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The holidays can be physically, emotionally, and financially overwhelming. So take care to avoid letting the stress of the season get you down during this Thanksgiving week. Here are some suggestions that may help:
What a surprise it is, to those of us with modern sensitivities, to read this amazing Thanksgiving proclamation—especially since it was released by the President of the United States of America. I’ve reformatted it a bit, just to make it easier … Continue reading
The memory blips and distractible moments that women say they experience during menopause may be as real as the hot flashes and poor sleep, a new study suggests.
Promoting physical activity among young school kids can end up improving their academic performance, a new study suggests.
In his column in the Los Angeles Times, Davis Lazarus writes that “according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75 million Americans – more than one-quarter of the population – say they don’t get enough sleep.”
The key to a rosy, healthy-looking complexion may be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, researchers say.
Reuters reports that according to an analysis published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, antidepressants may benefit people suffering from depression, even those whose depression is just mild or moderate.
The New York Times reports, “According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of adults ages 60 and over have trouble sleeping.”
CBS reports that the Food and Drug Administration has warned that some “skin creams, soaps and lotions that are manufactured overseas and sold in some US shops might contain toxic amounts of mercury.”
Bloomberg News reports that the FDA has cited Breathable Foods Inc. for placing misleading labels on canisters dispensing caffeine. According to Bloomberg, the FDA notes that the manufacturer describes its AeroShot Pure Energy inhaler as “breathable energy,” and so “encourages consumers … Continue reading
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently signed a bill making abdominal ultrasounds mandatory for women seeking abortions.
Medscape reports, “Postmenopausal women whose diet is high in trans fats, found in fried foods and packaged products, are at higher risk for certain types of ischemic stroke,” according to research published in the Annals of Neurology.
Scientists studying mice say they better understand how marijuana impairs working memory, the ability to momentarily retain and utilize information needed for comprehension and learning.
This morning I had a detailed post on the FDA warnings on statins. Let me explain why this will NOT change my prescribing habits.
Coverage of the FDA’s decision to add warnings to the labels of statins was widespread and presented the warnings as acknowledging a serious danger, while repeating that statins are still useful and effective medications.
Surprise, surprise! An adjustable oral appliance was about as effective as continuous positive airway pressure. I was rather shocked by this study. But, it’s good news for many patients.
The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, exercising on a cybercycle, which is a stationary bicycle that is installed with interactive virtual-reality displays or games, improved cognitive function in … Continue reading
ABC World News reported that a new study found “a link between sleeping” aids “and an increased risk of death.”
A new study is suggesting that people with low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids have brains with less volume compared with people who have higher levels of the same fatty acids.
Contrary to fairy tale-like depictions in movies and books, reuniting with a former romantic partner is unlikely to make you happy, a new study shows.
In the past researchers have been worried about a possible link between antidepressants and suicide. Now comes a reassuring study saying, “It just ain’t so.”
The Washington Post reports, “New data compiled by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the insurance industry indicates that pot smoking is up among teens, and use is higher among high school kids than it has been in three decades.”
The AP reports, “People who use marijuana before driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a car crash as those not under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” according to a study published in BMJ.
ABC World News reported, “A new study … shows that the more calories you eat the higher your risk for memory loss.”
This amazing information finally and completely debunks the delusion that vaccines at 12-18 months of age cause autism.
Reuters reports that US college students who seek substance abuse treatment are more likely to be abusing alcohol and less likely to be using other drugs, according to a report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration … Continue reading
The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Middle-aged men who smoke suffered more rapid cognitive decline than peers who have never smoked or who have been ex-smokers for at least 10 years,” according to a study published in the … Continue reading
HealthDay reported, “Depression can be a tough condition to diagnose accurately, but new research suggests that someday a blood test might help,” according to a study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.
The CNN “The Chart” blog reported that due to “concern … that sub-concussive damage – the menacing smaller blows that add up during practices and games –” could harm adolescent brains, “the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) Friday called for the … Continue reading
The NPR “Shots” blog reported that according to a study to be published in the Journal of Biomechanics, “high school football players have changes in their brain function long before they have recognizable signs of a concussion.”