New study connects cardiovascular exercise with improved memory

Researchers at UT Southwestern noted a 47 percent increase in blood flow to regions associated with memory.

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  • Researchers at UT Southwestern observed a stark improvement in memory after cardiovascular exercise.
  • The year-long study included 30 seniors who all had some form of memory impairment.
  • The group of seniors that only stretched for a year did not fair as well in memory tests.
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How swipe-based dating apps are impacting your mental health

Online dating has evolved, but at what cost?

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  • Some dating apps allow individuals to interact and form romantic/sexual connections before meeting face to face with the ability to "swipe" on the screen to either accept or reject another user's profile. Popular swipe-based apps include Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid.
  • Research by Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney has linked the experience of swipe-based dating apps to higher rates of psychological distress and/or depression.
  • Not all time spent on these apps is damaging, however. Up to 40 percent of current users say they previously entered a serious relationship with someone they met through one of these apps.
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Yoga may ease symptoms of depression, according to new research

According to the analysis, the more yoga sessions a person did each week, the less they struggled with depressive symptoms.

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  • Depressive disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting over 340 million people.
  • According to a new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, yoga sessions may be able to ease depressive symptoms in people with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
  • Mindfulness, meditation, and breathing control techniques are all things that have been proven effective in reducing depressive symptoms. Traditional yoga practices typically include a combination of these things and therefore may actually have more of a positive impact.
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'Power posing' also boosts confidence in children, new study shows

The study provides initial evidence that open, strong postures can improve children's mood and self-esteem.

  • Power posing grew in prominence in 2012 after social psychologist Amy Cuddy's famous TED Talk.
  • A new study found that power posing correlates with a positive boost in children's self-esteem and confidence.
  • The debate over power posing remains heated in psychological circles, but there are plenty of other ways parents and teachers can boost children's self-esteem.
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    5 things employers can do to take mental health in the workplace more seriously

    Taking preventive measures and investing in positive mental health can impact productivity, company culture, and staff turnover.

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    • The mental health crisis will have a cumulative global impact of almost $16.3 trillion between 2011 and 2030.
    • Despite the previously held stigma, organizations of today are inclining towards advocation for better mental health among the workforce.
    • Businesses can take several actionable steps to promote mental well-being in the workplace.
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