Mental Health

Transforming Patient Health Care and Wellbeing Through Lighting

Wellbeing Through Lighting Lighting definitely contributes to mood. A well-lit room (not overbearing) can be quite energizing. Appropriately dimmed lights can be restful, relaxing, even romantic. Researchers have known for some time that they can influence wellbeing through lighting and are now looking for ways to use that in healthcare. The world of health care …

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How To Save Lives And $800 Billion (or Sick Care, I Call Your Bluff)

The Triple Aim A 2008 article, The Triple Aim: Care, Health, And Cost, offered a new model to fix the US “health care” system. The Triple Aim article recognized that US was spending more yet falling behind other nations: The recent “Scorecard” from the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System gives the U.S. …

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Measuring Social Determinants

Measuring Social Determinants While while non-clinical factors such as loneliness, nutrition, and housing make up 80% or more of our health, we have no good way of measuring social determinants. Here is an opportunity for improvement that can help many! The issue of how best to define and measure loneliness was the focus of comments …

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7 Ways To Become Just A Little Happier In The Moment

Becoming Happier Honestly, happiness seems to be a relatively new phenomenon in the US workplace. Finding an article like this in Forbes gives hope that businesses see the value for employees becoming happier. Where anything other than a medical procedure or pharmaceutical was often derided, there is now growing interest in non-clinical health determinants. Forbes …

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Mental Benefits of Music?

Mental Benefits of Music The field of Music Therapy continues to demonstrate benefits to help with neurological diseases, trauma, and more. There are, however, mental benefits of music as well. Many of us might recognize such benefits intuitively but researchers are trying to understand this as well. Studies have shown that musical interventions have a …

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Most Employers’ Well-being Programs Leave Employees Unsatisfied

Well-being Programs Leave Employees Unsatisfied In an economy with nearly full employment employers are realizing the workplace must become more holistic. Most current employer well-being programs leave employees unsatisfied, according to a recent Wills Towers Watson survey. Wellness programs that provide a watered-down annual physical are no longer enough for today’s workforce. Employees look for …

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January blues? How workplace wellbeing initiatives can beat the blues

Workplace Wellbeing For so long too many people have associated the workplace with drudgery. A place to work. However, work is part of our lives! It should be vibrant and energizing. More organizations see this and want to enhance workplace wellbeing… for business motives if nothing else. Cold mornings and dark nights can take their …

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Science Says Sauna Bathing Reduces Blood Pressure

Sauna Bathing Reduces Blood Pressure More research has arrived highlighting the benefits of saunas. In this article sauna bathing reduces blood pressure as well as elevates the heart rate. This relaxing therapy has a history of benefits, according to the article, that include reducing stress and relieving joint discomfort. The ancient Finnish tradition has stuck …

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Duke Integrative Medicine Wheel of Health

Duke Integrative Medicine Wheel of Health There are many models to depict health. Some are as a simple and powerful as the Chinese Yin Yang symbol that guides not only Traditional Chinese Medicine but various martial arts, philosophy and more. The Duke Integrative Medicine Wheel of Health is, in our humble opinion, a wonderful construct …

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VR and Magnetic Fields Help Anxiety

Magnetic Fields Help Anxiety Anxiety can be a crippling disorder. When we think about the role of electric current in the body, it might not be so surprising that magnetic fields help anxiety. Using a combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation and virtual reality, researchers have helped to reduce anxiety in people with panic disorders. During …

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