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Bright light increases sexual satisfaction in men

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From BBC 9/19/16 Exposure to bright light can lead to greater sexual satisfaction in men who have low sexual desire, a new study suggests. Scientists from the University of Siena in Italy found that using a light box, similar to those used to treat some forms of depression, increased testosterone levels. And…

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SAD the days are getting shorter… so prepare yourself!

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2017 Farmers’ Almanac predicts cold and snowy winter… along with depression It’s been such a hot summer but what does that mean for winter? The 2017 Farmers’ Almanac released its prediction for this winter and let’s just say, we promise not to complain about the heat anymore. PREPARE FOR A WINTER OF DISCONTENT By Kathryn R….

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School is starting; time to wake up!

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In the next month we will lose about 30 minutes of daylight. This can be a problem not only for adults but also for school kids. As parents, we know how hard it is to get your kids up earlier for school. Trying to get up early can be a struggle; for…

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The Sun Is Out… Now What?

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  Don’t put your SunBox away for the summer. Research over the past 40 years now shows that the amount of sunlight has a big influence on your mood and sleep patterns. Light exposure can also regulate how tired you feel regardless of other weather factors like air pressure and precipitation. We…

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Do Cloudy Days Make Your Brain Feel Sluggish?

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This week will be another gloom rainy week straight through Mother’s Day as the “Omega Block” has us locked in for more showers and storms. If all of this gray whether has you binging on sweets and carbs, couch-lounging, and craving sunshine, you are not alone. Research on Weather and Mood A…

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Light Therapy… A Simple Tool to Ease Cancer’s Side Effects

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The Wall Street Journal 4/12/16 By LUCETTE LAGNADO William Redd, a Mount Sinai psychologist, professor of medicine and a lead researcher in the trial. Light therapy “has had a major impact on cancer patients with fatigue and depression,” he says. PHOTO: LUCIA LEE/MOUNT SINAI In a test, researchers at Mount Sinai try light…

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Spring Forward with Seasonal Time Change

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The Monday after daylight saving time takes effect doesn’t have to be a heart-stressed, mad-dash, car-crash kind of a day. Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center specialist Kelly Brown, MD, has a list of tips people can follow to avoid the jolt to their sleep cycles and resulting fatigue when clocks spring forward Sunday,…

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You Asked: Is Seasonal Affective Disorder Real?

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Without a doubt. Here’s how to identify SAD—and remedies that really work. You’ve been feeling it for months, like an extra layer of bulk beneath your winter sweater: a malaise you just can’t shake off. Maybe you’re wiped out even after a full night’s sleep. Or there are days when you feel…

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South Bend study tests effect of light therapy on dementia

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By Joseph Dits South Bend Tribune-SOUTH BEND — Raised on a farm, John Stahly learned to milk cows and fix things. But here, in Morningview Assisted Living, the 95-year-old is trying to pick his way through a mild case of dementia. In his room, three lamps feed him a special light that,…

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The Dog Days of Winter

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  “Happiness is a hound dog in the sun” quoting the philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). For over a century, it is known that exposure to light can have positive effects on plants, animals, and people. Light regulates our wellbeing. People get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and animals can suffer too. When…

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