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Dehydrated child? Apple juice will be more effective

Mindfulness mediation when combined with cognitive therapy can help in depressionstudies and research tips for a healthier you

Depressed spouse can make partner depressed too

Older people suffering from depression are more likely to make their partners depressed too, a US study suggests. Researchers from Yale School of Public Health analysed data from an earlier study involving 1,260 married couples aged over 65 years. They found that depressed spouses lack the energy to provide support to their partners, which worsens their partner’s health leading to frailty, which is one of the leading causes of depression in old age. Spouses spend so much time together that they pass on their problems and frailties to each other. The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Read more here.

Mindfulness therapy can help in recurrent depression

People who suffer from recurring depression can benefit more from mindfulness-based cognitive (MBCT) therapy than other forms of treatment, a British study claims. Researchers form University of Oxford examined previous data on 1,258 patients which compared the response of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy against other treatments for depression and found that people who received MBCT were 31% less likely to suffer from depression again. Cognitive therapy substitutes constructive mind therapy that challenges negative thoughts while mindfulness meditation focuses on being aware of incoming thoughts and accepting them without reacting to them. The study was published in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more here.

Apple juice is more effective than electrolyte solution for dehydration

Feeding apple juice to children suffering from mild gastroenteritis and minimal dehydration is less likely to result in treatment failure or hospitalization compared to children who are given electrolyte maintenance solution to make up for fluid losses, a Canadian study claims. Researchers from the University of Calgary randomly prescribed diluted apple juice and electrolyte solution to children with gastroenteritis and minimal dehydration. They found that children who were given diluted apple juice experienced 17% lower risk of treatment failure compared to 25% in the electrolyte maintenance solution group. The study was published in JAMA. Read more here.

Fast before cholesterol check is not always required

Fasting a few hours before a cholesterol test is not required as the test results obtained one to six hours after a meal were not much different from results obtained after a fast, a Danish study claims. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen examined several large studies and found no major difference in levels of triglycerides (blood fats), total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. Researchers pointed out that fasting cholesterol tests can be required in case the person has high triglycerides or is recovering from pancreatitis or is starting certain medications that can cause high triglycerides. The study was published in European Heart Journal. Read more here.

Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar

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