The link between fatigue and depression, explained

Major depression causes a total lack of energy that doctors call 'anergia'. This lack of energy can lead to mental, emotional, and physical fatigue that’s difficult to treat

The link between fatigue and depression, explainedHow do you become depressed? What are the steps involved? First, a problem presents itself in your life, whether it’s real or imagined. Your body in response to that problem produces stress hormones. Stress hormones cause your brain to work overtime on the problem at hand. That’s fine at first, but your brain can only […]

Exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy beneficial to regain fitness lost to cancer fatigue

Fatigue is the most common side effect for patients being treated for cancer, apart from tiredness and lack of energy. Cancer-related fatigue may cause confusion, irritability, poor memory, and depression

Exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy beneficial to regain fitness lost to cancer fatigueFor patients with cancer-related fatigue, exercise is likely to be last on the list of appealing activities. According to a new study, however, physical activity is the best way to combat this common side effect. Researchers compared a variety of treatments for cancer-related fatigue to find that exercise or psychological interventions fared best, while drug […]

Five reasons for reduced sex drive in men and women

There is technically no ‘normal’ level when it comes to sex drive. But if you have noticed a significant drop from your usual levels of desire or ability, it may be explained by one of the following

Five reasons for reduced sex drive in men and womenThyroid disease Hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, is linked to a variety of symptoms which might include sexual dysfunction. Due to the disruption in hormone production, some women may find their vaginal lubrication decreases which can result in painful intercourse. Though the condition is less likely to affect men than women, it could still cause equivalent […]

Simple, yet effective ways to lower salt consumption

Learn the most common sources of sodium in your diet and some easy substitutions you can make

Simple, yet effective ways to lower salt consumptionIf you think steering clear of potato chips, French fries, and other savoury snacks is the best way to trim salt from your diet, think again. Yes, those foods are salty, but they only rank no. 7 on the top 10 sources of sodium (a major component of salt). The category of bread and rolls […]

Aaradhya starts first day of school, with new heart after two years

It has been nearly two years since Aaradhya had to stop schooling mid-way due a serious heart ailment. She was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in December 2016. Although, she still has to take some precautionary measures. She is now living a normal life. Today was her first day at school. Her parents were initially concerned about her, but Aaradhya did quite well for her first day of school

Aaradhya starts first day of school, with new heart after two yearsAaradhya started a new chapter in her life today. Today was a special day for Aaradhya and her family. As she had to leave school, when she was diagnosed with a heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy. On September 5, 2017, Aaradhya received a new heart after a successful heart transplant surgery at Fortis Hospital, […]

Menopause: Effective diet tips to help you ease your transition

Menopause kicks in when menstruation comes to an end and the ovaries stop releasing eggs. Perimenopause is the preceding period, usually lasting for 4 years on average, characterised by a decline in the levels of estrogen in the body. Symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and night sweats, could be reduced with a Mediterranean-style diet

Menopause: Effective diet tips to help you ease your transitionThere is no question that perimenopause and menopause mark a time of change and adaptation for the body. Moreover, the extent or severity of accompanying symptoms depends on a variety of factors ranging from genetics to lifestyle habits. Hot flashes, one of the most common symptoms linked to menopause, was believed to occur due to […]

Drug use among teens may lead to bipolar symptoms later on

This study looked at the link between teenage use of cannabis and hypomania, which is a symptom that is often experienced by those with bipolar disorder. Hypomania is characterised by feelings of elation, intense excitement, reduced need for sleep, and hyperactivity

Drug use among teens may lead to bipolar symptoms later onA new study fills this research gap by examining how cannabis use among teenagers is linked with hypomania in early adulthood. The research was led by Dr Steven Marwaha, a clinical academic psychiatrist from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, and the findings were published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin. Dr Marwaha and […]

Benefits of fasting and how to survive hunger pangs

Along with this new study, past research has suggested that fasting may strengthen the immune system, boost mood, improve sleep, and even enhance your sex life

Benefits of fasting and how to survive hunger pangsFasting may not be fun, but a new study suggests there’s another reason to clear your plate for a set period of time and endure hunger pangs: the research suggests that the behaviour may not only be good for your waistline, it could improve brain function as well, and give the nervous system a break. […]

Children exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of arthritis later in life

Exposure to second-hand smoke during childhood was associated with an increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) later in life, researchers said. The study followed 98,995 French female volunteers from 1990 to present day. It found that those who smoked - and incurred passive smoking - were more prone. Arthritis also began earlier in smokers exposed to childhood passive smoking

Children exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of arthritis later in lifeA new study in the journal Rheumatology indicates that being exposed to second-hand smoke in childhood could increase the risk of someone developing arthritis as an adult. Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex disease that may be developed by environmental agents interacting with genetic factors. The role of genetics into arthritis susceptibility is well recognised. There […]

Chemicals in cosmetics, soaps tied to early puberty in girls

The team studied the levels of chemicals in the mothers during pregnancy and in the children when they were nine years old. Experts found that chemicals in some personal care products were associated with girls starting puberty earlier than their peers

Chemicals in cosmetics, soaps tied to early puberty in girlsGirls exposed to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products before birth may hit puberty earlier, according to a new longitudinal study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. These girls hit puberty earlier than their peers who aren’t exposed to these chemicals in the womb, a U.S. study […]