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Anxious? Just breathe

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Close your eyes. Place your left hand on your abdomen and your right hand on your chest. Take a deep breath in from your lower lungs through your nose. Hold that breath for four seconds. Calmly exhale through your mouth. Repeat. Feel calmer? Many studies have indicated that you should. However, a recent study done on mice may have found the exact reason as to why deep breathing can calm someone down and reduce anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common illness in the United States affecting 40 million people age 18 or older. At the University of Arizona, 16 percent of students have been diagnosed with anxiety while 36 percent have said that anxiety has made it somewhat or very difficult to work on their studies. Fifty percent of students...

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Attention menopausal women: Want to be happier in life? New study says dump the chump

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You’re a young woman. You’re sitting at a fancy restaurant with your boyfriend of a few years. Suddenly, he gets down on one knee and presents to you a shiny engagement ring and asks you to marry him. You excitedly say yes, but according to a recent study done by the University of Arizona, as soon as you hit menopause, usually between the ages of 45 to 55, you might regret that answer. The Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study observed nearly 80,000 post-menopausal women over a three-year period to examine the relationship between divorce and health indicators such as blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass index. They also studied health behaviors such as diet pattern, alcohol use, physical activity and smoking. They found that women who are married are more likely to have increased body mass index, drink...

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Adderall kickback proves more dangerous than users think

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Lilly has a morning routine that is a little different than many college students. She wakes up. She eats breakfast. But with her breakfast, she takes a small pill that helps her feel more focused and relaxed as she starts her day. Vyvanse, Lilly’s morning prescription drug choice, is used to stimulate the central nervous system and affect the chemicals in the brain often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in which the patient finds it extremely difficult to concentrate. Although Vyvanse helps Lilly stay focused, it only does so for a short time. That’s why around 3 p.m. Lilly switches to another drug, one that usually keeps her alert, focused and motivated until she goes to bed and a drug that 1 in 5 college students regularly abuse, according to a survey released by the Partnership for Drug-Free...

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Health insurance keeps me alive

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I am a 21-year-old student attending the University of Arizona with a pre-existing condition covered under my parents’ health insurance plan. I’m scared. And I’m not alone. I’m scared because like the millions of other people under 26 who are part of their parent’s health insurance plan, I’m unsure whether  I will remain under my parents’ plan if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. About 3.1 million people under age 26 in the United States are under their parents’ health insurance plan, and about 50,000 young adults in Arizona benefit from the plan, according to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. This is all because of the Affordable Care Act. Some 52 million Americans have a pre-existing condition such as cancer, diabetes and asthma. About 1 million in Arizona, or 26 percent of the state’s population, have a pre-existing...

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