Higher heart risk seen with Abbott dissolving stent after two years: study. New guidelines for blood vessel size and proper implantation techniques put in place for the new Absorb stent since the study began, however, should lead to better results, researchers said. Reuters Health, 03/18/2017. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)
Sleep apnea in children tied to changes in brain. In children with a common condition that causes them to periodically stop breathing during sleep, areas of the brain involved with thinking and problem–solving appear to be smaller than in children who sleep normally, a study finds. Reuters Health, 03/17/2017. (Also see Sleep Apnea)
How touch can shape babies’ brain development. For newborns, skin–to–skin contact with parents and caregivers may help shape how their brains respond to touch, a sense necessary for social and emotional connections, a new study suggests. Reuters Health, 03/17/2017.
Dogs, grandkids can keep COPD sufferers active. Walking a dog and spending time with grandchildren keep people with impaired lung function more active than their peers who don’t have these outlets, researchers say. Reuters Health, 03/17/2017.
On World Sleep Day, experts offer tips for some quality ZZZZs. With tens of millions of Americans struggling to get enough shut–eye, sleep researchers are hoping to focus more attention on the times where we’re out of it. Washington Post, 03/17/2017. (Also see Sleep Disorders)
Cholesterol–Slashing Drug Can Protect High–Risk Heart Patients, Study Finds. The first rigorous test of an expensive new drug that radically lowers cholesterol levels found that it significantly reduced the chance that a high–risk patient would have a heart attack or stroke. New York Times, 03/17/2017. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)
7 Seemingly Unhealthy Things That Are Actually Good For You. The rules on what's healthy and what's not seem to change on a daily basis, but it turns out there are certain behaviors that may not be as bad as you think. NBC Health News, 03/17/2017.
This Type of Thinking Can Help with Depression. People who struggle with anxiety or depression often ruminate on negative thoughts and the secret to better mental health may be learning how not to dwell on these thoughts, according to new research. Time Healthland, 03/16/2017. (Also see Depression)
Why Mental Illness Can Fuel Physical Disease. Scientists are learning that seemingly unrelated psychological and physical issues may actually be closely connected. Time Healthland, 02/23/2017. (Also see Anxiety and Attitude)
Doctors may be missing lifesaving dementia diagnoses, says study. Doctors may be missing the chance to diagnose dementia early in patients with signs of memory loss, researchers have said. The Independent, 03/16/2017.
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