Category Archives: Mental Health

Treat yourself well during the Thanksgiving holiday

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:

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An Amazing Thanksgiving Proclamation — by the President of the United States of America

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

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Study suggests mental ‘fog’ of menopause is real

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.

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Exercise boosts kids’ academic ability

Promoting physical activity among young school kids can end up improving their academic performance, a new study suggests.

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Lack of sleep opens door to health problems

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.”

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Fruits, veggies can be beauty tools, study says

The key to a rosy, healthy-looking complexion may be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, researchers say.

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Review: Antidepressants benefit people with all ranges of depression

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.

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Exercise helps adults sleep better

The New York Times reports, “According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of adults ages 60 and over have trouble sleeping.”

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FDA warns of mercury in imported skin creams

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.”

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FDA cites misleading statements from inhalable caffeine manufacturer

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

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Virginia governor signs bill requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently signed a bill making abdominal ultrasounds mandatory for women seeking abortions.

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Trans fat consumption linked to stroke risk in women

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.

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Study shows how marijuana clouds memory

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.

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How concerned should you be about the statin warnings?

This morning I had a detailed post on the FDA warnings on statins. Let me explain why this will NOT change my prescribing habits.

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FDA adds new safety warnings to statins

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.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What’s best? Oral appliance or CPAP?

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.

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“Cybercycle” improves cognitive function in older adults

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

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Sleep medications linked to increased death risk

ABC World News reported that a new study found “a link between sleeping” aids “and an increased risk of death.”

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Omega-3 fatty acids related to brain health

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.

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Second-chance romances might not bring happiness

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.

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Study finds no link between suicide and antidepressants

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.” 

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Survey: Marijuana use up among teens

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.”

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Marijuana use before driving nearly doubles likelihood of causing crash

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.

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Overeating doubles risk of memory loss in seniors

ABC World News reported, “A new study … shows that the more calories you eat the higher your risk for memory loss.”

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Brain scans spot autism as early as 6 months of age

This amazing information finally and completely debunks the delusion that vaccines at 12-18 months of age cause autism.

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US college students likelier to abuse alcohol than other drugs

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

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Smoking associated with faster cognitive decline in middle-aged men

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

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Blood test may someday help diagnose depression

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.

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Sports Legacy Institute calls for limiting head blows

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

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Head blows without concussion result in brain function changes

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.”

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