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More People Are Using Antidepressants, Just to Keep Going

Consumption of antidepressants has been dramatically on the rise worldwide over the past few decades, and there are no signs of abating. The pharmaceutical industry predicts growing demands in the U.S. and globally. Antidepressants and painkillers rank among the most commonly prescribed drugs today. About 11 percent of Americans use antidepressants regularly, a 400 percent increase since the 1980s when surveys were first taken.

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Losing Weight 100 Calories at a Time

You want to lose weight, but just going on a diet does not solve the problem long-term. You made some changes here and there, but nothing seems to work out in the end. My advice is that instead of trying yet another diet program that makes sense to somebody else, you should start with where you are at this moment in your life. Ask yourself how you can lose weight effectively, supported by your lifestyle, and keep it off for good.

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Processing Messages About Processed Food

The American Society of Nutrition (ASN) recently issued a controversial position paper on processed foods. It examined the food sources of key nutrients in the prevailing American diet. The authors noted that a significant percentage of many important nutrients, including fiber, folate, calcium, and potassium, were obtained from processed foods. The basic take-away message, if there was one, was that processed foods are not all bad.

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Exercise Can Make You See the World in a Different Light

Being physically active has countless health benefits. It helps prevent weight problems and reduces the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. But according to a recent study from Canada, regular exercise can also improve how people perceive the world around them. Especially those suffering from anxiety or depression can profit from workouts or even just short brisk walks, researchers found.

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Creative People Age Better, Study Finds

Do creative and artistically inclined people have advantages over the rest of us mere mortals who can barely draw a stick figure or whistle a simple tune? There are indications that individuals who are able to use their talents also tend to fare better in other ways, including their physical and mental health, compared to others whose existence mainly consists of repetitiveness and routine. Still, scientists have never been able to prove that creativity is indeed a contributing factor to humans’ wellbeing.

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The Diet Common Denominator

What is the healthiest way to eat? That depends on whom you ask. At times, it may seem like everyone claims to know the one perfect diet for weight loss or health. But chances are these dietary advocates disagree with each other at least in some ways. So, who’s right and who’s wrong? The truth is there is no one single way to eat for good health, no one perfect diet to follow.

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