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The Simple Treatment That Beats Antidepressants

The Simple Treatment That Beats Antidepressants

Two-thirds of people with major depression were no longer depressed after this treatment. A brisk walk three times a week can actually beat antidepressant medication in treating major depression, research finds. The results come from a study on three groups of elderly people with major depressive disorder. One group were given the exercise, another given antidepressant medication and the third both. The results showed that all three groups improved the same amount. Professor James Blumenthal, the study’s first author, said:…

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Common Painkillers Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Attack, Study Says

Common Painkillers Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Attack, Study Says

Story highlights A new study links common painkillers called to increased risk of heart attacks Researchers urge doctors and patients to weight the risks and benefits The drugs are not proved to be a a direct cause of heart attacks (CNN)Taking even over-the-counter doses of common painkillers known as NSAIDs – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack in a new study. The likelihood of experiencing a heart attack was calculated to increase…

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 Your Doctor Wishes You Would do These 8 Things

 Your Doctor Wishes You Would do These 8 Things

We polled family doctors from across the country, and they laid down the law on eight things they wish we’d do—or stop doing. According to our panel of general practitioners, Canadians aren’t always doing what they should to make the most of doctor visits—and skipping out on these crucial tactics could lead to a delay in diagnosing serious conditions. Here’s what our experts say you should add to your patient checklist. 1. Stop feeling shy Many of us hesitate to…

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Why Kids Younger Than 12 Don’t Need Otc Cough And Cold Remedies

Why Kids Younger Than 12 Don’t Need Otc Cough And Cold Remedies

The common cold season is here, and if you have children, you will likely feel their suffering from these annoying upper respiratory tract viral infections. Children experience more colds, about six to 10 annually, than adults. With each cold producing symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose, cough and mild fever lasting up to seven to 10 days, it may seem that children are nearly continuously sick. Parents certainly want their ill children to feel better, and they, naturally, want to…

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Why acetaminophen is the ‘most common cause of liver injury’ in Canada

Why acetaminophen is the ‘most common cause of liver injury’ in Canada

Health Canada boosts labelling requirements, but some doctors want extra-strength products off the shelves Dr. Michael Rieder, a pediatric clinical pharmacologist at Western University in London, Ont., says acetaminophen misuse is the most common cause of liver injury in Canada. Health Canada’s new labelling rules for acetaminophen are not strict enough, and the extra-strength products should be removed from store shelves, some doctors say. Acetaminophen is one of the most widely used pain and fever relievers in Canada and worldwide….

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Do You Fall for the ‘Nocebo Effect’? 5 Ways to Stay Positive for Better Health

Do You Fall for the ‘Nocebo Effect’? 5 Ways to Stay Positive for Better Health

Scientific studies confirm that a placebo (a dummy medication or procedure) can genuinely benefit a person’s health. But its sinister cousin, the “nocebo effect,” creates expectations of harm, which can lead to seriously negative health consequences. A patient’s expectations of a treatment clearly influence the way it works. The authors of a 2012 German study note that vulnerable, ill, or injured patients are highly receptive to negative suggestion. A participant in one drug trial developed dangerously low blood pressure by…

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Seniors Can Often Simplify Medication Routines

Seniors Can Often Simplify Medication Routines

By Allison Bond Inez Willis, a senior citizen, cooks on her stovetop at her independent living apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland April 11, 2012. (Reuters Health) – Miscommunication between healthcare providers and patient concerns over drug interactions lead to many seniors having an unnecessarily complicated medication regimen, a new study finds. With a very complicated routine, “it’s easier to forget medications,” said the lead author, Dr. Lee Lindquist, a geriatrician at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “If…

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