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Smartphone exercises: 5 minutes to a happier you

Updated: Jul 29, 2016 13:47 IST      
Smartphone exercises: 5 minutes to a happier you

Washington D.C, Jul 29 (ANI): Feeling down? These brief, directed smartphone exercises can help quickly improve your mood, suggests a new study.

Participants in the University of Basel study felt more alert, calmer and uplifted after - using five-minute video tutorials on their smartphones as a guide - they had, for example, practiced concentrating on their bodies.

The subjects could choose between various established or more modern psychotherapeutic exercise modules known as micro-interventions. Some of the participants, for example, recalled emotional experiences during the exercise, while other test subjects repeated short sentences or number sequences in a contemplative manner, or played with their facial gestures.

The subjects recorded their mood on their smartphones, answering short questions by marking a six-step scale both before and after the exercise. Those who succeeded in immediately improving their mood through the brief exercises benefited over the longer term as well: Their mood improved overall during the two-week study phase.

The study included 27 healthy young men as part of a larger research program.

The use of modern communication technology to improve psychological health is a current topic of research referred to as 'mobile health', or 'mHealth' for short. Complex internet-based therapy programs have been studied in depth in recent years. However, to date researchers have paid somewhat less attention to the study of smartphone-aided micro-interventions.

"These findings demonstrate the viability of smartphone-based micro-interventions for improving mood in concrete, everyday situations," explained Marion Tegethoff. Such applications could represent a useful addition to the psychotherapeutic options currently available.

The study is reported in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. (ANI)

Gene reveals cause of fatal childhood disorder: Study

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 17:51 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): A gene, involved in brain development, which can lead to severe disability and infant death, has been identified by scientists.

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Alcohol: the modern age liver killer

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 17:51 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Alcohol is predominantly metabolized through liver, hence its cumulative toxicity over years play important role in liver diseases or pancreatic diseases.

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Washington D.C. [USA], April 24 (ANI): Due to increasing deaths because of prostate cancer among men, US researchers have suggested a special screening more frequently and at an early age to avoid the development of preclinical prostate cancer - that is not symptomatic - to advanced stages.

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Love guzzling diet sodas? Here is why you should NOT

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 07:02 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 24 (ANI): Still downing gallons of diet soda despite knowing that it wrecks your body? Maybe the knowledge of artificially sweetened beverages taking a toll on your brain as well ought to make an impact on your unhealthy habit.

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Breastmilk may help detect your cancer risk

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 11:50 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 23 (ANI): Breastmilk might offer clues about a woman's cancer risk, according to a recent research.

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Soon, new weapon in war against obesity

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 11:14 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 23 (ANI): A team of scientists has uncovered a potential approach to combat obesity.

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Turns out, being obese is worse than smoking

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 10:52 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 23 (ANI): You may want to shed those extra kilos as a recent study has found obesity as a top cause of preventable life-years lost.

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From urine to blood: How antibiotic resistance spreads

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 09:25 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 23 (ANI): People with drug-resistant bacteria in their urine or stool samples are at an increased risk of developing Sepsis, a bloodstream infection that is also resistant to certain antibiotics, according to a recent study.

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Move over contact lenses, LASIK is better

Updated: Apr 22, 2017 18:05 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], April 22 (ANI): Good news for those who underwent LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) for correction of their vision, as a recent study has found that the rate of cornea infection is lower.

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Early detection of oral cancer can increase survival chances

Updated: Apr 22, 2017 08:03 IST     

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Eman Ahmed has done miraculously well: Doctor

Updated: Apr 21, 2017 21:11 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 21 (ANI): 36-year-old Egyptian Eman Ahmed, who was the heaviest woman in the world at 500-plus kg until a few months ago, has lost 250kg in two months after undergoing surgery here at Saifee Hospital.

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Let's create awareness about liver cancer!

Updated: Apr 21, 2017 17:25 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 21 (ANI): The increasing liver disease is one of the most common diseases in the world.

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College blues? Turn to mindfulness

Updated: Apr 21, 2017 16:35 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 21 (ANI): Heading off to college? A recent study has suggested that mindfulness may help freshmen stress less and smile more.

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Did you know hearing tests fail to diagnose hearing loss?

Updated: Apr 21, 2017 10:57 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], April 21 (ANI): A team of US researchers has revealed that the traditional clinical hearing tests often fail to diagnose patients with a common form of inner ear damage, which otherwise might be detected by some behavioural tests.

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Lifelong learning may turn clock back on your aging brain

Updated: Apr 20, 2017 23:17 IST     

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A weapon against Alzheimer's in your womb?

Updated: Apr 20, 2017 17:13 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 20 (ANI): Think your memory is starting to slip? A protein found in umbilical cord blood may help turn back the clock on mental ageing.

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