The year in health, a diet for damaged hearts, changes to psychiatry’s ‘bible’ of disorders and more of this week’s top news stories:
Healthy Diet Helps Damaged Hearts
It’s never too late to help your heart: a new study finds that older people with established heart disease who ate a heart-healthy diet had a much lower risk of dying or having another heart attack or stroke than those who ate unhealthy diets. Read more
Do Older Adults Need Vitamins, Supplements?
Although at least half of adults aged 65 and older take daily vitamins and supplements, only a fraction actually need them, and most could get the same benefits from an improved diet. Read more
Big Changes in Psychiatry’s ‘Bible’ of Disorders
After a decade, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which defines what is and what is not a mental illness, will go to press in 2013 with some major changes, some of which have caused controversy in the psychiatric field. Read more
Are Primary Care Doctors a Vanishing Breed?
New research has shown that few medical residents in general internal medicine programs plan to pursue that career path. Instead, they’re increasingly favoring becoming specialists. Read more