Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 22nd 2017 Contents a genuine attitude, you sincerely
want to help, and you do it with-
out a hmpf, then I think it's very
meaningful and really important
that it feels reciprocated."
Ora Goldin has been married
for 11 years and has struggled with
"I think there's a tendency for
partners to shut down because it's
all or nothing," Goldin said. "I've
got to do the right thing, or I'm
doing possibly the wrong thing."
Honestly labelling how you feel
can help, she said.
here for you. I'm doing my best."
She said her partner, Ryan Gol-
din, is open to give her what she
"Sometimes it depends on my
mood and where I'm at, in terms
of what I'm able to give," he said.
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Offering simple support to a de-
pressed or stressed partner, rather
than backing away to provide some
space to sort out feelings, can go a
long way in fostering a healthier
relationship over the long term,
concludes a new study by Alberta
researchers in Canada.
Matt Johnson, an assistant professor
of family science at the University of
Alberta in Edmonton, researches how
couples' relationships might contrib-
ute to their mental health.
In a study published earlier this
month in the journal Developmental
Psychology, Johnson and his co-au-
thors surveyed about 1,400 couples on
their levels of depression, self-esteem
and mutual support annually for six
"We found that for men and wom-
en, when they received support from
a partner during times of stress, they
had lower symptoms of depression
a year in the future, so quite a while
later," Johnson said in an interview.
The researchers found that when
men offered support to struggling
partners, it increased their own
"It feels good when men are able to
be supportive to a partner when they're
For women in the study, receiving
support from a partner also boosted
their sense of self-worth. The support
doesn't have to be "grand gestures,"
Johnson said, but day-to-day help.
Registered psychologist and author
Sara Dimerman in Thornhill, Ont., said
the study shows a link between spousal
support, especially if it's reciprocal,
and the development of self-esteem
Since every couple is unique, it's im-
portant to inquire what your partner
"I think it's important to commu-
nicate with one's spouse," said Di-
merman, who wasn't involved in the
research. "Your partner will melt if you
say, 'What can I do to help?'"
It's worth asking if the person really
does want to be left alone, or if they'd
like a simple cup of tea when they're
going through a stressful period, such
as studying for the bar exam.
"So as long as you're offering with
Risky treatment can stop
multiple sclerosis for years
A multiple sclerosis treatment
being tested in patients can stop
the disease for at least five years,
The risky therapy involves wiping
out the person's immune system with
strong cancer drugs and then reboot-
ing it with a stem cell transplant.
Doctors say only some patients will
be suitable to try it, particularly be-
cause it is so high risk.
Out of 281 people who had the treat-
ment, nearly half benefited, but eight
died shortly afterwards.
The work in JAMA Neurology is one
of the largest and longest investiga-
tions of this aggressive MS treatment.
Mark Rye, 41 and from Surrey, had
his transplant just before Christmas
2016. Two months on he is doing well.
"It was a hard decision, knowing
what could go wrong. My wife and I
discussed it for many, many hours.
We've got small children and I didn't
want my MS to get worse and end up
in a wheelchair. I did this to halt the
condition and so that I can be there for
my children, who are still so young.
I want to be able to play rugby and
football with them as they grow up."
What is not clear is for how long
the therapy might ultimately work.
MS is not fatal, but it is incurable.
The disease causes the immune sys-
tem to attack the protective coating
of nerves in the brain and spinal cord,
which can create problems with a per-
son's vision, walking and balance.
Treatments aim to slow or stop the
Researchers from Imperial College
London gathered data from 25 cen-
tres in 13 countries that have been
trialling the radical therapy known
as autologous haematopoietic stem
cell transplantation or AHSCT.
The idea behind the one-off treat-
ment is to reset the immune system to
stop it from attacking the body. But it
requires toxic drugs to kill off exist-
ing cells in the patient's bone marrow,
which is unpleasant and hazardous.
The medical trial data gives doctors
and patients a better idea about who
might benefit from the treatment.
The findings suggest that patients
who are younger, who are not re-
sponding to other MS drugs and who
have relapsing MS, might benefit from
Lead investigator Dr Paolo Mura-
ro said the risks must be weighed up
against the benefits. BBC
Partners who genuinely help each other through tough times have better mental health.
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