Working Out Helps You Work it Out


Going for a walk can help you settle down your overactive brain and help you see things positively, and best of all it’s free! Anxiety and depression rates are increasing in North America for a variety of legitimate reasons; however, we a little working out can bring those rates down. A very effective treatment for anxiety and depression is to use your body and workout. There’s no a growing movement in the english speaking world to get medical professionals prescribe exercise as part of a treatment plan.

“Physical activity can be an effective treatment for mental health problems,” says Ben Singh, lead author and research fellow at the University of South Australia. He thinks it works in several ways: by releasing endorphins and boosting our mood, improving sleep, reducing stress, supporting self-esteem and confidence, and making us feel accomplished and purposeful.

The findings suggest that exercise is particularly helpful in certain situations. While the type of exercise didn’t matter, people got more mental health benefits out of higher-intensity exercise. If you’re doing something that makes you breathe hard, in other words, that’s a good sign.

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Transit Hub Addiction Clinics Benefit Everyone

When social services are difficult to get to then their services are used less, it sounds obvious but in too many places social services are very difficult to get to. Car centric urban designs further exacerbate inequality by limiting mobility options, or to put it another way: cars limit freedom of access and opportunities.

In order to best help everyone in our communities we should ensure that social services are accessible and what better way than at transit hubs? Many people suffering from addiction also suffer from economic problems so ensuring that they can easily get to treatment centres can help them recover. Early research is proving that accessible treatment centres help everyone.

“What we’re finding is that there’s this significant relationship between being close to these new transit start ups … and costs, operating costs are significantly less,” said Cohen.

“The other thing that we’re finding is that there’s a relationship between equity and access to treatment.”

The research looked at addiction and mental-health clinics that were within half-a-mile, or approximately 800 metres, of a new transit route. Cohen considered that basically walking distance, and compared results with those from clinics further afield.

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Multiple Sclerosis Nerve Damage Repaired by Antihistamine

Just released research findings from the University of California San Francisco found that nerve damage in people suffering from multiple sclerosis can be repaired by an over the counter antihistamine. MS damages nerves by removing a protective sheath around nerves which typically can’t be fixed, this new research may provide new methods to help those nerves. The antihistamine isn’t 100% effective and won’t cure MS but it does help those dealing with the disease. The more this treatment is understood the more options we have to help those with MS.

Now, researchers from the University of California San Francisco have identified an over-the-counter antihistamine called clemastine that can reverse damage to the myelin sheath and, what’s more, they’ve identified a biomarker that can measure the drug’s effectiveness.

It all hinges on something called the “myelin water fraction” or MWF. Water that is trapped between the layers of myelin that wrap around nerves in the brain can’t move as freely as water that floats between brain cells. The MWF measures the ratio of myelin water to the brain tissue’s total water content and indicates myelin integrity.

The researchers examined 50 patients with MS enrolled in the ReBUILD trial, who were divided into two groups: the first received clemastine for the first three months of the study, and the second received it only in months three to five and were given a placebo to start. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they measured the MWF in the patients’ corpus callosum, the thick bundle of nerve fibers connecting the brain’s left and right sides that is dense with myelin.

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Indoor Plants That Eliminate Carcinogenics

Plants are one of the most obvious good things that there can be, and certain plants are excellent at cleaning specific chemicals out of the air. We all know that plants clean the air, but what aspects of air they clean can change from plant to plant. Researchers tried to find which plants are best at cleaning gasoline vapour out of indoor air. Gasoline contains four chemical compounds which are also found in products that use volatile organic compounds (like fire retardent on a couch); so by studying which plants work best they can create an efficient plant based purifier.

The researchers and Ambius designed a Small Live Green Wall (SLGW) using indoor plants known for their phytoremediation abilities. Phytoremediation is the proper term for using plants to clean up contaminated soil, air and water is phytoremediation.

They tested nine SLGW systems, each containing devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum), arrowhead vine (Syngonium podophyllum), and spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum). A control was prepared that contained only potting mixture and no plants. The SLGWs were placed in sealed perspex chambers, exposed to volatile organic compounds, and then analyzed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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If you’re looking for a simple list of what plants you can put inside today to start cleaning your indoor air then here you go:

  1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata): Snake plants are excellent at removing formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and toluene from the air. They are known for their ability to thrive in low light conditions and require minimal maintenance.

  2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.): Peace lilies are known for their beautiful white flowers and their ability to remove common indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. They prefer shady areas and moderate watering.

  3. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum): Golden Pothos, also known as Devil’s Ivy, is a popular choice for indoor spaces. It is effective at removing formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and carbon monoxide. It is an easy-to-care-for plant that can tolerate low light conditions.

  4. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata): Boston ferns are known for their high transpiration rates, which helps to humidify the air and remove formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. They thrive in bright, indirect light and require consistent watering.

  5. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens): Areca palms are effective at removing formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. They are also known for their ability to add moisture to the environment. Areca palms prefer bright, indirect light and regular watering.

  6. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis): Aloe vera plants not only have medicinal properties but also help in purifying the air by removing formaldehyde and benzene. They prefer bright, indirect light and minimal watering.

  7. Dracaena (Dracaena spp.): Dracaena plants come in various species like Dracaena marginata, Dracaena reflexa, and Dracaena fragrans. They can effectively remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene. Dracaenas thrive in moderate to bright indirect light conditions

Trichloroethylene Exposure Linked to Parkinson’s

Finding the source of Parkinson’s disease has been a challenge for many researchers and this year we’ve gotten a lot closer to figuring it out. There are multiple ways that one can get the neurodegenerative disease with no one factor being the deciding one. This year alone researchers have found common enzymes in people suffering from Parkinson’s and are in the process of generating faster detection methods for people so treatment can start earlier. Just this week it was revealed that a widely used chemical called trichloroethylene (TCE) has a strong association with people who have Parkinson’s- so much so that it looks like exposure to the chemical can actually cause the disease.

The report, published today in JAMA Neurology, involved examining the medical records of tens of thousands of Marine Corps and Navy veterans who trained at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from 1975 to 1985. Those exposed there to water heavily contaminated with TCE had a 70% higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease decades later compared with similar veterans who trained elsewhere. The Camp Lejeune contingent also had higher rates of symptoms such as erectile dysfunction and loss of smell that are early harbingers of Parkinson’s, which causes tremors; problems with moving, speaking, and balance; and in many cases dementia. Swallowing difficulties often lead to death from pneumonia.

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