In the News: Slow Breathing May Treat Anxiety Disorders, Americans Over 60 Are Drinking More, Five Factors Linked to Unsuccessful Weight Loss

Slow breathing may help treat anxiety disorders. A study on neurobiology conducted at UCLA has found that specific brain cells are triggered during slow breathing, and they have a direct impact on mood and activity. While some brain cells are activated without any effort, others require particular breathing techniques to be triggered. As Dr. Mark Krasnow, a biochemistry professor involved in the study points out: While the heart has a slow-to-fast method of beating, there are way more kinds of breathing types from regular to yawning to sobbing to sighing, which provides a lot more room for tweaking and practicing. If you want to learn how to reduce stress, try some of Dr. Oz’s favorite breathing techniques. (TODAY)

Americans over 60 are drinking more. A new study has found that sixty-somethings are drinking more than they did two decades ago. Males in particular were found to have a higher likelihood of binge drinking, but the largest overall increase in alcohol consumption was found in females. The gap between male and female drinking has become smaller and smaller over the last 20 years. While a glass of wine here or there may actually provide health benefits, consuming too many alcoholic beverages can impact the way medications are absorbed and can lead to insomnia, diabetes, and hypertension. Watch this clip to find out what alcohol addiction really looks like. (CNN)

Five factors linked to weight loss struggles. While it’s no secret that losing weight isn’t always the easiest pursuit, it turns out there are five main reasons why. Studies have found that counting calories, having a carb-heavy breakfast, not sleeping enough, eating when not hungry, and hanging out with bad influences are all factors that contribute to weight-loss struggles. Experts recommend focusing on nutritious food instead of worrying solely about the calorie count; shooting for at least 15 grams of protein; getting at least eight hours of sleep; eating only when hungry and not when bored, stressed, or  and hanging out with people that can motivate you and share your goals. Give your diet a boost with Dr. Oz’s two-week rapid weight loss plan. (TODAY)