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February 2008

Exercise has been proven to help depression.

Help For Depression

New evidence indicates that aerobic exercise eases depression almost as well as antidepressants medication does. After following 202 patients for 4 months researchers found that depression largely cleared up in 45% of patients exercising in groups, 40% in those exercising at home and 47% of those taking anti-depressants. In exercising to relieve depression one avoids …

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Still Learning

I found medical school interesting and loved learning. I especially loved physiology as we learned the intricacies of how the body functions in health. However, the real learning starts when a physician begins to see patients. As the time approached for my internship I was apprehensive and even a little bit scared. When I found …

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The Vomit Drinking Doctor

Many doctors are dedicated to their profession and will make untold sacrifices to help those that are suffering. However, Stubbins Ffirth, a doctor-in-training living in Philadelphia during the early 19th century went further than most. Having observed that yellow fever ran riot only during the summer months he hypothesized it was not a contagious disease. …

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Filthy Healthy

We are all familiar with the term “filthy wealthy” – I sometimes wish I were- but how about “filthy healthy”? Well, it is becoming more and more evident that filth is not all that bad at least in moderation. It has been known for quite a while that dirt and infections make us less allergy …

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Freaking Out About Things Being Spotless

“Neat freak”, “anal” are just some of the words that are used to describe people that can not rest until everything is “just right”. Unfortunately, these people never rest because it is impossible to have everything just right. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a medical term that is frequently used to describe this particular type …

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The mind is more powerful than any drug.

No Drug Can Do That

To continue the topic of brain training from yesterday, some researchers are finding that it is very beneficial for patients suffering from schizophrenia, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Mike Merzenich, a neuroscientist at UC, San Francisco, has found that disturbances of memory, attention and executive functions in schizophrenic can be restored to normal with brain …

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