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Childhood Self-Control Linked to Better Job Prospects Later in Life

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FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 – Self-control during childhood is associated with improved job opportunities later in life, a new study suggests. Kids who pay attention, stick with difficult tasks and refrain from behaving in impulsive or inappropriate ways are more likely to hold down a job as adults, researchers found. They noted children with these qualities spend 40 percent less time out of work than those with less self-control. "The study highlights the importance of early life self-control as a powerful predictor of job prospects in adulthood," lead researcher Michael Daly, of the University of Stirling in Scotland, said in a news release from the Association for Psychological Science. But, it's important to note that the study was only designed to find an association between childhood self-control and later employment; it doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The study was ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With Bedtime Anxiety

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-- Young children may have anxiety at bedtime that's triggered by separation from parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: If you're going out and there will be a sitter, be clear about when you are leaving and when you expect to return. With infants, play peek-a-boo to reassure them that even when parents go away, they come back. Find something to divert your child's attention when you leave, such as having a sitter introduce a fun toy or game. Say goodbye, and leave promptly. If you opt for a night out, use the same sitter. Ask the sitter to arrive before bed to help your child adjust. Read more

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Health Tip: Cut Down on Stress

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-- Stress can have a major impact on your physical and mental health. But there are things you can do to help alleviate stress in your day-to-day life. The Cleveland Clinic recommends: Quitting smoking, drinking reasonably and eating a sensible diet. Learning and practicing techniques of self-control. Getting regular exercise. Taking responsibility for your feelings and actions. Building up your self-esteem. Setting realistic goals. Reducing as much stress as possible. Read more

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More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders

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THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds. When tracked over 12 years following the attacks, EMS 9/11 responders were seven times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than EMS workers who didn't work that day. Responders were also twice as likely to have depression, according to the study. EMS responders had nearly four times the risk of acid reflux and sinus infections compared to those who weren't at work on the day of the attack. And the risk of obstructive airway disease was more than doubled in EMS responders, the study found. Moreover, those who arrived at the scene right after the attack were most at risk of these physical and ... Read more

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Child's Popularity May Rely on Understanding Others

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WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 – Children who are tuned in to what others want, think and feel are more popular in school than those who aren't as good at understanding others, a new review indicates. "Our study suggests that understanding others' mental perspectives may facilitate the kind of interactions that help children become or remain popular," said review leader Virginia Slaughter, head of the psychology department of the University of Queensland in Australia. For the report, published April 15 in the journal Child Development, researchers analyzed 20 studies that included nearly 2,100 children aged 2 to 10 in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The strength of the link between being able to figure out what others think and feel and popularity was similar for preschoolers and older children. This suggests that this ability is important for making friends at an early age and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Prevent Injury on the Golf Course

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-- Golf is a great way to relieve stress and get active, but it's important to take precautions to ward off injury. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: Perform some basic stretches before picking up your clubs. Pay attention to the shoulders, legs and back, and take a few practice swings. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen and sunglasses, as well as a brimmed hat. Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after golf, even if you don't feel thirsty. Keep feet inside the golf cart at all times. Be aware of other players on the course. Read more

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Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying

Posted 19 days ago by

-- A child who is picked on by another child is being bullied. It's important that parents understand when, how and why bullying occurs. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this information: Children most often targeted by bullies tend to easily cry, give in or get angry. Bullying may occur socially, verbally or physically. It can happen at school, via the Internet or anywhere an adult isn't watching. Bullying is more than being teased. It's about controlling other children. Bullying often happens in front of other children. Talk to your child about bullying, including how to handle situations when being bullied or witnessing it. Read more

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Health Tip: Doing Yard Work

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-- Working in your yard is a great way to get exercise, fresh air and relieve stress. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises these safety precautions: Wear sufficient clothing to protect against sun damage and insect bites. Use caution in the heat, limiting outdoors time when temperatures are high. Pace yourself to avoid overheating. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid caffeinated, carbonated, high-sugar and alcoholic drinks. Use caution while using yard equipment and chemicals. Vaccinate, especially against tetanus. Read more

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Family Stress Linked to Teen Obesity in Study

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WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 – Family stress may put teens at increased risk for being overweight or obese, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,700 American teens born between 1975 and 1990 to assess the effects of three specific sources of family stress: financial problems, a mother's poor health, and family disruption. "Experiencing family stress – specifically family disruption and financial stress – repeatedly throughout childhood was associated with overweight or obesity by the time adolescent girls turned 18," study author Daphne Hernandez, an assistant professor in the department of health and human performance at the University of Houston, said in a university news release. Only one family stress point – a mother's poor health – was associated with overweight or obesity in boys by the time they turned 18, according to the study published in the April ... Read more

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Lonely Seniors Visit Doctors More Often

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TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 – Older adults who are chronically lonely visit the doctor more often than those who feel more socially connected, according to a new study. The findings suggest that taking steps to reduce loneliness among older adults may lead to significantly fewer doctor visits and lower health care costs, the University of Georgia researchers said. They looked at the responses of more than 3,500 American adults 60 and older who were living independently and took part in national surveys in 2008 and 2012. Those who said they were lonely in both surveys were considered to be chronically lonely. There was a significant association between being chronically lonely and an increased number of doctor visits, but not with a higher number of hospitalizations, according to the study. "This finding made sense to us. You build a relationship with your physician over the years, so a ... Read more

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Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers confirmed a long-studied connection between air pollution and cardiovascular health – finding evidence that dirty air may help trigger strokes in vulnerable people. The other study looked at a newer question: Could air pollution also affect mental health? The answer, it found, is "possibly." Among over 70,000 U.S. women in the study, those who lived in relatively polluted areas were more likely to report multiple anxiety symptoms. The studies, published online March 24 in the BMJ, only link these factors; they do not prove that air pollution is the direct cause of either strokes or anxiety. There could be other explanations, said Melinda Power, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, who led the anxiety ... Read more

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Health Tip: Caregiver Stress Can Harm Your Health

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by

-- Caregiving often is emotionally and physically challenging, and it can harm your health if you become too stressed. The website mentions these potential side effects of caregiver stress: Increased likelihood of anxiety and depression. Increased risk of a chronic health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer or heart disease. Greater risk of a weaker immune system, leading to more sick time. Slower healing from wounds. Greater risk of obesity. Read more

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Parents' Attitude May Be Key to Pre-Game Jitters in Kids

Posted 20 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 – Want your child to relax and perform well at that next school swim meet? Try not to raise the bar too high in terms of your own expectations, a new study suggests. "You might think that's a really positive thing for the child, but that's creating a lot of worry [for the kid] as well," study author Miranda Kaye, a professor in the exercise and sport sciences department at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., said in a college news release. "I don't think parents are necessarily thinking about that kind of thing," she said. The study focused on athletes aged 6 to 18 involved in several types of individual events: gymnastics, tennis, wrestling, swimming, cross-country and indoor track. The athletes and their parents were surveyed a day before a meet to determine how they were feeling about the upcoming contest, how the youngsters wanted to perform, and how parents ... Read more

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Green Space in Cities May Soothe the Heart

Posted 20 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 – Turning vacant lots into attractive green plots may make life less stressful for city residents, a new study suggests. The research included people in two Philadelphia neighborhoods who wore heart rate monitors when they went for walks in their area. Some vacant lots in one neighborhood underwent "greening" – which included cleaning, debris removal, planting grass and trees and installation of a low wooden post-and-rail fence. The participants walked past the vacant lots three months before and three months after some of the lots received the greening treatment. Being near green vacant lots was associated with an average heart rate reduction of more than five beats per minute, compared with non-greened lots. Further analysis concluded that the total net reduction in heart rate when near and in view of green vacant lots was more than 15 heart beats a minute. ... Read more

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Workplace Suicides on the Rise, Study Finds

Posted 17 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – Workplace suicides are on the rise in the United States, and people in protective services jobs – such as police and firefighters – are at the greatest risk, a new study found. "Occupation can largely define a person's identity, and psychological risk factors for suicide, such as depression and stress, can be affected by the workplace," said lead investigator Hope Tiesman. She is an epidemiologist with the division of safety research at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The researchers analyzed national data from 2003 to 2010 and identified slightly more than 1,700 suicides that occurred in the workplace – or 1.5 per one million workers. People in protective services jobs had the highest workplace suicide rate at 5.3 per million workers. That's more than three times the national workplace suicide rate of 1.5 per million, the ... Read more

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