Pet Pooch May Help Ease PTSD in Veterans

May 27, 2016

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Dogs may be more than best friends for military veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small study suggests.
Researchers found that vets who were given pet dogs showed significant improvement in their PTSD symptoms.
The study included 19 U.S. veterans receiving treatment for the condition. PTSD can develop […]

Predeployment Riskiest Time for Military Suicide Attempts

May 25, 2016

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Suicide attempts in the military aren’t necessarily combat-driven. At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army soldiers most likely to try to kill themselves were never deployed, new research shows.
Moreover, risk was greatest just two months into service, according to […]

Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

May 24, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report.
Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian […]

Too Many Advanced Cancer Patients Lack Info About Their Disease

May 23, 2016

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many patients battling advanced cancer lack basic information about their prognosis or treatment, meaning they can’t make informed decisions about their care, a small new study suggests.
“These were people with highly lethal metastatic cancers that had progressed after at least one prior line of chemotherapy; their life expectancy […]

Tai Chi: Rx for Arthritic Knees

May 23, 2016

By Don RaufHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Legions of arthritis sufferers try physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs to no avail. Now, a new study looks East for relief — to the martial art tai chi.
Researchers concluded that tai chi offers an alternative to physical therapy for common knee osteoarthritis — and it […]

States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study

May 19, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In states where there are more gun owners, there are also more gun-related suicides, a new U.S. study finds.
Looking at 33 years’ worth of data, the researchers found that states with more gun owners generally had more suicides by firearm among both men and women. […]

Melanoma Drug Boosting Survival for Many, Study Shows

May 19, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new drug for advanced melanoma is dramatically shifting the odds in favor of patients, extending survival for many and even curing some.
Keytruda (pembrolizumab) helped keep four in 10 patients with advanced melanoma alive three years after starting treatment, according to the results of a […]

Scientists Test ‘Magic Mushroom’ Chemical for Tough-to-Treat Depression

May 18, 2016

A hallucinogenic compound found in “magic mushrooms” shows promise in treating depression, a small, preliminary study found.

Women Who Regularly Go to Church May Live Longer

May 17, 2016

Routinely attending religious services may confer a halo of better health around American women, a new study suggests.

Could Inducing Brief, Mild ‘Fever’ Help Ease Depression?

May 16, 2016

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Temporarily raising the body temperature of people who are depressed seems to ease symptoms for up to six weeks, a small new study finds.
The treatment, known as whole-body hyperthermia, essentially gives patients a mild, transient fever, the researchers explained.
Similar to some antidepressant drugs, the treatment is thought to […]


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