HSP Summer Retreat Aug 12-14 2016

I am proud to introduce my dear friend and colleague, Natalie Harvey. Skilled in psychology and a dedicated performance consultant at Dale Carnegie, she is the founder of HSP Montreal, The Highly Sensitive People MeetUp group, and an HSP events host and organizer.

If you, or anyone that you know, is highly sensitive (15-20% of the population) you should check out the HSP website here where you can learn more about being highly sensitive, take a test to know whether you are or not a highly sensitive person, and find various resources available to you.

We are organizing an amazing summer retreat for this August in Vermont, USA – the first of its kind in this part of North America!! The Misty Hilltop Resort is a real gem and there will be well-known professionals and HSP coaches as well as various workshops and activities to help you harness your sensitivity. We are very excited! Click here for more information, talk to one of us from the organizing team, and to register. There are only 25 spaces and they are filling up fast.

We hope to see you there! 😉

Mayo Clinic Minute: The Truth About Gluten

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and the Celiac Disease Foundation wants to make the process of going gluten-free easier for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease. Mayo Clinic experts agree that people with celiac disease should not consume gluten. But, many people who don’t have celiac disease also go gluten-free, because it makes them feel better. Dr. Joseph Murray says for that group, gluten may not be the issue.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams discusses gluten with Dr. Murray.

Test your knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease!

Source: Mayo Clinic

Do you know how many people in the world have Alzheimer’s disease? What are the symptoms? Raising awareness and understanding is an important part of our fight to find better ways to treat — and eventually cure — this debilitating disease. So take our quiz today and see how much you know!

Take the quiz HERE!


Tune in to CJAD 800AM radio station tonight at 10pm

Tune in to CJAD 800AM radio station tonight (around Montreal,QC) at 10pm for an interview with our own Ivan Rubio (psychotherapist and counselor at PAE and Optima Santé Globale Inc., and founder of Compass Orientation Services) who specializes on the topics of anxiety, depression and self-esteem.

He is the host at many of our upcoming mental health events/workshops and will explain more about those as well 🙂

I have known Ivan Rubio, as a friend and colleague, for almost 10 years and his dedication and passion for mental health are beyond imaginable!

Check out his facebook business page below. His website is coming up very soon!



Come to our “Workshop: Understand & Overcome Your Anxiety” – May 27, 6:30pm

Workshop: Understand & Overcome Your Anxiety

Friday, May 27, 2016, 6:30 PM

McGill Faculty of Medicine – McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler (Drummond), H3G 1Y6, Room 208/209 Montreal, QC

1 healthy lifestylers Attending

This unique workshop will teach us how to manage everyday anxieties to increase our well-being and help us uncover blind spots that are holding us all back in the important aspects of our life! Come take advantage of this opportunity at a significantly reduced cost, and learn to use the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach that therapists us…

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This unique workshop will teach us how to manage everyday anxieties to increase our well-being and help us uncover blind spots that are holding us all back in the important aspects of our life! Come take advantage of this opportunity at a significantly reduced cost, and learn to use the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach that therapists use to reduce and control anxiety.

Ivan Rubio, a psychotherapist, counselor at PAE and Optima Santé Globale Inc. and founder of Compass Orientation Services, will guide this workshop.

Number of participants: 10-25.

Healthy refreshments will be served.

A private psychotherapy session (worth 100$) will be drawn among attendants!

“Expanding our comfort zone & enjoying life. Learning various behavioral and cognitive techniques proven to help reduce anxiety.”

See you there 🙂

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-understand-overcome-your-anxiety-tickets-24934345298

Venez voir notre “Atelier: Comprendre et Vaincre Votre AnxiĂ©tĂ©” – 20 Mai, 18h30

Atelier: Comprendre et Vaincre Votre Anxiété

Friday, May 20, 2016, 6:30 PM

McGill FacultĂ© de MĂ©decine – McIntyre Sciences MĂ©dicales
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler (Drummond), H3G 1Y6, Salle 208/209 Montréal, QC

1 healthy lifestylers Attending

Cet atelier unique nous enseignera la façon de gĂ©rer nos angoisses quotidiennes pour augmenter notre bien-ĂȘtre et nous aidera à dĂ©couvrir nos points faibles qui nous empĂȘchent de rĂ©ussir dans les aspects importants de notre vie! Venez profiter de cette occasion Ă  un coĂ»t considĂ©rablement rĂ©duit, et apprennez Ă  utiliser la thĂ©rapie comportementale e…

Check out this Meetup →


Cet atelier unique nous enseignera la façon de gĂ©rer nos angoisses quotidiennes pour augmenter notre bien-ĂȘtre et nous aidera à dĂ©couvrir nos points faibles qui nous empĂȘchent de rĂ©ussir dans les aspects importants de notre vie! Venez profiter de cette occasion Ă  un coĂ»t considĂ©rablement rĂ©duit, et apprennez Ă  utiliser la thĂ©rapie comportementale et cognitive (TCC) que les thĂ©rapeutes appliquent pour rĂ©duire et contrĂŽler l’anxiĂ©tĂ©.

Ivan Rubio, psychothĂ©rapeute, conseiller au PAE et Optima SantĂ© Globale Inc. et fondateur de Service d’Orientation Boussole, guidera cet atelier.

Nombre de participants: 10-25

Une collation santé sera servie.

Une sĂ©ance de psychothĂ©rapie privĂ©e (d’une valeur de 100 $) sera tirĂ© au sort parmi les participants!

«L’expansion de notre zone de confort et profiter de la vie. L’apprentissage de diverses techniques comportementales et cognitives Ă©prouvĂ©es pour aider Ă  rĂ©duire l’anxiĂ©tĂ©. ”

INSCRIVEZ-VOUS ICI: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/atelier-comprendre-et-vaincre-votre-anxiete-tickets-24934686318

10 Things Cancer Experts Do To Avoid Getting The Disease

Source: 10 Things Cancer Experts Do To Avoid Getting The Disease | Prevention

There’s really no way to soften this: About 1,685,210 cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2016, according to the American Cancer Society, and almost 600,000 Americans will die from these dread diseases. But there are many things you can do to lower your chances of becoming a statistic. We asked top oncologists and other cancer specialists for advice.

Pop a baby aspirin. Continue reading

Common Diseases: Gastritis

Source: Gastritis Symptoms: Signs, Duration, Complications – Medical News Today

Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining. This inflammation can be caused by a multitude of factors.

The condition can be an acute or chronic issue, increasing the risk of developing other conditions such as stomach ulcers, bleeding or cancer.

Causes of gastritis include:

  • Infection with parasitic, viral or bacterial organisms, including Helicobacter pylori bacteria
  • Use of medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, steroids, potassium or other similar drugs
  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Ingestion of chemicals
  • Chronic vomiting
  • Post-procedure complications
  • Excessive alcohol use (even during one single evening)
  • Autoimmune disorders such as pernicious anemia
  • B12 deficiency
  • Other conditions such as HIV and Crohn’s disease.

A woman experiencing pain in the abdomen.Symptoms of gastritis

At times, people with gastritis may be asymptomatic. However, typical symptoms of gastritis include:

Abdominal pain: people with gastritis typically report that their abdominal pain is located in the upper center of the abdomen and is also often experienced in the upper left portion of the stomach radiating to the back. Continue reading

Anxiety Attacks

Source: Anxiety Attack Symptoms: Signs, Duration and Complications – Medical News Today

An anxiety or “panic” attack is a sudden feeling of terror so intense that the individual experiencing it fears a total loss of control or imminent death.

The attack usually occurs without warning and has no obvious cause. It may even wake a person from their sleep.

In addition to this incredible feeling of fear, an anxiety attack is accompanied by other symptoms such as a pounding heart, lightheadedness, chest pain, difficulty breathing and irrational thoughts.

An anxiety attack can last anywhere from a few moments to as long as an hour.

As terrifying as an anxiety attack may feel, it is not deadly. The approach for managing frequent anxiety attacks begins with a medical evaluation for a potential underlying medical cause, followed by an individualized treatment plan. Continue reading

How Do I Survive Spring Allergy Season?

Source: Treat and Prevent Spring Allergies: Drugs, Nasal Sprays, Allergy Shots, and More

Every spring, Denise Wilson tweaks her daily routine. Instead of running outdoors, she hits the gym. She puts on the air conditioner rather than open a window for fresh air. And she tucks her contacts into a drawer and switches to eyeglasses.

Wilson, 46, a public relations exec in Brooklyn, NY, says these are absolute musts if she’s going to get through allergy season.

Otherwise she’s bombarded with congestion, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, an irritated throat, and asthma brought on by exercise.

“I usually don’t let myself get to that point anymore,” Wilson says. Instead of waiting for symptoms to blossom, she starts her allergy medicine before the season begins. Continue reading

Heart Attack Symptoms In Women

Source: Heart Attack Symptoms In Women

Sue Palmer woke up vomiting and did what most of us would do: She tried to shake it off and go back to bed. But, in an essay Palmer wrote for The Washington Post, the Nashville-based attorney details how her husband Tim insisted that she go to the ER
and saved her life in the process.

“He whispered, ‘Let’s go to the emergency room,’” Palmer recalled. “‘Why?’ I asked. He replied, ‘You could be having a heart attack.’”

Palmer recounts how she joked about the situation to ER workers, since she felt fine, and even rolled her eyes at the notion that she might be having a heart attack at one point. While one electrocardiogram (EKG) didn’t show that anything was off, a second found that something was very wrong. Continue reading

Mayo Clinic: Watch a Colonoscopy

Source: #ScopeScope: Mayo Clinic Colonoscopy on Periscope | Mayo Clinic Connect

Mayo Clinic made history on March 1, 2016 by broadcasting a colonoscopy live on Periscope, an initiative called the #ScopeScope.

Colorectal cancer claims nearly 50,000 lives each year in the U.S. alone, and yet with appropriate screening it is among the most preventable and curable cancers. That’s why Mayo Clinic has collaborated with the national advocacy group Fight Colorectal Cancer for the last three years to encourage colorectal cancer screening.  In 2014 we hosted an awareness event at Target Field in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Twins, and last year we produced a music video featuring Mayo Clinic staff.

For the #ScopeScope, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Director Lee Aase volunteered to have his colonoscopy broadcast on Periscope, a Twitter-owned mobile video platform. More than 3,000 viewers joined live, and nearly 1,800 watched the archive in the 24 hours it was available on Periscope. Here’s the Mayo Clinic News Network story:

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

Source: U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

Overall rates of cancer and deaths from cancer in the United States continue to decline, a newly released report says.

However, an increase in liver cancer deaths is cause for concern, the report authors noted. An increase in hepatitis C infections is likely a major reason for the increase, they said.

“The latest data show many cancer prevention programs are working and saving lives,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a news release from the organizations that issued the report.

“But the growing burden of liver cancer is troublesome. We need to do more work promoting hepatitis testing, treatment, and vaccination,” Frieden added. Continue reading

10 Common Labor Complications

Source: 10 Common Labor Complications – Medical News Today

Most often, the labor and birth process is uncomplicated. However, there are times in which complications arise that may require immediate attention. Complications can occur during any part of the labor process.

Common complications of labor include:1-3

  1. Failure to progress
  2. Fetal distress
  3. Perinatal asphyxia
  4. Shoulder dystocia
  5. Excessive bleeding
  6. Malposition
  7. Placenta previa
  8. Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD)
  9. Uterine rupture
  10. Rapid labor.

In this Medical News Today Knowledge Center article, we examine each of the above 10 complications of labor, including some information on how they can be caused, treated or prevented.

1. Failure to progress

Labor may be described as prolonged or having failed to progress when it lasts for an abnormally long period of time. For first time mothers, failure to progress is described as labor lasting over 20 hours, whereas in mothers who have previously given birth, it is described as labor lasting more than 14 hours.4

A woman in labor with doctor and partner.
Labor typically lasts for 6-18 hours. In some cases, however, it can last for over 20 hours.

Prolonged labor can occur in any phase of labor; however, it is most concerning during the active phase.4 Continue reading

School entry age may impact risk of ADHD diagnosis

Source: School entry age may impact risk of ADHD diagnosis – Medical News Today

The age at which a child starts school may influence their likelihood of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, suggests a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

[A line of schoolchildren]
ADHD is one of the most common disorders of childhood.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is estimated to affect around 6.4 million children aged 4-17 in the US, making it one of the most common childhood conditions.

ADHD is characterized by poor attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. It is most commonly diagnosed at the age of 7, and boys are more likely to be diagnosed with the condition than girls. Continue reading

Omega-3s could lower breast cancer risk in obese women, study suggests

Source: Omega-3s could lower breast cancer risk in obese women, study suggests – Medical News Today

A new study has suggested that obese women could experience a reduction in the risk of breast cancer through the administration of omega-3 fatty acids.
A doctor holding a fish oil capsule and a glass of water.
Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation was found to reduce breast density in postmenopausal obese women.

The study took the form of an open-label, randomized clinical trial of 266 postmenopausal women with high breast density who were either a normal weight, overweight or obese. The findings are published in Cancer Prevention Research. Continue reading

Herbal remedies may be risky for cancer patients

Source: Herbal remedies may be risky for cancer patients – Medical News Today

Nettles, turmeric and camel milk are just a few of the herbs and foodstuffs used to boost health in the Middle East, as they have done throughout history. Cancer patients, however, may be endangering their health by supplementing chemotherapy with some of the herbs and spices, says a new report published in the journal Cancer.
Stinging nettles are a traditional herbal remedy.

Herbal medicine goes back a long way in the Middle East, and it continues to be popular as part of traditional medicine. Its heritage can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Continue reading

Gallbladder Inflammation & Gallstones

Source: Gallbladder Inflammation Symptoms: Signs, Duration, Complications – Medical News Today

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped digestive system organ located on the right side of the abdomen. Its job is to store and release bile for fat digestion.

If its connection (duct) to the liver gets blocked by a “stone,” the bile backs up, causing the gallbladder to become inflamed (acute cholecystitis). Once inflamed, the gallbladder becomes enlarged and reddened, and the build-up of fluid in the organ can develop a secondary infection.

Around 90% of gallbladder inflammation cases are due to gallstones – small crystal-like masses made up of bile pigments, cholesterol and calcium salts.

Roughly 20% of Americans have gallstones, and as many as one-third of these people will develop inflammation. The chance of gallbladder inflammation increases with age. Other risk factors include female sex, pregnancy, obesity, diabetes, a history of gallstones and rapid weight loss.

Most gallbladder “attacks” are from inflammation, with only 5% being due to bacterial infection. Continue reading

Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Tied to Dementia Risk

Source: Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Tied to Dementia Risk

A popular class of heartburn medications might raise a senior’s risk of dementia, a new study suggests.

Called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), this group of drugs includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. They work by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach.

But German researchers found that people 75 or older who regularly take the medications had a 44 percent increased risk of dementia, compared with seniors not using the drugs. The study only found an association, however, and not a cause-and-effect link.

“To evaluate cause-and-effect relationships between long-term PPI use and possible effects on cognition in the elderly, randomized, prospective clinical trials are needed,” said corresponding author Britta Haenisch, from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn.

In the meantime, “Clinicians should follow guidelines for PPI prescription, to avoid overprescribing PPIs and inappropriate use,” Haenisch said. Continue reading

Do cranberries help urinary tract infections?

Source: Cranberries help urinary tract infections, but not as juice – Medical News Today

Dashing out for a bottle of cranberry juice when a urinary tract infection hits may not be so helpful after all. Research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests it could just be an old wives’ tale.
The active ingredients in cranberries prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect any part of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder or urethra.

More than 3 million Americans, mostly women, experience a UTI every year.

Symptoms include frequent, painful urination, pelvic pain and traces blood in the urine. The infection does not normally last long, and most patients self-diagnose. Continue reading

Hepatitis B: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Source: Hepatitis B: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment – Medical News Today

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is a leading cause of chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma.

The virus is found in blood and body fluids and is transmitted through access to a non-infected individual’s mucus membranes or bloodstream. HBV is a major global health problem, with an annual death toll similar to that of malaria.

For most people, hepatitis B is a short-term illness that causes no permanent damage. For others, it can become a chronic infection that can potentially lead to liver cancer.

HBV infection can be prevented with immunization, and chronic infection can be successfully treated with antiviral medication. Continue reading

Fibromyalgia sufferers might benefit from tailored acupuncture

Source: Fibromyalgia sufferers might benefit from tailored acupuncture – Medical News Today

Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 5 million Americans, 80-90% of whom are women. The disorder is characterized by widespread pain and diffuse tenderness. Although there is no cure, tailored acupuncture might provide some welcome respite, according to a new study.
[Acupuncture close up]
New research shows that tailored acupuncture might relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.

Although difficult to categorize, fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition because it impairs soft tissue and joints and causes pain.

Fibromyalgia carries with it a number of other life-disrupting symptoms that vary from individual to individual.

These symptoms can include muscle stiffness, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and sensitivity to temperature, sounds and bright lights.

The exact causes of fibromyalgia are not well understood; however, hypothesized culprits include traumatic or stressful life events and repetitive injuries. Continue reading

Recommendation: Screen Teens for Major Depression

Source: Recommendation: Screen Teens for Major Depression

Experts add that more research is needed to determine whether kids under 12 should also be tested.

Primary care doctors should screen all patients between 12 and 18 years of age for major depression, but not younger children, preventive health experts say.

Screening of adolescents needs to be accompanied by accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and appropriate follow-up, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said in a final recommendation released Monday. Continue reading

Uterine Prolapse: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Source: Uterine Prolapse: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment – Medical News Today

Uterine prolapse is a condition that occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are no longer strong enough to support the uterus. As a result, the uterus descends toward or through the vagina.

In the US, the Women’s Health Initiative found some degree of prolapse in 44% of participating women. Among these women, 14% of prolapse cases were uterine prolapse.

This article will examine the causes of uterine prolapse, its symptoms, forms of treatment and methods of prevention for the condition.

The female reproductive system.What is uterine prolapse?

The uterus, also known as the womb, is held above the vagina by the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments.

Uterine prolapse is a condition in which a woman’s uterus (womb) slips into the vagina. In some cases, the uterus can protrude from the vaginal opening.

This condition occurs when the muscles and ligaments within the pelvis become weak or lax and are unable to adequately support the uterus. Continue reading

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – an excellent resource for patients and their loved ones!

Source: Managing Your Cancer | Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has an excellent website for patients and their caregivers and loved ones.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a blood cancer, you surely have many questions. You can get answers there. You’ll find step-by-step guidance and resources.

Find the website here.


Easily stressed teens have increased hypertension risk later in life

Source: Easily stressed teens have increased hypertension risk later in life – Medical News Today

High blood pressure is a large and growing problem in the US. A new study that followed 1.5 million teens through to adulthood investigates the role of early psychological parameters on the likelihood of developing hypertension.
[Stressed teenage boy]
A new study links a teen’s ability to cope with stress and hypertension later in life.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is both common and dangerous.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, equating to around 70 million people.

Consistently high blood pressure raises the risk of heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in America. Continue reading

Depression may pass from mothers to daughters

Source: Depression may pass from mothers to daughters – Medical News Today

Depression appears to be passed down from mothers to daughters, say researchers who have been looking at similarities in brain structures between generations. The research is published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
[depressed woman and baby]
Similarities in brain structure suggest daughters may inherit depression from their mothers.

Around 8% of Americans aged 12 years and over are affected by depression. It is commonly found in both mothers and daughters, previous human studies have reported. Continue reading

Depression Screening During, Post-Pregnancy Urged

Source: Depression Screening During, Post-Pregnancy Urged

All U.S. adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression by their family doctor, the nation’s leading preventive medicine panel recommends.

Further, doctors need to follow through and get treatment for anyone who tests positive for depression, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded in an update of its depression screening guidelines. Continue reading

More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer

Source: More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer

Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it’s premature to change them

Colon cancer rates are rising among men and women under 50, the age at which guidelines recommend screenings start, a new analysis shows.

One in seven colon cancer patients is under 50. Younger patients are more likely to have advanced stage cancer, but they live slightly longer without a cancer recurrence because they are treated aggressively, the researchers reported.

Continue reading

7 Subtle Signs of Depression You Shouldn’t Ignore

Source: 7 Subtle Signs of Depression You Shouldn’t Ignore | Psychology Today

About one in 10 Americans experience depression at any given time, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (link is external). Many people with depression don’t even know they have it. Depressive symptoms may range from mild to severe and they can vary greatly; symptoms are often attributed to fatigue, stress, or the aging process. But here are 7 subtle signs you shouldn’t ignore, in yourself or someone close to you: Continue reading

The Destructive Power of Borderline Personality Disorder

Source: The Destructive Power of Borderline Personality Disorder | Psychology Today

Self-harm and suicidal thoughts are a troubling part of many mental illnesses, but for those struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD), the risk is extreme.

shutterstock_233362051In fact, self-harm and suicide attempts are so prevalent in BPD that it is the only mental disorder that includes such behaviors as part of its diagnostic criteria. Almost 80% of those with BPD report a history of suicide attempts, and suicide deaths range between 8-10%. This rate is 50 times greater than that found in the general population, according to a 2014 analysis of BPD research by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Then there is self-destructive behavior—cutting, burning, hitting, hair-pulling, head-banging, and skin-picking. More than three-quarters of those with BPD engage in at least one of these actions, with a 2008 study putting the number closer to 90%. The reasons vary and can overlap but most commonly include:

  • An attempt to shift the pain from the mental to the physical;
  • To feel something or “more real”;
  • To express anger or frustration or, conversely, to keep emotions in check;
  • As self-punishment;
  • As a plea for attention or help.

Such self-harm classifies as nonsuicidal self-injury and doesn’t usually involve an intent to die. Instead, it becomes an attempt to use pain to deal with pain. Continue reading

How obesity promotes colorectal cancer

Source: How obesity promotes colorectal cancer – Medical News Today

Scientists have revealed a biological connection between obesity and colorectal cancer, and they have identified an approved drug that might prevent the cancer from developing. The findings are published in Cancer Research.
[colon cancer]
Switching a hormone receptor back on may stop the spread of colorectal cancer.

People with obesity have a 50% greater risk of developing colorectal cancer than lean people. Continue reading

Dads get baby blues, too

Source: Dads get baby blues, too – Medical News Today

Fathers are nearly as likely to experience anxiety around the arrival of a new baby as mothers, according to research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
[father and baby]
Men, too, are prone to anxiety and depression around the birth of a baby.

Results from previous studies vary, but some suggest that over 20% of parents suffer from anxiety or depression.

The causes of anxiety and depression around the arrival of a new baby are poorly understood. Continue reading

Belly fat deadlier than obesity alone, study suggests

Source: Belly fat deadlier than obesity alone, study suggests – Health – CBC News

People who weigh a normal amount when they step on the scale may be at higher risk of dying in the medium term if their fat is concentrated in the abdomen, say doctors who want everyone to use a tape measure to measure themselves. Continue reading

Lewy body dementia: unrecognized and misdiagnosed

Source: Lewy body dementia: unrecognized and misdiagnosed – Medical News Today

August last year saw the passing of much-loved actor and comedian Robin Williams. At the time, friends and colleagues of the star claimed that depression led him to take his own life. But earlier this week, his widow Susan said this was not the case; his death was the result of a debilitating brain disease known as Lewy body dementia.
[Robin Williams]
It was recently revealed that late actor Robin Williams had Lewy body dementia, which his widow believes was responsible for his death.

“Lewy body dementia is what killed Robin,” Susan told ABC News. “It’s what took his life and that’s what I spent the last year trying to get to the bottom of, what took my husband’s life.”

Susan explained that it was during Williams’ autopsy that a coroner found signs of Lewy body dementia (LBD), and doctors who analyzed the autopsy report told her it was one of the most severe cases they had ever seen. Continue reading

“How My Dog Saved Me From Myself”

Source: “How My Dog Saved Me From Myself” – BarkPost

In her memoir, Dog Medicine, Julie Barton recalls the darkest point in her life. A year out of college, she was struggling in the depths of depression. After receiving a panicked phone call, Julie’s mother took her from her Manhattan apartment and brought her back home to Ohio. Physiatrists, therapists, friends and family tried to help Julie, but she did not improve. Ultimately, a fateful decision would change the course of her life: Julie adopted a Golden Retriever puppy.

Read the full story here.

Death rates on the rise for middle-aged white Americans

Source: Death rates on the rise for middle-aged white Americans – Medical News Today
There was a significant rise in death rates among middle-aged white Americans between 1998-2013 as a result of drugs and alcohol, suicide and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, according to a new study by researchers from Princeton University in New Jersey.

Researchers say alcohol and drug abuse may be partly to blame for a rise in death rates among middle-aged white Americans between 1998-2013. Continue reading

Here are science-backed techniques to stop someone snoring

Source: Here are science-backed techniques to stop someone snoring – ScienceAlert

Being poked in the ribs from the other side of the bed is never fun, particularly considering the fact that nobody chooses to snore – it just happens. As we sleep, muscle tone relaxes throughout the body, including the upper airways. If there’s any sort of obstruction or narrowing up there, the flow of air results in rumbling vibrations of the soft tissue at the back of the throat. Continue reading

Tips for Avoiding Age-Related Memory Loss

Source: Senior Brain Boosters: Tips for Avoiding Age-Related Memory Loss

Everyone has memory blips from time to time — the word that’s on the very tip of your tongue, or the house keys that aren’t where you swear you left them. As you get older, these kinds of slip-ups may become even more common and frequent.

Yet you don’t have to resign yourself to memory loss. Try 9 simple steps that can help keep your brain sharp as you age. Continue reading

You probably have herpes, the WHO says

Source: You probably have herpes, the WHO says in Featured Reads curated by Trove Editors

Two-thirds of the world’s population under 50 have the highly infectious herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease.

More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 suffer from the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), usually after catching it in childhood, according to a the WHO study.

That is in addition to 417 million people in the 15-49 age range who have the other form of the disease, HSV-2, which causes genital herpes.

HSV-1 normally causes mouth ulcers rather than genital infection, but it is becoming an increasing cause of genital infection too, mainly in rich countries. Continue reading

Five signs your aging loved one might need help at home

Source: Five signs your aging loved one might need help at home – The Globe and Mail

My dad, Bernie, was a collector. Bernie passionately lectured me on the many uses of paper grocery bags as he carefully grouped them into stacks of 10, tied them with twine and filed them in the furnace room. He collected pens as if one day there might be a global ink shortage. The pens were grouped meticulously and filed in a special drawer.

After my mother died, Bernie lived by himself. I visited him regularly and felt that, at 85 years old, he was doing well. I did notice a few changes, but I attributed them to age. His love of collecting paper bags and pens strengthened, but the neat and tidy nature of his collection started to slip, and the house became cluttered. Continue reading

Studies Confirm “Sound Therapy” Heals Arthritis, Cancer, Tinnitus, Autoimmune Disease and More

Source: Studies Confirm “Sound Therapy” Heals Arthritis, Cancer, Tinnitus, Autoimmune Disease and More Using Vibrational Frequencies :: The JB Bardot Archives

Sound healing is the practice of using audio tones and vibrational frequencies to repair damaged tissue and cells within the body. It works on the basis that all matter is vibrating at specific frequencies, and sickness, disease, depression and stress causes human beings to vibrate at a lower frequency. Playing tones that promote healing, happiness and vitality will allow DNA strands to repair themselves, and several scientific studies have been conducted on the potential healing benefits of audio sound frequencies. Sound has been used as a healing tool for centuries, and is still regularly utilized by many different alternative healthcare centers. Tibetan singing bowels, tuning forks, drumming therapy, and even chanting are all used in sound therapy and many participants experience strong emotions during therapy sessions. Advocates of sound healing claim that it has the power to heal mental illness, arthritis, autoimmune disorders and can even shrink cancerous tumors. Learn about the different forms of sound healing and examine the evidence that supports its use as an alternative medical practice. Continue reading

Allergies: When to Use Auto-Injectors

Source: When to Use Auto-Injectors

You can’t predict allergic reactions. They can be mild one time and serious the next. An attack can quickly become intense, sometimes leading to anaphylaxis — a severe, often life-threatening reaction. An auto-injector — such as EpiPen, Twinject, or Auvi-Q — can treat extreme allergic reactions with an early, life-saving dose of epinephrine.

Epinephrine is adrenaline, a hormone your body naturally produces. Among other things, it can help improve breathing, raise blood pressure that’s dropping, and reduce swelling.

When you or a loved one has an allergic reaction, it’s common to wonder if the shot is needed. Experts say if there’s any doubt, use the device. It’s much more dangerous not to get epinephrine when you’re having a severe reaction than to get a dose you don’t really need. Continue reading