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Harvard Medical School: What you might have missed in May
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The month in review: May 2011
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What you might have missed in May
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Get your copy of Arthritis: Keeping your joints healthy
For a disease that affects 50 million adults in the US — about one in five people — arthritis is remarkably misunderstood. Many people believe it's a crippling and inevitable part of growing old. But things are changing. Treatments are better, and plenty of people age well without much arthritis. If you have arthritis, you can take steps to protect your joints, reduce discomfort, and improve mobility — all of which are detailed in this report.
Stress Management
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Get your copy of Stress Management
While some stress is inevitable, when your body repeatedly encounters a set of physiological changes dubbed the stress response, trouble can brew. Stress may contribute to or exacerbate various health problems. But it's possible to dismantle negative stress cycles. This report can help you identify your stress warning signs and learn how to better manage stressful situations.
Here is the monthly recap of news from Harvard Health Publications.
Featured Blog Posts
Surprising findings on omega-3 fats, trans fats, and prostate cancer risk
A new study challenges the conventional wisdom that heart-healthy omega-3 fats from fish, walnuts, and other sources are good for the prostate and that artery-damaging trans fats are bad for it. Suzanne Rose, editor of Harvard Health's Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, explains. Read more »
Does eating less salt lead to heart disease? New JAMA study is more wishful thinking than a diet changer
A new study from Europe published in the May 4 Journal of the American Medical Association shows that taking in less salt may increase the risk of heart disease and has little effect on the development of high blood pressure. The findings contradict results of many other studies showing that less salt prevents heart disease. Flaws in the new study, from the young age of the participants to the small number of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems that occurred over the course of the study, suggest that it is not a game changer. If you are leery about the low-salt message for whatever reason, there are other ways to keep your blood pressure in check, like more exercise, weight loss, and following a diet like the DASH diet. Read more »
HEALTHbeat Issues
10 simple steps to help de-stress
There is no shortage of angst-inducing news these days: natural disasters, economic woes, political unrest. Add to this backdrop stresses in our personal lives, layoffs, illness, money woes, temper tantrums, and traffic jams, and it is clear that stressful situations are constant and inevitable. Read more »
It's no stretch — Yoga may benefit heart disease
Yoga, an ancient Indian practice once viewed as only for the very fit and flexible, has become as American an activity as jogging and aerobics. Its newfound popularity could be a boon for people with high blood pressure, heart failure, and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Read more »
7 ways to live better with arthritis
Living with arthritis can be disruptive and disconcerting. The pain and stiffness can make it difficult to perform the daily tasks most people take for granted. Even things like putting on socks or cooking dinner can be exhausting. Therefore, if you have arthritis, it is important to take especially good care of yourself — to relieve pain, improve function, and cope with difficult emotions. Read more »
6 simple steps to keep your mind sharp at any age
Most of us value our ability and freedom to make choices, especially about medical treatment. But what if you lose the capacity to make decisions or let your wishes be known? The danger is that important medical decisions will be left to a physician who is unaware of your values, beliefs, or preferences, or to a relative who doesn't know your wishes, while your best friend, who knows far more about you, is legally powerless to intervene. Read more »
Healthy eating without the hassle
The latest nutritional science points toward a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, paired with healthy sources of protein and fats. A largely plant-based diet with protein from fish, skinless poultry, nuts, legumes, and small amounts of lean meats opens the door to good health. Read more »
News from Harvard Health
Our readers have questions; our doctors have answers
Have a health question? The May 2011 issue of the Harvard Health Letter may have an answer. The fourth annual all-Q&A issue of the newsletter answers readers' questions about everything from robotic surgery to baggy eyes to uterine fibroids.... Read more »
Financial incentives may help spur healthy behavior change
In an ideal world, the reward of good health would be enough to motivate prudent behavior, but it often falls short Smoking rates in America have come down, but progress is slowing, and despite lots of attention to the problem, obesity rates... Read more »
Understanding the "nocebo" effect
Why do some people faint at the sight of a needle? Or start to sweat as soon as they walk into a dentist's office? The answer could be the nocebo effect. The nocebo effect is the mirror image of the better-documented placebo effect. In Latin, ... Read more »
Hospital delirium is common and often goes unrecognized
Delirium — sudden and severe confusion — is a common complication of hospitalization among people ages 65 and over. As many as 20% of those admitted to hospitals, 60% of those who have certain surgeries, and 70% or more of those treated... Read more »
It's time to put the "public" in public automated external defibrillators
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are the best — and often last — hope for people who collapse when their hearts lapse into a fast, irregular, and deadly heartbeat known as ventricular fibrillation. These shock-delivering devices... Read more »
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