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Effective social marketing, along with healthy recipe improve eating habits among low-income families

Food Hero, a social marketing campaign designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income families in Oregon, has been found effective to help them eat more nutritious meals through fast, tasty, affordable and healthy recipes.

The initiative, by the OSU Extension Service in 2009, includes several components, such as a website with information in both English and Spanish; Food Hero recipe taste-tasting events in schools and communities across Oregon; and a library of healthy recipes that have all been taste-tested and many approved by children.

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Sunshine is much linked to mental health

Sunshine matters a lot, even when it comes to our mental and emotional health.

According to a recent BYU study, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most for our emotional and mental health.

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Neurocognitive symptoms evident prior to onset of psychosis: Study

Along with episodes of psychosis, schizophrenia is also marked by chronic neurocognitive deficits, such as problems with memory and attention.

A multi-site cognition study led by psychologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found that these neurocognitive symptoms are evident prior to the onset of psychosis in a high-risk stage of the disorder called the prodromal phase.

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Longer working hours, work related stress is the major cause of cardiac stroke: Study

The case of young people fainting due to exhaustion is not an unknown factor in the current times in young people.

When Prateek fainted in his office, his colleagues assumed that he was exhausted with the long hours he had been putting in at office. Little did they know or were prepared for when the doctor at the hospital they had rushed Prateek to informed them that their colleague had had a stroke!

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College friendship influences an individual academically and socially

Friendships at college should not be underestimated, as they can either help or hinder students academically and socially, states a new study .

The article by Janice McCabe served as a precursor to her upcoming book, "Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academics and Social Success".

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Post blindness, brain can relearn to see

A new study investigates the brain's capability to process visual information after many years of total blindness, by studying patients affected by Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary illness of the retina that gradually leads to complete blindness.

The perceptual and brain responses of a group of patients were assessed before and after the implantation of a prosthetic implant that senses visual signals and transmits them to the brain by stimulating axons of retinal ganglion cells.

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New path shows development of treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder in children

A study says that children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience disruptions in the structure of the neural networks inside their brains.

The findings could help in the development of treatments for the disorder, researchers said.

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Physical activity doesn't improve post hip replacement surgery: Study

A new study has brought the purpose of a hip replacement into question.

The research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows that, surprisingly, patients' physical activity does not increase following hip replacement surgery.

Total hip replacement is one of the most common elective operations, with more than 620,000 procedures performed in the UK from 2003-2013. The most prevalent cause for needing surgery is osteoarthritis (93 percent).

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New programs to help patients better prepare for surgery, recuperate faster afterward

Two new Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are now helping patients better prepare for surgery and recuperate faster afterward.

ERAS programs, an important component of the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH), employ a variety of methods to ease the effects of surgery and fast track patient recovery.

Treating postoperative pain is a major aspect of ERAS and more effective pain management through combination therapy has changed the way patients are having surgery and being discharged.

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Rank in social order is linked with being healthy or not

Washington D. C. [USA], Oct. 21 : A new study says that uncertainty about one's social rank may lead to health deterioration.

In the study by University of California - Davis, center researchers showed that having an uncertain position in the rhesus social hierarchy may be harmful to the health of those at the top of the hierarchy but not necessarily for those at the bottom.

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