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Mental Health Emerging Out of the Shadows

The 1930s marked substantial investment by the Rockefeller Foundation in the scientific development of mental health, including psychiatry, neurology, and care symptoms, in the US, the UK, and elsewhere. This funding provided a foundation for the potential transformation of mental health in a post-World War II health agenda. Since the 1930s, the international development community...

Derek Yach & Gillian Christie | Apr 26, 2016
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Can Physical Exercise Make You Smarter?

Physical exercise makes our bodies healthier by helping to control weight and reducing the risks of various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, and some cancers. But can physical activity also make you smarter? Brain plasticity, or your brain’s ability to change over time, is associated with intelligence, increased brain volume, memory, and...

Kristie Willenborg | Apr 13, 2016
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Harnessing the Power of Women to Beat Diabetes

April 7 marks the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Day. This year’s theme – Beat Diabetes – comes at a critical time when 415 million people are affected by diabetes worldwide. The campaign aims to curb the proliferation of Type 2 diabetes cases, which are expected to double by 2030, by scaling up prevention...

Gabriela Seplovich and Adriana Selwyn | Apr 7, 2016
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Incentivizing Healthy Food Choices for Better Health

One year ago today, John Hancock and Vitality embarked on a collaboration to create a whole new type of life insurance: a shared value approach whereby financial benefits from individuals living healthier and longer lives can be reinvested to the benefit of the insurer and the customer. Today, John Hancock Vitality announces the launch of...

Adriana Selwyn | Apr 6, 2016
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“Move for Health” – Physical Activity and Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes is a disorder that causes blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal. The most common form of diabetes is Type 2, or non-insulin dependent diabetes. With this disease, your body does not use insulin properly, causing insulin resistance. Over time, insulin resistance decreases your body’s ability to keep its blood glucose (sugar) at...

Kristie Willenborg | Apr 5, 2016
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