The Daily Dose: Keep Your Eyesight

Today’s healthy tip: save your eyes. Before reading this article, I was almost 100% positive that my current environment is entirely wrong when it comes to maintaining my sight (virtually no light outside of the computer screen, like two feet away from the screen). However, it turns out that’s about the optimal way to be situated if you’re sitting at a desk and looking at a screen for long periods of time. Too often, however, I come home from work and my eyes feel like they’ve been doing little eye-push-ups all day (as awesome as such a thing sounds, it feels significantly less so). Now I know, there are proper “eye-gonomics” (their word, not mine), and we’re all largely doing them completely wrong. Check them out here.

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Employee wellness programs are becoming a top priority for small businesses, particularly as an investment to reduce costs from reduced productivity. I’ve been telling you all this for a while now, a healthy employee is a happy employee is a productive employee. The math is there, and the profits are adding up for those that have figured it out.

Ladies, it’s official. We guys stay on your minds forever. DNA from male fetuses (feti?) can persist in a woman’s brain throughout her entire life, according to a new study. Even more interesting, women with the most male DNA in the study were less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s. You’re welcome.

Since we’re on the subject of cognitive health, seniors who take more drugs for insomnia and anxiety have an increased likelihood of developing dementia. While the study is not confirming causality (it could be the case that those in the study suffering from insomnia/anxiety may have a stronger risk of dementia to begin with), it’s probably best to just try and avoid these drugs if possible.

Usually, when you see a post about your inbox it’s rattling on about how they are the bane of our existence or whatever. However, a team of researchers has found that checking our email can potentially increase our creativity. The interruption to our work can cause our minds to relax, and expand our views toward an obstacle to conjure up new ideas (and, more importantly, abandon the bad ideas).

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