PTSD symptoms are common for family of Covid-19 ICU patients, study says

PTSD symptoms are common for family of Covid-19 ICU patients, study says

It’s a quiet day at base camp when suddenly the enemy launches an attack. The main character is scrambling to respond to incoming fire, making quick decisions about how to respond to danger that is largely out of their control. “When you put that in a hospital, the sudden change in health status is Mom … Read more

It doesn’t take a lot of exercise to fight depression, study says

It doesn’t take a lot of exercise to fight depression, study says

“Most benefits are realized when moving from no activity to at least some,” the study authors wrote. Recommended levels of exercise in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include aerobic activity at moderate levels (such as a brisk walk) for 2.5 hours a week, along with a workout … Read more

Even small amounts of exercise fight depression, study says

Even small amounts of exercise fight depression, study says

“Most benefits are realized when moving from no activity to at least some,” the study authors wrote. Recommended levels of exercise in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include aerobic activity at moderate levels (such as a brisk walk) for 2.5 hours a week, along with a workout … Read more

Avocados reduce risk of heart attacks, study says

Avocados reduce risk of heart attacks, study says

Eating at least two servings of avocado a week reduced the risk of having a heart attack by 21% when compared to avoiding or rarely eating avocados. However, there was not an equivalent benefit in reducing the risk for stroke, according to the study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. A … Read more

Sleeping with even a small amount of light may harm your health, study says

Sleeping with even a small amount of light may harm your health, study says

The dim light entered the eyelids and disrupted sleep despite the fact that participants slept with their eyes closed, said study author Dr. Phyllis Zee, director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Heart rate typically drops at night, slowing down as the brain is busy repairing … Read more

Dementia linked to premature menopause for women, study says

Dementia linked to premature menopause for women, study says

“What we see in this study is a modest association between premature menopause and a subsequent risk for dementia,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, president of the American Heart Association. He was not involved in the study. Why do women go through premature menopause? Unless the woman has had surgery to remove her ovaries and uterus, … Read more

Pets help keep your brain sharp, study says

Pets help keep your brain sharp, study says

“To our knowledge, our study is the first to consider the effect of duration of pet ownership on cognitive health,” first author Jennifer Applebaum, a sociology doctoral candidate and National Institute of Health predoctoral fellow at University of Florida, told CNN in an email . And it’s not just cats and dogs that can boost … Read more

People with Covid-19 may face long-term cardiovascular complications, study says

People with Covid-19 may face long-term cardiovascular complications, study says

The study, published this month in the journal Nature Medicine, used data from US Department of Veterans Affairs national health care databases to follow over 153,000 veterans with a history of Covid-19 infection for up to a year after their recovery. Compared with those who were never infected, people who had a coronavirus infection were … Read more

Infertility treatments raise risk of heart and pregnancy complications, study says

Infertility treatments raise risk of heart and pregnancy complications, study says

“Advancing maternal age — specifically being age 35 and older — increases the risk of having or developing conditions, such as chronic high blood pressure, that increase the risk of pregnancy complications,” said study author Dr. Pensée Wu, senior lecturer and honorary consultant obstetrician and subspecialist in maternal fetal medicine at Keele University School of … Read more