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Physical Activity Can Be A Powerful Tool Against Depression

“Using genetic data, we found evidence that higher levels of physical activity may causally reduce risk for depression.”

Depression is a very common disorder, affecting a lot of people all over the world. Treatments for depression usually involve medication, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or a combination of these approaches. But a new study suggests that there is a much easier way that can be a powerful tool against depression.

While everyone knows that regular physical activity is good for our bodies, more evidence is emerging that points to exercise as an effective way to foster healthy minds. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital used a technique called Mendelian randomization to study genetic variants and see if certain factors are associated with a higher or lower risk of disease.

The study suggests that the more we do a physical activity the more we protect ourselves from the risk of depression. The activities of the participants were measured by accelerometers, wrist-worn devices that measure movement.

Lead author Karmel Choi, PhD., said:

“Using genetic data, we found evidence that higher levels of physical activity may causally reduce risk for depression. Knowing whether an associated factor actually causes an outcome is important because we want to invest in preventive strategies that really work.”

The research is significant because depression is deemed the leading worldwide cause of disability. While there are a lot of well-known coping techniques, exercise may be the one most recommended by health care professionals.

Choi added:

“Any activity appears to be better than none; our rough calculations suggest that replacing sitting with 15 minutes of a heart-pumping activity like running, or with an hour of moderately vigorous activity, is enough to produce the average increase in accelerometer data that was linked to a lower depression risk.”

Multiple studies have already suggested that exercise can help with depression, anxiety, and stress, and that regular physical activity can serve as an effective prevention and intervention strategy for mental illness.

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“If You Use A Credit Card, You Don’t Want To Be Rich” – Mark Cuban

With a net worth of 4.1 billion dollars, Mark Cuban definitely knows what he’s talking about.

With a net worth of 4.1 billion dollars, you bet Mark Cuban definitely knows what he's talking about when it comes to money. Besides, he's known as the co-founder of Broadcast.com and as the owner of NBA's Dallas Mavericks.

So for those who want to become wealthy in life, he does have some advice - and it might be something that may be a bit hard to take for some people.

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Too Much Screen Time For Toddlers Is Linked To Poorer Development Later On

Every parent should read this!

With cell phones, tablets, and laptops, children have more ways than ever to immerse themselves in the digital world. But as a new study finds, too much time spent in front of a screen could have consequences for a child’s intellectual development.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, warns that kids with more exposure to screens could later run into problems with communication, motor skills, problem-solving, and social skills. Researchers found a direct association between screen time at ages two and three and development at three and five.

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This Company Is Allowing New Parents To Bring Their Babies To Work

“We want to practice what we preach, and normalize a reality where having children and advancing your career are not mutually exclusive.”

New parents know the struggle that comes with leaving the baby for the first time just so they can go back to work. It's a bit sad but it's really necessary and so in most cases a relative, or a nanny has to stay behind to watch over the child while the father, the mother, or both of them reports to the office.

One company, however, is changing that - much to the delight of their employees. Starting January 8 of this year, the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa officially began allowing their workers to bring their babies in the workplace every day - at least for the first 6 months.

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