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Stress Lowers Women’s Fertility

Women with the highest levels of self-reported stress are 13 percent less likely to conceive within a year.

Nettle Leaf Helps Inflammatory Bowel Patients

In a 12-week clinical trail, Iranian patients with inflammatory bowel disease that received a nettle leaf extract had lower markers of inflammation in the blood and a better quality of life.

Meditation Soothes Anxiety and Improves Focus

A single mindfulness meditation session reduced anxiety levels for participants in a Michigan study, evident even a week later, and breath-based meditation enhanced mental clarity in an Irish study.

Rosemary Lowers the Blues, Aids Sleep and Memory

Iranian students taking rosemary for a month saw their anxiety and depression drop and their memory and sleep improve.

Music Reduces Need for Post-Surgery Opioids

After surgery, 86 percent of patients engaged in music therapy eschewed opioids and other painkillers, compared to 26 percent in a control group.

Knitting Releases the Blues

Knitting can lower depression, slow the heart rate, reduce the likelihood of dementia and distract from chronic pain, research shows.

Acupuncture Soothes Dental Anxiety

Acupuncture can significantly ease the dizziness, nausea and breathing difficulties that can affect some dental patients.

Vitamin D Supplements Ease Irritable Bowels

People with irritable bowel syndrome tend to be low in vitamin D, but symptoms can ease with supplementation, report British researchers.

Holding Hands Reduces Pain

The brainwaves of couples tend to synchronize when they are in each other’s presence, and holding hands markedly lowers pain levels—especially if the man is empathetic.

Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors that regularly perform moderate-to-vigorous physical activity show improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities.
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