The findings may have significant implications for the diagnosis and treatment of pain. — Pain signals may travel just as quickly as touch signals in humans, new research suggests. Until now, the scientific consensus has been that in humans, the nerve signals that ...

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How does MS affect the eyes?

Eye problems are relatively common in people with multiple sclerosis and can include blurred sight, double vision, and vision loss. Multiple sclerosis treatments can help. As with the other symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), eye symptoms can appear during a flare and then fade away over time. Treatments may help protect a person’s eyesight, slow the progress of MS, and ...

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Could targeting this heart hormone help control blood pressure?

When the hormone, which has the name atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), enters the bloodstream, it lowers blood pressure by triggering blood vessel dilation and excretion of sodium in urine. Scientists from the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet in Denmark studied the function of ANP in rats. They report their findings in a paper that features in the Journal of Biological ...

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Bahamas shark attack victim shares harrowing story of survival

An experienced diver who survived a shark attack in the Bahamas last week spoke on TODAY Monday about the harrowing moment when he realized the shark had struck him from behind. Jonathan Hernandez, a professional boat captain and fisherman from Florida, was spearfishing with friends off Abaco Island when he found himself in mortal danger from a shark bite. “I ...

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How to Stop Emotional Eating

I once knew a very heavy man (let’s call him Johnny) who ate a half dozen frankfurters whenever he felt too angry, lonely, depressed, anxious, or upset.  Unfortunately he felt this way often and believed his frankfurter feasts were necessary to “cope” with these feelings.  Johnny thoroughly enjoyed the frankfurters, but was extremely unhappy about his weight, as were his doctors.  So ...

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Dow Sets Record Not Seen in over 80 Years

The S&P 500 set a new closing record on Monday, surpassing its all-time high from last month, as investors breathe a sigh of relief and global stocks rally following the trade developments over the weekend. While stocks lost some steam after opening sharply higher, the S&P 500 (SPX) climbed 0.8% to close at 2,964 points. The index also surpassed its ...

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