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Why predicting suicide is a difficult and complex challenge

Why predicting suicide is a difficult and complex challenge

Who is going to die by suicide? This terrible mystery of human behavior takes on particular poignance in the wake of suicides by high-profile and much-beloved celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It is only natural that people want to […]

Neurons made from blood cells – a new tool for understanding brain diseases

Neurons made from blood cells – a new tool for understanding brain diseases

Our team at Stanford University has just figured out the recipe for converting blood cells from adults directly into nerve cells, or neurons. You may be wondering why anyone would want to convert blood into brain cells. Researchers like myself […]

Health Check: can stress during pregnancy harm my baby?

Health Check: can stress during pregnancy harm my baby?

Most pregnant women are aware of the advice to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and wholeheartedly fear soft cheese in all its forms, but we hear very little official public health advice about stress during pregnancy. Yet we know that high […]

Tips to manage stress

Tips to manage stress

Learning to handle stress in healthy ways is very important. Fortunately, it is easy to learn simple techniques that help. These include recognising and changing the behaviour that contributes to stress, as well as techniques for reducing stress. The following […]

6 Steps To A Healthier Lifestyle

6 Steps To A Healthier Lifestyle

The lifestyle changes needed to improve our health can be hard to start and sustain. Here are our six steps to making healthy lifestyle changes. 1 Identify the benefits of change Think about how your lifestyle is affecting your health […]

June is Men’s Health Month: What Men Need to Know About Staying Healthy

June is Men’s Health Month: What Men Need to Know About Staying Healthy

June Is Men’s Health Month What Men Need to Know About Staying Healthy June is officially known as Men’s Health Month, an event that’s designed to raise awareness for several common health issues that affect men. By shining a spotlight […]

New migraine drug: A neurologist explains how it works

New migraine drug: A neurologist explains how it works

The FDA announced approval on May 17 of a novel preventive treatment for migraine headaches. Aimovig is the first in a new class of migraine-specific drugs that works by blocking an action of a protein that is increased in people […]

Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in toothpaste and other products, linked to inflammation and cancer in the gut

Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in toothpaste and other products, linked to inflammation and cancer in the gut

The antimicrobial chemical triclosan is in thousands of products that we use daily: hand soaps, toothpastes, body wash, kitchenware and even some toys. Work in our lab suggests that this compound may have widespread health risks, including aggravating inflammation in […]

Americans are more anxious than before

Americans are more anxious than before

Americans are becoming more anxious about their safety, health, finances, politics and relationships, a new online poll from the American Psychiatric Association finds. Compared to the results of a similar poll a year earlier, 39 percent of adults in the […]

Male OB-GYNs Are Growing Rare. Is That A Problem?

Male OB-GYNs Are Growing Rare. Is That A Problem?

As she left a 12-hour day on the labor and delivery shift, Dr. Katie Merriam turned off her pager. “I don’t know what I’d do without it, you know? It’s another limb. I always know where it is,” she said, […]

Medicare Penalizes Group Of 751 Hospitals For Patient Injuries

Medicare Penalizes Group Of 751 Hospitals For Patient Injuries

The federal government Thursday lowered a year’s worth of Medicare payments to 751 hospitals to penalize them for having the highest rates of patient injuries. More than half also were punished last year through the penalty, which was created by […]

Domestic Violence’s Overlooked Damage: Concussion And Brain Injury

Domestic Violence’s Overlooked Damage: Concussion And Brain Injury

Hundreds of survivors of domestic violence have come through the doors of neurologist Glynnis Zieman’s Phoenix clinic in the past three years. “The domestic violence patients are the next chapter of brain injury,” she said. Zieman begins every new patient […]

What We Know And Don’t Know About Memory Loss After Surgery

What We Know And Don’t Know About Memory Loss After Surgery

Two years ago, Dr. Daniel Cole’s 85-year-old father had heart bypass surgery. He hasn’t been quite the same since. “He forgets things and will ask you the same thing several times,” said Cole, a professor of clinical anesthesiology at UCLA […]

Nine Tips About Panic Attacks

Nine Tips About Panic Attacks

1 Panic attacks are sudden and frightening Panic attacks are a sudden and overwhelming experience of anxiety and fear. They can be an abrupt escalation of pre-existing anxiety or can seemingly arise out of the blue. 2 They are relatively […]

10 Ways To Help Your Mental Health

10 Ways To Help Your Mental Health

We all like to help others. But, when it comes to mental health, what steps can we take to support ourselves? Psychological research has revealed a range of approaches that can help you stay mentally healthy and make the most […]

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