A new study from Australia, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggests that doing active yoga may help relieve symptoms of depression in people diagnosed with a mental health condition.
For the study, the researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 13 trials that studied how yoga influences depression symptoms. These trials included people aged over 18 who were diagnosed with a mental health disorder and were engaged in active yoga that included physical movement for at least 50% of the session duration.
Researchers from School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, write: “For further understanding of the mechanism by which yoga has an effect on mental and physical health, intervention variables, such as type of yoga, intensity, environment, instructor qualification, specific postures, cueing, philosophical focuses, mindfulness techniques, and breathing techniques, should be adequately reported.”
According to a recent study, conducted by researchers from Tufts University’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Medford, US, people who consume insufficient amounts of flavonoid-rich foods, like berries, apples, and tea, are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
For the study purposes, a team of scientists analyzed the intake of six different types of flavonoids among 2,801 people. They measured flavonoid intake with the help of dietary questionnaires which the participants had to fill out approximately every 4 years.
Researchers determined eating one apple and drinking no tea in 1 month as “low intake” of flavonoids, and eating about 7.5 cups of berries, 8 apples pears and drinking 19 cups of teas as “high intake”.
Study author Dr. Paul Jacques, a nutritional epidemiologist, says: “The risk of dementia really starts to increase over age 70, and the take-home message is when you are approaching 50 or just beyond, you should start thinking about a [more healthful] diet if you haven’t already.”
A new study, completed by psychologists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg in Germany, suggests that a dominant body posture may help kids to feel more confident in school.
For the study, the scientists included 108 children from the fourth grade that were divided into two groups. The first group had to assume two open and expansive postures for one minute each while the second group had to keep a posture when the arms folded in front and the head down.
After this, all children completed psychological tests. The test results showed that kids who assumed opens and confident postures reported better mood and higher self-esteem compared to the children from another group.
One of the authors of the study Robert Körner from the Institute of Psychology at MLU says: “Power posing is the nonverbal expression of power. It involves making very bold gestures and changes in body posture.”
A new study, performed by researchers from the University of Exeter, UK, suggests that people that have an opportunity to spend time and work in a private garden have better health and well-being compared to people without a garden.
For the study, a team of scientists took data from the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment survey, which included a representative sample of around 8,000 participants from England. The analysis of received data showed that people who both relaxed in their garden and did some gardening had improved health and well-being compared with those who did not use the space.
Project lead Dr. Rebecca Lovell says: “Gardens are a crucial way for people to access and experience the natural environment. Our new evidence highlights that gardens may have a role as a public health resource and that we need to ensure that their benefit is available equally.”
A new study from the Queen Mary University of London, UK, suggests that children who have long-term health conditions in childhood are at higher risk to develop a mental illness in early adolescence compared to healthy children.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed a sample of approximately 7000 children to investigate the occurrence of mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression, as well as a chronic illness.
Study author Dr. Ann Mary Brady says: “Chronic illness disrupts children’s normal lives, and this can affect their development and wellbeing. Even children with asthma, a generally treatable and less debilitating chronic condition, had higher rates of mental illness than the healthy children in our study. If children with chronic conditions are more likely to miss school, or experience bullying, that can make the situation worse. Keeping an eye on school attendance and looking out for evidence of bullying amongst children with chronic illness may help to identify those who are most at risk.”
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