Recently Published Article – “Physical Exercise As Stabilizer For Alzheimer’S Disease Cognitive Decline: Current Status”

Journal: Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health

Author(s): Sergio Machado, Alberto Souza de Sá Filho, Matheus Wilbert, Gabriela Barbieri, Victor Almeida, Alexandre Gurgel, Charles V. Rosa, Victor Lins, Alexandre Paixão, Kamila Santana, Gabriel Ramos, Geraldo Maranhão Neto, Flávia Paes, Nuno Rocha, Eric Murillo-Rodriguez




Mental health decline is one of the main responsible factors for augments in health care costs, and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Some studies stated physical exercise is useful for reduction in cognitive decline and AD. Moreover, a recent review argued that evidence are scarce due to few studies published and lack of configuration information of exercise protocol, such as intensity and duration of exercise, number of sessions and other relevant data, to allow appropriate assessment.

Materials and Methods:

Here, we discussed the possible confounders or factors responsible for these differences and possible neurophysiological mechanisms.


Most studies revealed a possible positive association between physical exercise and cognitive assessments. There are inconsistencies in studies design responsible for varying use of cognitive assessments and different assessments of fitness. However, these studies do not fail to provide evidence about the benefits of exercise, but fail to make it possible because of the lack of dose-response information in AD patients. Physical exercise of moderate intensity should be considered as standard recommendation to reduce cognitive decline, probably due to the improvement in neurodegenerative mechanisms, and the increase in neuroplastic and neuroprotective neurotrophic factors.


Therefore, it is suggested that physical exercise is an important neuroprotective modulator, bringing significant control of the disease and amplifying brain functions.

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How to Fight Your Anxiety?

Anxiety is a sense of unease, like worry or fear, which can be minor or extreme. All of us experience anxiety at some points in life. It is common. However, when anxiety transforms into a ‘disorder’ – disturbance to regular functioning – its emotional effects and symptoms can hinder an ordinary existence.


Here are some tips to get your anxiety under control and help you live in a relaxed way.

Stop catastrophizing

When you’re suffering from anxiety, it’s common to assume the worst whenever something bad happens. You start creating worst-case scenarios when in reality, things aren’t as bad. As an alternative, breathe deeply, go out for a walk, and reflect on the possibility whether this issue might actually turn into a disaster or not.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation exercise couldn’t be easier: sit in a comfortable position, pay attention to your breathing, and, whenever your attention strays, try to bring it back to your breath. This way, you will get a break from the anxious thoughts running in your head all the time. Deep breathing can also help relieve anxiety symptoms.


Exercise is beneficial to the brain, and a potent cure for depression and anxiety – both instantaneously and long-term. Twenty-one minutes – add or subtract a few – are all that is needed for exercise to significantly lessen anxiety, studies reveal.

Eat and Drink Anxiety-Reducing Stuff

Having a cup of chamomile tea or green tea can produce a calming effect on your mind and body. Herbs like Hops, Valerian, Lemon Balm, Kava and Passionflower can also help. Supplements/foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds are also a great natural cure for anxiety.

Hot Bath/Massage

Sitting in a hot bath, sauna or Jacuzzi or on the beach on a sunlit day can do wonders to alleviate your anxiety. Lavender oils mixed in a bath tub can also have a soothing effect on the mind and body. Taking a “forest bath”, i.e. walking in the woods for around twenty minutes, with its fresh smells and sounds of birds and a nearby stream (preferably) reduces stress levels as compared to those who walk in urban areas.

Follow these tips and live happily!

Bentham Open has the following journal related to psychological disorders:

The Open Psychology Journal

World Polio Day 2017!


Eradicating Polio

Poliomyelitis is a debilitating ailment triggered by the polio virus. This virus largely affects kids, specifically those under 5 years of age. Numerous voluntary groups have been functioning consistently against this disease. The polio inoculation, in addition to programs that create awareness, have been a effective solution with regard to its annihilation globally. The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with charitable groups and local administrations in all nations stand with determination to eliminate the illness. While several countries have either totally eliminated the virus or are on the brink of total eradication, a new eruption of wild poliovirus has surfaced as a huge obstacle.

World Polio Day was initiated by Rotary International more than a decade back to honor the birth of Jonas Salk, who headed the first team to develop a vaccine shot to combat poliomyelitis. In 1988 Albert Sabin invented the oral vaccine that replaced this shot. By 2013, GPEI (Global Polio Eradication Initiative) that marked the global campaign of delivering the oral vaccine, reported reduction of polio globally by 99%.

Polio does not have a cure; nevertheless there are harmless and effective shots. Polio is avoidable through vaccination. Polio vaccine, administered several times, almost permanently defends a child for lifetime.

Press Release for EurekAlert! Managing western flower thrips

This article by Dr. Surendra K. Dara. is published in The Open Plant Science Journal, Volume 10

Pesticide evaluation is an important aspect of agricultural research providing useful information to farmers and professionals involved in the pesticide industry. Different studies conducted on conventional broccoli cultivars against multiple species of aphids and lettuce against western flower thrips in California compared new and existing chemicals and a biopesticides based on the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana. Results of these studies help farmers to make appropriate treatment decisions and implement appropriate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices.

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Reference: Dara SK (2017). Managing Western Flower Thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on Lettuce and Green Peach Aphid and Cabbage Aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on Broccoli with Chemical Insecticides and the Entomopathogenic Fungus Beauveria bassiana(Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae), The Open Plant Science Journal, DOI: 10.2174/1874294701710010021

Recently Published Article – “An Integrated Quality Management System for Healthcare”

Journal: Open Medicine Journal

Author(s): Els JonkerChantal KoopmanNatascha van der NagelMarianne Schoorl




A hospital organization with multiple locations and departments is a dynamic organization, which has to deal with a large number of internal and external factors. For the purpose of providing good quality and an effective and efficient patient care, tailored to the actual needs of patients, the focus must be on continuous quality improvement. Therefore, a smart and transparent quality management system for employees and stakeholders is necessary, which is widely accepted in the organization.


To realize structure, coherence and easy accessibility of information about ambitions, results, developments and regulations, the Northwest Clinics (The Netherlands) implemented an integrated quality management system, called Northwest: How we Work, including The House with Achievement books and the Improve 2.0 App.


The House with Achievement books is an instrument for employees, staff and managers to document all agreements that are essential for optimal patient care and management. The House demonstrates what you do and the Achievement books how you do in your department. In addition, the Improve 2.0 App with a digital tracking system to register points for improvement has been implemented to achieve structure, transparency and coherence in the multiple lists with action points.

Employees participate in quality groups to understand the necessity and usefulness of an integrated quality management system, to realize acceptance and to contribute to an environment of continuous improvement.


It is concluded that an integrated quality management system meets the criteria of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle and a LEAN approach for continuous improvement of quality in patient care and organization development. In addition, the system contributes to a more result-oriented organization.

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Bentham Open Press Release!

Three Bentham Open Journals indexed in The Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) by Thomson Reuters

The Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) has accepted to index three Open Access journals published by Bentham Open. The titles recently accepted to be indexed are: The Open Cardiovascular Medicine JournalThe Open Ophthalmology Journal and The Open Dentistry Journal.

The Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) is a new index launched by Thomson Reuters, extending the universe of publications in Web of Science to include high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance and in emerging scientific fields.

Bentham Open is publishing 66 peer-reviewed open access journals. These free-to-view online journals cover all major disciplines of science and technology. Published exclusively online, the journals are available for FREE viewing via Bentham OPEN’s website at

World Arthritis Day 2017!


‘It’s in your hands, take action’

World Arthritis Day (WAD) is observed on October 12th every year and is reinforced by a 12 month-long campaign. The theme for 2017 WAD is ‘High 5ing for WAD’ along with the motto

“It’s in your Hands, Take Action”

As a sign of support and unity, the purpose of High 5ing for WAD is to bring together the rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD) community through the following efforts:

  • Increasing knowledge of RMDs between the medical circle, comprising healthcare specialists and academics, patients of RMS and the common people
  • Impacting public programs by creating awareness among decision-makers of the liability of RMDs and the actions which can be taken to alleviate them
  • Guaranteeing all RMDs sufferers and their relatives, friends, and caretakers for the huge care system accessible to them.


In some instances, RMDs can be genetic however they are not necessarily inherited. RMDs can also be initiated by routine factors like smoking, too much weight, inactive lifestyles, aging and having jobs that cause damage and overuse of joints/muscles. Conversely in some cases the causes are unknown.

Treating and managing RMDs

Managing RMDs usually centers on handling the illness to guarantee the finest possible way of life.  There isn’t any particular medicine or cure that can be applied for everyone. Some tips for people with RMD’s include:

  • Healthy living
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity and fitness

Bentham Open has the following research journal related to the day:

The Open Rheumatology Journal