With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you may awaken suddenly, with a loud gasp for air, because your upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth. It’s like trying to drink through a wet paper straw—you keep sucking on it, but nothing
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Do you have a pacemaker? If so, you’re benefiting from one of the most important developments in the history of medical technology. When the heart’s natural timing circuits go on the fritz, and if medication falls short, pacemakers can come to the rescue. Heart conditions that used to be fatal
For better or worse, alcohol has been part of our cultural history for thousands of years. America’s most commonly used drug brings pleasure to some, grief to others; health risks for most people, health benefits for a few. It’s not going away—in fact, a 2017 study estimated that one in
By now, it should be clear that depression affects everyone differently. This chapter reviews how certain groups of people tend to experience depression and how it can impact different aspects of life.
Depression can drain your energy and sap your concentration. There is good evidence that being unhappy at work can
Research shows that certain foods and diets have an amazing ability to reduce triglycerides naturally. A study of more than 1.5 million healthy adults provided evidence that a Mediterranean diet or triglyceride diet can result in a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular mortality, a lower incidence of cancer
Calories Burned: Cardio vs. Resistance Training
Researchers from Auckland University of Technology wanted to know if burning calories doing cardiovascular exercise was the same as burning calories doing resistance training. They conducted a small study that looked at physiological and hormonal responses to the two different workouts. The number of calories burned, and the duration of
Q. I have an uncle with end-stage kidney disease. Can you tell me more about this disease, and who is at risk?
A. Interestingly, 26 million Americans have kidney disease, many of whom are unaware of it, and 76 million more are at high risk of developing it. The disease kills
MGH RANKS SECOND IN NATIONAL HOSPITAL RATINGS
Once again, Massachusetts General Hospital has been honored as a top American hospital. MGH placed second in the Best Hospitals 2013-14: Honor Roll, published by U.S. News & World Report. The prestigious rankings, published in July 2013, are based on surveys of nearly 10,000
Two forms of omega-3 fatty acids, known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are found primarily in fish and other seafood. In some clinical studies, regular consumption of fish and seafood has been associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease. Other studies, however, showed an
Wikipedia says every house in Finland has a sauna, and it’s no wonder when you read about the many health-related sauna benefits. Most recently, in January 2018, the University of Eastern Finland showed that 30 minutes in a sauna bath reduces blood pressure while increasing heart rate to the level