update: Pack Those Binoculars. It’s Peak Bird-Watching Season.

It’s peak bird-watching season in North America. As millions of birds in the Americas migrate to their summer homes now through May, millions of bird-watchers are taking up binoculars and cameras to spot the Sandhill cranes, Red-Shouldered hawks and thousands of other species flying above. But all year, hotels and resorts across the country have…

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Can What We Eat Affect How We Feel?

The patient, a 48-year-old real estate professional in treatment for anxiety and mild depression, revealed that he had eaten three dozen oysters over the weekend. His psychiatrist, Dr. Drew Ramsey, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, was impressed: “You’re the only person I’ve prescribed them to who came back and said he…

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Medical News Today: Musical training may improve attention

Having had several years of musical training may yield some unexpected cognitive benefits. A new study suggests that musical training may improve a person’s ability to focus and tune out distractions. Years of musical training may have some surprising cognitive benefits. The benefits of music for the human brain are numerous. Some studies have suggested…

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Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday threw out Medicaid work requirements in two states, a blow to Republican efforts to profoundly reshape a program that has provided free health insurance to the poorest Americans for more than 50 years. In twin rulings, Judge James E. Boasberg of the Federal District Court for the District…

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‘Avocado Toast’ Is Now a Paint Color

Image Natalie and Caleb Ebel, the founders of Backdrop Paint.CreditVincent Tullo for The New York Times Benjamin Moore offers consumers a choice of more than 3,500 paint colors. Sherwin-Williams, a competitor, sells a more limited but still substantial palette of 1,500 hues. To buy either brand, you generally have to visit a hardware store or…

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Digital health must be reimbursed to cope with chronic disease

Sophia Antipolis, 28 March 2019: Health systems must reimburse digital health and integrate it into routine care to cope with chronic disease. That’s the main message of a position paper from European cardiology leaders published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 Professor Enrico Caiani,…

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Sexual satisfaction among older people about more than just health

Communication and being in a happy relationship, along with health, are important for sexual satisfaction among older people, according to new research published in PLOS ONE. Sexual expression is increasingly recognised as important throughout the life course, in maintaining relationships, promoting self-esteem and contributing to health and well-being. Although health care professionals are being urged…

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Consumers view nutrition and health claims differently than regulators

During this unique study an international team of researchers led by the University of Surrey investigated whether consumers in the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands were able to differentiate between the various health and nutrition claims on food items that are required by EU regulation. Regulations, such as the Nutrition and Health…

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