A new study is suggesting using the anti-depressant Lexapro may help prevent a stress-related heart condition. Researchers at Duke University School of Medicine say people with the condition may not develop noticeable symptoms, but their heart muscle is not receiving adequate blood supply. However, they discovered that people taking Lexapro were more than two-and-a-half times less likely to be affected by the condition. It can be triggered by emotional stress. The study was funded by the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It's published in the latest issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association."
(NEWSER) – Doctors use it as an anesthetic and ravers use it to hallucinate, but a new study indicates that ketamine might have another trick up its sleeve: treating depression. A new study found that the drug the kids call "Special K" is effective at treating major depression compared to an active placebo, LiveScience reports.
While past studies had suggested that might be the case, the drug's mind-altering properties made it tough to test against a placebo; it was pretty obvious when you'd gotten the real deal. So the new study gave half of its participants ketamine, and the other half midazolam, a similar anesthetic not tied to depression improvement. Two-thirds of the ketamine group saw their symptoms improve immediately, with the effect lasting for a full week, compared to one third of the midazolam group. It's worth noting, however, that the findings have not yet been verified by a peer-reviewed journal.
Doctors warn too much sitting down at work or at home could be bad for your health. Doctors with the Cleveland Clinic say we don't expend any energy when we sit. So, it could lead to high cholesterol or a fatter waistline. Doctors say doing things like taking the stairs, or parking a little farther away all count toward a healthier lifestyle.