Damage to Tiny Blood Vessels Linked to Depression in Older Adults, Study

In a recent study, experts have found another cause of depression that may affect older adults. Health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes damage the microvascular system which may lead to risk of depression in adults ageing 40 years and above. Damage to small blood vessels can also affect the eyes, the nerves, the skin and the kidneys. “Be aware that both hypertension and diabetes are enemies to your microvascular circulation,” said senior author Miranda Schram of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands.   Small blood vessels and…

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Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual hunger report highlights growing need among adults

Adults are increasingly relying on Toronto food banks more than young people, a new report has found. The Daily Bread Food Bank released its annual Who’s Hungry report on Monday, breaking down the trends behind the 905,970 visits its clients made between April 2015 and March 2016. A further 2.6 million meals were given out through meal programs, the organization said. One of the key findings: clients 45 and older now make up 35 per cent of food bank users, up from 26 per cent in 2006. Some 39 per cent…

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Older adults benefit from laughter during exercise programs

They say laughter is the best medicine, and researchers say incorporating intentional laughter into exercise programs increases their health benefit for older adults. Simulated laughter techniques added to a strength, balance and flexibility workout improved older adults’ performance in an exercise program and significantly improved their enjoyment, making it more likely they would participate in physical activity and classes more often, report researchers at Georgia State University. Laughter has physical benefits, and in many cases has an effect on the muscles used during exercise programs designed for older adults, the…

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Only 3% of UK adults feel ashamed at wasting food, poll finds

Only 3% of UK householders think there is a stigma attached to wasting food, while many try to save money by switching off lights or turning down the heating, instead of reducing food waste, according to a report. The Sainsbury’s survey of food waste habits shows that the vast majority of people fail to see the value of watching out for food waste, compared with other money-saving habits that have become second nature. According to the poll of more than 5,000 UK adults, 74% of householders actively turn lights off…

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Women and Young Adults at High Risk of Anxiety: Study

            We may live in the new age world, but it is not all that pretty a picture to paint. While communications and other facilities maybe better than what our ancestors had access to, in terms of health, we seeming to be heading for the worst. Health experts have said it time and again, and the fact still remains, that our unhealthy lifestyle habits, which we hardly retrospect, are leading to various ailments in the past years, including mental illness. A new study done by…

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