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Daily Rounds: Depression-Stroke Link; Helping Hoarders; 'Doctor, You Decide'; Tanning Hooks Brain

Depressed women have higher risk of stroke - USATODAY.com "A study published today in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association reports that women with a history of depression have a 29% greater risk of having a stroke than non-depressed women, and those who take antidepressants, particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs (such as Prozac or Zoloft), face a 39% higher risk ."Depression has now been linked to stroke as well as cardiovascular disease in general," says internist Kathryn Rexrode, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, the study's senior author." (yourlife.usatoday.com)

Arlington trains police, fire departments to tackle compulsive hoarding - The Boston Globe "Three months ago, Arlington launched an unusual effort to train its police and fire personnel to recognize the characteristics of compulsive hoarding - a syndrome marked by the uncontrollable acquiring of objects, animals, and even garbage - and take steps to help the individual facing it." (boston.com)

Doctor and Patient: Making Tough Medical Choices - NYTimes.com "Researchers interviewed more than 8,000 hospitalized patients at the University of Chicago. When it came to medical decisions, almost all the respondents wanted their doctors to offer choices and consider their opinions. But a majority of patients — two out of three — also preferred that their doctors make the final decisions regarding their medical care."(ell.blogs.nytimes.com)

How Tanning Changes the Brain - NYTimes.com "People who frequently use tanning beds experience changes in brain activity during their tanning sessions that mimic the patterns of drug addiction, new research shows.
Scientists have suspected for some time that frequent exposure to ultraviolet radiation has the potential to become addictive, but the new research is the first to actually peer inside the brains of people as they lay in tanning beds." (ell.blogs.nytimes.com)

First vampire bat bite death in U.S. reported - Health - Health care - More health news - msnbc.com "The United States has now recorded its first death from a vampire bat bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." (MSNBC)

This program aired on August 12, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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