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Month: March 2014

Walk While You Work

Treadmill Desks Help Offset a Sedentary Lifestyle Treadmill desks, also known as treadmill workstations, are devices that allow an individual to exercise while still performing office tasks typically accomplished while seated at a traditional desk. In a study published in February 2014 in the journal PLOS One, researchers from four U.S. institutions assessed the effectiveness …

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Right Step Opens ‘Women Only’ Substance Abuse, Intimacy Disorders Program in Dallas/Ft. Worth

The newly released film “Nymphomaniac” speaks to an underserved female treatment population that can now find healing at a brand new women’s treatment program at Right Step in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. Opening this week, Right Step DFW’s innovative Substance Abuse and Intimacy Disorders (SAID) program for women addresses the emotional challenges that underlie addiction, specifically …

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Long Arm of PTSD Haunts Children of Vets

Her father’s despair seeped into every waking moment, poisoning the family. By age 5, Christal Presley routinely barricaded her dresser against her bedroom door. He could go from fetal position to fury. “I’m going to the river, and I won’t be back!” he would yell, grabbing a gun. “For the first two years of that, …

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What Are the Signs of PTSD?

As with Veterans Day, military milestones tend to spur stories about post-traumatic stress disorder, and the March 16 anniversary of the Iraq War is the latest. PTSD became an official diagnosis in 1980 and was drawn from the study of veterans suffering from trauma and extreme anxiety. Symptoms include: –Reliving the trauma through intrusive thoughts or …

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The Dark Side of March Madness No One Talks About

Gambling expert says betting on the NCAA basketball tournament leads some, particularly college students, down the road to addiction. Still bragging about your NCAA bracket picks?  When you and millions of others this month descended into the yearly spring rite of college basketball known as March Madness, wherein you bet $5 or $10 in a tournament pool – you hardly thought it …

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Smoking Long or Ultralong Cigarettes Magnifies Lung Cancer Risk

Long and ultra-long cigarettes have a noticeably longer and thinner profile than standard cigarettes. Tobacco product manufacturers apparently market these cigarettes to appeal to women and enhance the perceived safety of smoking; however, use of long and ultra-long cigarettes may actually increase a person’s cancer-related risks. In a study published in March 2014 in the …

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Binge Drinking Harmful to Older Adults, May Be Hidden by Weekly Average

Binge drinking, also known as episodic heavy drinking, is a form of alcohol intake characterized by consuming enough alcohol to rapidly reach a legally intoxicated state. While the practice is commonly associated with young adults, it also occurs with some regularity among older adults. In a study scheduled for publication in May 2014 in the …

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