More than winter blues: Seasonal depression tips, insight from health experts

As the fall season comes and gloomy weather rolls in, so do the feelings of sadness and fatigue for many. One Sacramento area clinical psychologist said she gets more calls—and an increase in reported depression symptoms—this time of year. According to non-profit Mental Health America, seasonal depression usually occurs as the seasons change and typically begins in the fall and […]

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Endurance exercise more beneficial to your health than resistance exercise

Endurance exercise such as biking or running is more beneficial to human health than resistance exercise such as weightlifting, according to the findings of a new study. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology and has been chosen as an APS select article for October. Mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouse of […]

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Australians are 3 times more worried about climate change than COVID: A mental health crisis is looming

As we write this article, the Delta strain of COVID-19 is reminding the world the pandemic is far from over, with millions of Australians in lockdown and infection rates outpacing a global vaccination effort. In the northern hemisphere, record breaking temperatures in the form of heat domes recently caused uncontrollable “firebombs,” while unprecedented floods disrupted millions of people. Hundreds of […]

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More exercise and fewer hours watching TV cuts sleep apnoea risk

Being more physically active and spending fewer hours per day sitting watching TV is linked to a substantially lower risk of developing obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), according to new research published in the European Respiratory Journal. It is the first study to simultaneously evaluate physical activity and sedentary behaviour in relation to OSA risk. OSA is a condition where breathing […]

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More than 193,000 Coloradans have missed their 2nd COVID-19 dose

More than 193,000 Coloradans have missed getting their second COVID-19 vaccination shot within the recommended timeframe, leaving them significantly more vulnerable to the delta variant of the coronavirus than if they had gotten the booster. That number is small compared to the almost 3 million people who are fully immunized in the state. With more than 3.2 million Coloradans having […]

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Nearly 9,000 more Coloradans died in 2020 than normal as fatalities jumped 23.5% during pandemic

Nearly 9,000 more Coloradans died in 2020 than would be expected in a normal year, according to newly finalized data that offers the fullest picture yet of the severe toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken on human life in the state. Deaths from all causes jumped 23.5% in Colorado last year from the number of fatalities recorded on average during […]

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More states ease lingering virus rules as vaccine rates rise

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, more U.S. cities and states are shrugging off lingering COVID-19 restrictions as vaccination rates rise and the number of infections falls. Massachusetts lifted a mask requirement Saturday, a day after New Jersey dropped its mandate. In New York City and Chicago, officials reopened public beaches, though winds and cool temperatures kept crowds away. […]

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Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids to Covid ‘Long Haulers,’ Raising Addiction Fears

Covid survivors are at risk from a possible second pandemic, this time of opioid addiction, given the high rate of painkillers being prescribed to these patients, health experts say. A new study in Nature found alarmingly high rates of opioid use among covid survivors with lingering symptoms at Veterans Health Administration facilities. About 10% of covid survivors develop “long covid,” […]

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