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  • The fishy origins of the fish oil craze

    In the 1970s, a pair of Danish researchers ventured north of the Arctic Circle and into medical lore. Studying a scattered Inuit population, they concluded that eating plenty of fish and other marine animals protected this group from heart disease. The...
  • FAU researcher collaborates on 'first-of-its-kind' tobacco study

    FAU researcher collaborates on 'first-of-its-kind' tobacco study
    Kicking the habit is tough, and in a newly published paper, a Florida Atlantic University researcher and her collaborators explain why: Nicotine withdrawal can mimic depression, making it more difficult to derive joy from even the best things in life....
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Medication, exercise best tools to cope with COPD

    Q: I was just diagnosed with COPD and chronic bronchitis. What are my treatment options? A: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with COPD get symptoms and flare-ups because of inflammation...
  • Online Alzheimer's tests unscientific and inaccurate

    There are memory tests all over the Internet, but they're notoriously poor at evaluating your memory and mental skills. If you're genuinely concerned memory lapses and fear they might point to Alzheimer's disease, talk to a professional. "If people are...
  • Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors

    Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors
    For decades, Big Pharma and medical technology firms have made gifts and other payments to physicians as part of developing, testing and marketing their products, an expense long recognized as another cost of doing business. On Tuesday, the federal...
  • Mood changes common when quitting smoking

    Mood changes common when quitting smoking
    Q: I started taking Chantix seven days ago. I also take an antidepressant. I've noticed a subtle decline in mood. Is it the Chantix or an interaction between the Chantix and the antidepressant? A: There is good evidence that Chantix — the...
  • The 'heartbreak of psoriasis' may affect our joints, heart and mind

    Harvard Health Blog Raised, red patches covered with silvery scales on the elbows and knees are the classic sign of plaque psoriasis. This is the most common form of this skin disease, named after an ancient Greek word meaning an itchy or scaly...
  • What should you do for a depressed loved one who refuses help?

    Q: My mother is severely depressed, but she refuses to see her doctor or get professional help. I'm afraid she will hurt herself if I leave her alone. What can I do? A: First, some thoughts about on what might be preventing your mother from seeking help....
  • Men such as Robin Williams face higher risk of suicide

    If you tried to create a profile of someone at high risk of committing suicide, one likely example would look like this: A middle-aged or older white male toward the end of a successful career, who suffers from a serious medical problem as well as chronic...
  • Hollywood's relationship myths can wreak havoc on real-life romance

     Hollywood's relationship myths can wreak havoc on real-life romance
    The plots of romance movies are fairly predictable: Two romantically challenged characters will meet, realize they're destined to be together, encounter a series of problems meant to separate them, but by the end they'll be wrapped in each other's arms....
  • Lose weight with reduced calorie Mediterranean-style diet

    Q: I need to lose at least 20 pounds, probably more. I hear so many conflicting ideas about the best diet. What do you suggest? A: In terms of weight loss, no diet comes out as the overwhelming winner. A recent study did suggest that low carb beats low...