Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Viewers vs. Doers. The relationship between watching food television and BMI.

Obtaining cooking information from television shows and social media was found to be associated with increased body weight. Cooking from scratch was also associated with increased weight. Obtaining cooking information from other print, online, or in-person sources was not significantly associated with body weight.  (Appetite. 2015 Jul 1;90:131-5.)
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

A systematic review of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of sensory, psychological and behavioural interventions for managing agitation in older adults with dementia.

Non-pharmacological therapies, including music therapy, are effective at helping reduce agitation in care-home dementia residents. Therapies that appear to be helpful include patient-centered care, dementia care mapping, sensory therapy activities, and structured music therapies.  (Health Technol Assess. 2014 Jun;18(39):1-226, v-vi.)
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Effects of earplugs and eye masks combined with relaxing music on sleep, melatonin and cortisol levels in ICU patients: a randomized controlled trial.

Earplugs and eye masks combined with relaxing music helped patients in terms of their depth of sleep, falling asleep, awakenings, falling asleep again after awakening and overall sleep quality.  (Crit Care. 2015 Mar 27;19(1):115.)
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Effect of Brief Mindfulness Practice on Self-Reported Affect, Craving, and Smoking: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Using Ecological Momentary Assessment.

Brief mindulness practice was found to reduce cigarette craving and cigarette use, suggesting it may be a useful tool for smoking cessation.  (Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Apr 11. pii: ntv074.)
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Alcohol Use in Films and Adolescent Alcohol Use.

This study of over 5000 adolescents found that those with the highest exposure to alcohol use in movies, compared to those with the least exposed, were 70% more likely to binge drink and twice as likely to have alcohol-related problems.  (Pediatrics. 2015 Apr 13. pii: peds.2014-2978.)
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