More than a happiness boost: How mood medications help when you’re depressed

Antidepressants help treat more than just the emotional and psychological issues of depression. The medications can also improve other aspects of health, since depression often has physical complications such as appetite loss, insomnia, and fatigue. There are four classes of antidepressants: SSRIs, SNRIs, tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors. There are also “atypical” antidepressants that have unique properties. Side effects vary depending on the drug. But all antidepressants take time to work, from two weeks to a month.  (Locked) More »

Does regular exercise reduce cancer risk?

It appears people with the highest levels of physical activity have lower rates of cancer of the esophagus, lung, kidney, colon, head and neck, rectum, bladder and breast, compared with people with the lowest levels of physical activity. (Locked) More »

What is a synthetic human genome?

A group of scientists wants to develop technology to create a synthetic human genome, which could lead to improved organ transplantation, vaccines and medicines, and to new ways to fight cancer and infections. (Locked) More »

Exercise-free activities that work your muscles and heart

Engaging in recreational or household activities that work the heart and muscles is an effective way to get a workout. Examples include swimming, gardening, dancing, bowling, playing tennis, brisk walking, playing with kids, golfing, vigorous house cleaning, and any other activities that increase heart rate and make the muscles move. It’s important to track the time doing these activities when substituting them for a traditional workout. Activity trackers and journals are handy tools for this.  More »

Dental implant reality check

A dental implant is a small titanium post that’s surgically placed into the jawbone. In time, it fuses with the bone and provides a base for a porcelain replacement tooth that will later be screwed into the implant. After surgery, it’s important to avoid crunchy and sticky foods and stick to a soft diet until the gums heal. In older adults, dental implants are typically used to replace one or two missing teeth or to anchor a bridge or dentures to keep them secure during chewing and speaking. (Locked) More »

5 ways to fight loneliness and isolation

Loneliness and isolation are associated with developing a number of health conditions, such as coronary artery disease and stroke. Avoiding loneliness and isolation takes planning and effort. Strategies include reaching out to family and friends, even if it’s just a phone call or video call; signing up for rides through senior centers; joining a club or spiritual community, such as a church or synagogue; getting a pet; and signing up for visits from volunteers at senior centers. (Locked) More »

Is something in your diet causing diarrhea?

Diarrhea may be caused by a number of factors. When it comes to diet, foods that are sugary, fatty, spicy, or fried can cause loose stools or make them worse. Dairy foods and foods with gluten can also cause diarrhea. Identifying foods and drinks that may be causing loose stools, and then eliminating those foods or drinks from the diet, can help reduce diarrhea. Other causes of diarrhea include bacterial or viral infection; surgery to the digestive system; alcohol abuse; medication side effects; and medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. (Locked) More »

Could occupational therapy enhance your quality of life?

It appears that four healthy habits—getting 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, maintaining a body mass index between 18.5 and 27.5, no smoking, and drinking only in moderation—may prevent many cancer cases and death in white people. (Locked) More »

Caregivers: Remember your own health

It appears that caregivers of people who spend a week or more on an ICU ventilator have a high risk for developing clinical depression that can last up to a year after the ICU survivor is discharged.  More »