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Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Heart Health

  Higher baseline total olive oil consumption was associated with 48%  reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality.   Highlights from the article:  Olive Oil Intake and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality The aim  of the study was to assess the association between total olive oil intake, its varieties (extra virgin and common olive oil) and the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in a Mediterranean population at high cardiovascular risk. 7,216 men and women at high cardiovascular risk, aged 55… Keep Reading


Beethoven, the Heart and Arrhytmias

In highly charged passages of certain pieces, the possibility of cardiac arrhythmia can lend a quite physical aspect to one’s interpretation of the music in question. These passages can seem, in an unexpectedly literal sense, to be heartfelt. Highlights Whether or not music stirs inside, each of us bears a living metronome at our core.   The human heart quietly marks the rhythm of our lives. A new study focusing on the music of Ludwig van Beethoven treats shifting musical rhythms… Keep Reading


Art and Healing

“The truth comes out when I’m painting,” said Parisotto.   University of California, San Francisco –Kathleen Masterson and Suzanne Leigh –December 8, 2014– The Art of Healing The idea of art as medicine dates back to antiquity, but recently the concept is drawing increasing interest from the medical and science communities. “Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m thinking until I sit down and start drawing. Then my feelings come out on paper,” said Suzuki, a teacher in remission from… Keep Reading

Depression Reduced by Art Therapy

  After ten treatments the patients who suffered from severe or moderately severe depression had shown more improvement than the patients in the control group.   Highlights Art Therapy Reduces Severe Depression  As part Dr. Christina Blomdahl’s dissertation,  43 patients with severe or moderately severe depression underwent a manual-based art therapy.  The control group consisted of 36 people who all suffered from the same medical condition. All participants were given different combinations of medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy and… Keep Reading

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