Depression worsens COPD symptoms – Patients face breathlessness and lower exercise tolerance

Manchester Metropolitan University news Debilitating symptoms from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can worsen in patients who also experience depression, research suggests. A new study, published in CHEST Journal, demonstrates a link between an exacerbation of COPD in patients and depression. Patients who had pre-existing depression or developed depression after COPD diagnosis were more likely…

COPD patients with psychological conditions have higher rates of early hospital readmission

UTMB news release Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that people with a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, or alcohol/drug abuse are more likely to be readmitted early into a hospital for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The study was recently published in the journal, CHEST. “These…

Warts and all: how St John’s Wort can make you sick

University of Adelaide research news St John’s Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as antidepressants, and serious side effects can occur when the two are taken together, according to new University of Adelaide research. In a study published this month in the journal, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, researchers compared the pattern of…

5 Weird Signs You’re Way Too Anxious

Anxiety and worry manifest in some pretty obvious ways—sweaty palms, shaky legs, shortness of breath, feeling like you might throw up everything you’ve ever eaten. But there are other, surprisingly common symptoms so strange that you wonder how on earth they could possibly be connected to your worried state. Here are 5 weird ones you…

Social Media and the Cost of Caring

For generations, commentators have worried about the impact of technology on people’s stress. Trains and industrial machinery were seen as noisy disruptors of pastoral village life that put people on edge. Telephones interrupted quiet times in homes. Watches and clocks added to the de-humanizing time pressures on factory workers to be productive. Radio and television…

In Asthma, It’s Not Just What You Smell, But What You Think You Smell

Monell center news release Cognitive expectations about odor safety related to airway inflammation New research from the Monell Center reveals that simply believing that an odor is potentially harmful can increase airway inflammation in asthmatics for at least 24 hours following exposure. The findings highlight the role that expectations can play in health-related outcomes. “Asthmatics…

Weighty Issue: Stress and High-Fat Meals Combine to Slow Metabolism in Women – Study estimates daily effect could add up to nearly 11 pounds in a year

Ohio State University Newsroom A new study in women suggests that experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating a single high-fat meal can slow the body’s metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain. Researchers questioned study participants about the previous day’s stressors before giving them a meal consisting of 930 calories and 60…