National Birth Defects Prevention Month: Folic acid deficiency can cause congenital defects

National Birth Defects Prevention Month: Folic acid deficiency can cause congenital defects

Birth defects can have an adverse effect on the physical and emotional well-being of not only the child but also the family, especially the mother. From the moment one conceives, throughout the nine months of pregnancy, motherhood in its myriads of hues can be a wonderful experience, full of hopes and joy. Consequently, finally giving birth to a baby with birth defects can be quite challenging, and take a heavy toll on a woman’s mental health and well-being.

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One-fourth fatal police encounters involve mentally ill, says report

One-fourth fatal police encounters involve mentally ill, says report

About one in every four fatal police encounters involves someone with a mental illness, a new study by the Treatment Advocacy Center, which focuses on the needs of people with serious mental disorders, says. The report, released in December 2016, notes that as compared to others, people with mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by the police. Read more

7 tips to fight stress and lead a happy life

7 tips to fight stress and lead a happy life

Everyone goes through a low phase in life, when nothing seems to be working out and life appears to be engulfed by fear and uncertainty. But when this frustration or fear lasts for a prolonged period, it could be a sign of a stress-related disorder. Many people use self-help techniques to control bouts of emotional upheavals, but there are many others who do not know the way out and continue to experience debilitating symptoms of stress which can have a negative impact on their mind and body. Read more

How therapy dogs promote healthy aging

How therapy dogs promote healthy aging

September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual celebration that provides older adults with tips on how to be healthier and happier.

Service dogs, with their small vests and compassionate eyes, have helped countless individuals with disabilities ranging from blindness, epilepsy and anxiety. Recently, a new role for these comforting canines has emerged: helping individuals with dementia. Read more

5 super foods that promote healthy aging

5 super foods that promote healthy aging

September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual celebration that provides older adults with tips on how to be healthier and happier.

“You are what you eat.” Although this idiom is not strictly true – people who eat a lot of chicken aren’t actually chickens, for instance – the things people eat can provide direct benefits to their future selves. Here are only a few examples of foods that help people age with grace.

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