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December 15, 2018

Vacation Weight
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After your last vacation, did you bring home some extra baggage in the form of unwanted fat? Many of us gain weight on vacation and those extra pounds can be tough to lose. Then, have you ever snapped, or had a violent outburst? An expert says it can happen to anyone.
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Vacation Weight Gain
Jamie Cooper is Associate Professor in the University of Georgia Department of Foods and Nutrition

Prof. Cooper led a study that found that vacations often lead to small amounts of long-term gradual weight gain and contribute to 'creeping obesity'. She talked about the primary causes of weight gain during vacations and explained why itís important to lose the added weight as soon as possible upon returning from a trip.
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Why We Snap
R. Douglas Fields, PhD, is author of Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain.

Todayís headlines are filled with examples of otherwise rational people with no history of violence or mental illness who suddenly snap in a domestic dispute, an altercation with police, or road rage attack. Dr. Fields explained the reasons behind these seemingly random episodes. He said every human has been hardwired with the potential to snap. He also said the same pathway in the brain that can result in a violent outburst can also enable us to act heroically and altruistically before our conscious brain knows what we are doing.
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Vets and Chronic Pain
Thomas Nassif, Ph.D., is Professorial Lecturer in American University's Department of Health Studies, researcher at the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center

U.S. veterans often return home with multiple types of trauma, and suffer from one of the highest rates of chronic pain of any population in the U.S. Dr. Nassif led a study that found that veterans who practiced meditation reported a 20 percent reduction in pain intensity, and in how pain interferes with everyday aspects of life, such as sleep, mood, and activity level.
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