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Archive for September 2016

How Smartphones Can Improve Your Mood

Read on to find out how your Smart phone can help your mood, why your palms are tingling and what fish we should be eating.
Osteopathy: Palm Shape May Be Risk Factor for CTS.
Investigators recently compared hand shape measurements of patients with and without carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The results showed that participants who had palms with a more square shape (palm length roughly equal to palm width) had an greater risk of being diagnosed with CTS than individuals with differing palm shapes. The authors conclude, “Hand indices that include the shape of the palm may help identify patients with greater likelihood of developing CTS for early screening and prevention.”
Current Rheumatology Reviews, August 2016 
Diet: Shopping for Fish.
Adding fish to your diet is a very healthy choice, and many health experts recommend eating fish at least twice per week. When shopping for fish, the Food and Drug Administration suggests the following: choose fish displayed on fresh ice in a case; fish should smell mild and fresh, not fishy and sour; the fish’s eyes should be clear and bulging, gills bright red, and flesh firm and shiny; avoid fish with signs of darkening or dryness at the edges; and choose shrimp of other seafood that shines and has no odor
Food and Drug Administration, August 2016 
Mental Attitude: Using Smartphones to Improve Mood.
An international study has found that smartphone-based psychotherapeutic exercises can improve one’s mood. In the study, participants were able to choose from different psychotherapeutic exercises lasting five minutes each. For example, some subjects recalled emotional experiences, while others repeated short sentences or number sequences in a contemplative manner, or played with their facial gestures. The researcher observed participants felt more alert, calmer, and uplifted after each session. Lead researcher Dr. Marion Tegethoff adds, “These findings demonstrate the viability of smartphone-based micro-interventions for improving mood in concrete, everyday situations.”
Frontiers in Psychology, July 2016 
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