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Job Seekers Beware – Statistics Show that New Year’s Resolutions are Doomed for Failure

Job Seekers Beware - Statistics Show that New Year’s Resolutions are Doomed for Failure

Survey finds that only 9% of Americans are serious about achieving their goals. 51% don’t have New Year’s Resolutions and of those that do, 79% don’t have a plan to achieve them.

A survey conducted by Gail Kasper, LLC, a leading speaking and coaching company, found that American’s aren’t taking their futures very seriously. Specifically, 51% of those surveyed do not have New Year’s resolutions. Of those who do, 79% don’t...

Low-Income Patients Beat Stress With Yoga

Low-Income Patients Beat Stress With Yoga

He's a Vietnam vet who wears clunky metal rings on nearly every finger and builds computers for fun, but lately the only place David Wilson wants to be is on his yoga mat.

The 50-year-old is homeless, struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and has chronic pain in his neck and back. And until recently, a good night's sleep meant just two hours of solid snooze time.

But since enrolling in a stress reduction class at the Middletown Community...

Pfizer To Turn Over Zoloft Research

Pfizer To Turn Over Zoloft Research

Pfizer Inc. will turn over some internal research documents on its anti-depressant drug Zoloft to lawyers defending a 15-year-old South Carolina boy accused of murdering his grandparents.

A Pfizer spokesman said Tuesday the New York-based drug company will comply with a South Carolina Circuit Court judge's order late last week requiring the drug maker to hand over the documents, which contain medical information from clinical...

Worried Colleges Step Up Efforts Over Suicide

Worried Colleges Step Up Efforts Over Suicide (NY Times, free reg req'd)

Increasingly, college officials and mental health experts have come to realize that many of the most vulnerable students - the ones prone to self-injury and suicide - are like Ms. Thompson: they never go near the counseling centers or reveal anything about their experience before college. As a result, colleges are stepping up efforts to find them and to get them into treatment, sometimes forcing them to leave...

Regulators Suggest Restricted Use of Drug


British regulators recommended that physicians restrict the use of the anti-depressant Efexor because its use could have side effects for heart health and pose other risks that require more careful monitoring than its competitors. The drug's manufacturer, Wyeth, said it would challenge the...

Do-it-yourself diagnosis

Do-it-yourself diagnosis

Dr. David Shocket, a gastroenterologist at the Washington Hospital Center in Northwest, recently saw a 72-year-old woman with long-standing gastrointestinal complaints.

"She insisted she be tested for celiac sprue," Dr. Shocket says. It's a condition in which patients' intestines can't process gluten. "She had read [on the Web] doctors aren't testing for it,"

The doctor explained that her condition didn't make such a diagnosis feasible and that the test would be expensive. Eventually, he relented and ordered the test.

"It was the...

Broadband challenges TV viewing

Broadband challenges TV viewing

The number of Europeans with broadband has exploded over the past 12 months, with the web eating into TV viewing habits, research suggests.

Just over 54 million people are hooked up to the net via broadband, up from 34 million a year ago, according to market analysts...

TV Time, Unlike Child Care, Ranks High in Mood Study

TV Time, Unlike Child Care, Ranks High in Mood Study

A team of psychologists and economists is reporting today what many Americans know but do not always admit, especially to social scientists: that watching television by oneself is a very enjoyable way to pass the time, and that taking care of children - bless their little hearts - is often about as much fun as housework.

Those findings, published in the journal Science, run contrary to previous research about what makes people happy and...

Almost Half of Americans Use at Least One Prescription Drug Annual Report on Nation’s Health Shows

Almost Half of Americans Use at Least One Prescription Drug Annual Report on Nation's Health Shows

The Nation's medicine cabinets are more crowded than ever, with almost half of all people taking at least one prescription medicine and one in six taking three or more medications, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' annual check-up on Americans' health.

"Americans are taking medicines that lower cholesterol and reduce the threat of heart disease, that help lift people out of debilitating depressions, and that...