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Howard G. Smith, MD, Pediatric Otolaryngologist and former WBZ Radio medical editor and talk show host tells how to avoid surgery for ear, nose, and throat problems. He also reviews the latest news and views in the world of medicine and health care.

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Reprise: Smaller Take Out Boxes Can Right-Size Fast Food Meals

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/vOcrGIm3oYQ I’m attending the National Assn. of Broadcasters Meeting this week. Here is some evergreen “Health News You Can Always Use.” Take out meals, just like sit-down restaurant offerings, are way too large with way too many calories. A British fish n’ chip wholesale supplier cooperated with academic nutritionists at Newcastle University to design what they call the Lite-BITE box carry out box as part of a UK national campaign to fight obesity. The usual fish and chip take out meal clocks in at over 1600 calories which is almost an entire day’s caloric tally. The Lite-BITE box holds 5 ounces of fish and 5 ounces of chips for a more moderate 650 calories. Fried fish and fried potatoes are hardly healthy choices, but at least the smaller take-out box keeps the calorie count down. If a you as a diner need a more filling meal, a side salad should complete your order. Right-sizing portion size is a powerful tool in maintaining a healthy weight. Smaller takeout boxes also makes the food portion appear less puny. Remember back in the days when airlines actually served us food, they employed the same optical illusion by serving scraps of food on tiny plates and giving us tiny utensils. Louis Goffe, Frances Hillier-Brown, Natalie Hildred, etal. Feasibility of working with a wholesale supplier to co-design and test acceptability of an intervention to promote smaller portions: an uncontrolled before-and-after study in British Fish & Chip shops. BMJ Open, 2019; 9 (2): bmjopen-2018-023441 DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023441 #fish #chips #takeout #obesity

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Reprise: Smaller Take Out Boxes Can Right-Size Fast Food Meals

Reprise: Desserts Can Actually Help You Eat Healthy

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/wnjvya7f9iE I’m attending the National Assn. of Broadcasters Meeting this week. Here is some evergreen “Health News You Can Always Use.” Eyeing that 10 layer chocolate cake or mile high apple pie before you select your main and side dishes will help you make a more nutritious choice. So says a study from the University of Arizona’s marketing department just published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology:Applied. Dining subjects were presented with either a luscious lemon cheesecake or fresh fruit as a dessert choice at the beginning or at the end of a cafeteria line. For the meal, they could chose healthy by selecting grilled chicken fajitas with a side salad or unhealthy by picking fried fish and chips. When the diners put the cheesecake versus the fresh fruit dessert on their trays before selecting the remainder of their meal, they were twice as likely to pick the healthy entree and actually consumed 30% fewer calories. There were similar findings in a test of online ordering for home delivery. The researchers also observed that diners with alot on their minds by being challenged with a memory test, a so-called “cognitive load,” made poorer food choices. They selected the high cal, high fat foods as well as the mega cal cake. The next time you eat out or order in, check out that tantalizing dessert display before you order. To relax yourself and clear your mind, have that small glass of wine. David Flores, Martin Reimann, Raquel Castaño, Alberto Lopez. If I indulge first, I will eat less overall: The unexpected interaction effect of indulgence and presentation order on consumption.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 2019; DOI: 10.1037/xap0000210 #dessert #cake #fruit

1 MIN6 hours ago
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Reprise: Desserts Can Actually Help You Eat Healthy

Fish During Pregnancy Improves Child Attention

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/zIfLaqiW4cw Children of mothers consuming fish during their first trimester enjoyed enhanced attentiveness at 8 years of age. A Spanish study of 1641 mother-child pairs reviewed data capturing the pregnant mother’s dietary habits, the children’s food preferences at 1,5, and 8 years of age, and the child’s attention skills. The 8 year olds with the best attention scores were born to mothers who consumed either a wide variety of fish during pregnancy or fatty fish. Eating tunafish and/or shellfish tended to lower scores. The take home: a moderate intake of salmon and trout with occasional herring and anchovies should be part of a mom’s-to-be first trimester menu. Avoid fish with mercury. Jordi Julvez, Sílvia Fernández-Barrés, Florence Gignac, Mónica López-Vicente, Mariona Bustamante, Raquel Garcia-Esteban, Jesús Vioque, Sabrina Llop, Ferran Ballester, Ana Fernández-Somoano, Adonina Tardón, Martine Vrijheid, Cathryn Tonne, Jesus Ibarluzea, Amaia Ir...

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Fish During Pregnancy Improves Child Attention

Stress Triggers Lying

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/4xkbyO9LlJA If you’re pressured to answer a question, you will answer with a response designed to please the questioner even if its a lie. UC-Santa Barbara psychologists draw this conclusion after testing a total of 3,000 participants. Research shows that the human mind has two processing components: the higher functioning, rational section and the more instinctive, animalistic section. Time pressure and stress spark visceral brain output which is often irrational and downright false. We should all be aware that our human impulse to answer quickly can get us in deep trouble with our families as well as the law. When in doubt, the 5 most important words you can use are “let me think about it!” John Protzko, Claire M. Zedelius, Jonathan W. Schooler. Rushing to Appear Virtuous: Time Pressure Increases Socially Desirable Responding. Psychological Science, 2019; 095679761986793 DOI: 10.1177/0956797619867939 #Impulsivity #lying #stress

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Stress Triggers Lying

Green Tea Reduces Antibiotic Resistance

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/3DvjA_Fh_Kk An antioxidant compound found in green tea can rearm a powerful antibiotic after its deactivation by the nefarious, multidrug-resistant bacterium Pseudomonas. British and German pathologists and microbiologists collaborated on this discovery. Epigallocatechin or EGCG is a natural anti-oxidant found in green tea. The researchers found that EGCG works in synergy with the antibiotic aztreonam to restore and significantly boost the antibiotic’s ability to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa in both the test tube and in living test systems. With news that our antibiotics are running out of steam, medications derived from plants both common and esoteric may come to our rescue. Meanwhile, the best defense is timely and repeated handwashing. Jonathan W. Betts et al. Restoring the activity of the antibiotic aztreonam using the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) against multidrug-resistant clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Journal of Medical M...

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Green Tea Reduces Antibiotic Resistance

Even A Little Smoking Permanently Damages Lungs

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/LU8Tc9SLo7Q Smoking as few as 5 cigarettes a day creates lung damage not all that different from heavier smoking. This wake-up call comes from a Columbia University Study of more than 25,000 participants representing teens, the middle aged, and elders. The natural lung functional decline with aging is accelerated by smoking. That acceleration rate for light smokers puffing about one-quarter pack a day was two-thirds the rate for those smoking 1.5 packs a day. Even quitting doesn’t clean the slate as former smokers show lung decline rates that are only 14% lower than those for current smokers. Any cigarette smoking damages your lungs permanently. Never start or you will become a pulmonary cripple. Elizabeth C Oelsner, Pallavi P Balte, Surya P Bhatt, Patricia A Cassano, David Couper, Aaron R Folsom, Neal D Freedman, David R Jacobs, Ravi Kalhan, Amanda R Mathew, Richard A Kronmal, Laura R Loehr, Stephanie J London, Anne B Newman, George T O'Connor, Joseph E S...

1 MIN2 days ago
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Even A Little Smoking Permanently Damages Lungs

Problem Gambling Likely Inherited

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/0y7m2BjiOPI Brothers and sisters of compulsive gamblers share impulsivity and dangerous risk-taking with their troubled sibs. University of British Columbia psychologists report these findings after studying 20 gamblers and 16 of their siblings. All participants underwent cognitive testing, MRI brain imaging, and surveys. Both gamblers and their sibs acted irresponsibly when under stress. The non-gambler sibs tended to be impulsive at baseline and took even greater risks, comparable to long-shot bets, when under pressure at work or at home. If your brother or sister has a gambling issue, be on the lookout for possible self-destructive behavior in yourself. Don’t be hesitant to seek professional help if you find your own risky behaviors unsettling. Eve H. Limbrick-Oldfield, Inge Mick, Rachel E. Cocks, Remy S. A. Flechais, Samuel Turton, Anne Lingford-Hughes, Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Luke Clark. Neural and neurocognitive markers of vulnerability to gambling d...

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Problem Gambling Likely Inherited

Overeating When Young Triggers Cancer

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/xqghazWllSg Wolfing down those beers and donuts under the age of 40 can increase your risk of mid-life cancer by as much as 70%. That conclusion and others from a large European study was just published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Data from 220,000 subjects showed that overweight women had a 70% greater risk of uterine cancer and overweight men a 58% higher risk of kidney cancer but also a 29 percent greater risk of colon cancer. Moderate your eating throughout life to keep medical disasters like cancer, heart disease, and stroke from your door. Overindulgence when you’re young can not be undone. Tone Bjørge, Christel Häggström, Sara Ghaderi, Gabriele Nagel, Jonas Manjer, Steinar Tretli, Hanno Ulmer, Sophia Harlid, Ann H Rosendahl, Alois Lang, Pär Stattin, Tanja Stocks, Anders Engeland. BMI and weight changes and risk of obesity-related cancers: a pooled European cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2019; DOI: 10.1093/...

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Overeating When Young Triggers Cancer

Brain Damage Worse With Each Year Of Football

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/c3VR2w0473s The risk of developing CTE dementia rises by 30% for each year of tackle football played. Neurologists at Boston University derive this conclusion from their study of brain samples from 266 American football players. The data shows that the risk of developing CTE doubles for every 2.6 years of ball playing. The risk of developing CTE or its severity were not affected by numbers of concussions, positions played, the age at which tackle football playbegan, or participation in other contact sports. CTE dementia is a devastating disease. No helmet can protect our children and young adults from the damaging brain bouncing that forever robs football players of their mental prowess. Tackle football is lethal and should replaced by safer sports! Jesse Mez, Daniel H. Daneshvar, Bobak Abdolmohammadi, Alicia S. Chua, Michael L. Alosco, Patrick T. Kiernan, Laney Evers, Laura Marshall, Brett M. Martin, Joseph N. Palmisano, Christopher J. Nowinski, Ian Mahar,...

1 MIN5 days ago
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Brain Damage Worse With Each Year Of Football

Healthy Eating Curbs Depression

Healthy Eating Curbs Depression Vidcast: https://youtu.be/VjM2hztw-ow Eating a healthy, balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meat for only 3 weeks can dramatically elevate the mood of depressed young adults. Australian psychologists studied 76 depressed participants accustomed to eating a nutritional substandard diet. The half eating the healthy diet had significantly fewer depressive symptoms at the end of the monitored healthy eating. Their compliance with dietary changes was excellent. When tested again 3 months later, the mood of the experimental group remained high suggesting sustained good eating. If you find yourself fighting sadness and negativity, try spiffing up your meals with produce and protein from the periphery of the market. It’ll make you smile. Heather M. Francis, Richard J. Stevenson, Jaime R. Chambers, etal. A brief diet intervention can reduce symptoms of depression in young adults – A randomised controlled trial. PLOS. https://doi.org/10.1371/jo...

1 MIN5 days ago
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Healthy Eating Curbs Depression

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Reprise: Smaller Take Out Boxes Can Right-Size Fast Food Meals

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/vOcrGIm3oYQ I’m attending the National Assn. of Broadcasters Meeting this week. Here is some evergreen “Health News You Can Always Use.” Take out meals, just like sit-down restaurant offerings, are way too large with way too many calories. A British fish n’ chip wholesale supplier cooperated with academic nutritionists at Newcastle University to design what they call the Lite-BITE box carry out box as part of a UK national campaign to fight obesity. The usual fish and chip take out meal clocks in at over 1600 calories which is almost an entire day’s caloric tally. The Lite-BITE box holds 5 ounces of fish and 5 ounces of chips for a more moderate 650 calories. Fried fish and fried potatoes are hardly healthy choices, but at least the smaller take-out box keeps the calorie count down. If a you as a diner need a more filling meal, a side salad should complete your order. Right-sizing portion size is a powerful tool in maintaining a healthy weight. Smaller takeout boxes also makes the food portion appear less puny. Remember back in the days when airlines actually served us food, they employed the same optical illusion by serving scraps of food on tiny plates and giving us tiny utensils. Louis Goffe, Frances Hillier-Brown, Natalie Hildred, etal. Feasibility of working with a wholesale supplier to co-design and test acceptability of an intervention to promote smaller portions: an uncontrolled before-and-after study in British Fish & Chip shops. BMJ Open, 2019; 9 (2): bmjopen-2018-023441 DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023441 #fish #chips #takeout #obesity

1 MIN6 hours ago
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Reprise: Smaller Take Out Boxes Can Right-Size Fast Food Meals

Reprise: Desserts Can Actually Help You Eat Healthy

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/wnjvya7f9iE I’m attending the National Assn. of Broadcasters Meeting this week. Here is some evergreen “Health News You Can Always Use.” Eyeing that 10 layer chocolate cake or mile high apple pie before you select your main and side dishes will help you make a more nutritious choice. So says a study from the University of Arizona’s marketing department just published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology:Applied. Dining subjects were presented with either a luscious lemon cheesecake or fresh fruit as a dessert choice at the beginning or at the end of a cafeteria line. For the meal, they could chose healthy by selecting grilled chicken fajitas with a side salad or unhealthy by picking fried fish and chips. When the diners put the cheesecake versus the fresh fruit dessert on their trays before selecting the remainder of their meal, they were twice as likely to pick the healthy entree and actually consumed 30% fewer calories. There were similar findings in a test of online ordering for home delivery. The researchers also observed that diners with alot on their minds by being challenged with a memory test, a so-called “cognitive load,” made poorer food choices. They selected the high cal, high fat foods as well as the mega cal cake. The next time you eat out or order in, check out that tantalizing dessert display before you order. To relax yourself and clear your mind, have that small glass of wine. David Flores, Martin Reimann, Raquel Castaño, Alberto Lopez. If I indulge first, I will eat less overall: The unexpected interaction effect of indulgence and presentation order on consumption.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 2019; DOI: 10.1037/xap0000210 #dessert #cake #fruit

1 MIN6 hours ago
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Reprise: Desserts Can Actually Help You Eat Healthy

Fish During Pregnancy Improves Child Attention

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/zIfLaqiW4cw Children of mothers consuming fish during their first trimester enjoyed enhanced attentiveness at 8 years of age. A Spanish study of 1641 mother-child pairs reviewed data capturing the pregnant mother’s dietary habits, the children’s food preferences at 1,5, and 8 years of age, and the child’s attention skills. The 8 year olds with the best attention scores were born to mothers who consumed either a wide variety of fish during pregnancy or fatty fish. Eating tunafish and/or shellfish tended to lower scores. The take home: a moderate intake of salmon and trout with occasional herring and anchovies should be part of a mom’s-to-be first trimester menu. Avoid fish with mercury. Jordi Julvez, Sílvia Fernández-Barrés, Florence Gignac, Mónica López-Vicente, Mariona Bustamante, Raquel Garcia-Esteban, Jesús Vioque, Sabrina Llop, Ferran Ballester, Ana Fernández-Somoano, Adonina Tardón, Martine Vrijheid, Cathryn Tonne, Jesus Ibarluzea, Amaia Ir...

1 MIN1 days ago
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Fish During Pregnancy Improves Child Attention

Stress Triggers Lying

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/4xkbyO9LlJA If you’re pressured to answer a question, you will answer with a response designed to please the questioner even if its a lie. UC-Santa Barbara psychologists draw this conclusion after testing a total of 3,000 participants. Research shows that the human mind has two processing components: the higher functioning, rational section and the more instinctive, animalistic section. Time pressure and stress spark visceral brain output which is often irrational and downright false. We should all be aware that our human impulse to answer quickly can get us in deep trouble with our families as well as the law. When in doubt, the 5 most important words you can use are “let me think about it!” John Protzko, Claire M. Zedelius, Jonathan W. Schooler. Rushing to Appear Virtuous: Time Pressure Increases Socially Desirable Responding. Psychological Science, 2019; 095679761986793 DOI: 10.1177/0956797619867939 #Impulsivity #lying #stress

59 s1 days ago
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Stress Triggers Lying

Green Tea Reduces Antibiotic Resistance

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/3DvjA_Fh_Kk An antioxidant compound found in green tea can rearm a powerful antibiotic after its deactivation by the nefarious, multidrug-resistant bacterium Pseudomonas. British and German pathologists and microbiologists collaborated on this discovery. Epigallocatechin or EGCG is a natural anti-oxidant found in green tea. The researchers found that EGCG works in synergy with the antibiotic aztreonam to restore and significantly boost the antibiotic’s ability to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa in both the test tube and in living test systems. With news that our antibiotics are running out of steam, medications derived from plants both common and esoteric may come to our rescue. Meanwhile, the best defense is timely and repeated handwashing. Jonathan W. Betts et al. Restoring the activity of the antibiotic aztreonam using the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) against multidrug-resistant clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Journal of Medical M...

1 MIN1 days ago
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Green Tea Reduces Antibiotic Resistance

Even A Little Smoking Permanently Damages Lungs

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/LU8Tc9SLo7Q Smoking as few as 5 cigarettes a day creates lung damage not all that different from heavier smoking. This wake-up call comes from a Columbia University Study of more than 25,000 participants representing teens, the middle aged, and elders. The natural lung functional decline with aging is accelerated by smoking. That acceleration rate for light smokers puffing about one-quarter pack a day was two-thirds the rate for those smoking 1.5 packs a day. Even quitting doesn’t clean the slate as former smokers show lung decline rates that are only 14% lower than those for current smokers. Any cigarette smoking damages your lungs permanently. Never start or you will become a pulmonary cripple. Elizabeth C Oelsner, Pallavi P Balte, Surya P Bhatt, Patricia A Cassano, David Couper, Aaron R Folsom, Neal D Freedman, David R Jacobs, Ravi Kalhan, Amanda R Mathew, Richard A Kronmal, Laura R Loehr, Stephanie J London, Anne B Newman, George T O'Connor, Joseph E S...

1 MIN2 days ago
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Even A Little Smoking Permanently Damages Lungs

Problem Gambling Likely Inherited

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/0y7m2BjiOPI Brothers and sisters of compulsive gamblers share impulsivity and dangerous risk-taking with their troubled sibs. University of British Columbia psychologists report these findings after studying 20 gamblers and 16 of their siblings. All participants underwent cognitive testing, MRI brain imaging, and surveys. Both gamblers and their sibs acted irresponsibly when under stress. The non-gambler sibs tended to be impulsive at baseline and took even greater risks, comparable to long-shot bets, when under pressure at work or at home. If your brother or sister has a gambling issue, be on the lookout for possible self-destructive behavior in yourself. Don’t be hesitant to seek professional help if you find your own risky behaviors unsettling. Eve H. Limbrick-Oldfield, Inge Mick, Rachel E. Cocks, Remy S. A. Flechais, Samuel Turton, Anne Lingford-Hughes, Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Luke Clark. Neural and neurocognitive markers of vulnerability to gambling d...

1 MIN2 days ago
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Problem Gambling Likely Inherited

Overeating When Young Triggers Cancer

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/xqghazWllSg Wolfing down those beers and donuts under the age of 40 can increase your risk of mid-life cancer by as much as 70%. That conclusion and others from a large European study was just published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Data from 220,000 subjects showed that overweight women had a 70% greater risk of uterine cancer and overweight men a 58% higher risk of kidney cancer but also a 29 percent greater risk of colon cancer. Moderate your eating throughout life to keep medical disasters like cancer, heart disease, and stroke from your door. Overindulgence when you’re young can not be undone. Tone Bjørge, Christel Häggström, Sara Ghaderi, Gabriele Nagel, Jonas Manjer, Steinar Tretli, Hanno Ulmer, Sophia Harlid, Ann H Rosendahl, Alois Lang, Pär Stattin, Tanja Stocks, Anders Engeland. BMI and weight changes and risk of obesity-related cancers: a pooled European cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2019; DOI: 10.1093/...

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Overeating When Young Triggers Cancer

Brain Damage Worse With Each Year Of Football

Vidcast: https://youtu.be/c3VR2w0473s The risk of developing CTE dementia rises by 30% for each year of tackle football played. Neurologists at Boston University derive this conclusion from their study of brain samples from 266 American football players. The data shows that the risk of developing CTE doubles for every 2.6 years of ball playing. The risk of developing CTE or its severity were not affected by numbers of concussions, positions played, the age at which tackle football playbegan, or participation in other contact sports. CTE dementia is a devastating disease. No helmet can protect our children and young adults from the damaging brain bouncing that forever robs football players of their mental prowess. Tackle football is lethal and should replaced by safer sports! Jesse Mez, Daniel H. Daneshvar, Bobak Abdolmohammadi, Alicia S. Chua, Michael L. Alosco, Patrick T. Kiernan, Laney Evers, Laura Marshall, Brett M. Martin, Joseph N. Palmisano, Christopher J. Nowinski, Ian Mahar,...

1 MIN5 days ago
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Brain Damage Worse With Each Year Of Football

Healthy Eating Curbs Depression

Healthy Eating Curbs Depression Vidcast: https://youtu.be/VjM2hztw-ow Eating a healthy, balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meat for only 3 weeks can dramatically elevate the mood of depressed young adults. Australian psychologists studied 76 depressed participants accustomed to eating a nutritional substandard diet. The half eating the healthy diet had significantly fewer depressive symptoms at the end of the monitored healthy eating. Their compliance with dietary changes was excellent. When tested again 3 months later, the mood of the experimental group remained high suggesting sustained good eating. If you find yourself fighting sadness and negativity, try spiffing up your meals with produce and protein from the periphery of the market. It’ll make you smile. Heather M. Francis, Richard J. Stevenson, Jaime R. Chambers, etal. A brief diet intervention can reduce symptoms of depression in young adults – A randomised controlled trial. PLOS. https://doi.org/10.1371/jo...

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Healthy Eating Curbs Depression