physical health

Depression: 35 extra minutes of exercise daily slashes risk

It is common knowledge that exercise is good for physical health, but a new study shows that it can also help curtail episodes of depression, even in those who have an increased genetic risk. According to the researchers, who are from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the study is the first of its kind. The paper, which appears in the journal Depression and Anxiety, shows that physical activity can positively affect the risk of depression — even…

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Happiness can affect physical health

A new review indicates that subjective well-being — factors such as life satisfaction and enjoyment of life — can influence physical health. The review’s investigators also examine why this is so and conditions where it is most likely to occur. Subjective well-being may exert its effects on physical health through health behaviors, as well as through the immune and cardiovascular systems. Although scientists still are exploring and debating when happiness most affects health, there is…

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