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The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking
Here’s a New Year’s challenge for the mind: Make this the year that you quiet all those negative thoughts swirling around your brain.
All humans have a tendency to be a bit more like Eeyore than Tigger, to ruminate more on bad experiences than positive ones. It’s an evolutionary adaptation that helps us avoid danger and react quickly in a crisis.
But constant negativity can also get in the way of happiness, add to our stress and worry level and ultimately damage our health. And some people are more prone to negative thinking than others. Thinking styles can be genetic or the result of childhood experiences, said Judith Beck, a psychologist and the president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. Children may develop negative thinking habits if they have been teased or bullied, or experienced blatant trauma or abuse. Women, overall, are also more... Read more.
Parkinson-like symptoms in welders worsen with more manganese exposure
New research involving shipyard and metal fabrication workers finds that increased exposure to the chemical element manganese in welding fumes is linked to the worsening of parkinsonism. This is a group of disorders that share some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as slow movement and stiffness.
The researchers suggest that the findings show a need for tighter control of exposure to manganese in the workplace. The study - led by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO - is published in the journal Neurology. Lead author Brad A. Racette, a neurology professor at the School, says that the welders they studied "are developing parkinsonian symptoms even though their exposure to manganese is below the current regulatory limits."
Welding is a way of joining metal components using special equipment that heats them to a high temperature until they melt and fuse. The process generates fumes containing tiny metal particles - or... Read more.
Unmotivated to exercise? Dopamine could be to blame
Perhaps you have told yourself many times that, as of next week, you will start exercising more. Perhaps next month. Maybe even next year. For many of us, however, sticking to a disciplined program of physical exercise is one of the hardest New Year's resolutions. New research offers clues as to why finding the motivation to exercise can be so difficult.
The benefits of physical activity are well known. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that regular physical activity can reduce the risk of severe illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
Exercise can also improve one's overall physical and mental health, as well as increase longevity.
If you are looking to control your weight, the advantages of exercise are numerous. Not only has physical activity been shown to reduce... Read more.
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