Health tip: Is your New Year’s resolution still in tact?

Have you failed your New Year’s resolution already?  It’s not too late to start again.  Today is a new day…just pick up where you left off.  You don’t have to wait another year to make a change in your life.

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A cure for the common cold?

A cure for the common cold?  It may be on the way, but in the meantime, best bet is to get some exercise!

There may finally be a cure for the common cold.  That is what some researchers out of Cambridge, England believe.  In what some are calling a breakthrough, scientists say they have discovered a new immune defense that can destroy viruses like the common cold even after they’ve attacked and entered human cells.  Prior to this discovery, it was believed that antibodies could only kill viruses outside of cells.  Once they were inside the cell, it was too late.  Scientists are now working on medications that would be delivered in the form of a nasal spray or inhaler.

In the meantime, exercise my be your best defense against the cold.  A new study finds people who exercise 5 days per week are 46% less likely to get a cold; and when they do, the symptoms are generally milder.

Link between poor health & depression

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

If you’re feeling down these days you’re not alone.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9% of adult Americans currently meet the criteria for clinical depression.  Overall, more people in the Southeast are depressed compared to other parts of the country.  This clustering may be partly due to chronic health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, stroke and sleep problems, which are also common in that region.  Other risk factors include being female, minority, unemployed, single or divorced with lower education, sociaoeconomic status, and no health insurance.  The good news is more people these days are seeking treatment for depression, but there’s still a stigma.  Symptoms of depression include crying spells, feeling unhappy, hopeless, guilt or worthless and losing interest in normal activities.

Love is a drug

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

We all have heard that love conquers all…  Well, according to a new study that includes actual pain.  New research from Stanford University suggests that deep feelings of love could relieve intense physical pain.  Researchers placed a new couple inside an MRI and measured their brain activity when looking at pictures of their true love.  It’s believed that the areas of the brain that are triggered by love are the same areas impacted by painkilling drugs such as cocaine.  This research is promising, it may help scientists find new ways to relieve chronic pain.  So, maybe there is something to all those tortured love songs after all!

Impact of breast cancer on loved ones

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

A new study suggests that women are not the only ones impacted by breast cancer.  The disease has tremendous impact on the entire family, especially their male partners.  Danish researchers suggest that men are devastated when their wives or girlfriends are diagnosed with the disease.  Male partners were found to be 40% more likely to be hospitalized for severe depression and anxiety.  For these men, the stress comes from many factors including the fear of losing their loved one, the loss of their own identity and the disruption in their daily schedules.