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vision loss

As the U.S. population ages, vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration is likely to increase, an ophthalmologist says. Adults over 50 should get an annual test for the condition, said Dr. Ingrid Scott, a professor of ophthalmology at Penn State College of Medicine. Blurry or distorted vision could be symptoms of age-related macular degeneration,…

mental health

Mental Health is serious and when your life spins out of control, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. The American Psychological Association recommends you seek the help of a trained mental health professional if: You constantly worry. You feel trapped. You aren’t getting any better with self-help. You feel as if…

PTSD

A mere five sessions of specialized therapy could help people struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. The findings could help address time constraints that sometimes prevent people from getting the treatment they need, the researchers noted. Exposure to physical or psychological trauma can cause PTSD. People with the condition may experience flashbacks,…

autism

(HealthDay News) — Neurons in a brain area involved with social and emotional behavior normally increase as children become adults, but this does not occur in people with autism, new research contends. Instead, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have too many neurons in this part of the brain — the amygdala — and lose…

alzheimer's

Certain pieces of brain structure may make some people less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the conclusion of a new study that could lead to new ways to prevent or slow the memory-destroying disease, researchers said. For the study, the researchers analyzed brain samples from patients at memory clinics and found that the presence…

OCD inflammation

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have high levels of brain inflammation, a discovery researchers say could lead to new treatments. In OCD, people typically have frequent, upsetting thoughts that they try to control by repeating certain rituals or behaviors, such as washing hands or checking door locks. Canadian researchers compared 20 OCD patients and a…

depression

Even in the spring, when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, you can feel a little less than sunny. You can even feel depressed. Usually, these feelings improve and you feel better. But if your sadness continues for two weeks or more and affects other areas of your life, you could be…

boosting your mental health

You know that you should eat healthy foods and get some exercise to feel good and live longer. Another key part to living longer is your mental health. Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. But we all face changes in life that can challenge our emotional well-being. For example, even…

getting outside

There’s a reason it’s called “the great outdoors.” Spending time in nature offers major advantages for both your body and mind. This spring, make an effort to spend a little more time outside and you may notice some of these benefits. Happier mood. People who took a 90-minute walk in nature had significantly less activity…