Healthcare Knuggets

May 01, 2024

Hey there! I just heard about a new study that reveals the importance of stretching in our daily physical activity. Stretching promotes flexibility, helps maintain a healthy range of motion for our joints, and lowers the chances of joint and muscle strain. It’s great for improving balance, preventing falls, and even relieving arthritis, back, and knee pain. The experts at Harvard Medical School have put together a Special Health Report with 35 exercises to improve flexibility and reduce pain. They also have recommendations on how often and how long to stretch for optimal results.

In other news, a recent study found that sensory cues, such as sounds or smells, can be used to strengthen memories formed during the day. Specifically, exposure to a specific odor while learning vocabulary words, and then again during sleep, resulted in improved performance on a memory test. This research sheds light on how we can harness the power of sleep, especially during deep sleep, to enhance our ability to retain and recall information.

And how about training our brain to be happier and more content? The mental health experts at Harvard Medical School have put together a Positive Psychology Special Health Report that includes simple techniques to help experience deeper joy, cheerful contentment, and unshakeable confidence. It’s all about finding and magnifying our inner strengths, defeating adversity with an attitude of gratitude, and tapping into the power of savoring pleasure.

I also learned about the latest issue of the Harvard Heart Letter, which covers topics such as advice for aging exercise enthusiasts, practical pointers about protein, and the connection between sleep and brain health. This newsletter is a great resource for guidance on heart-healthy eating, exercise, medications, and preventive therapies that can have a positive and lasting effect on cardiac fitness, strength, and stamina.

I hope this news brightens your day and encourages you to prioritize your health and well-being. Let’s continue to stay informed and stay healthy!

Take care,


Stay Well!