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Should Grief Be Considered A Disorder?

Posted on 01/27/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you’re grieving over the loss of a loved one, is that normal? Or should it be diagnosed as depression? That’s the controversy over a proposed change to the medical diagnosis of depression that would characterize grieving as a disorder and greatly increase the number of people treated for it, reports the New York Times. The American Psychiatric Association is finishing work on the new edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, considered the psychiatrists’ bible and …

Sex And Heart Attacks: Take The Stairs Test

Posted on 01/20/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you’re a heart patient and you’re healthy enough to walk up two flights of stairs without chest pain or gasping for breath, it’s probably safe for you to have sex. That’s the advice from the American Heart Association, which for the first time has scientifically studied a subject that evidently doctors and patients have been too embarrassed to talk about: Whether having sex raises the chance for a heart attack. For heart patients, it’s a common fear that having …