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Can You Quantify Kids’ Resilience?

Once upon a time I’d have thought that a heartbeat that remains steady and unvarying is a sign of strength. But to my surprise, cardiac consistency is the hobgoblin of weaker minds and bodies. “The stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind,” the martial artist [...]

By |2018-04-09T09:07:13+10:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Three Reasons to Get Stress Levels in Check in 2018

It’s difficult not to get stressed in our fast-paced lives. Whether you’re working overtime, battling exams, or caring for a sick relative, chronic stress has become commonplace. When we’re acutely stressed, the fight-or-flight system jumps into action, sending a surge of adrenaline through the body. This product of evolution dramatically increases our reaction speed and [...]

Grip Strength May Predict Heart Attacks And Strokes

Getty Images Grip strength may be a good predictor of the risk for cardiovascular disease. Researchers studied 139,691 people, ages 35 to 70, in 17 high-, middle- and low-income countries. They gathered data on height, weight, blood pressure, physical activity, dietary intake and other health and behavioral factors. Adjusted for age and height, [...]

Why Each of Your Neurons Is a Beautiful and Unique Snowflake

Flickr/ Credit: Ann Larie Valentine You might expect that neighboring neurons would be closely related to one another, or that entire regions would arise from the same ancestral cells. But that’s not the case. Christopher Walsh from Boston Children's Hospital has now shown that in one region, the prefrontal cortex, any given neuron [...]

A Sense of Purpose May Help Your Heart

Living your life with a strong sense of purpose may lower your risk for early death, heart attack or stroke, new research suggests. The finding is based on a broad review of past research involving more than 137,000 people in all. "Psychosocial conditions such as depression, anxiety, chronic stress and social isolation have strong associations [...]

People Conscious after ‘Death’, study says

People may still have consciousness after "death". A large-scale study involving 2060 patients from 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Austria has found that patients experience real events for up to a three-minute period after their heart has stopped beating. Dr Sam Parnia, director of resuscitation research at the State University of New York, [...]

Love, kindness & a healthy heart.

As a trained Health & Physical Education teacher I’ve always been interested in innovative training methods to enhance heart health. On Wednesday last week I learnt of scientific research that demonstrated what Buddhist monks have told us for years – that meditation is good for your heart. The West hasn’t always been keen to embrace [...]