How To Deal With Energy Vampires, and other Weekend Reads

Here are this weekend's reading diversions for your enlightenment. Have a splendid weekend!

S-M-A-R-T: Scrabble is good for the brain, researchers say

The research found that non-Scrabble players tend to store and collect words by their meaning. By comparison, those who had tried to memorize the Scrabble Dictionary shaved milliseconds off their time.


Deepak Chopra: Weekly Health Tip: When Heartburn Becomes A Health Problem

But if you have two or more heartburn or acid reflux episodes every week, or if the attacks interfere with your life and keep you awake at night, you should see your doctor. You may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- and it's not something you should ignore: In rare cases, GERD can be a precursor to esophageal cancer.


Overuse of Antibiotics Is Seen Behind Many Human Ills

"Overuse of antibiotics could be fueling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations," writes Martin Blaser, a professor of microbiology and chairman of the department of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center.


Kathy Kaehler: 'Jump' Into a New Routine

The improvements that people can experience when they jump over a period of time can include: an increase in muscular strength, improved posture, balance and coordination, improvement in the blood, lungs and all the internal organs, weight loss and an overall sense of well-being. Jumping on a trampoline literally sounded like the fountain of youth to me. The reason is quite simple: because it puts gravity to work for you with the least amount of muscular effort. Regular exercise of jumping up and down where you rebound can jiggle your entire metabolism.


10 Bad Habits That Weaken The Immune System

The immune system is a vital part of a person's body for fighting off outside organisms that can cause diseases and infections; it's the body's primary defense system. A weakened immune system can lead to serious health conditions, like staph infection or the flu, because the body is unable to handle the germs and bacteria you come into contact with every day. It's important to maintain a strong immune system, and one way to do that is to avoid these 10 bad habits that can weaken it:


How To Deal With Energy Vampires: 8 Simple Tips

Negative people tend to leave others around them drained, tired and lethargic. No matter what you say, they always seem to find a way to counter with a negative opinion. When they face a problem, they soak themselves in the issue rather than deal with it constructively. They adopt a self-victimizing mindset, complaining about whatever happens.


50 Ways to Waste a Life

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never get it. If you don't ask the right questions, you'll always get the wrong answers. If you don't take a step forward, you're always going to be in the same place. Life is a journey full of choices. Here are 50 wasteful choices to avoid.


12 Ways To Make Talking To Strangers Less Awkward

Let's face it, fewer moments are more awkward than trying to strike up a casual conversation with someone you don't know very well. Here are some quick tips to lighten up the situation:


Crohn's Disease Symptoms & Warning Signs: Sharp Abdominal Pain, High Fever, Blood in Stool

Crohn's disease can cause osteoporosis, which is a condition that affects bone density. People with osteoporosis experience a higher risk of developing bone fractures. Other possible conditions that result from Crohn's disease include seizures, strokes, peripheral neuropathy, headaches, and depression


Crohn's Disease Types: Jejunoileitis, Ileitis, Illeocolitis

In addition to the five types of Crohn's disease, there are 3 classifications: structuring, penetrating, and inflammatory. Stricturing diseases cause the bowel to become narrow, resulting in bowel obstructions and changes to feces. Penetrating disease damages the passageways between the bowel and skin. Inflammatory disease causes swelling.

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