The SAD Season is Upon Us Shorter Days Triggering Seasonal Affective Disorder

Source: Loyola University Health System Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression triggered by shorter days and reduced light. “We are in the midst of the full-blown SAD season,” said said Loyola Medicine psychiatrist Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD. Seasonal affective disorder affects between three and five percent of the …

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Pregnancy Poses No Greater Risk to Breast Cancer Survivors

Source: Oxford University Press USA A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates that pregnancy does not incur a greater risk of relapse for survivors of breast cancer. The safety of pregnancy for women with history of breast cancer has remained a controversial topic for …

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Too Hot to Sleep? Severe Hot Flashes Linked to Greater Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Early diagnosis important to control risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, and death Source: The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Many menopausal women complain about poor sleep. Should the problem be blamed simply on menopause or on a more serious underlying sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? What, if …

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TED Talk: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — …

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Indoor Tanning Addiction and the Depression Connection

A survey of young, white women who have used indoor tanning at least once in the past year showed that more than one in five of them have signs of being addicted to the high dose of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds. In addition, women with symptoms of depression …

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For Frequent UTI Sufferers, More Water May be the Secret to Relief

Drinking an additional three pints of water a day may keep the urinary tract infection (UTI) away — at least for women who are prone. The study found women at risk of UTIs who increased their water intake by about that much water every day were nearly half as likely …

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Statins Linked to Lower Rates of Breast Cancer and Mortality

A 14 year study in more than one million people has found that women with high cholesterol have significantly lower rates of breast cancer and improved mortality. The research, presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress, suggests that statins are associated with lower rates of breast cancer and subsequent mortality. …

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Study Highlights 10 Most Unnecessary and Overused Medical Tests and Treatments

Unnecessary medication. Tests that don’t reveal the problem, or uncover a “problem” that isn’t really there. Procedures that have more risk than benefit. A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine highlights some of the most egregious examples of medical overuse in America. The goal …

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Long Sitting Periods May Be Just as Harmful as Daily Total

A new study finds that it isn’t just the amount of time spent sitting, but also the way in which sitting time is accumulated during the day that can affect risk of early death. The study, published online September 11, 2017 in Annals of Internal Medicine, found that adults who …

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Endometriosis and Pregnancy Risks

New US research has found that pregnant women with endometriosis have an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and at delivery, suggesting that women with the condition should be more closely monitored. The new large meta-analysis looked at 24 studies and a total of more than 1 million women, with …

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