Depression

ketamine is effective for treating depressionTreating Depression: An Expert Discusses Risks, Benefits of Ketamine

Controversial option seems to work when other methods fail

Up to a third of patients with depression don’t respond to traditional forms of treatment. For those patients, the dark fog that hovers over their lives feels like it will never lift. But a new treatment called ketamine has recently made waves all over the internet. Hailed as a “miracle drug” and the first major antidepressant breakthrough in three decades, ketamine has improved the lives of many patients whose depression had dominated their lives for years. And yet, many of these articles also convey a note of skepticism. That’s because ketamine is also a street drug, a popular hallucinogenic known as “special K.”

Since the 1990s, doctors at Yale Medicine have led research into the use of ketamine as an antidepressant. We sat down to talk to one of them—Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD—to learn exactly why ketamine is so helpful for people with severe depression, ask what patients and doctors should be cautious about, and hear about possible future applications for the drug.

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Lifestyle, Masculinity, Other Cancers

alcohol limitsHow Much Is Too Much? Why It’s Important to Know Your Limits with Alcohol

Imagine showing up at your friend’s house to watch the big game, and there’s no beer in sight. That would be an anomaly, wouldn’t it? Alcohol is so ingrained in our culture that most social settings seem bare without it.

So you have a beer. And then another.

From here, the most important question is also the most difficult to define: How do you know when to stop drinking?

Why You Should Set Limits on Alcohol

No one really wants to be the friend who gets black-out-drunk and does silly things that he can’t even remember. But alcohol can be powerfully persuasive. The more you drink, the harder it is to stop drinking. And even if you aren’t worried about getting black-out-drunk, there are many reasons why should know your limits and stick to them.

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Masculinity, Relationships, Sex

men can be victims of sexual harassment tooSexual Harassment Is Everyone’s Problem

Dear Mr. Dad: Over the past month, I don’t think there’s been a day without a news story of some famous person being accused of sexual assault or harassment. I’m disgusted by these men’s behavior, but I’m concerned that one group of victims is being left out: men who are assaulted or harassed by women. At my last job, my female boss frequently made suggestive comments to me, touched my butt, and on several occasions told me that if I slept with her, it would be good for my career. I reported her to HR, but was told that men are the only ones who can sexually harass and that I should just enjoy it. I dropped my complaint and ended up quitting. I can’t believe I’m the only guy out there who’s been through this. Am I?

A: Sadly, you’re not alone. Male-on-female sexual harassment and assault is the most common kind (think Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, and Louis C.K.), followed by male-on-male (think Kevin Spacey). But female-initiated harassment and assault are a lot more common than most people think—and they get practically zero attention. How common are they? Well, accurate data is hard to come by, because men drastically underreport being the victim of any kind of crime—especially if it’s at the hand of a woman or has anything to do with sex (more on that below). That said, according the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), about 17% of charges of sexual harassment are made by men. And a study done in Australia—where their sexual harassment/assault statistics are nearly identical to ours—found that about 5% of all formal sexual harassment complaints were lodged by men against women.

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Others

what is a pathologistWhat Is a Pathologist?

While you may never meet one, a pathologist can impact your medical care in important ways.

Here’s how:

Several years ago, a contest sponsored by Yale Medicine’s Department of Pathology invited local middle-school students to answer the question “What is a pathologist?” in order to win a powerful microscope.

“I still laugh at the answers we got,” says Jon Stanley Morrow, PhD, MD, Raymond Yesner Professor of Pathology and chair of the Department of Pathology at Yale School of Medicine. “One answer was: ‘Almost as hard a job to get as working at McDonald’s.’ Another said: ‘Doctors check you when you are alive, pathologists check you when you are dead.’”

As for the right answer? Below, Dr. Morrow explains how pathology shapes the care that Yale Medicine provides to patients.

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Health

out in natureGet Outdoors: Four Ways to Boost Your Well-Being While in Nature

One of the easiest ways to improve your overall wellbeing is to spend more time in the great outdoors. So put down your smartphone and get ff the grid for a few hours or, heck, an entire weekend. Here are four ways to enjoy the benefits that nature provides for both your mind and body.

1. Take a Hike

A University of Michigan study concluded that something as simple as strolling through nature can improve your short-term memory more than strolling through your neighborhood or spending the same amount of time on the treadmill at your local gym. Exploring nature can also give you a boost in mental clarity, something from which we could all benefit.

Of course, you can walk or even go on a bike ride. But besides being a great way to become one with nature, hiking also gives you a full-body workout. And it’s a particularly great option if you tend to get bored with your everyday routine. With a little strategic planning, you can make every workout unique by choosing a different hiking trail.

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