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Is Depression Genetic?

Is Depression Genetic?

For some families, a tendency to have a negative view of life is simply the norm, and children pick it up from observing their parents. Difficult life challenges, such as poverty, abuse, or poor health, can run in families and predispose members to depression. But it’s also clear—as we look

Social Phobia: Crippling, but Treatable

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is an extremely common condition that affects about seven percent of all Americans. The condition imposes an enormous burden on people who suffer from it, impacting their everyday social and occupational lives, to the extent that the mere anticipation of an event—such as eating or drinking

Cardiac Diet: The Road to Wellness Starts Here

Cardiac Diet: The Road to Wellness Starts Here

If you’re in relatively good health but you’ve been told to eat better for an improved cardiovascular system, you may wonder just what a good cardiac diet entails. Fortunately, an eating plan that promotes good heart health can be simple and include plenty of foods you enjoy. The key is

Diabetes Medications: Which One Is Best for You?

Diabetes Medications: Which One Is Best for You?

If you watch television, you probably notice frequent ads for diabetes medications. But, if you have diabetes, how do you know if those medications would work better for you than what you’re currently taking?
The answer: Discuss all of the medication options with your doctor, who can explain the risks

Degenerative Disc Pain? Here’s How to Manage It

Degenerative Disc Pain? Here’s How to Manage It

Your spine is subjected to immense wear and tear over your lifetime. Fortunately, it comes with its own inbuilt shock absorption system—one that’s designed to counter the forces placed on it by the motion involved in day-to-day life, as well as physical exercise and (often improper) body mechanics. This shock

How to Survive and Thrive with Heart Failure

Women comprise about half of the estimated 5.1 million people in the United States living with heart failure. Like their male counterparts, many women are surprised at the diagnosis and worry about their future. Will they become disabled? Will they die?

The fact is, modern medical advances and lifestyle measures enable

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

The phrase open-heart surgery is often used interchangeably with “bypass surgery,” which is technically “coronary artery bypass grafting,” or CABG. But open-heart surgery can actually refer to any of several operations that require surgeons to open up the chest cavity and work directly on the heart.
Other procedures requiring open-heart

Should You Try to Raise Your HDL?

For many years, the formula for better heart health has included measures to reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol while at the same time increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in their circulating blood.

And while a high level of LDL—the so-called “bad” cholesterol—continues to be recognized

Aging Diseases that Affect the Brain

Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

“That’s why it’s important to get

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