Week 10 of 2010 Health Headline News
Recent health articles are proof–That an UP-Beat performance that is staged and IN-ACTed can open a cellular pharmacy that dispenses the CHEMISTRY of Health, Happiness & Success. You can bank on IT!
Happiness may be linked to reduced risk of heart disease.
Bloomberg News (2/18, Cortez) reports that “people who are naturally happy appear to have a lower risk of developing heart disease or dying from heart attacks, according to” a study published in the European Heart Journal.
The Washington Post (2/17, Huget) “The Checkup” blog reported that investigators “analyzed 10 years of data about 1,739 healthy adults who participated in the 1995 Nova Scotia Health Survey.”
The AP (2/18, Cheng) reports that the researchers “used a five-point scale to measure people’s happiness.” The investigators found that “for every point on the happiness scale, people were 22 percent less likely to have a heart problem.” The research “was paid for by the US National Institutes of Health.” Dr. Dale wonders, “isn’t this grandma-wisdom?” She’d said, “smile, ACT glad, and you’ ll be happy at heart, all day long”
Feeling younger may help older people retain cognitive abilities.
US News and World Report (3/5) reports that “if you feel old beyond your own chronological years, you are probably going to experience a lot of the downsides that we associate with aging,” but “if you are older and maintain a sense of being younger, then that gives you an edge in maintaining a lot of the abilities you prize,” according to Markus H. Schafer, co-author of a new study. During the study, researchers “compared people’s chronological age and their subjective age to determine which one has a greater influence on cognitive abilities during older adulthood.” They found that “people who felt young for their age were more likely to have greater confidence about their cognitive abilities a decade later,” and while “chronological age was important…the subjective age had a stronger effect.” Dr. WELLderly’s Quote of Sachel Paige, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?”
Placebo treatments may have actual biological effect in the body.
The AP (2/19, Cheng) reports that, according to a review published online Feb. 19 in The Lancet, “there is increasing evidence that fake treatments, or placebos, have an actual biological effect in the body.” In a “review of previous research on placebos,” researchers found that “the doctor-patient relationship, plus the expectation of recovery, may sometimes be enough to change a patient’s brain, body, and behavior.” The review’s authors specifically cited studies in which patients with Parkinson’s disease who were given a placebo still experienced a dopamine release in the brain, as well as other brain-activity changes. Dr.Dale says, ACTING an UP BEAT, Happy role releases healthful placebo chemistry.