Health Watch: January 7th

- Researchers at Columbia University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it is okay to give young children the flu and pneumococcal vaccines at the same time. The study, which looked at children between six and 23 months old found that giving the vaccines simultaneously does increase the risk of fever. But the fever usually goes away quickly. The CDC recommends getting the shots at the same time if your child is due for the vaccines. 

Thirty minutes of meditation can keep the blues away. That is according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Their study found that meditation appeared to provide as much relief from anxiety, stress and depression as medications. The study also found meditation can help relieve pain. 

Older people at risk of heart disease can cut their chances of getting diabetes just by sticking to the so-called Mediterranean diet. According to a new study, as long as patients ate healthy and avoided red meat, they could reduce their risk of diabetes without having to cut calories, lose weight or exercise more. 

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