Depression May Be Associated With Parkinson’s

Depression is associated with an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease, a new study reports, and the more severe the depression, the higher the risk. Swedish researchers compared 140,688 people with depression with 421,943 controls without the disorder. They followed the group for an average of seven years, and in some cases as long as 25 years, and found 3,260 cases of Parkinson’s. The study, in Neurology, found that the rate of Parkinson’s disease among people with depression was almost three …Read More

Oral Steroids and Sciatica

Prednisone, a drug commonly prescribed to treat acute sciatica — the back and leg pain caused by a herniated disk — is almost completely ineffective against the condition, a randomized trial has found. Researchers randomized 267 people with herniated disks to receive a 15-day course of oral prednisone (a steroid) or a placebo pill. Herniated disk was confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging tests, and all the patients had significant pain and disability, as measured with well-validated rating scales. The study …Read More

Medical Detection Dogs

The findings back up tests carried out by the British charity Medical Detection Dogs. Its chief executive, Claire Guest, describes the study as “very significant.” The traditional PSA test, she says, although valuable, falsely finds cancer in 3 out of 4 cases. This means 75% of men who take the PSA test and receive a result of “cancer” have to take more tests to find out they don’t have it. “Moreover, the detection dogs provide an alternative solution that yields …Read More


Heart Failure The term “heart failure” can be frightening. It does not mean the heart has “failed” or stopped working. It means the heart does not pump as well as it should. This then leads to salt and water retention, causing swelling and shortness of breath. The swelling and shortness of breath are the primary symptoms of heart failure. Heart failure is a major health problem in the U.S., affecting nearly 5 million Americans. About 550,000 people are diagnosed with …Read More

Taking statins can give you diabetes

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that use of statins is associated with a 46% increase in the risk of developing diabetes, even after adjustment for confounding factors.

Are you at risk for a heart attack?

If you’ve already been through one heart attack, you’re at increased risk for another, but with a few smart moves you can reduce that risk. Unfortunately, many heart patients have mistaken ideas about what’s good for them. Mistake 1: Thinking all heart attacks are the same. If your Aunt Mary had a heart attack even after a lifetime of eating low-fat foods and jogging every day, you may think changing your own lifestyle is not worth the trouble. Or, your …Read More

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), affects between 836,000 and 2.5 million Americans. The disease causes a variety of symptoms – cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, pain and sleep abnormalities – and has a profoundly disruptive effect on the lives of those who develop it. People with the disease report experiencing difficulty with the completion of routine tasks, and at least one-quarter have been confined to their home or bed due to the effects of their condition. …Read More

Sleep Activity Trackers

Wearable health and fitness devices are all the rage right now. A recent report from Juniper Research claims that sales of the devices will triple by 2018, meaning almost 60 million of us will own one. But why are they in demand? In essence, it is because the gadgets can literally track your every move: how many steps you have taken, how long you have been sedentary, how many calories you have burned, how many hours sleep you have had, …Read More