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While our cozy memories of the holidays are slowly fading, our scales and tighter pants still give testimony to the feasts that were enjoyed. The end of the year is also a time of self-reflection, which often leads to new plans for the coming year. Ambitious resolutions are made, and we are highly motivated to keep them during the first weeks of January. Above all, these include regular exercise, losing weight or even abstaining from nicotine. And yet, our enthusiastic plans usually only last for a few months or are already discarded at the end of January. This begs the question, why is it so hard for us to keep our good intentions? Behaviorists have discovered a possible explanation: according to them, the deliberate conflict between voluntary and seemingly forced activities and behaviors, plays an important role. Due to this, we perceive our self-imposed exercise session as a chore which stands in direct opposition to a favorite leisure activity, such as a cozy evening on the couch
Social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have become indispensable in today’s world. Every day, millions of people use these networks to share their lives and their thoughts with others. They are especially popular with celebrities and public figures. Although photos, posts and tweets of superstars and politicians seem to be a part of everyday life, reading posts from hospitals and nursing homes seems quite unusual. Yet, many health care and nursing professionals use these platform as a vessel to voice t
Christmas is coming, and in only a few days the space under the christmas tree will be filled with presents and the dinner table will also be set with many festive dishes. It’s not only the holidays that threaten our diets - sweet treats tempt us into sin even during the pre-Christmas period. At the same time, the winter weather does not particularly invite us to add intensive exercise as another task to our long list of Christmas errands during the last December weeks. After hundreds, if not even thousands, of additio
With more than one billion known cases, arterial hypertension poses a real global health issue. As it is rarely accompanied by symptoms, health care professionals often neglect or diagnose hypertension far too late. If left untreated, it can lead to serious secondary complications and can contribute greatly to premature mortality. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), normal blood pressure is defined as lying between a systolic value of 120 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure of 80 mmHg. Stil
Heart attacks are caused by the blockage of an already atheroscleroticly damaged coronary artery. The main risk factors for atherosclerosis are well known and primarily include obesity, arterial hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of physical exercise. Statistically speaking, the probability of suffering a heart attack, differs significantly during the seasons and spikes during the Autumn and Winter months. An important trigger for coronary events seems to be the notable combination of low t