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This was a very interesting article related to volunteers over age 50. It was conducted in 2005 and 2006 and published in the journal of The Gerontologist. It showed that there were three important factors that were most beneficial to the volunteer, and produced the best outcomes:
- Receiving a choice of activities (or areas in which to volunteer) and flexibility to work within their own schedules
- Receiving an adequate training from the organization
- Receiving on-going support from the organization
When the seniors received all of these items, they were more satisfied and fulfilled in their position. When followed up a year later, these seniors reported they had “socioemotional” benefits which included: significant improvements in their mental health, a greater feeling of productivity, increased social activity, and an overall sense that their life had improved.
I read an interesting article about bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and how scientists are working to address this issue in order to help protect society. This can be worrisome, but some of the best advice I have read about this topic in previous articles, is to not take antibiotics unless they are absolutely required (ie, not for a virus), finish all of the antibiotics prescribed, and to remember that good old fashioned hand washing is our best protection against germs. For more, please read the article below.
Did you know that obesity is linked to an increased risk of cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, “the World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are related to body fatness, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and/or poor nutrition, and thus could also be prevented.” This is very interesting and if you would like to learn more about this topic, check out this link:
Did you know a company from Europe is working towards a vaccine that targets Alzheimer’s? It is just a matter of time, and there will be a breakthrough for this disease. If you want to read more about this, see the site below.
Some people believe that genetically modified foods are unhealthy. But the scientists at the John Innes Centre have developed a new strain of genetically modified tomatoes that are able to efficiently produce industrial volumes of natural disease-fighting compounds such as Resveratrol and Genistein. Scientists believe this may be a good way to produce compounds that may be helpful in fighting disease or cancer- cheaply.