People who spend a lot of time on the internet are more likely to be depressed, lonely and mentally unstable, a study found.

By | 2017-05-31T01:18:45+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , , |

A study has shown that the more someone uses Facebook, the less satisfied he is with life.

 

Kross E, Verduyn P, Demiralp E, Park J, Lee DS, Lin N, et al. (2013) Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults. PLoS ONE 8(8): e69841. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0069841

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A study shows a new way to get patient information.

By | 2017-05-19T15:27:50+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: |

For many diseases, early detection is key to healing. Many patients are nervous about revealing the symptoms of their conditions. This study shows that they are okay with drawing pictures of their problem.

Instead of asking a patient to talk about a problem, ask them to draw whatever their issue is. This worked with melanoma patients. This kind of indirect questioning could save lives.

Scott, S., Birt, L., Cavers, D., Shah, N., Campbell, C., & Walter, F. (2015). Patient drawings of their melanoma: A novel approach to understanding symptom perception and appraisal prior to health care Psychology & Health, 30 (9), 1035-1048 DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1016943

Link: https://digest.bps.org.uk/2015/07/16/psychologists-asked-these-skin-cancer-patients-to-draw-their-melanomas/

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Running, even 5 to 10 min/day, reduces risks of death from all causes.

By | 2017-05-14T03:59:34+00:00 May 14th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , |

Although running is a popular physical activity, we don’t know about the long-term effects of running on mortality.
 
We examined this associations in 55,137 adults, 18 to 100 years of age.
 
Compared with nonrunners, runners had 30% and 45% lower adjusted risks of mortality. It gave them a 3-year life expectancy benefit.
 
Weekly running even <51 min, <6 miles, 1 to 2 times, was enough to reduce risk of mortality.
 
Running, even 5 to 10 min/day and at slow speeds <6 miles/h, reduces risks of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease.
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