Showing posts from September 10, 2017

12 Ways to Help Someone With Bipolar Disorder

Take the First Step

If someone close to you has bipolar disorder, you want to help them get better. But sometimes, it’s hard to know where to start. You may feel frustrated or hurt by their behavior and don’t know what to do or say. Take a deep breath. Your loved one has a better shot at stability with your support. There are many ways you can try to be there for them.

Just Listen

You may be tempted to tell your family member or friend how to “fix” their problems. But sometimes, you need to do more listening. Your loved one may just want to be heard and doesn’t want your opinion right now. Instead, tell her that you’re there whenever she wants to talk. She may not open up all the time, but she’ll be happy to know you’re open when she needs it.

Offer Encouragement

Keep in mind that people with bipolar disorder can live full, successful lives. Let your friend know that the condition doesn’t define her. It’s not a personality flaw, and she can’t just “snap out of it.” Encourage her that she c…

This Is the Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Your Macula

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss. It’s also called age-related macular degeneration. Your macula is part of your retina -- the area in the back of your eye that turns images into signals that go to your brain. It lets you see small details clearly. When the macula starts to break down, you have trouble seeing those kinds of things. For example, you might be able to see the outline of a clock, but not make out its hands.


Early signs include blurred vision and trouble seeing color and fine details. As the disease gets worse, you lose your center vision. You may have trouble reading, driving, and making out people’s faces. You will need brighter light to do daily tasks and will find it harder to judge distances or go up and down steps. Visual hallucinations -- seeing things that aren’t really there -- are also a sign.

Who Gets It?

It affects more than 10 million Americans -- more people have it than cataracts and glaucoma combined. People over 60 a…

This Country’s Millennials are Least Likely to Drink and Drive Than Any Other Age Group


Driving safely is now cool – at least, according to this new report on Canadian millennials.

The study, which was commissioned by Beer Canada’s Partners for Safer Communities initiative, says that British Columbian citizens between 18 and 35 years old are the least likely to drink and drive.

82% of millennials above the legal drinking age have volunteered as a designated driver at least once in the last three years, compared to 67% of Canadians between the ages of 34 and 54, and just 55% of those above 55 years of age.

Additionally, millennials may catch a lot of flack for using social media, but the study also highlighted the fact that many Canadian youngsters had been using social media to plan sober transportation for a night out. They also expressed concern about having to face social media shame in the case of being caught drinking and driving.

Almost half of the participating millennials said that social media and transportation apps help keep them safe while they…

Inspirational Quote – September 16, 2017

“The older I get, the less I care about what people think of me. Therefore the older I get, the more I enjoy life.”

It’s wonderful and, trust me, it does set you free. During most of my earlier life what other people thought of me really mattered and made a difference as to how I saw myself. However, with age comes a lot of unexpected blessings, one of which, is not giving a hoot what anybody else thinks of me. I love and enjoy my life just as it is, and try to live it to the full. I also do and say what I please nowadays and if other people don’t like it or agree with me well I just don’t care, so there!

Gothenburg: The World's Most Sociable City

Gothenburg, like all cities, has its pros and cons. Despite problems with segregation and reliance on fossil fuels, Sweden's second city has a lot to offer in terms of collaboration and community, being voted the "world's most sociable city" earlier this year. The nonprofit organization Kollaborativ Ekonomi Goteborg (Collaborative Economy Gothenburg) discusses the 12 ways Gothenburg is encouraging a collaborative community, improving its environmental footprint, teaching valuable life skills, and bringing people together. From programs encouraging visitors and tourists to 'meet the locals' to libraries that loan everything from books to sewing machines, Gothenburg is a great model of what is possible when people from all walks of life work together for the common good.

Eye Cancers and Their Warning Signs

How Does It Happen?

When healthy cells in your eye change -- or mutate -- and grow too quickly in a disorganized way, they can form a mass of tissue called a tumor. If these problem cells start in your eye, it’s called intraocular cancer, or primary eye cancer. If they spread to your eye from another part of your body, it’s called secondary eye cancer.


The most common sign of eye cancer is a change in your vision. You may not be able to see well, or you might see flashes of light or spots (floaters). You also may notice a new dark spot in one eye or a change in its size or shape. But eye cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms early on, and these things can happen for many other reasons.

Uveal Melanoma

This is the most common kind of primary eye cancer. It happens when cells form a tumor in a part of your eye called the uvea. It has three parts: the colored part of your eye called the iris, the ciliary body (it makes fluid and helps you focus), and the choroid layer that supplies blo…

Can Meditation Lead to Lasting Change?

A new book reveals how long-term meditation can lead to profound improvements in our mind, brain, and body.BY JILL SUTTIE

Mindfulness meditation is everywhere these days. From the classroom to the board room, people are jumping on the mindfulness bandwagon, hoping to discover for themselves some of its promised benefits, like better focus, more harmonious relationships, and less stress. I too have started a mindfulness meditation practice and have found it to be helpful in my everyday life. But, as a science writer, I still have to wonder: Is all of the hype around mindfulness running ahead of the science? What does the research really say about mindfulness? To answer these questions, look no further than Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body, a new book by journalist Daniel Goleman and prominent neuroscientist Richard Davidson. Putting their decades of research and knowledge together, Davidson and Goleman have written a highly readable book th…

Inspirational Quote – September 15, 2017

“The best angle to approach any problem is the try-angle.”

Clever play on words don’t you think? Makes a lot of sense too. If you have a problem surely the best and most efficient way to deal with it is to actually be prepared to tackle it head on! What’s the alternative, pretend it’s not there? It won’t go away just because you’re ignoring it! In fact, in order to get your full attention, it will stand in your path and make itself as big and nasty as it can, ooo ‘er! So, don’t you think that the very sensible thing to do would be to try and make it go away while it is still small enough not to be as scary as it could be if you continue to ignore it? This is where the “try” comes in and the clue is in the word! Next time a problem rears its ugly head, try it and see.

Spaceman: Mark Massimino's First Spacewalk

As Mark Massimino shuttled through space to the Hubble Telescope, 350 miles above Earth, our planet looked like "a gigantic, bright blue marble set against the blackness of space...Everything had a clarity and a crispness to it. It was like I was seeing things in their purest form, like I was seeing true color for the first time." Read this riveting excerpt from his book, 'Spaceman'.

This is Your Brain on Walking


The general wellness perks of getting fresh air and exercise might be reason enough for you to tie up your shoes and get some steps. But here’s more good news about walking: a new study shows walking can benefit the brain. In research findings presented at Experimental Biology 2017, scientists found that the foot-to-ground impacts created during a walk may send pressure waves surging through your arteries, and ultimately increase the amount of blood sent to the brain. Foot Impact Increases Blood Flow to the BrainPreviously, researchers weren’t really sure how much movement affected blood flow. Using ultrasound to measure internal carotid artery blood velocity waves, as well as arterial diameters to determine blood flow to both brain hemispheres, they were able to see what sorts of exercise mattered most. In 12 adult participants, they saw running increased blood flow to the brain more than walking, but walking was better than cycling, so foot impact made a difference. Walk…