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Consumer Health: What is seasonal affective disorder?
What is seasonal affective disorder?
Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. For most people with seasonal affective disorder, symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping their energy and making them feel moody. Symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses. Treatment can include light therapy, medications and psychotherapy. Learn more about the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder and whether treatment might be right for you.
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Grass-fed beef: What are the heart health benefits?
Many people think grass-fed beef tastes better than cattle raised on a diet that includes grains. Compared with other types of beef, grass-fed beef may have some heart health benefits, too. Learn more from Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.
If conventional hearing aids haven't been able to improve hearing loss, a cochlear implant may be an option. Cochlear implants — which bypass damaged or nonworking parts of the inner ear — can improve hearing for people with hearing loss that can't be managed adequately with conventional hearing aids. Whether you're a candidate is determined by how well you can understand speech using prescription hearing aids. Here's what you need to know.
What is a granuloma?
A granuloma is a small area of inflammation, often found incidentally on an X-ray or other imaging test done for a different reason. Granulomas frequently occur in the lungs, but can occur in other parts of the body and head, as well. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist.
Gingivitis is a common, mild form of gum disease, causing irritation, redness and swelling of the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It's important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly, as it can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis, and tooth loss. Learn more about the symptoms, causes and risk factors for gingivitis.