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Easing the Burden of Living with Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see What You Can Do). It often takes time and patience to overcome. However, while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, an MGH expert points out that there are commonsense steps you can take that

Stress Reduction Is Blood Pressure Reduction

Stress Reduction Is Blood Pressure Reduction

Could the simple act of resolving a relationship conflict with a close friend or relative actually lower your blood pressure numbers? Research is now saying it absolutely can. Not too many years ago, many doctors and even some medical associations were unconvinced that stress reduction techniques could effectively lower elevated blood

From the Editor: Alternative Approaches to Pain Relief

As we age, we often hear from parts of our bodies that have run on ‘automatic pilot’ forever—a knee hurts, our back aches, we wake up stiff and sore. Many of us immediately reach for the painkillers—but some of these medications have a greater risk of harmful side effects in

How to Deal with Stress

How to Deal with Stress

“Stress” is a term used to describe how your body reacts to changing, often unpredictable, conditions. Stress-provoking situations may involve anything from caring for an aging parent to dealing with a chronic illness, or from being stuck in heavy traffic to facing a snarling dog. Chronic, prolonged stress can be

Ice Pick Headache Signs and Symptoms

Ice Pick Headache Signs and Symptoms

An ice pick headache—the type that causes a stabbing pain and usually centers in the temple area or around the eyes—is very rare. For most people, thankfully, it’s brief. In 80 percent of ice pick headache sufferers, symptoms last from one to 10 seconds. For those prone to ice pick

Elderly Health Care Issues: Aging and Mental Well-Being

Elderly Health Care Issues: Aging and Mental Well-Being

As we age, it can be frustrating and discouraging to experience new physical limitations or new medical conditions. In terms of elderly health care, issues involving our mental well-being sometimes take a back seat to physical needs, but they shouldn’t be overlooked.
There are a number of steps we can

Shield Your Brain from Harmful Free Radicals

The very air we breathe might be adding to our risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a study published online Sept. 5, 2016 in the journal PNAS. The researchers autopsied the brains of 37 older city dwellers and discovered abnormally high concentrations of magnetite, an iron oxide found in

Newsbriefs: Yoga; Type 2 Diabetes; Lowering Blood Pressure

Yoga Improves QOL in Afib Patients.
Swedish patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation—atrial fibrillation that occurs occasionally, lasting minutes to days before returning to normal rhythm—had improved quality of life, heart rate, and blood pressure after a 12-week yoga intervention. The study involved 80 patients who were randomized to yoga or a

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