Depression is an independent risk factor for heart disease, but little research has been done to determine whether treatment
of depression impacts the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases. Researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, decided to evaluate whether depression treatment delivered before the start of clinical cardiovascular disease could reduce the risk of an event like heart attack or stroke.
The term orthorexia nervosa (ON), referring to an obsession with dietary virtue, has become increasingly common since it was coined just over 10 years ago. Steven Bratman, MD, initially introduced the term in an article in the October 1997 issue of Yoga Journal, as a somewhat “tongue in cheek” way of describing an unhealthy obsession with healthful eating (Bratman 1997; Mathieu 2005).
Perhaps it’s no surprise that people who own computers, televisions and cars tend to be less active and may be more vulnerable to obesity-related diseases than people without these possessions. Now, researchers from Simon Fraser University in Canada and more than 20 other institutions around the world have collaborated to determine the level of risk that ownership of certain devices presents.
It’s often said that good health begins in the gut, an aphorism that is well supported by two studies published in the August 29 issue of Nature (2013; 500, 541-46). In short, individuals with low bacterial richness in their gut have more obesity and inflammation--and weight loss can improve the richness of their bacterial genes.
A unique holistic program that incorporated cognitive exercises with mind-body activities has helped to improve quality of life for a small group of patients with dementia.
Program developers from Teesside University in Middlesbrough, England, created “Happy Antics” to determine the feasibility and acceptance of a holistic exercise program among people with dementia. Holistic exercise is defined as the combination of physical exercise with a wellness approach that includes physical, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental and spiritual dimensions.
Pilates training may help sub- acute-stroke survivors to improve functional balance and quality
of life, concluded authors of a small study published in the International Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (2013; 2 , 204–11). Subacute-stroke survivors have had a stroke within the preceding 3–6 months.
Celiac disease (CD) is an inherited autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation of the small intestinal mucosa. The condition is four times more common today than it was 50 years ago (Rubio-Tapia et al. 2009). The condition affects 1 out of every 105 adults in the United States (Fasano et al. 2003) and appears in children as well.