Avi’s Cancer Story: Part 3 – The Road Will Find You

At a young age, I always had a great fascination with flying. I would look up into the sky and dream of soaring the skies as a pilot. My father would play flying simulation games on his computer, and I would sit on his lap in awe. In seventh grade, several months before I got…

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Defining HopeLab

If HopeLab appeared in the dictionary how would the organization be defined? Maybe something along the lines of… HopeLab /hōp lab/ (noun): A non-profit organization that’s passionate about improving the health and well-being of kids and young adults through the application of engaging technologies backed by rigorous research. But explaining what we do is hard to convey…

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6 Reasons Why Purpose Is Good For Your Health

1. Longer life. Having a strong purpose in life is correlated with lower risk of mortality, disability, and Alzheimer’s disease. 2. Less stress. Living life in a full and satisfying way is correlated with lower stress.   3. Less inflammation. Living a meaningful and purposeful life is correlated with less chronic inflammation.   4. Pro HDL.…

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One Word Holds the Key to Health and Happiness

Eudaimonia: if the word is new to you, it might sound like a style of electronic dance music or a pharmaceutical. No, eudaimonia can’t be downloaded from the cloud or packaged in a pill. But eudaimonia is a remarkable type of experience that can improve health and well-being, for yourself and others. Sounds important, right?…

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Top 10 Health Findings of 2013

Building on our legacy work in cancer (Re-Mission and Re-Mission 2) and obesity (Zamzee), HopeLab is increasingly focusing its efforts on resilience. We’re investigating ways to help people bounce back from adversity, improving both their psychological and physical health. We know that psychology — i.e., our happiness, anxiety and stress, for instance — impacts health…

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Why Purpose is a Prescription for Health

  Believe it or not, the royal road to happiness is purpose. Last week Dr. Victor J. Strecher visited HopeLab as part of our guest speaker series. He shared his scientific work and an incredibly personal and moving story, about the death of his daughter, a vivid dream, and the birth of a new goal.…

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How Stress Affects the Body

Stress is a common feature of daily life. In small doses, even moderate doses, stress can be good for us. Stress can energize us for action and sharpen our focus. But prolonged stress can be disastrous to our long-term health. In a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of…

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Happy Genes: How Positive Psychology Impacts Human Gene Expression

Your state of mind can affect your physical health – it’s the kind of thing we intuitively understand. Now science is offering some powerful new insights into this mind-body connection. NEW DATA A study by researchers at UCLA’s Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology (including Steve Cole, HopeLab’s head of R&D) and the University of North Carolina…

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The Stupid Cancer Show Talks Tech

The folks at the  Stupid Cancer Show recently devoted an entire episode to Gaming and the ePatient Revolution. You can listen here. I get to do some fun stuff as head of communications at HopeLab, and being a guest on this show (twice now!) is always a blast. This time, I gave some inside scoop…

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