Marriage May Protect Against Dementia (and improves health in many other ways)

General Health, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
MedPage is reporting that the give and take of marriage may be enough to stave off Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairment – based upon a prospective population-based study which found that people living alone from midlife on were almost three times as likely to develop some level of cognitive impairment as those who were living with a spouse.  My Take? (more…)
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Study Finds Lesbians 50 Times More Likely to Self-Harm (nothing gay about this story)

General Health, Health Headlines, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that the habit of "self-harming" is 50 times more likely to occur in lesbians than in the general population of women. They quote a Scottish study showing 20 percent of lesbian and bisexual women, of a total of 500 women surveyed in Scotland had deliberately harmed themselves in the last year, compared to 0.4 per cent of the general population. My Take? (more…)
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Why time off is time well spent for your health

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
USA Today columnist, Kim Painter, writes today about "Vacation deprivation," as it has been dubbed by Expedia.com. The phenomena has been spreading for years as Americans' vacations get shorter or are skipped entirely. But this year's high travel costs, flying hassles and spooky economy may be creating a "perfect storm" that keeps people hunkered down as never before. Believe it or not, this may negatively impact your health. My Take? (more…)
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Make Family Vacations A Healthy Memory

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
A recent news story, Why time off is time well spent for your health, emphasized the health benefits of a frequent, restful vacations. The story reminded me of this section of my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child. I hope you’ll enjoy and apply this information: (more…)
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Social Ties May Help Cut Dementia Risk

General Health, Health Headlines, Mental Health
WebMD Health News is reporting a study funded by the National Institute on Aging showing that elderly women who maintain close friendships and strong family ties are less likely to develop dementia than women who are less sociable. My Take? This study just adds to the scores that confirm that strong social networks can protect against dementia and many other diseases and disorders. (more…)
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St. John’s Wort No Help in ADHD

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Mental Health, Parenting
ABC News reports a new study suggesting that St. John's wort is not a useful treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Although the researchers only studied 54 children between 6 and 17 years old who have ADHD for eight weeks, the study design was the gold standard randomized controlled trial. And, they found that St. John's wort was no better than placebo when it came to improving the children's attentiveness or hyperactivity. (more…)
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Vitamin D may protect against heart attack

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health
  In yet another study of vitamin D, Reuters is reporting a study where scientists found that low vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk for heart attack.  Researchers studied medical records and blood samples from 454 men aged 40-75 who had either died from heart disease or who were alive but had a heart attack. (more…)
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Sleep a Necessity, Not a Luxury

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Men's Health, Mental Health, Obesity, Parenting, Woman's Health
HealthDay News reports that as the pace of life gets faster and faster, and people try to cram more and more into every minute of the day. Before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1880, people slept an average of 10 hours a night. These days, Americans average 6.9 hours of sleep on weeknights and 7.5 hours a night on weekends, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But lack of sleep affects a person in one of two ways. (more…)
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Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – May 30, 2008

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Here are my takes on some of today's health headlines: Vitamin D for babies may prevent type 1 diabetes A new systematic review reports to have "the strongest evidence to date" that supplemental vitamin D in babies and children may help reduce the risk of later development of type 1 diabetes by 29 percent. Readers of this blog have read me frequently comment on the host of health problems prevented by vitamin D. (more…)
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Postpartum depression common among American women

Mental Health, Woman's Health
As a family physician, I've had the privilege to deliver over 1500 babies in my career. Attending a birth and seeing the miracle of birth is one of the most wonderful aspects of being a family physician. Yet, even with my over 25 years of experience, I was surprised by a study showing that as many as one in five women in the U.S. may suffes from postpartum depressive symptoms. (more…)
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