February 7, 2012

Unbreak My Heart

1 Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real

Broken heart syndrome, or stress cardiomyopathy, is real with symptoms that mimic heart attack, including chest pain and difficulty breathing, but that leave no lasting damage to the heart, says Loyola U. Health System cardiologist, Dr. Binh An P. Phan. It may be brought on by the death of a loved one, a breakup or the loss of a job. In broken heart syndrome, a surge of adrenalin and other stress hormones can cause the arteries that supply blood to the heart to narrow. Similarly, during a heart attack, a blood clot in a coronary artery restricts blood supply to heart muscle. Phan says it’s difficult to distinguish between heart attack and broken heart syndrome and for that reason people who experience chest pains or difficulty breathing should seek medical help immediately.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: A Heart Attack Doesn't Have to Kill Your Sex Life

Tags: Chest Pains, Divorce, Heart Attack, Loyola University Health System, Shortness of Breath, Stress Hormones, Broken Heart Syndrome, Stress Cardiomyopathy, Dr. Binh an P. Phan, Death of a Loved One

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Chicken and Egg Question

2 Young and Depressed: More Likely Bullied

Adolescents who are depressed are more likely to be bullied at school, say researchers from Arizona State University. Published in Child Development, the research also reveals that depressed adolescents have more difficultly in peer relationships. Rather than bullying leading to psychological problems, researchers suggest that the psychological problems come first. Researchers, who studied student relationships in the school context, found that depressive symptoms drive negative peer relationships. "Teachers, administrators and parents need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression and the possibility that depression is a risk factor for problematic peer relations," says Karen Kochel, research professor at Arizona State University.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Both Parents at Risk for Depression

Tags: Journal Child Development, Depression Risk Teens, Adolescent Bullying, Who Gets Bullied School, Longitudinal Associations among Youths' Depressive Symptoms, Low Peer Acceptance, Arizona State University School of Social and Family Dynamics

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Focus on Calorie Intake

3 Strict Diabetic Diets Difficult to Follow

Overweight patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are often compelled to follow the latest diet that significantly restricts carbohydrates for blood sugar control. While the diets may be effective short-term, there tends to be a high rate of drop out due to their difficulty to maintain. A New Zealand study published in the international journal Diabetologia finds that controlling for calorie intake instead of focusing on a specific nutrient is still the best method for successful weight management. In the study, 30% of the original participants dropped out because they could not follow their diet prescription. Dr. Jeremy Krebs, the study investigator, suggests that a low calorie, low fat, high fiber diet remains the best choice for weight control and blood sugar management.

More at Medical Xpress | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: More Bran Leads to Longer Life for Diabetics, Mediterranean Diet Good to Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Tags: Calorie Intake, Diabetes, Diabetic Diet, Nutrition, Type 2 Diabetes, Weight Loss, Low Carbohydrate

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