Chronic fatigue isn’t only in your head

By: Beacon
Posted on: September 15, 2015

Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome — known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) or systemic exertion intolerance disease.The findings could help improve diagnosis and identify treatment options for the... READ MORE

Specialists offer tailored cardiac care

By: Beacon
Posted on: September 08, 2015

When you or a loved one is in need of heart care, the prospect may feel overwhelming. You know you need to see a heart specialist, but which one?Having heart disease can lead you in a number of directions. Many people go to a cardiologist because they want a specialist, but even in the world of cardiology there are “super-specialists” — doctors highly specialized in a... READ MORE

Better sleep may lower Alzheimer’s risk

By: Lauran Neergaard
Posted on: September 04, 2015

To sleep, perchance to... ward off Alz-heimer’s? New research suggests poor sleep may increase people’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that, in turn, further interrupts shut-eye.Disrupted sleep may be one of the missing pieces in explaining how a hallmark of Alzheimer’s — a sticky protein called beta-amyloid — starts its... READ MORE

Low dopamine can make you depressed

By: Suzy Cohen
Posted on: August 26, 2015

Some people feel so bad they want to die, but don’t follow through because they lack motivation. Is that you?You may have been taught to equate depression with serotonin deficiency. But in fact, people with that type of depression don’t usually wish to die. Those with low dopamine might wish to, though.Dopamine deficiency will cause you to wake up sluggish in the morning,... READ MORE

Problems arise from being underweight

By: Caroline Kaufman
Posted on: August 19, 2015

While headlines often sound the alarm on the dangers of being overweight, less attention is given to the two percent of U.S. adults who are underweight. Their ranks may be smaller, but the health risks that affect many people who are underweight — having a body mass index (BMI) below 18.5 — are significant.Health risks from low body weight include:1. Increased risk of... READ MORE

Don’t fall for brain supplement claims

By: Matthew Perrone
Posted on: August 12, 2015

A high-ranking Senate Democrat is probing retailers and online companies about sales of dubious dietary supplements — especially those promising protection from memory loss, dementia and other age-related problems.The pills, tablets and formulas targeted by Senator Claire McCaskill bear names like “Brain Awake,” “Dementia Drops” and “Food for the... READ MORE