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Reduce your emotional clutter

Much like having a house cluttered with items you don’t really need, it’s easy for your emotions to get fouled up from random worries, mounds of irrelevant information, and even the pressure to have everything go perfectly! This pile-up can stand in your way of feeling calm, clear-headed and in control of your life. The […]

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Small changes can go far in preventing childhood obesity

In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents with obesity has more than tripled since 1970. Today, approximately one in five school-aged children (ages 6 to 19) is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and that figure doesn’t include children who are considered merely overweight and not obese. According to […]

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Alcohol addiction: How to take back control

Alcohol Awareness Month is recognized in April. Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs. It’s also common to wonder if you—or someone you care about—may be addicted to alcohol. Addiction is usually a gradual progression that starts with overuse, and then may move to dependence and addiction. These signs may indicate that you […]

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The five types of problem drinking are more common at different ages

Alcohol abuse is more complicated than simply drinking too much. There may be five separate types of problem drinkers, according to Penn State researchers, and each one may be more common at different stages of life. In a study, Penn State researchers discovered five distinct classes or “profiles” among people with alcohol use disorder, with […]

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Energy drinks associated with increased alcohol and drug abuse

Researchers in Maryland studied over 1,000 21-year-old undergraduates for up to five years and found that young people who regularly consume energy drinks, were more likely to use cocaine by age 25. The study also states that they are also more at risk of taking prescription drugs for non-medical reasons and having alcohol problems. Researchers could […]

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Working through life’s daily stress

Stress affects most Americans at one point or another. Although some people are genetically more susceptible to the stressors of daily life than others, most could benefit from learning how to lower that stress before it negatively affects their physical and mental health. Julie Radico, a psychologist and behavioral scientist at Penn State Health Milton S. […]

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