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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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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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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Happiness and Health

When was the last time you laughed or felt happy? If it’s been too long or you can’t remember, consider this old adage: Laughter is the best medicine. Bobby McFerrin had it right when he sang, “Don’t worry, be happy.” Research “Multiple studies confirm that cultivating positive emotions has enormous …

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How Women’s Brains Really Are Superior

“He never remembers our anniversary,” Felicia says about her husband of 15 years. “It used to really upset me, but now I just drop little hints as the day approaches. It works.” “I just don’t get his obsession with cars,” Renee says about her boyfriend of two years. “I mean, …

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Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Do you have rhythm? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people don’t. Instead, they have a condition known as “atrial fibrillation”—also called “Afib” or “AF”—that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way. The …

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Exercise Helps Women Cope with Multiple Sclerosis

While exercise doesn’t prevent people from developing multiple sclerosis (MS), certain kinds of exercise may be beneficial to those who already have it. MS is a neurological disease that directly affects the body, but coping with it can bring about depression – and this is where exercise comes in. What …

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How to Survive the Unspoken Grief that Comes After Miscarriage

“I would have had my baby in one more month, but at four months pregnant, I lost him,” says one mom. “I was feeling fine, but at my regular appointment the doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat. I don’t understand what happened. I’m devastated but I don’t know what to do.” …

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Fibromyalgia: Not the Flu

Imagine what it feels like when you have the flu: You’re exhausted and it feels like you’re carrying 50 pound sacks on your shoulders, your body hurts, you have a headache, it’s hard to get comfortable, you’re limited in what you can do, and you’re cranky because of these things. …

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How to Sail Through Empty Nest Syndrome

Graduations took place across the country several weeks ago, and now thousands of promising young people are heading off to college or to their first jobs. For most parents, it’s a time of pride, but also of mixed feelings, particularly for moms. Seeing that bedroom suddenly emptied out can do …

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