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When the days get shorter, people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may begin to struggle. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks to a University of Minnesota psychologist about how to cope if you have symptoms of this depressive disorder.
The Mayo Clinic's modeling project is its digital crystal ball for identifying emerging high-transmission hot spots across the country. Mayo data scientist Dr. Curtis Storlie says Minnesota is now on track to double its highest case numbers. "We're probably half way," Storlie said. "From what we're seeing ... the peak in cases could be anywhere from next week to the first week of February, with an estimate of Jan. 24 as our case peak for the state."
Weekly average positive test rates continued to climb, reaching 21.6%
Who wants to feel and look older than they are? Likely nobody. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams taps some new studies that all point to sleep as a key to keeping that from happening.

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Thousands of health care workers are out of work because they have COVID, they are taking care of somebody who has COVID or they are in quarantine. That means the already difficult staffing issues are becoming critical as the number of COVID cases spike.
Weekly average positive test rates continued to climb, reaching 20.7%
Even in the dead of winter when the ground is frozen solid, you can still reap the health benefits of gardening.
Want to try and reduce your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, cancer and other illnesses? Up your intake of olive oil. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams checks out a study from the American College of Cardiology.
The gigantic wave of Omicron infections has disrupted plans for students and teachers to return to school and for workers to go back to the office.
Alzheimer's disease is often a worry when an older person starts to have memory issues. But a new study shows that sometimes it's just part of normal aging. And in some cases, there may be things you can do about it. Viv Williams shares details in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

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Middle-aged women, listen up. Researchers have identified health factors that could put you at risk of poor health in the future. But the good news is that interventions may help. Viv Williams has more in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."
Exercising outside in winter can help brighten up the darker months. But taking a run or ski in extreme cold may up your risk of cold-related lung problems. Viv Williams gets details from an exercise research expert about what the cold can do to your lungs and what you can do to prevent the injuries from happening.
Knee or hip pain from osteoarthritis can be miserable. Some people take an antidepressant called duloxetine to reduce that pain. But does it work? Viv Williams looks at a study that may have an answer in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

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