Handwritten letter may help check suicides: Study

Handwritten letter may help check suicides: Study

Letter writing is now almost considered a thing of the past. But in this age of electronic communication, can handwritten letters be medically helpful? Some experts at a Swiss university do feel it has medical value. A study by researchers at the University of Bern has revealed that receiving handwritten letters could prevent chance of suicide.

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People with congenital heart disease more likely to get PTSD: Study

People with congenital heart disease more likely to get PTSD: Study

A large number of children are born with congenital heart disease (CHD), wherein normal flow of blood can get disrupted in the heart or blood vessels. It is present at birth and results from an abnormal development of the heart of the fetus during the initial phase of pregnancy.

Even though heart problems are the most common birth defects in the United States, they are identified or treated only when a child grows older. It has been observed that CHD affects the quality and way of life, with many undergoing psychological, educational and behavioral challenges. Read more

World Health Day: Proper care for depressed aged diabetics may prevent early death

World Health Day: Proper care for depressed aged diabetics may prevent early death

Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes and 86 million have prediabetes – a condition in which blood sugar is high but not high enough to be Type-2 diabetes, according to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The staggering figures, along with the fact that nearly one in three Medicare dollars is being spent on diabetics, make diabetes a serious cause of concern. Read more

Lower vitamin B12 level in brain may cause autism, schizophrenia

Lower vitamin B12 level in brain may cause autism, schizophrenia

Vitamin B12 or cobalamin is a water-soluble vitamin which plays a crucial role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. This vitamin is so important that its deficiency may increase the chance of mental disorders in young and older adults. Now, scientists at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, have revealed that low levels of vitamin B12 in the brains are associated with autism in younger people and schizophrenia in elderly.

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