A good night’s sleep can help prevent build-up of plaque in arteries

Studies have linked lack of sleep to long-term health conditions, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression, and heart disease. However, they have not shed much light on the underlying biological mechanisms

A good night’s sleep can help prevent build-up of plaque in arteriesFresh evidence suggests that sleep regulates a mechanism that can help to protect arteries from hardening. The finding reinforces the notion that good-quality sleep is important for cardiovascular health. Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, Massachusetts, together with colleagues from other research centers, studied the development of atherosclerosis in mice. Atherosclerosis is the […]

Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD, finds new study 

Interest in meditation’s potential as a tool for coping with various mental health symptoms has risen in recent years, and now, a new study suggests that one type of meditation, called transcendental meditation, can successfully counteract post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and lower depression

Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD, finds new study Studies have shown that meditation practices can have a significant, positive effect on mental health and how well our bodies respond to stress. Existing research has also found that different types of meditation can even help boost a person’s emotional intelligence. Working with a cohort of young people with symptoms of PTSD and depression, researchers […]

Post-natal depression in dads tied to depression in their teenage daughters, reveals study

A teenage girl is more at risk of developing mental health problems if her father has experienced post-natal depression, according to new research

Post-natal depression in dads tied to depression in their teenage daughters, reveals studyThe “small but significant” risk applied only to daughters. Sons were found to be unaffected, said the study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The survey, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, which has been running since 1991, looked at 3,176 father and child pairs Fathers as well as mothers can experience post-natal […]

Women twice as likely to suffer from severe depression after a stroke, suggests study

Stroke is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked. An estimated one in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime

Women twice as likely to suffer from severe depression after a stroke, suggests studyNew research today published in the European Journal of Neurology has found that women are twice as likely to suffer from severe depression following a stroke than men. The team of researchers from King’s College London followed the progress of symptoms over five years after stroke onset in 2,313 people (1,275 men and 1,038 women). […]

Last minute tips for children studying for their SSC exams

Exams are a testing time for many students. As the exam date approaches closer fear and anxiety begin to increase. One exam does not determine your outcome in life. Dr Harish Shetty lists useful tips for students to put themselves at ease and continue studying without worrying unnecessarily

Last minute tips for children studying for their SSC examsIt is again that time of the year when students who are appearing for their board exams are under immense stress. Not just them, but even their parents and family members are under pressure. Most of the times, the expectations set by parents and family members prove to be an impediment in exam preparations for […]

Exam stress? Don’t worry, counsellors to help you beat the stress

The Maharashtra government has appointed counsellors to help SSC and HSC students to beat the exam stress. During exams, these counsellors will help the students and their parents to tackle mental stress

Exam stress? Don’t worry, counsellors to help you beat the stressDuring the exam season, there is a spate of incidences of students committing suicide are witnessed. Just before and after the exams, depressed students take an extreme step, and end their lives. According to experts, students are significantly under stress during the exam. Tension, peer pressure, fear of not doing well during the exams, parents […]

Mental health: Why are medical students more prone to suicidal thoughts?

Medical students are at high risk of depression and suicidal ideation, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

Mental health: Why are medical students more prone to suicidal thoughts?The researchers say possible causes of depression and suicidal thoughts in medical students likely include stress and anxiety. To conduct this study, researchers examined more than 180 studies of 129,000 medical students worldwide, including Canada. They found that the incidence of depression, in this group was 27%, compared to 8 to 9% in the general […]

Spiritual beliefs play a protective role against depression, suggests study

Contrary to what many may think, spirituality is one of man’s most important qualities. In this context, research has shown that spiritual beliefs influence brain function and influence the way we deal with reality. According to researchers, having a spiritual belief can possibly be a form of protection against depression

Spiritual beliefs play a protective role against depression, suggests studyReligious beliefs, or a sense of spirituality, may cushion some people’s brains against depression, according to new research. A study has found a curious link between our personally held beliefs and the thickness of white matter in our brain. This study has been published in Brain and Behaviour. The idea is still very much in […]

Physical activity may help fight depression in older adults, suggest US study

The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists at McMaster University have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters

Physical activity may help fight depression in older adults, suggest US studyThe findings, published in the American Journal of Physiology–Cell Physiology, reveal that the underlying mechanisms which make us feel good when we exercise persist into old age and highlight the importance of staying active. “A previous study demonstrated these mechanisms in healthy young adults, however, it was unknown whether the muscle deterioration which accompanies aging […]
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