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Louise Smith: After mindfulness freed her from antidepressants – meet the woman taking it into schools

“But something really stuck, because when I left the surgery I Googled mindfulness – at that time it wasn’t really talked about. There was all this stuff about how mindfulness is better for avoiding relapse, which is what I was struggling with, and for relieving insomnia which really sold it to me.” That was five…
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Black Vegan Diaries’ Nivea Mullings Shares How Veganism Helped Her Cramps

My periods have always been terrible—starting with my first one at age 12. I’d experience overwhelming fatigue, bloating, and irritability. And worst of all were the cramps. It felt like someone was dragging a hot knife into my abdomen. I couldn’t believe that what I was experiencing was a normal part of “becoming a woman.”…
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Women who give birth in winter at greater risk of PND

The study, published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine, found that over a third (35%) of mums-to-be who saw their final trimester fall between August and November suffered depression, compared to around a quarter (26%) of women who had summer babies. Data collected included the amount of daylight women experienced during the final trimester of…
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Venezuela devalues currency and raises minimum wage by 3,000%

Venezuela moved to shore up its crumbling economy on Monday, devaluing its currency and preparing to raise the minimum wage by more than 3,000% in what the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, declared a visionary bid to tame rampant hyperinflation. More than 500,000 Venezuelans have fled overseas this year amid chronic shortages of food and medicine,…
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Examining the Prevalence and Assessment of Mental Health Disorders in Chronic Pain

Examining the Prevalence and Assessment of Mental Health Disorders in Chronic Pain It is essential that treatments for mental health disorders be included in chronic pain management therapies, noted Dr Cosio. The following article is part of conference coverage from the PAINWeek 2018 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinical Pain Advisor’s staff will be reporting…
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Gettin’ Up There: Love in the age of bunions – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

By Diana Sevanian Signal Staff Writer I have the greatest admiration, respect, and maybe just a smidgen of benign envy, for couples that have been together F-O-R-E-V-E-R. I’m talking about the twosomes that got it right the first time out of the gate. They intentionally stayed put in their original marriages/partnerships through all the ups,…
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A young psychiatrist grapples with involuntary hospitalization of his patients

I step out of the patient’s room and nod to the security officer in the emergency department. “Danger to self,” I say. The security officer nods back and speaks into a radio, “Patient placed on a 5150 by psychiatry.” I pull out a packet of legal papers and a blue-ink pen. Avoid black ink, I’ve…
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‘Still an illegal substance,’ marijuana’s federal ban complicates things for cities, towns, vendors

SPRINGFIELD — The billions of dollars in federal funding that flow into cities and towns won’t go where there’s pot. Officials with federal agencies confirmed what local job and housing providers have said, that municipalities and vendors that receive federal money jeopardize that funding if they get involved with marijuana companies. Because despite 30 states and…
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The True Grit of Four American Presidents

The True Grit of Four American Presidents LEADERSHIP In Turbulent TimesBy Doris Kearns Goodwin Illustrated. 473 pp. Simon & Schuster. $30. “The story of Theodore Roosevelt is the story of a small boy who read about great men and decided he wanted to be like them.” In her new book, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” the…
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The Link Between Chronic Pain & Mental Health Is Real, According To Experts, & Here’s How To Manage It

Many people who live with mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, and PTSD also report experiencing physical pain, according to multiple studies examining the link between chronic pain and mental health. While doctors might not be able to identify a physical reason for this kind of pain, mental health professionals agree that pain and mental health…
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