Archive for April 22nd, 2013

Depression risk factor could be ‘contagious’

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

A particular style of thinking that makes people vulnerable to depression can actually “rub off” on others, increasing their symptoms of depression six months later, a study has found.

Studies had shown that people, who respond negatively to stressful life events, interpreting the events as the result of factors they can`t change and as a reflection of their own deficiency, are more vulnerable to depression.

This “cognitive vulnerability” is such a potent risk factor for depression that it can be used to predict which individuals are likely to experience a depressive episode in the future, even if they`ve never had a depressive episode before.

Individual differences in this cognitive vulnerability seem to solidify in early adolescence and remain stable throughout adulthood, but psychological scientists Gerald Haeffel and Jennifer Hames of the University of Notre Dame predicted that it might still be malleable under certain circumstances.

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Good diet and exercise may help stave off dementia

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Living a healthy lifestyle not only protect against heart disease and stroke, it also helps keep Alzheimer’s at bay, according to a new research.

Swedish scientists have found that the risk of dementia has declined over the past 20 years, in contrast to what had been assumed.

And they put it down to lower rates of heart disease, which results from people living more healthily and keeping fit and active.

A balanced diet, being careful about weight, stopping smoking and keeping blood pressure normal have been shown to bolster the brain.

Studies have found risk factors for heart disease in middle age speed up decline of brain function in older adults. They also showed medicines such as statins and aspirin taken for heart conditions could be key to slashing dementia rates.

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More women suffer from heart diseases than men

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

More young women suffer from cardiovascular problems than men, heart experts have revealed.

According to British Heart Foundation (BHF) research, there are 710,000 women across the UK, aged 16-44, living with heart disease compared to 570,000 men, the Independent reported.

Professor Peter Weissberg, BHF medical director, said clear signs of heart complaints are going unnoticed by women.

“There’s a great tendency for women to ignore symptoms because they think of it as a man’s problem. Women are affected by heart disease and sometimes more than men,” he said.

Doctors believe the higher rates among women are due in part to their susceptibility to certain rarer diseases, such as coronary artery dissection, where around eight out of ten cases are women.

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Orthopaedics Q&A: Remedy for foot injuries

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.

This week’s answers:

Hello sir

i am 21 year old student my problem is the pain in my hands since last
year. earlier it was only after 3 hours continuous writing during
examinations but it is regular and i do not wish to hold pen anymore and it makes me angry. i consulted the doctor and she suggested me for wax therapy but that did not helped much. some medication was also prescribed but when those medicines were finished pain started again.

pls help bcoz i am a student and i have to write.
priyanka thakur

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