The Recovery Room: News beyond the pandemic - September 25

The Recovery Room: News beyond the pandemic - September 25
The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines and our daily lives for almost all of this season. Medical News Today have covered this fast-moving, complex story with live updates on the latest news, interviews with experts, and a continuing investigation in to the deep racial disparities that COVID-19 has helped unmask.

However, it has not stopped us from publishing hundreds of fascinating stories on an array of other topics.

This week, our Medical Myths series marked World Alzheimer’s Day by challenging 11 misconceptions persons may have about dementia. We also reported on a long-term study that supports the utilization of testosterone therapy to lessen obesity in persons who might otherwise undergo bariatric surgery.

As part of a series of articles on medical issues in the 2020 presidential election, we published a story about how voting and wider participation in politics may bring mental health advantages. Consider more articles on health insurance and the election in the coming weeks.

We round off this week’s selection with a assortment of healthful recipes for weight loss, an inspiring personal story from a sickle cell anemia survivor, and our pick of the greatest aromatherapy candles to relieve stress safely and fragrantly.

Below are 10 recent stories that persons may have missed amid all of the COVID-19 fervor.

1. Medical myths: All about dementia
The latest installment in our Medical Myths series tackles 11 myths about dementia. Tim Newman, MNT‘s Senior News Editor, wrote this article to mark World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21.

The feature answers several crucial questions: Are Alzheimer’s disease and dementia a similar thing? Is dementia an inevitable the main aging process? Does dementia only affect older adults? And do vitamins and supplements have any role to play in avoiding it?

2. Testosterone as a possible option to weight loss surgery
Our most popular news article this week reported on an 11-year study in to the ramifications of testosterone on men with obesity who had clinically low degrees of the hormone.

The results were striking, with males who received testosterone losing typically 23 kilograms (kg), equivalent to 20% of their bodyweight. Those who did not receive treatment gained typically 6 kg.

Those getting treatment were also free of major cardiovascular events and type 2 diabetes, while 28% of these who didn't receive testosterone therapy had a coronary attack, and 20% developed diabetes.

3. How could voting benefit mental health?
In a recently available Recovery Room, we featured Medical News Today‘s investigation into how health influences voting behavior. This week, we look at how voting and civic engagement may benefit mental health and overall well-being.

Both articles are part of Medical News Today‘s ongoing coverage in the weeks before the presidential vote, like the latest Letter from the Editor on the role that health will play in the 2020 election. 
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