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October/November 2013

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whole living YOUR Rock Body By Elizabeth Barker (DIS)LIKE FACEBOOK? A new study determined that as Facebook users spent more time on the social media site, their levels of happiness and life satisfaction declined. The opposite result was found when it came to social interactions in real life, which caused participants' well-being to improve over time. (Unless, perhaps, you were forced to suffer through your long-lost lab partner's vast album of photos from St. Bart's, which is less of a downer when you can simply click to close.) —Tracy Chait LOSE WEIGHT, HOLD ON TO MEMORY OMEGA-3s AND ADHD Most of us know that omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish, walnuts and flaxseed oil provide a slew of health benefits. Now scientists in Oslo have reported a clear connection between omega-3 fatty acids and a decline in symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Subjects whose mothers had taken omega-3 supplements showed fewer symptoms compared to those whose mothers had not. For now the research is animal-based only, but scientists say their findings prove a biological component to ADHD, meaning there's likely to be future research into other influential dietary factors. —TC Losing excess weight might not only do your body good—it could give your memory a boost, too. A new study from Sweden's Umea University shows that trimming away excess pounds may help rev up activity in brain regions that play a key role in memory tasks. What's more, slimming down may help make it easier to retrieve episodic memories (i.e., the memory o f events that happen throughout your life). To be filed under "It's About The study included 20 overweight women whose average Time," British doctors have age was 61. For six months, nine of the women followed a released results from multiple Paleolithic-style diet (30 percent protein, 30 percent carbs, 4 0 studies that state no benefit to percent unsaturated fats) while the other 11 stuck to a diet restricting food and water that was 15 percent protein, 55 percent carbs and 30 percent for women in labor. As fats. By the end of the six-month period, the study members' if average body mass index had dropped from 32.1 to 29.2 (a ( a ice chips could give a woman number slightly below the cutoff point for obesity). enough energy Looking at brain scans taken before and after the diet, for the task at researchers found that study participants experienced a hand! One of the considerable increase in activity in brain regions involved in study's authors writes retrieving and storing memories. The women also performed that there should be significantly better in memory tests after losing weight. "no hospital policies Previous studies suggest that packing extra pounds that restrict fluids and might weaken memory by triggering inflammation. In a 2010 food in labor"—policies that study from the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, for have been in place fairly instance, scientists determined that inflammatory hormones universally since the 1940s when released by excess abdominal fat could have a negative research emerged that women impact on cognition and brain function. undergoing general anesthesia —Elizabeth Barker LET HER EAT CAKE! 14 wholelifetimesmagazine.com during caesarean sections may be at greater risk if their stomachs are full. Since then, women generally undergo a local anesthetic if a c-section is required, and anesthesia practices have also become safer. Following the analysis of more than 3,000 women, doctors found no reason to restrict food choices during labor. The study's authors proposed further investigation into how nutrition may limit pain or hasten birth. —TC

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