Mayo Clinic Blog
(source: Mayo Clinic)
We all experience some degree of depression…some more then others. I was thinking about how it effects our lives as I have noticed it with a few of my close friends. Reasons could be tied to financial stability, family issues, school, etc. So I surfed the net to see what I can dig up and stumbled upon these Mayo Clinic articles.
I am a firm believer that good bedside manners is just as important as medication. When we humans fall victim to disease or illness, we yearn human sympathy and comfort from loved ones, peers, even medical professions during a hospital stay.
(source: Research Digest Blog)
The amount of empathy and attentiveness shown by doctors to their patients really does matter. David Rakel and colleagues have found that patients who rate their doctor as highly empathic recover more quickly from a cold. Their illness is shortened by about a day – the same effect shown by the most promising anti-viral drugs. But a doctor’s empathy, unlike the anti-viral, doesn’t trigger nausea and diarrhea.
Original Article Post
(source: Dr. Sharma’s Obesity News)
The notion that antioxidants like Vitamin C or E are somehow healthy because they neutralise or prevent the formation of free oxygen radicals is widespread and manufacturers of antioxidant supplements definitely enjoy a thriving business based on this idea.
However, recent clinical trial have consitently failed to show any major beneficial health effects of antioxidant supplements and in fact, a recent large randomized trial showed that regular ingestion of Vitamin E supplements may actually increase your risk for heart failure.
These findings have important implications for anyone exercising in the hope that this will improve their insulin sensitivity (as in diabetes prevention or treatment) – if you are also on antioxidants, you may as well stop exercising, because taking these supplements will essentially cancel out any beneficial effect of exercise on your risk for diabetes.
For fortune-tellers, gazing into tea leaves reveals the future. For tea-drinkers, the leaves of certain teas may be harbingers of a healthier future. Aside from herbal or fruit-infused teas, most teas come from the leaves of the same tea bush, Camellia sinensis. The benefit of each kind of tea from the Camellia sinensis depends upon when and where the leaves are harvested and how their properties are brewed or extracted. To get to the truth about tea, we need to gaze into the leaves a bit, too.
Original Article Post
(source: Medicine Net)
Given that allergy season is upon us, people are wondering how to tell the difference between allergy and swine flu symptoms. Ev345 asks, “My question is how do you differentiate between swine flu and seasonal as well as indoor(to cats/dogs/dust mite etc.) allergies?
It’s actually pretty easy…