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NYC public schools to institute mindful breathing program for all students pre-k to grade 12
“NEW YORK (WABC) — New York City will introduce mindful breathing exercises to all public school students in an effort to support physical and mental health, Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday. The program will require all schools serving students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 to facilitate two-to-five minutes of mindful breathing practices in schools every day.”

How Mindfulness and Focusing Attention Can Benefit Cognition
“Most of us know what is meant by the term mindfulness. The common understanding is that one’s focus is on the here and now, on what is present moment by moment. And, if you’ve ever tried mindful meditation, then you know the basics of the technique used to create a state of mindfulness, and likely you also know how hard it is to actually accomplish it. When someone talks about the practice of mediation, they seriously mean the word practice.”

Students Doodle. How Teachers Can Use That Habit to Teach Mindfulness
“Students often doodle—sometimes to fidget, to focus, or just to stay awake in class. The habit can frustrate teachers. But doodling can also promote mindfulness, said Tim Needles, an art and emerging media teacher at Smithtown High School East in St. James, N.Y., during a presentation at the International Society for Technology in Education’s annual conference here.”

Diabetic retinopathy diagnoses seen nearing 10M in U.S.
“For the first time, a comprehensive statistical analysis has enabled researchers to estimate the number of Americans of all ages living with diabetic retinopathy, and the number’s not pretty. The study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Washington School of Medicine and NORC (formerly called the National Opinion Research Center) at the University of Chicago indicates that 9.6 million people had diabetic retinopathy in 2021. That’s about 30 percent higher than the previous research had predicted. Of those, 1.8 million have vision-threatening disease.”

Can sugar worsen gout?
“Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that occurs due to a buildup of urate crystals around a joint. Certain foods, such as those with high levels of fructose, may cause gout flares.”

Use of skin, hair and nail supplements rises despite risks, little evidence they work
“Supplements that promise to support the health of hair, skin and nails are growing in popularity, but they can come with “significant risk” and there’s limited evidence to show they offer any benefits, dermatologists warn in a new analysis.”

The risk of obstructive sleep apnea is highly correlated with depressive symptoms among the Korean adults population: results from the 2020 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
“A high risk of OSA was associated with an increased prevalence of depressive symptoms. Monitoring the risk factors of depressive symptoms, including OSA, or unhealthy behaviors may decrease the mental health issues of middle-aged and older adults.”

Study Finds ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Kale, Countering FDA Research Data
“The Alliance For Natural Health USA team acquired kale samples from grocery stores in Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. All kale samples were transferred to Eurofins Laboratories Environment Testing, where each one was tested for 16 PFAS compounds using FDA-approved procedures. Only one kale sample detected zero levels of PFAS.”

Cardio fitness may lower men’s risk of developing colorectal cancer
“Men who get regular cardio exercise and have high fitness levels are less likely to develop colorectal cancer, a disease that increasingly has affected people at younger ages over the last few decades. That’s according to new research from a large Swedish study that also found men with high levels of cardio are less likely to die of lung or prostate cancers.”