Category Archives: Mental Health

Scientists closer to developing ‘red wine’ in a pill

U.S. researchers believe they’ve discovered how resveratrol – a chemical found in red wine and other plant products – provides health benefits.

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Article explores risks, benefits of antidepressant use during pregnancy

The Chicago Tribune reports, “Headlines about the potential risks of antidepressants on a developing fetus, including miscarriage, premature birth and newborn breathing problems, have produced angst for many moms on medication.”

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Most teens don’t get enough sleep

Teenagers need 8 and 1/2 to 9 and 1/4 hours of sleep each night to feel good and perform well at school.

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Exercise improves mood for those with chronic illnesses

Reuters reports patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and back pain improve their mood by working out on a regular basis, according to a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Narcissistic men have higher levels of harmful cortisol

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Men who are narcissists may be at risk for some health problems, since they could have inherently higher levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol even when they’re not under pressure,” according to … Continue reading

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Different types of stress said to have different effects on body

The Wall Street Journal discusses the differences between the benefits of and damaging types of stress.

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Valentine’s Day chocolate may be healthful

Here are my last dozen blogs about chocolate from over the last year or so. Enjoy! Literally!! And, Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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Insomnia most common sleep disorder

If you find yourself tossing and turning most nights, unable to fall asleep, you’re in good company.

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Analysis suggests proposed changes to autism definition would exclude many

A possible change in the definition of autism and one top expert says the change could, quote, “make these autism epidemic go away.”

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Estrogen is best remedy for hot flashes

USA Today reports that “when … things don’t work, and when women are miserable (not everyone is), most doctors will offer a prescription” and “the first choice – except for women with a history of breast cancer or other health … Continue reading

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Occasional marijuana use may not damage lungs

The Washington Post “The Checkup” blog reports, “Smoking marijuana doesn’t appear to do the kind of damage to people’s lungs as smoking tobacco does,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “But that may … Continue reading

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Exercise may benefit people susceptible to Alzheimer’s

Bloomberg News reports, “People who are genetically susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s disease may be able to reduce their risk with exercise,” according to a study published in the Archives of Neurology.

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Nicotine patches may help counteract mild memory loss in seniors

The Washington Post asks, “Research has indicated that smokers may have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Might nicotine patches offer memory benefits, too?”

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Grief linked to heart attack risk

On its website, ABC News reports, “Scientists have found new evidence that grief might actually break your heart.”

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Pediatric Study: ‘Healthy’ Diet Best for ADHD Kids

Fast foods, sodas, and ice cream may be American kids’ favorite menu items, but they’re also probably the worst for those with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new literature review suggests. According to two researchers from Children’s Memorial Hospital in … Continue reading

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How parenthood makes life meaningful and how marriage makes parenthood bearable

When Baby Makes Three, the 2011 State of Our Unions report from the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, relies on nationally representative data to answer four important questions about contemporary family life:

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Demand for ABA therapy growing for children with autism

Recently, the Los Angeles Times ran a very nice four-part series on autism in an effort to understand reasons for the burgeoning rates of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) over the past two decades.

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ADHD medications NOT associated with adult CVD risk

The Wall Street Journal reports that medications used for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) appear NOT to raise the risk of serious cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adults, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical … Continue reading

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Newer antidepressants all about equally effective, research suggests

HealthDay reports, “Newer antidepressants seem to be about as effective as one another,” according to a meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Eating baked, broiled fish helps fight Alzheimer’s

ABC News reports on its website that according to a study presented at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting, “eating baked or broiled fish may help fight the brain shrinkage and cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease.”

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Mentored by a Milker of Cows

Long-time readers know of my fondness and appreciation for Bill Judge, a retired dairyman in Kissimmee, Florida, who has been my mentor and coach since the mid-1980’s. Now that my father has passed, Bill has become my second dad. In … Continue reading

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A new worry for soccer parents: Heading

What happens inside the skull of a soccer player who repeatedly heads a soccer ball? That question motivated a provocative new study of the brains of experienced players that has prompted discussion and debate in the soccer community, and some … Continue reading

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Soccer “headers” may increase risk of brain injury

NBC Nightly News reported, “a new study that says frequent headers show brain injuries similar to that seen in patients with concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury” (TBI). “Those who fared worse are the players who made head contact … Continue reading

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Violent video game play may have long-term effect on brain functioning

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported, “Researchers at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America reported that young men’s brains changed after playing violent video games for just a week.”

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Exercise improves sleep quality

Exercise now, sleep better tonight: A study finds that 150 minutes of exercise a week significantly improves sleep quality.

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“Broken heart syndrome” far more common in women than men

The AP reports, “Females are seven to nine times more likely to suffer” Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as “‘broken heart syndrome,’ when sudden or prolonged stress like an emotional breakup or death causes overwhelming heart failure or heart attack-like symptoms,” … Continue reading

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The benefits of ‘bright light therapy’ for depression

The New York Times reports, “For the millions of Americans who suffer from mild to severe winter blues – a condition called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD – bright-light therapy is the treatment of choice, with response rates comparable with … Continue reading

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Give yourself the gift of a stress-free holiday

Here are some steps you can take (if not this year, next) to protect your and your family’s health by keeping it simple during the Christmas season. This report is from HealthFinder and I hope it’s helpful:

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How to prevent holiday depression and stress

This last week, I saw three patients in the office all suffering from holiday depression. One was a grandmother who had suffered the tragic loss of her first grandchild this summer. Two others were people who had lost dear ones … Continue reading

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Too much TV, too little exercise associated with depression

Want to prevent or reduce depression? There are two things you should consider: (1) dramatically reduce your TV time, and (2) increase your physical activity.

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