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Health check: What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?


If you feel a bit down during the winter months or especially tired in the run-up to Christmas, you may be a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) sufferer. Far from being an excuse to slack off at work, SAD is an accepted strand of winter depression, brought about by a lack of sunlight. So what is […]

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Depression Twice as Likely For Migraine Sufferers


A new study has found that the prevalence of depression among those who suffer migraine headaches is approximately twice as high as for those without migraines. Researchers at the University of Toronto found that in men, the difference was 8.4 percent vs. 3.4 percent, while in women it was 12.4 percent vs. 5.7 percent. The study found […]

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Depression Linked With Blurred Memory


Depression has long been known to have a negative impact on memory. And now, a new study pinpoints its specific effect: It seems to make memory more blurry. Researchers from Brigham Young University found that people with depression seem to have a harder time distinguishing similar experiences, similar to a person struggling to remember where he […]

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Light Plays Major Role in Health and Vision


We take it for granted — flipping a switch and a light coming on. But light plays a major role in everyday health and functioning. “Light is very important to us as we age,” says Dr. Monica L. Monica, spokeswoman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. How light can impact health and pathways in the […]

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Irregular bedtimes for kids may lead to behavioral problems


Children with irregular bedtimes may be more prone to having behavioral problems, according to a new study. Research published on Oct. 14 in Pediatrics showed that not going to bed at a regular time each night could interrupt a child’s natural circadian rhythm, leading to lack of sleep. This in turn could affect how the brain matures […]

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