Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see “What You Can Do” sidebar). It often takes time and patience to overcome. And while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, a Massachusetts General Hospital expert points out that there are common-sense steps that
If you’re suffering from the syndrome known as chronic fatigue, treatment can vary—no surprise, considering that the condition itself is so mysterious. Before we get into management of chronic fatigue syndrome, consider the genesis of how we define it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bases its description of
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
BLISSFUL BRAIN BOOSTER: A NAP!
Researchers have come up with the perfect rationale for the post-prandial siesta: It seems that napping for an hour or so after lunch improves memory and the ability to think clearly. A study involving nearly 3,000 older adults recorded participants’ nighttime sleep habits, and noted whether
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
Sundowning is a common condition, or syndrome, among people with dementia, and is associated with some adverse outcomes, such as institutionalization, faster cognitive worsening, and greater caregiver burden, according to a study published in Frontiers in Medicine online Dec. 27, 2016. It is characterized by the worsening or emergence of
More Support for the Safety of Calcium
In 2013, a Swedish study found that women who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of death due to cardiovascular disease than women who got the same amount of calcium from foods alone. This report led to an investigation of the possible connection
O-T-C Sleep, Allergy Aids linked to Greater Risk for Dementia.
People who routinely take a class of drugs called anticholinergics over the course of many years may be at higher risk for dementia than people who don’t take these drugs. Anticholinergics are used to treat such conditions as asthma, incontinence, intestinal
Chronic stress is a toxin that damages both body and brain. Long-term exposure to the pressure, anxiety, and repeated fight-or-flight responses linked to stress has been shown to play a role in the development of physical ailments such as stroke, cardiovascular problems, asthma, immune suppression, inflammation, diabetes and rising levels
What is Sleep Hygiene?
Sleep hygiene is the term specialists use for good habits that promote sleep. These include keeping regular hours, even on weekends and vacations, and going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time every day to keep your sleep schedule consistent. A nighttime