Why Do Some Kids Take Bigger Risks Than Others?

Summary: A parent’s wealth and social status can influence a child’s risk-taking behaviors. Source: Boston University Some kids are risk-takers. Others tend to play it safe. Are these differences simply based on personality, or do children’s environments help shape their willingness to take a gamble? A new study from researchers in Boston University’s Social Development … Read more

Co Armagh gyms picks up top gongs at Health and Fitness Awards – Armagh I

Maeve Madden presents Aimee Oliver from Bodyfit Mums (left) with the Innovation Award. Best Medium Sized Gym winner – Bubba’s Project Gym There were top gongs for gyms in Armagh, Newry give Portadown at the recent NI Health & Fitness Awards 2022. Bubba’s Project Gym, established by Armagh’s Bubba Ali, has scooped two big awards … Read more

Anti-Inflammatory Diets – Benefits & How to Follow

TOMATOES. EGGPLANTS. BELL peppers. What do all of these vegetables have in common? If you guessed they all caused inflammationyou’d be wrong. Sure, plenty of celebrities who claim to follow an anti-inflammatory diet avoid foods like nightshade vegetables. Tom Bradyfor example, supposedly doesn’t eat (or didn’t, at one time) tomatoes, bell peppers, or eggplants because … Read more

Surge of respiratory illnesses in children straining some hospitals’ capacity

The surge in children’s respiratory illnesses, including rhinovirus and enterovirus, is pushing pediatric emergency departments and health systems towards capacity in some parts of the country. Infectious disease experts say they are seeing a higher-than-expected rate of certain pediatric infections other than COVID-19. There is no one reason for this uptick, but factors include time … Read more

The time of day you exercise can make a difference in how effective it is

Depending on the time we exercise, different hormones, neurotransmitters, local transmitters and pheromones are produced, explains Juleen Zierath, a physiologist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. “[These] have a broad impact on health, influencing sleep, memory, exercise performance and metabolic homeostasis.” This has led Zierath, and other researchers, to wonder whether they can harness this … Read more

CSO opens new Springfield clinic to meet expanding mental health needs created by pandemic

SPRINGFIELD – COVID lockdowns left hundreds of children dealing with grief and isolation, threw a wrench into the recovery process for people facing substance abuse and left many feeling terrible without knowing why. Since the pandemic lockdowns began in March 2020, Clinical & Support Options has seen a 20% increase in the number of people … Read more

‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Could Mend a Broken Heart

Summary: Oxytocin, a hormone connected with bonding and love, could help to heal damage following a heart attack. Researchers found oxytocin stimulates stem cells from the heart’s outer layer and migrate into the middle layer where it develops into muscle cells that generate heart contractions. This could be used to promote the regeneration of heart … Read more

Exercising but still having pain? This might be why

Estimated reading time: 4-5 minutes It’s a tale as old as time: you have joint pain that just won’t go away, even though you’re doing everything right on paper. You’ve attempted exercising more, rehab and alternative therapies — even the ol’ “just give it time” method — but keep reaching a recovery plateau. The result … Read more

988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline sees 45% increase in contacts, but funding concerns remain

Since the 988 Suicides & Crisis Lifeline launched on July 16, call centers have seen a 45% increase in contacts — primarily in people texting or sending messages seeking help — compared to last year, according to new data from the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “What we’ve seen is … Read more