Archive for October, 2010

About Depression

In my research for writing, I come across a number of health articles related to this site – these are ones about depression.

From the National Institutes of Health:

An easy-to-read booklet on depression in women that explains what it is, when it starts, how long it lasts, and how to get help

Do you feel very tired, helpless, and hopeless? Are you sad most of the time, and take no pleasure in your family, friends, or hobbies? Are you having trouble working, sleeping, eating, and functioning? Have you felt this way for a long time?

If so, you may have depression.

Click on the link for the free booklet:

How Serotonin Works: Findings Point to New Treatments for Schizophrenia and Depression
From Science Daily

Scripps Research Institute scientists have shown for the first time that the neurotransmitter serotonin uses a specialized signaling pathway to mediate biological functions that are distinct from the signaling pathways used by hallucinogenic substances. The new findings could have a profound effect on the development of new therapies for a number of disorders, including schizophrenia and depression.

Click on the link for the full article:


Sleep deprivation is such a chronic condition these days that you might not even realize you suffer from it. Science has now established that a sleep deficit can have serious, far reaching effects on your health, including depression.

Check out the full article:

The Next post will be about one of the other health issues related to this site.

Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, Reviewer,
Acquisitions Editor Intern for
4RV Publishing


Links to Articles About Depression

Magnets Used to Treat Patients With Severe Depression

ScienceDaily (Oct. 19, 2010) — John O’Sullivan had struggled with bipolar depression since he was a teen. He has tried numerous types of psychotherapy and medication but nothing seemed to help for long.

Depression, Anxiety May Raise Surgery Risks

TUESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) — People with depression and anxiety have a slightly increased risk of death after undergoing surgery, a new study suggests.

Fish Oil Pills Don’t Affect Postpartum Depression: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) — Although some studies have shown a benefit to mothers and their infants from taking supplemental fish oil in the form of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a new Australian study finds no such benefit.

New Theory Links Depression to Chronic Brain Inflammation

ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2010) — Chronic depression is an adaptive, reparative neurobiological process gone wrong, say two University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers, positing in a new theory that the debilitating mental state originates from more ancient mechanisms used by the body to deal with physical injury, such as pain, tissue repair and convalescent behavior.

Animal Study Explores Potential Gene Therapy for Depression
(*this news item will not be available after 01/18/2011)

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) — A combination of animal and human research is pointing the way towards a novel gene therapy that could ultimately help in the treatment of major depression, researchers say.

Hope you find these articles interesting.

Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance Writer, and Acquisitions Editor Intern

Vibration Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Having never heard of body vibration for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients I was surprised to read that a new study found it doesn’t work, according to an article on of the National Institutes of Health.

Apparently, the technology uses whole-body vibration to “stimulate muscles to become more efficient and to build bone,” and its use has been on the increase as a treatment “for muscle-related diseases such as MS.”

The Belgian study is the first long-term inquiry into whole-body vibration and MS. It investigated the “effect on various measures of muscle capacity in the upper legs, including strength, function, endurance and speed of motion in 11 men and women with mildly to moderately disabling disease.”

The participants exercised on a vibrating platform. There were five sessions every two weeks, and the study lasted for 20 weeks. The participants did a number of leg exercises, such as squats.

A second group of participants just went about their daily routines.

Both groups had basically the same leg weakness prior to beginning the study. After 10, and then 20 weeks of follow-ups, both groups still had the same weakness.

The researchers were surprised at the results; it has been established that regular exercise is beneficial for MS patients. There is much more research that needs to be done in this area.

According to Dr. LaRocca, vice president of health care delivery and policy research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “Exercise is really considered to be very beneficial for people with MS, particularly if they can avoid overheating.” He added that aerobic exercise builds strength, and there is “some evidence suggests that it may improve the immune system in MS patients.”

LaRocca also noted that “his group does not endorse particular technologies.”

As a patient with MS, I know my neurologist, Dr. Brian Apatoff, and my acupuncturist, Henry Zhen-Hong Lee, both stress the importance of regular exercise.

(*this news item will not be available after 01/05/2011)

Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, Reviewer, Acquisitions Editor for 4RV Publishing

New Findings on Multiple Sclerosis and Other Health Info

Today’s post will offer a number of health articles that pertain to one or more of the health issue this sites deals with.

Here are the links to important health information:

1. New Findings on Multiple Sclerosis: Immune Cells Also Attack Neurons Directly

ScienceDaily (Sep. 24, 2010) — Researchers in Germany have gained new insight into how the immune system causes damage associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable neuroinflammatory disorder. Using imaging tools which enable investigation of processes in living organisms, they were able to show a direct interaction between immune cells and neurons which plays a significant role in neuronal injury. However, this direct interaction may respond to therapeutic intervention.

2. Herbs and Supplement Information

Browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions.

3. Depression Heart Disease Combo May Up Odds of Death
(this link will only be available until 12/15/10

Together, they quadruple risk of dying from heart attack, stroke, study finds

4. New Map Offers a Global View of HealthSapping Air Pollution

5. Miracle Treatment Turns into Potent Bleach

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the product—known as Miracle Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, and MMS—becomes a potent chemical that’s used as a bleach when mixed according to package directions. The agency first warned consumers about the product in July, but federal regulators say it’s still available for sale on the Internet.

I hope you find these articles useful, I did.

Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter-for-hire, Freelance writer, Reviewer,
Acquisitions Editor Intern for
4RV Publishing