The best insomnia cure? Fake it in bed! The face of modern insomnia fits a familiar pattern: dropping off on the sofa in front of the TV, but suddenly alert and not even remotely sleepy when you finally climb the stairs to bed. Mail Online, 07/23/2017. (Also see Sleep Disorders)
How 10-minute stroll eases pain of a long drive: Walking relieves pressure on compressed body parts. Feeling pain and stiffness on long car journeys can be avoided by taking a 10 minute stroll during a rest break, scientists have found. Mail Online, 07/26/2017.
How to Boost Resilience in Midlife. While resilience is an essential skill for healthy childhood development, science shows that adults also can take steps to boost resilience in middle age. New York Times, 07/25/2017. (Also see Coping Strategies)
The Subtle Signs of a Thyroid Disorder. Thyroid disorders can affect a wide range of bodily functions and cause an array of confusing and often misdiagnosed symptoms. New York Times, 07/24/2017. (Also see Thyroid Diseases)
Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies. The approval of gene therapy for leukemia, expected in the next few months, will open the door to a radically new class of cancer treatments. New York Times, 07/23/2017. (Also see Cancer)
Fear keeps many eczema patients from using steroid creams. Many people with eczema may avoid creams and ointments that can help ease symptoms like itching and inflammation because they’re afraid to try topical corticosteroids, a recent study suggests. Reuters Health, 07/26/2017. (Also see Steroids)
Stroke survivors without complications still face ongoing risks. Even stroke survivors who don’t experience any immediate complications are still more likely to die or have a heart attack than people who never had a stroke, a recent Canadian study suggests. Reuters Health, 07/25/2017. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)
Insulin resistance linked to lower bone density. Decreasing sensitivity to insulin – often associated with obesity and eventual type 2 diabetes – may also cause young adults to have lower bone mass, Korean researchers say. Reuters Health, 07/25/2017. (Also see Symptoms and Complications of Diabetes)
Being Neurotic May Help You Live Longer. Many studies have linked the personality trait to poorer health and an increased risk of mental disorders, but a new study suggests that for some people, neurotic tendencies may actually reduce the risk of dying early. Time Healthland, 07/25/2017.
More Evidence That Owning a Dog Is Really Good for You. Dogs are more than just cuddly companions – research continues to show that pets bring real health benefits to their owners. Time Healthland, 07/24/2017. (Also see Coping Strategies)
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