Fatigue is a common symptom in people with medical conditions like cancer and diabetes, mood disorders like depression and anxiety, and even in people who are otherwise “healthy.” Yet despite how prevalent it is, medical researchers still do not completely understand what happens in the body to cause fatigue. They
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Music therapy is extremely effective at providing natural anxiety relief and treating depression. But how does music therapy work?
At some point in life, you may have experienced dizziness while standing up. Dizziness includes three subtly different symptoms:
Lightheadedness, where your head feels light, as if you may feel faint
Vertigo, where you feel that the room or world is spinning
Unsteadiness, where you feel like you are unstable
Our own everyday lives can disrupt our sleep. Common sleep stealers include traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even retirement can rob of us restful sleep. For these problems, a few simple steps can restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
Although our conscious mind is closed to the outside world when we sleep, the rest of our body is not at rest. If you think of the body as a machine, sleep puts it in “idle” mode so that repairs can be made. Hundreds of biological processes continue: The heart
Close your eyes and sit up straight. Take a deep breath while you count to five, then count to five again as you exhale. Go ahead and try it right now for six breaths. It feels good, doesn’t it? Here’s what happens when you do easy breathing exercises:
Atrial fibrillation (Afib), which affects about 2.7 million Americans, dramatically raises the risk for stroke, is linked with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, and increases the risk for heart failure and death. A recent study conducted by MGH researcher Jeremy Ruskin, MD, and colleagues (Annals of Internal Medicine,
Adolescents often stay up late and miss out on sufficient sleep. But did you know that sleep deprivation in teens can promote inflammation and even raise the risk of cardiovascular disease?
Q. I have suffered from migraines most of my adult life. Do migraines increase the risk for cognitive decline?
A. A recent study may put your mind at ease about the long-term cognitive effects of migraines. Researchers tracked 286 migraine sufferers for nine years and compared scans of their brains with