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Weekley: Male depression on rise

If you look at gender differences for treatment of depression, by far women have outnumbered men. It has been a well-known fact in the mental health field that when it comes to depression, there are many more women than men seeking treatment. But according to Boadie Dunlop, a psychiatrist at Emory University, the recession may be changing these odds.

July 06, 2011 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


Weekley: The biggest abusers of technology – parents

Who complains about whom when it comes to technology? It's parents who complain about their children spending too much time texting and surfing the web, right? Well, it looks like it is the other way around. It is children who worry about their parents' love affairs with their BlackBerries, computers and iPhones and see them as fracturing their families.

May 24, 2011 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to Your Health - Tai Chi – great for health

Tai Chi is a 2,000-year-old Chinese marshal art that has been found to have an abundance of health benefits for Americans. It is a well known branch of Qigong, exercises that are designed to harness qi (pronounced "chee") or life energy. It is a series of martial arts movements executed carefully with an emphasis on deep breathing. Its movements can be adapted to almost anyone, even those with illness and disabilities. It can even be adapted for people in wheelchairs.

January 09, 2011 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Cancer survival rates vary by country

A recent article in England's medical journal "The Lancet" reported that survival rates for four major cancers are lower in the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland), than in Australia, Canada, Sweden and Norway, and equivalent with those of Denmark. The study was from the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership. Differences in diagnoses and treatment in these countries are considered to account for this finding.

December 25, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Hyper-texting and Hyper-networking teens at risk

Teens who send more than 120 text messages per school day are 40 percent more likely to have tried cigarettes, two times more likely to have tried alcohol and 43 percent more likely to be binge drinkers than teens who do not hyper-text.

December 17, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


Personality and Health

Your attitude can effect how healthy your heart is.

December 10, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Reports: more women are getting rheumatoid arthritis

According to a recent study from the Mayo Clinic, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in women has increased between the years 1995 and 2007. This rise follows a four year decline in the disease and is speculated to be effected by environmental factors such as cigarette smoking, vitamin D deficiency and lower dose synthetic estrogens in oral contraceptives.

The Mayo Clinic study was published in June in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism and included over 50 years of epidemiological data. RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks skeletal joints, effecting between 1 million and 2 million Americans. People with RA usually ...

November 07, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Cancer deaths slowing in the U.S.

According to a recent report from the American Cancer Society, death rates from cancer are continuing to decline in the U.S. That's the good news. The bad news is that hundreds of thousands of Americans still die of cancer each year. The ACS attributes the slow but steady drop in cancer deaths to lower rates of smoking, increased efforts at early detection and better treatments. Between the years 2001 and 2006 the death rates for all cancers decreased 2 percent per year in men, and 1.5 percent per year in women.

November 03, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Marketing food to children – It’s a problem

Children's choices of food are formed by many factors. They are influenced by what their friends eat, where they eat, what is served in the school cafeteria and what their parents have in the refrigerator. They are also influenced by the ads they see on TV and products seen in movies. That's a problem as the rates of childhood obesity continue to rise. It is a formidable problem because the goal of the manufacturers is to make money by getting children hooked on products of questionable nutritional value.

October 31, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


Mental health parity, maybe

Finally, mental health providers might be able stand toe-to-toe with medical doctors, including psychiatrists, with the passage of the new health care reform bill. For years, psychologists and other mental health providers have been fighting to obtain parity for mental health insurance policies.

October 17, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


Hope for back pain sufferers

The cytokine molecule interleukin-17 is known to cause chronic inflammation in autoimmune disorders, as we all know (right!). But what we didn't know, and what researchers at Duke University Medical Center are finding out, is that this immune cell is likely to be involved in low back pain associated with herniated discs. Results of their research were published online in the July edition of "Arthritis and Rheumatism."

The Duke research supports a growing theory that an immune response plays a big role in disc disease. This is a hopeful finding that may lead to new, therapeutic techniques that target ...

October 01, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


If you want to improve your memory, take a nap

This month researchers reported online in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that good study habits should include a lot of napping. When compared to those who didn't sleep, or slept but didn't report dreams, study subjects who napped after learning a task and dreamed about it recalled it the best.

September 22, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Health benefits of pets

Most readers who own a pet, be it dog, cat, bird, ferret, horse or other creature, can probably speak to the emotional benefits of owning an adoring animal. Anecdotes are prolific about the human health benefits of companion animals, both service and therapy animals, and family pets. (I'm not too sure about goldfish, however.) But in-depth scientific research into this apparently obvious phenomenon are rare. Now, however, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, is embarking on a study of whether animals can have tangible effects on ...

September 19, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Artificial hearts: the promise and the business

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The invention of an artificial heart to replace diseased and damaged hearts would be an incredible blessing to medical science and result in saving thousands of lives a year. To this end, Carmat, a French medical start-up company, is in the final stages of testing an artificial heart that could be implanted as a standard medical procedure for patients in the final stages of heart failure. The company hopes to start human testing in France by the end of the year and bring the technology ...

September 08, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


Back-to-school headaches

With summer winding down, it will soon be time for kids to return to school. And with their return, for many, is the return of headache season. Surprisingly, the medical community has paid little attention to the headaches and migraines of children, and yet these are the most common childhood complaints. There appears to be a bias in that pediatricians and parents tend to view migraines as an adult condition, and attribute the increase in children's complaints of headaches during the school year as an exaggeration to avoid school work.

September 05, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


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