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Women with depression may be at higher stroke risk
August 11th, 2011
05:12 PM ET

Women with depression may be at higher stroke risk

Women with depression have a higher risk for stroke, according to a new study, adding to the growing amount of information linking depression and stroke. The study also found that women who used certain antidepressants were at higher risk for stroke. The research, by Harvard Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers, is published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers used data from more than 80,000 women enrolled in the Nurses Health Study which began in 1976 and followed registered nurses in 11 states to document their medical histories and health practices. This analysis included women aged 54 to 79, following them from 2000 to 2006. When the study began, none of the women had a history of stroke. Symptoms of depression were measured several times during the study period and researchers noted the use of antidepressant medications.

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Is the economy downgrading your sex life?
August 11th, 2011
03:44 PM ET

Is the economy downgrading your sex life?

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

With the threat of a double-dip recession looming, I’ve been encouraging couples to extend their own personal debt ceilings (so to speak) and start reinvesting in their relationships.

All of the economic turbulence of the past few years has resulted in couples seriously cutting back on things like date nights, babysitters, gifts to each other, short trips and, of course, longer vacations.

Yet for all their thriftiness, couples are more anxious and stressed-out than ever about personal finances, and arguments over money remain one of the leading causes of marital strife. While it may seem counterintuitive to add to your expenses when going through your budget of must-haves and nice-to-haves, I implore you to find a way to put relationship satisfaction at the top of your priority list.
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Electronic 'skin' can monitor your heart
August 11th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Electronic 'skin' can monitor your heart

Hospital monitoring devices are clunky and uncomfortable, with all of their wires and plugs like you'd see with any old machine. Heart disease patients sometimes have to wear monitors for a month or more. But now, a group of researchers is making health care electronics look and feel more like part of your own body.

A study in the journal Science demonstrates an extremely thin device that's like an electronic skin, which attaches to your own skin and measures vital signs. The device can check your heart rate, brain activity and muscle contractions, researchers say. Beyond that, there are many other applications, such as in physical rehabilitation and prosthetics.

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Crossing the finish line
August 11th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

Tri Challenge: 'I still can't believe that I did it'

Scott Zahn wrote this blog a day after finishing the Nautica New York City Triathlon as part of the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. 

It has been just over 24 hours since I completed the NYC Triathlon and I guess I can officially call myself a triathlete. I felt confident going into the race, but it was much tougher than I thought it would be. The swim was challenging, the bike felt good and the run was a struggle – but I crossed that finish line.

Over the past 24 hours I have had some time to reflect on my accomplishment. I still can’t believe that I did it. I completed something that a year ago I would have never even considered. The race ended and everyone wanted to know “would you do it again?” My reply: “That water is gross. I don’t know if I want to get in that again.” Fast forward 24 hours and I’m looking at future events and thinking about the next challenge.

Being able to finish the race has been energizing and invigorating. I enjoy working towards a goal instead of just “working out.” Could the 2012 NYC Tri be one of those goals? Now that the taste and smell of the Hudson River is gone I think I could do it again. Before I set that as my goal though there are still other events to swim, bike and run. I am a triathlete and that’s what we do, right?!


'Serial killer' cells can target leukemia, study says
August 11th, 2011
12:44 PM ET

'Serial killer' cells can target leukemia, study says

A step toward a new possible treatment for leukemia, one that uses patients’ own immune cells to target and destroy cancer is getting a lot of media attention.

It should be noted, however, that the therapy, however promising, has been tested in only three patients, who had varying side effects such as fevers as high as 104 degrees, heart dysfunction and breathlessness.  Most of the side effects resolved themselves within a matter of weeks.

A year after the therapy, two of the patients had complete remission of leukemia and one had a partial response to the therapy (meaning the patient still has cancer, but a less severe case). All three were suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, one of the most common types of the disease that affects blood and bone marrow. FULL POST


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