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New study shows prolonged sitting highest risk for early death

In a new study, scientists found strong statistical correlations between sitting and mortality. The men and women who sat for the most hours every day had the highest risk for early death, especially if this sitting often continued for longer than 30 minutes at a stretch.

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FILE — Medications, including Zoloft, an antidepressant, in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 14, 2014. About one in six American adults reported taking at least one psychiatric drug, usually an antidepressant or an anti-anxiety medication, and most had been doing so for a year or more, according to a new analysis. The report is based on 2013 government survey data on some 242 million adults. (Philip Scott Andrews/The New York Times)

Depressed? Genetics affect how drugs work

Thanks to the relatively new field of pharmacogenomics doctors can potentially bypass some of the “trial and error” phase traditionally inherent in prescribing antidepressant medication.