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Women, Poor, Uninsured Face Higher Risk of Psychological Distress: CDC

Posted 1 day 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – Women, people with chronic medical conditions, the poor and those without health insurance are more likely to struggle with "serious psychological distress," U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Serious psychological distress is a term that identifies people who are likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder that limits their lives, according to the researchers. Overall, they found that about 3 percent of Americans surveyed have serious psychological distress. "People with serious psychological distress have a lot of challenges," said report co-author Laura Pratt, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "People with mental health problems have a lot of needs that aren't being met." In the report, the researchers used data from the National Health Interview Survey. The information ... Read more

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Could a Noisy Neighborhood Make You Fat?

Posted 2 days 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 – Exposure to noise from traffic, trains and planes may be linked to a burgeoning belly, Swedish researchers report. The increased risk of a larger waist rose with the number of sources of noise someone was exposed to at the same time – from 25 percent for those exposed to only one source to nearly double for those exposed to all three sources, the scientists added. "Long-term exposure to traffic noise may affect our metabolism and lead to abdominal obesity," said lead researcher Charlotta Eriksson, from the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "Traffic noise should be recognized as an important environmental health hazard that needs to be taken into consideration in urban planning," she said. Eriksson cautioned that this is an observational study, so no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect between ... Read more

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Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug. But new research suggests there may be a less obvious way to pick up on another person's positive vibes: smell. According to a team of European researchers, happiness may generate chemicals that get secreted in sweat, and that sweat signal gets sniffed by those around us. The experiments also suggest that we not only breathe in the upbeat emotions of others, but by doing so we actually become happier ourselves. "Human sweat produced when a person is happy induces a state similar to happiness in somebody who inhales this odor," said study co-author Gun Semin, a research professor in the department of psychology at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada in Lisbon, Portugal. The findings were ... Read more

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Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with autism improve their social skills and interactions with other people, the researchers said. The study included 38 children with autism and 76 children without the disorder. All of the children wore special wrist devices designed to detect anxiety and other responses to social situations. The children first read a book by themselves. Then, they read a book to two other children and then had 10 minutes of group play. After that, the children were given 10 minutes of supervised play with guinea pigs. Researchers chose guinea pigs because of their small size and gentle nature. Compared to other children, those with autism had higher levels of ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Performance Anxiety

Over 4 Million Working Americans Suffer From Anxiety Disorders

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – A new study finds that 4.3 million Americans with full-time jobs had an anxiety disorder in the past year. That number represents 3.7 percent of full-time workers aged 18 and older, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As the agency explained, people with anxiety disorders experience overwhelming worry and fear. However, these conditions can be managed through counseling and/or medication. "People with anxiety disorders can have a hard time gaining employment and sometimes dealing with certain situations," SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said in an agency news release. "But fortunately, with treatment and support they can make enormous contributions to the workplace and the community." Researchers analyzed data from 67,500 respondents aged 12 and older who took part in SAMHSA's annual National Survey on Drug ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

More U.S. Kids Getting Mental Health Treatment

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The number of U.S. children and teens being treated for mental health issues has risen by about 50 percent in the past 20 years – with most of those kids having relatively mild symptoms, a new study finds. The research, published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, comes at a time of growing concern over young people's mental health treatment. In particular, some worry that kids with milder issues are being overtreated with antidepressants, stimulants (such as those used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and antipsychotic drugs, said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. According to Olfson, his findings suggest that kids with less serious symptoms account for a large share of young people getting mental health care – whether that means medication or ... Read more

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Stressed at Work? Try 'Natural' Sounds to Relax

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TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – The placid sounds of a babbling brook might be just the thing to help ease your stress at the workplace and boost your productivity, a new study finds. Some open-plan offices use sound "masking systems" that increase the background noise of a room to reduce distractions such as voices, explained the authors of the study. "If you're close to someone, you can understand them. But once you move farther away, their speech is obscured by the masking signal," study co-author Jonas Braasch, an acoustician and musicologist at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, said in a society news release. But is one type of masking noise better than another? To find out, Braasch's study had 12 participants perform a task that required them to pay close attention. They did this while exposed to typical office sounds: one office had "white noise" masking workplace ... Read more

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Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – There is a link between sleep and young children's mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at sleep patterns and the mental health of 1,000 children starting when they were toddlers. They found that those with sleep disorders at age 4 were at increased risk for mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – at age 6. They also discovered that children with mental health problems at age 4 were at increased risk for sleep disorders at age 6. Due to the study's design, however, it wasn't possible for the researchers to prove that sleep problems caused mental health issues or vice versa; the researchers could only show an association between these factors. Insomnia was the most common type of sleep disorder. Insomnia was diagnosed in nearly 17 percent of the children at age 4 and in 43 percent of them at age 6. Insomnia increased the risk ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Nightmares, Night Terrors, Dysthymia

Many Americans Under 50 Living With Cold Sore Virus

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SATURDAY, May 9, 2015 – More than half of Americans aged 14 to 49 carry the virus that causes cold sores – those small blisters around the mouth that may come and go, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). "Cold sores may appear just once in a person's lifetime or return again and again," said Dr. Bruce Brod, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, in an AAD news release. Cold sores are caused by a virus that stays in the body, even when there are no active cold sores, according to the AAD. Sometimes people mistake cold sores for canker sores. But canker sores aren't caused by a virus, and they occur inside – rather than outside – the mouth, according to Brod. Certain factors can trigger cold sores. The list includes stress and fatigue, sun exposure, cold and flu, fever, hormonal changes due ... Read more

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Miscarriage Misunderstood, Often Leaves Women With Guilt

Posted 8 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – Misconceptions about miscarriages are common, and those mistaken beliefs can make the experience even more painful for those who suffer through it, a new survey reveals. More than half of the 1,000 adults who responded to the survey incorrectly believed miscarriages are rare, and many thought they could occur for reasons that actually don't affect miscarriage risk at all. In reality, miscarriages are not that uncommon, yet almost half of those women who have suffered a miscarriage have felt guilt and a sense of isolation about what happened, the researchers said. "A striking finding from the study is the discrepancy between what medicine and science teach us about miscarriage and what people believe," said study co-author Dr. Zev Williams, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Delivery, Premature Labor, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Health Tip: Sleep Better During Pregnancy

Posted 7 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A growing belly and various aches and pains can make sleep difficult during pregnancy. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for a more restful sleep during pregnancy: Avoid caffeinated beverages. If you do indulge, only drink them in the morning or early afternoon. In the hours before bedtime, limit fluids and don't eat a heavy meal. Create a consistent sleeping and waking schedule. Skip intense exercise just before bed in favor of a relaxing bath. Press feet firmly against the wall if you have a leg cramp, or stand on the cramped leg. If your doctor says it's OK, practice daily yoga to help manage stress. Taking a childbirth or parenting class may also help ease baby-related anxiety. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Anxiety and Stress, Fatigue, Delivery, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Health Tip: Moms, Make Time for Yourself

Posted 6 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Keeping yourself healthier has benefits that extend to the entire family. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink plenty of water and find time to exercise regularly. Take some time for yourself each day. Schedule regular date nights to reconnect with your partner. Make time to visit with friends and enjoy time outside of being a mom. Make sure you laugh every day! Treat yourself to a massage to help release hormones that boost mood. Keep a daily journal that includes things you are thankful for. Read more

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Few Military Women Seek Care After Sexual Assault: Study

Posted 1 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – Most American servicewomen who are sexually assaulted don't seek health care right away, a new study suggests. Of more than 200 women who said they had been sexually assaulted while in the armed forces, fewer than one-third sought medical care after the attack, researchers found. "There are numerous health consequences associated with sexual assault," said lead author Dr. Michelle Mengeling, an affiliate investigator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "Examples include gynecologic, gastrointestinal, chronic pain symptoms and sexual dysfunction. There are also mental health outcomes such as [post-traumatic stress disorder], depression, substance abuse and anxiety," she said in a VA news release. According to the study authors, women who are sexually assaulted tend to need more health care than other women in the years after they're assaulted. The ... Read more

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Traumatic Life Events May Harm Women's Hearts, Study Suggests

Posted 29 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 – Middle-aged and older women who experience a life-threatening illness or the death of a loved one may face a 65 percent increased risk of heart attack, a new study suggests. And having a history of money problems might double the heart attack risk, the study authors added. Such traumatic events can increase a woman's stress levels to the point where her heart health may be harmed, the researchers explained. "Our results suggest that even a single traumatic life event that could have occurred in the distant or recent past might be akin to some elements of post-traumatic stress conditions that have negative heart impact, and thus strengthens the case for routine assessment of psychological factors as part of heart attack risk assessment in women," said lead researcher Dr. Michelle Albert. She is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Myocardial Infarction, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders, Broken Heart Syndrome

Bullying May Take Bigger Toll Than Child Abuse, Neglect

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – Being bullied as a child may take a larger toll on a young adult's mental health than being abused or neglected at home, a new study suggests. Kids who are the victims of bullies are more likely to experience anxiety, depression and to try to hurt themselves as young adults than children who were mistreated by adults, British researchers found. "Until now, governments have focused their efforts and resources on family maltreatment rather than bullying," study author Dieter Wolke, from the University of Warwick, said in a journal news release. "Since one in three children worldwide report being bullied, and it is clear that bullied children have similar or worse mental health problems later in life to those who are maltreated, more needs to be done to address this imbalance. Moreover, it is vital that schools, health services, and other agencies work together ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder

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