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Diet sodas may be tied to stroke, dementia risk

<b>(CNN) —</b> Gulping down an artificially sweetened beverage not only may be associated with health risks for your body, but also possibly your brain, a new study suggests.<p>Artificially sweetened drinks, such as diet sodas, were tied to a higher risk of stroke and dementia in the study, which published …

Eating
Cancer

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

Give up the bad habits that drain your mental strength.<p>As a psychotherapist, I've witnessed countless people beat the odds. Despite the tragedies, hardships, and challenges they faced, they persisted.<p>My training had taught me to build on people's existing strengths. But over the years, I realized …

Self-help

How to Be Mindful When You Are Angry

“Anger is a natural, life-affirming emotion. It lets us know when a boundary has been crossed, when our needs are not being met, or when someone we care about is in danger. But when misdirected, anger can harm our physical health and our relationships. Being mindful of anger means not suppressing, …

Mindfulness

How To Clean an Oven with Baking Soda & Vinegar

I'm here to show you a completely safe, natural and effective way to clean your oven — no harsh chemicals and no high-heat auto-cleaning with smoke …

Baking

5 Unexpected Things Happy People Have in Their Homes

Oh, you're not interested in getting happier? Of course you are! Here are five ideas you may not have considered that could make a real difference in …

Well-being

Sleep Better Tonight: Machines for Your Best Night's Rest

I am not a troubled sleeper, and for that, I realize I am incredibly lucky. As long as my environment is relatively dark and quiet, I'm out like a …

Headphones

This Is How People With Anxiety Show Their Love

<i>This piece was written by Sam Maracic</i><i>,</i> <i>a Thought Catalog contributor.</i><p><b>At first they will love with anticipation.</b><p>They will commit with a fear that the …

Why We Need to Stop 'Shoulding' Ourselves

“I shouldn’t have said that.”<p>“I shouldn’t have done that.”<p>“I shouldn’t have eaten that.”<p>These are common phrases I hear from clients in my counseling …

The Patient Side of the Opioid Discussion That Needs to Be Heard

On Monday evening I took my weekly dose of methotrexate which means Tuesday sucked. I couldn’t stay home Tuesday as I usually do. I had a meeting at …

23 People Explain What It's Like to Have Suicidal Thoughts When You're Not Suicidal

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>If you experience suicidal thoughts, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the</i> <i>Crisis Text Line</i> <i>by texting</i> …

Learn How to Make Your Own Functional Mini LEGO Mac

For some tech-loving adults, few devices are as memorable as the 1990 Macintosh Classic. Now, Gizmodo reports that a programmer named Jannis Hermanns …

Lego

Treating depression is guesswork. Psychiatrists are beginning to crack the code.

Brain scans and machine learning programs are paving the way for a breakthrough.<p>Here’s a frustrating fact for anyone who has been prescribed medication or therapy for depression: Your doctor doesn’t know what treatment will work for you.<p>“It is currently complete primitive guesswork,” Leanne Maree …

Depression

5 Healthy Sheet-Pan Dinners You’ll Want To Devour

You’re 30 minutes away from a mouth-watering meal.<p>Sheet-pan meals are brimming with the best flavors of the season—and take 30 minutes, tops. They're a busy weeknight's best friend. Read on for our five favorite sheet-pan dinner recipes, plus tips on how to pick out a winning pan for your kitchen:

Eating

A Simple Mindfulness Technique That Literally Rewires Your Brain To Be More Present

There is a mindfulness strategy to master the habit of attaining focus and becoming present for every moment, which leads to experiencing a higher …

This is the Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make

Taking responsibility for your own life is the fundamental step needed to change.<p>One of the most important decisions you can ever make is to become your own CEO. I’m talking about taking complete responsibility for your life and not blaming others or your circumstances for past results or where you …

Leadership

Brain scan may predict best depression treatment

Brain scans may help determine if talk therapy or medication will best treat a patient's depression. "All depressions are not equal," says Helen …

Depression

Experts Say Knitting And Crocheting Can Have A Surprising Impact On Your Health

Knitting, crocheting, lacemaking, and lots of other string-based crafts have been popular for eons.<p>While in the past, knitting was a necessity to …

Yarn

101 Self-Care Suggestions for When It All Feels Like Too Much

I think that, for most of us, there are times in life when it all just feel like Too Much.<p>There may be some days, weeks, months, maybe even years …

The complete guide to smoothie-making for all levels

If you’ve been relying on the pros at Liquiteria for your smoothie fix, it’s high time you learn the tricks of the trade yourself. Being able to whip …

Beverages

7 anti-inflammatory hot beverages you’ll want to cozy up to this winter

Slippers? Check. Good book? Check. Mug of anti-inflammatory goodness? [Record scratch.]<p>Okay, so a comforting cup of ultra-rich hot cocoa is …

20 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu

Lose the booze<p>"When I'm on trips, I don't drink alcohol. It interferes with sleep quality, and I'm much more likely to get sick when I'm …

15 Habits of Mentally Strong People

Mentally strong people. Who are they? Are they successful? Are they happy? These are the perpetual questions, which have many different answers. …

Self-help

Ibuprofen has some nasty side effects that doctors have known about for a while

Medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, are widely available over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets. But health providers have known for some time they can be unsafe for people with chronic health problems such as kidney …

Medicine

Tetris May Prevent Flashbacks After You’re in a Gruesome Accident

Victims of car accidents can end up replaying disturbing memories in their minds. But these intrusive memories, one aspect of post-traumatic stress …

Neurology

Spicy Juicy Lime Black Bean Soup

I have always loved a good black bean soup, so when I tried to make it myself I decided to turn it into a new recipe with added veggies.<p>I’m not a …

12 low-maintenance flowers you can't kill

(Unless you try very hard.)<p>Sometimes you just want a guarantee. You don't have the money or time for that picture-perfect garden that you know …

Flowers

7 Easy (and Fun!) Ways to Personalize Your Home

Get ready to redecorate with these simple DIY projects.<p>Your home is your sanctuary, so why not make it as unique as you are? Whether you're looking …

Home Decorating