Wellness & Lifestyle
- Consumer Health: What is stuttering?by Laurel Kelly on October 22, 2021 at 10:00 am
International Stuttering Awareness Day will be observed on Friday, Oct. 22, which makes this a good time to learn more about this speech disorder. Disfluency in speech, including stumbling over words, and word or phrase repetition, likely affects up to 5% of all children at some point in their development, according to the American Academy of
- Consumer Health: Sepsis is seriousby Laurel Kelly on October 18, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Nearly 270,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of sepsis, and one-third of people who die in a hospital have sepsis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sepsis occurs when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues. When these infection-fighting processes turn on the body, they cause
- Consumer Health: Are you due for a mammogram?by Laurel Kelly on October 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm
National Mammography Day will be observed on Friday, Oct. 15, which makes this a good time to check if you’re due for a mammogram. A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breasts that is used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and help decrease breast cancer deaths. Breast
- Mayo Clinic Q and A: Can medications and supplements interact with one another?by Cynthia Weiss on October 13, 2021 at 1:19 pm
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: As I have gotten older, doctors have placed me on more medications, such as for blood pressure and cholesterol. Also, as I age, I have chosen to take some supplements that are supposed to improve my memory, reduce cholesterol and prevent cancer. Should I worry about these supplements interacting with one another or
- Consumer Health: What is mental health?by Laurel Kelly on October 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm
World Mental Health Day will be observed on Sunday, Oct. 10, to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This is a good time to consider the differences between normal mental health and mental health disorders. Mental health is the overall wellness of how you think,
- Water and surface surveillance can detect 93% of school-based COVID-19 caseson October 26, 2021 at 2:55 am
A new study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server explores environmental surveillance of elementary school settings for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) through wastewater and surface samples monitoring. The researchers demonstrated that 93% of the COVID-19 cases in public elementary schools could be identified using this method.
- Intervention erases Black-white survival gaps in early-stage lung and breast cancer patientson October 26, 2021 at 2:35 am
A new study shows that system-level changes to the way cancer care is delivered can also eliminate Black-white disparities in survival from early-stage lung and breast cancer.
- Researchers identify genes that cause resistance to treatment of Candida glabrata funguson October 26, 2021 at 2:30 am
It is estimated that 80% of women will suffer from vaginal candidiasis at least once in their lives. In addition to superficial infections, which can be oral or vaginal and do not usually have a serious prognosis, fungi of the Candida genus can cause systemic diseases in immunocompromised individuals and these are fatal in 40% of cases.
- Working single mothers with a present-time mindset may feel more ‘in control’ of their liveson October 26, 2021 at 2:23 am
When facing high demands from family life, working single mothers who have a present-time mindset -; in contrast to the tendency to focus on the past or future -; may feel more “in control” of their leisure time, according to a new study headed by Virginia Tech researchers.
- New data reveals safety, efficacy of nusinersen drug delivery method for SMA patients with advanced diseaseon October 26, 2021 at 2:16 am
A recently published paper details the safety and efficacy of nusinersen administration via a subcutaneous intrathecal catheter system (SIC) for SMA patients with advanced disease.
- N501Y mutation in SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is key to breakthrough infectionson October 26, 2021 at 2:16 am
A study in the Philadelphia area found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants evolve to become more contagious and resistant to COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, depending on the sublineage, SARS-CoV-2 variants such as the Delta variant led to a three-fold increased risk for vaccine breakthrough cases.
- Men’s emotions fluctuate to the same extent as that of womenon October 26, 2021 at 2:11 am
Contrary to widely held gender stereotypes, women are not more emotional than men, researchers say.
- CODA trial: Antibiotics now accepted as first-line treatment for people with appendicitison October 26, 2021 at 2:04 am
Antibiotics are now an accepted first-line treatment for most people with appendicitis, according to final results of the Comparing Outcomes of antibiotic Drugs and Appendectomy (CODA) trial, and an updated treatment guideline for appendicitis from the American College of Surgeons.
- Please Stop Looking for Your Soulmateby Tyler Jamison Ph.D. on October 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm
Tired of searching for your soulmate? Consider the power of building a great relationship from the ground up.
- Why Do Narcissistic Employees Get Promoted Fast?by Arash Emamzadeh on October 25, 2021 at 9:57 pm
How do narcissists climb to top positions in organizations so fast? A new study suggests two mechanisms: impression management and displays of power.
- Communicating Emotions Across Culturesby Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on October 25, 2021 at 3:14 pm
The human face can express a myriad of emotions. What gets lost most often in translation are the nuances of emotions—in part due to cultural accents in facial signaling.
- Understanding the Process of Changeby Amanda L. Giordano Ph.D., LPC on October 25, 2021 at 2:55 pm
Feeling frustrated about change? Maybe we aren’t conceptualizing it correctly.
- Exercise Is Shown to Be an Effective Depression Treatmentby Francis M. Mondimore M.D. on October 25, 2021 at 2:42 pm
A new study shows that only three weeks of exercise significantly reduced symptoms and restored neuroplasticity in volunteers with depression.
- The Unpredictable Popularity of “Squid Game”by Tony Evans Ph.D. on October 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm
“Squid Game” is the most popular show in the world, and psychologists want to explain why. But research suggests that popularity is often based on unpredictable social processes.
- Are You Attracted to a Darker Form of Yourself?by Wendy L. Patrick, J.D., Ph.D. on October 25, 2021 at 12:29 pm
We decry dark personalities—unless they are fictional—and remind us of ourselves.
- Can Therapy Help Reduce Back Pain?by Susan Heitler Ph.D. on October 24, 2021 at 7:26 pm
Suffering from back pain? New research comparing a problem-specific version of CBT talk therapy with conventional back pain treatment yielded dramatic outcomes.
- The Sound of Fearby Valerie Fridland Ph.D. on October 24, 2021 at 6:02 pm
Take a look behind the scenes at how horror movie music mimics human screams to trigger an emotional fear response
- Are You Searching for Your Authentic Self?by David Roger Clawson M.D. on October 23, 2021 at 9:41 pm
Are we marching down the wrong path trying to find wellness and health only to find illness and disease?
- Putting the lid on raising your voiceon October 25, 2021 at 4:14 pm
When we are yelling, what’s behind all that noise?
- New thinking on aspirin and cancer needs dose of nuance, Harvard expert sayson October 22, 2021 at 5:27 pm
The Gazette spoke with Andrew Chan, director of cancer epidemiology at the Mass. General Cancer Center, about the new thinking around aspirin.
- Viewing climate change as a human health problemon October 21, 2021 at 9:12 pm
Renee Salas, an ER doctor and assistant professor of medicine, addressed questions about a new climate and health report from The Lancet.
- Body’s ability to prevent cell damage hampered by excess carbson October 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm
By studying how cells from healthy normal weight and overweight participants broke down carbohydrates in real time, researchers have found clues about what triggers metabolic distress.
- Former Harvard fellow discusses ‘Dopesick’ adaptationon October 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm
The new Hulu series is based on the bestselling book “Dopesick” by Beth Macy, a journalist and former Nieman Fellow.
- Male and female fetuses respond differently to COVID-19on October 19, 2021 at 5:15 pm
A new study finds that placentas of male and female fetuses respond very differently when a mother is infected with SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy.
- How different types of physical activity affect cardiorespiratory fitnesson October 18, 2021 at 2:13 pm
Using an eight-year span within the Framingham Heart Study, researchers are able to pinpoint how many extra steps or how many fewer minutes of sitting are needed to achieve improved cardiorespiratory fitness.
- Study confirms kids as spreaders of COVID-19 and emerging variantson October 14, 2021 at 5:05 am
A new study confirms that children can carry high viral loads of SARS-Co-V-2, making them possible spreaders of current and emerging variants.
- An excerpt from Suzanne Koven’s ‘Letter to a Young Female Physician’on October 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm
In this excerpt from her new memoir, Suzanne Koven traces her progress as a medical student through her notes on one cancer patient.
- New way to overcome colorectal cancer’s resistance to immune responseon October 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Now, new research led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Geneva provides insights on why some types of colorectal cancer don’t respond to immune checkpoint inhibitors, and offers a strategy to overcome their resistance.