Chronic Conditions Can Cause Depression
It is estimated that about 30 percent of people with
a serious medical condition also have depression.
Studies reported in Social Science & Medicine show
that it often affects those with high blood pressure, heart disease,
diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Increasingly, people realize that depression does not
go away on its own. Those who are persistently sad and unable to enjoy
life should report this to their doctors and get medication.
A Bloodless Cholesterol Test
PREVU, the new bloodless cholesterol test, can be
done without a 12-hour fast and without drawing blood.
A foam pad is placed in the palm of the hand. A
special liquid is added. The foam pad changes color, then an electronic
wand reads the color change. The amount of sterol in the skin can be
determined in five minutes. Sterol levels correlate with cholesterol
Doctors discussed PREVU at the annual meeting of the
American College of Cardiology. They hope the test will encourage more
people to take preventive heart attack and stroke measures such as
exercising and eating well.
New Therapy for Lung Cancer
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for 87
percent of lung cancer diagnoses. About 40 percent of patients are
diagnosed after the disease has spread to the lymph nodes. Such patients
in the past have been given a 5- to 20-percent chance for five-year
The National Cancer Institute now reports that
concurrent radiation, chemotherapy, and lobectomy doubles an NSCLC
patient's chances of survival for five years or more.
NSCLC usually begins in the trachea or bronchi and
spreads rapidly to the rest of the body.
Diet Wards Off Problems
What you eat can help you prevent deadly blood clots
and blindness. Experts at the University of Minnesota say it's fruits,
vegetables, and fish that can ward off VTE (venous thomboembolism).
These blood clots can be a problem for travelers in airplanes and cars
who sit still for hours at a time.
Virtually the same diet can help to prevent
age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness
in people over age 50. But add sources of vitamin A, including liver,
egg yolks, and dairy products, say doctors at the Department of Veterans
Affairs in Chicago.
Holiday Weight Gain May Last a Lifetime
There's a difference between the temporary weight
gain from one big dinner and permanent weight gain. A few days of
sensible eating can erase the temporary gain, but overeating again and
again is a problem.
Though most people think they gain five to 10 pounds
between Thanksgiving and New Year's, studies show that their weight a
week or two later is significantly less. Unfortunately, one to two
pounds may not ever come off.
Studies show that people gain an average of .04 to
1.8 pounds each year during their adult lives. Between October and
March, participants had a weight gain of 1.04 pounds. It doesn't sound
like much, but that weight gain was permanent. (At 10 pounds a decade,
it adds up.)
People who were already overweight gain more than
those who are not.