Category: Health News

Is Shock Therapy Being Underutilized in Treating Depression?

In a new study, some experts recommend that electroconvulsive therapy be used more often and earlier to help people with depression. Getty Images A growing number of researchers and psychiatrists are calling for a comeback for shock therapy. The treatment, which largely fell out of fashion after negative portrayals in Hollywood films and elsewhere in

6 healthy eating essentials to stock up on

We all know how to eat healthy — fruits, vegetables, protein — but actually doing it can feel overwhelming. To simplify things, it’s best to keep your kitchen stocked with a few essentials that you can reach for again and again. While this isn’t a complete list of every healthy food on the planet, it’s

Are you a procrastinator? Then read this. Now!

(HealthDay)—Do you put off until tomorrow things you should do today? Or tell yourself that you work better “under pressure”? If you’re a procrastinator, you’re probably a master at making excuses rather than making plans to get the job done. A study done at the Universities of Southern California and Michigan found that putting an

Flexible, highly efficient multimodal energy harvesting

A 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezoelectric composites may be possible using a piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support, according to Penn State researchers. In the search for ways to harvest small amounts of energy to run mobile electronic devices or sensors for health

Ozone exposure at birth increases risk of asthma development

A long-term study of the health of Canadian children has found that exposure to ozone (O3), a common air pollutant, at birth was associated with an 82 percent increased risk of developing asthma by age three. The study, which was a 10-year follow-up to the 2006 Toronto Child Health Evaluation Questionnaire (T-CHEQ), was presented at

Immune cell provides cradle for mammary stem cells: Study shows how macrophages and mammary stem cells talk to each other through chemical signaling.

A new study finds that one of the toughest characters in the immune system, the macrophage, has a nurturing side, at least when it comes to guarding the developing breast. The study published online this week in the journal Science found that macrophages play an important role in maintaining the mammary gland’s stem cell niche,

Scientists uncover a new face of a famous protein, SWI2/SNF2 ATPase

A team of Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists now have a deeper understanding of a large switch/sucrose non-fermentable (SWI/SNF) protein complex that plays a pivotal role in plant and human gene expression that causes life-threatening diseases such as cancer. Their findings could lead to more targeted therapies and help with physiological improvements

Levers and zippers in the cell’s ‘customs’

The passage of ions through the cell membrane is controlled by ion channels, which are protein complexes that regulate vital processes, such as the heartbeat, as well as being the target towards which many drugs are directed. Now a study by the University of Wisconsin, led by a Spanish researcher, presents a novel model to

Increasing exercise over 6-year span protects the heart

Heart failure affects about 5.7 million adults in the United States. The most salient risk factors for this condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are: hypertension, a history of coronary heart disease or heart attacks, and diabetes. Since this condition, once acquired, has to be managed for life, healthcare professionals

3 proven ways to hack your restaurant meal

Several restaurant meals are notorious for sky-high sodium levels and are-you-kidding-me calories, but treating yourself to a meal out doesn’t mean settling for poor nutrition. The American Heart Association shares three “eat smart” hacks in honor of World Hypertension Day. Outsmarting eating out has gotten easier now that many restaurants offer better-for-you items, calorie count

US regulators approve the first migraine-prevention drug

New once-a-month drug offers hope to millions with severe migraines (and it will be available next week) The injected medication Aimovig is due to be available within the next week Unlike other migraine drugs, it does not cause side effects like weight gain Side effects can be worse than migraines, with up to 86% stopping

Why Are So Many American Men Getting STDs?

As if dating weren’t hard enough, singles in California have one more thing to worry about: the rise of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). According to the California Department of Health, more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis were reported in the state in 2017 alone. Overall, the transmission rate of these three STIs

Loneliness changes the brain making you feel afraid and aggressive

Loneliness changes the brain: It boosts a chemical that makes you feel fearful and aggressive, study finds The majority of Americans feel lonely, according to recent research  Loneliness not only raises the risk of mental illnesses, but of chronic physical diseases as well  Researchers discovered that increase of a particular chemical in two different parts