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The Prescription For Better Health? A Dose Of Nature

The Prescription For Better Health? A Dose Of Nature: If everyone who lived in cities went to a park for a half hour every week, there would be 7 percent fewer cases of depression and 9 percent fewer cases of high blood pressure.


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Window view: Can it reduce (PhD) stress?

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Well, the bouquet was a gift from my husband to cheer me up but what I could see is the view of the building opposite our flat. I did not want to stay at home from where I could not see the sky or green, yet the wet gloomy weather did not let me go out. I was missing staying at out first flat in Edinburgh which…