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…

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…

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…

The term “metabolically healthy obese” refers to people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30, but without the typical obesity-related health issues such as insulin resistance, lipid disorders, or hypertension. Between 10 and 25 percent of the obese population can be considered metabolically healthy. But are these folks actually healthy? Researchers found that…

If you start sneezing or coughing at the first signs of spring, you may have seasonal allergies. Depending on where you live, spring allergies can begin as early as February and last until the start of summer. Here’s what you can do to combat these allergies and make it through the season. Spot the signs….

We’ve all seen the headlines: “Drinking wine improves your health!” But don’t reach for that bottle of merlot, yet. While moderate drinking may slightly reduce the risk for heart disease, alcohol has the potential to cause a lot more problems than it prevents. That doesn’t necessarily mean alcohol has no place in your life, but…

You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu shot. Unfortunately, some people think that getting a flu vaccine is too much trouble or costs too much. Or they are sure that a flu shot will make them sick or make them more likely to catch the flu. The…

You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not for your young children. But, the CDC says obesity affects 1 out of every 6 U.S. children. Diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health . . . or a lifetime of heart damage. Some of the…

Life after a heart attack can be hard. Many people who have had a heart attack feel overwhelmed, scared, and unsure about the future. Enter cardiac rehabilitation. This health program can help survivors recover. But too few take advantage of it, a recent study found. Using cardiac rehab Researchers from the CDC set out to…

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, heart disease kills 1 out of 4 women in the U.S. Heart attacks and their aftermath tend to be more deadly in women. More women than men die within a year of having a heart attack. This may happen because women are generally older than men when they suffer…

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — New research casts doubt on the true effectiveness of a common type of surgery used to ease shoulder pain. A British research team tracked outcomes for patients who underwent “decompression surgery” to treat shoulder impingement — a condition where a shoulder tendon rubs and catches in the joint….

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Back injuries are common, especially among competitive athletes. Nearly 1 in 3 athletes playing professional or varsity-level sports experiences a back injury, a research review finds. “Competitive players stress their lumbar [lower] spine for hundreds of hours a month, thereby predisposing themselves to specific injuries that should be…

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — People who spend lots of time on their smartphones may be scrolling, tapping and swiping their way to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful wrist and hand disorder. A small study found a link between extended use of smartphones and other hand-held electronic devices and a greater likelihood for…

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Knocking off some extra pounds might take a harmful load off your knees, researchers report. Obese and overweight people who lost 5 percent or more of their weight over four years saw less degeneration of their knee cartilage compared with people whose weight stayed stable. “Our study shows…

MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Is it possible to have a small stroke and not even realize it? Yes, according to new research that found about 35 percent of Americans experience symptoms of a warning stroke. Yet only about 3 percent get immediate medical attention. Most adults who had at least one sign…