Global Health Topics

A New Study Shows Depression Linked To Asthma


The Mind-Body Connection: Depression linked to Adult-Onset Asthma.  In a  study involving 31,848 African American women followed from 1999 to 2011, women who were depressed were 2.08 times as likely to develop asthma.  The risk of clinically depressed women developing asthma was higher in women being treated with antidepressants, women who smoked, women who were not […]

Kids: The New Mental Disease


A colleague mentioned  that antidepressant prescriptions for kids were increasing. I didn’t believe him.  I figured the prescriptions decreased after 2004 when the FDA issued a boxed warning stating that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in kids.  I was wrong. Antidepressant prescriptions decreased for about 4 years after the boxed warning, but then started to […]

A Dr. Eeks’ Undercover Experiment: My Visit to a Public Health Nightmare: The Tanning Salon


On occasion I like to go undercover and tackle controversial health and wellness issues.  In this blog, I pretend I’m going to purchase a tanning package for my 15 year old very-pale niece. Here’s what happened:   Wearing jogging pants, a sweat shirt and bundled up in a warm winter coat, I nonchalantly walked into […]

Don’t Cough? FFS, Cough!!!


I’m a huge fan of coughing and letting it all out unashamedly. Hack, spew, gurgle, gargle, let’s make some noise up in here!  Seriously.  We cough because something is irritating us in our respiratory tracts ,and our bodies are trying to get rid of the irritant(s). For the record, I’m not talking about a smoker’s […]

Guest blog post: Healthy Travels: Avoiding Those Taunting Treats in Airport Terminals


by: Cole Millen  Between checking into the airport two hours prior to departure, the end of an era when inflight meals were offered and lengthy layover durations in between flights, travelers are bound to get hungry sooner or later during their journeys.  Whether traveling for business or pleasure, staying focused on making the following healthy […]

Research Says Casual Sex equals Depression (or Depression equals Casual Sex)


I was reading a study published in the most recent issue of The Journal of Sex Research in which it was concluded that casual sex and hookups leads to higher levels of anxiety and depression.  The study surveyed 3,900 college-aged students across the United States, and interestingly enough, the feelings of anxiety and depression were similar […]

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