New Wave in Predicting Serious Mental Illness

Schizophrenia is one of the most complex and serious mental illnesses, and scientists have been working on ways to predict who might be at risk for developing this disease. They're making progress.

No Clue it's Alzheimer's

Many people in their middle years worry that their forgetfulness may mean they're developing Alzheimer's disease. Just the opposite could be true. Not having memory lapses, doesn't mean you don't have Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Driving Under the Influence of Depression

Teens are not known as the safest drivers on the road. Far from it. Add anxiety or depression, and their driving becomes even riskier. A new study shows that young drivers who experience anxiety and depression are at risk of being risky drivers.

Take the Pill or Go under the Knife?

In many cases, there is more than one way to fight a health problem. Some may work better than others. But when dealing with acid reflux (the condition that causes heartburn), both drugs and surgery helped patients.

Poor Sleep Hits Below the Belt

Do you go to the bathroom more than you should have to? Are you having sexual health issues? These problems could be tied to poor sleep. According to two recent studies, sleep habits indicated your health status.

Can't Stub Your Big Toe While Sleeping - Can You?

"It first began about three weeks ago when I woke up thinking I'd broken my big toe," writes a gentleman on an online support forum. "As I now realize, this is a text book gout entrance. By that Monday - the 7th day - the pain had increased enough for me to decide it was time to visit the doctor. By Monday afternoon, my foot had swollen up and it had become almost impossible to walk," he recalls.

Children Cardiovascular Disease Risks

Before the age of video games and the internet, children spent most of their time outdoors running and playing. Now children are spending vast amounts of time in the house watching TV or playing on the computer.

Close Counts in Horseshoes and Sleep Apnea

Researchers wanted to observe if patients with slight obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), those close to but not quite qualifying by current standards for a prescription of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), would benefit from CPAP therapy.

Pregnant Smoking Has Another Bad Effect

Can smoking while pregnant cause genetic changes which make the child more at risk for asthma development? Researchers answer with a resounding, "yes."

COPD's Exercising Shines with Vitamin D

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often have difficulty exercising due to their diminished lung capacity.


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