Physical activity may protect those at risk for depression

After mining millions of electronic health record data points, researchers found people who were more physically active at baseline were less likely to develop depression, even after accounting for genetic risks.

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 5, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine depression exercise genetic-risk harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health massachusetts-general-hospital partners-healthcare-biobank

Crafting soldiers’ songs of pain — and yet hope

A project to write songs using individual soldiers’ combat experiences appears to help them overcome haunting memories of war, lessening the impact of trauma held too close for too long.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 1, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell anxiety blair-morin collaborative-songwriting darden-smith depression harvard-medical-school home-base james-house john-oliveira louisa-sylvia mary-judd massachusetts-general-hospital music-therapy post-traumatic-stress-disorder red-sox-foundation ronald-hirschberg songwritingwithsoldiers suicide veteran

Benefits of being an early riser vs. a night owl

A new study finds that being genetically programmed to rise early may lead to greater well-being and a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression.

Louise Vennells | Jan. 29, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine 23andme body-clock circadian-rhythm-disorders depression early-risers genome massachusetts-general-hospital mental-disease mental-health nature-communications night-owls retina university-of-exeter

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