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Research Spotlight: Jesse Fox, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered how you could harness the power of video games to save the planet? Wish you knew how to save your romantic life from the dangers of social media? Don’t worry – there’s a research study for that. (Seriously, from research to life, just like that). Dr. Jesse Fox, Assistant Professor in […]

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Athletes May be at Risk for Overhydration

As a new season of school sports begins and another heat wave rolls through the country, many coaches and parents will be pushing student athletes to drink more water to stay hydrated. Although well meant, this advice could have dangerous consequences when taken to the extreme. This week, the New York Times published an article […]

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Kim Kardashian Endorsement

Misleading Celebrity Drug Endorsement Causes FDA to Take Action

On Sunday night, reality television star Kim Kardashian posted a ‘corrective ad’ on Instagram in compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s warning letter that drug company Duchesnay received on behalf of her Instagram post in July. Kardashian’s original post was a part of a paid promotion for morning-sickness pill Diclegis that included a picture of her holding […]

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Wellness Wednesdays: What is ‘Wellness’?

Exploring the Idea ‘Wellness’ – the word itself conjures positive feelings of energy and youth, self-efficacy and joy.  But wellness is more than simply the ‘absence of illness’ – to me, it revolves around the pursuit of a balanced physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual life. Beyond that, however, I believe everyone has their own definition […]

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Study Finds Other Factor in Making Healthy Food Choices

A study conducted at The National Bureau of Economic Research has shown how factors, such as wealth and education — not access — are the primary drivers to selecting healthy food choices. This is important, because it’s been long thought that regions with limited access to healthy foods — also known as “food deserts”— was […]

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September is Recovery Month

Tomorrow, Sept. 1, begins National Recovery Month 2015. That’s a simple statement that cloaks a huge happening. People all over the country will be learning, acknowledging or celebrating the fact that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable folks with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live healthy, rewarding lives. This year’s […]

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Study links Spicy food to a long and healthy life

Crave for Sichuan beef and hot and sour soup? Get it! The pungent flavor not only satisfies your palate, but may also help you live a healthier life, study shows. In the seven year study, 500,000 adults age 30 to 70 in China were observed and surveyed. The result ties the regular consumption of spicy […]

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US diets take a turn to the down side

A recent UNC study shows that US consumers have been making changes in their food intake and purchasing behavior for the better since 2003. Researchers concluded that in the past decade, Americans have been eating less. Food diaries, logs of food purchases and measures of the food supply all show that daily calories have fallen […]

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Watching TV prods children to eat more

A newly published article in Journal of Consumer Psychology illustrates that “fat” cartoon characters may result in children eating more junk food. In order to address whether children exhibit behavioral priming effects from stereotype exposure, Margaret C. Campbell et al. conducted three experiments. What is behavioral priming effect? It is an implicit memory effect in […]

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Study shows women deteriorate faster than man with memory problems

Women with memory problems that may signal early Alzheimer’s descend into dementia faster than men, Duke researchers said Tuesday. In the study, 398 men and women, most in their 70s, were given standard cognitive tests along with other tests, like PET scans on average for four years, and as long as eight years.The participants all have […]

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