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Fewer U.S. Kids Die From Abusive Head Trauma: CDC

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THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – Half as many babies and preschoolers in the United States are dying from abusive head trauma as in 2009, federal health officials reported Thursday. Deaths of children under age 5 from this form of violence dropped an average 13 percent annually between 2009 and 2014, with the biggest falloff in the last two years of the study, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts said the statistics reflect good news – for the most part. "I am heartened by the recent decrease in abusive head trauma, but one case is still too many," said Rahil Briggs, director of pediatric behavioral health services at Montefiore Medical Group, in New York City. Helping families get parenting support is the best way to prevent these deaths, Briggs and others agreed. Abusive head trauma – often called shaken baby syndrome – is caused by direct trauma to ... Read more

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'Fat Shaming' Begins in First Grade

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WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – As early as first grade, severely obese children are getting teased, picked on and bullied more than normal-weight kids, a new study finds. The new research also found that these severely obese youngsters are more likely to be depressed and withdrawn. Obese children may turn to eating to cope with the pain of rejection or skip school to avoid being bullied, the researchers said. "The social climate at school can exacerbate weight and learning problems because it is so unpleasant," said lead researcher Amanda Harrist, a professor of child development at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. For many obese kids, home may not be much better, she said. Other studies have shown that obese children often have families that don't handle their emotions well and make fun of their kids' feelings, Harrist said. "At school, these kids are teased and picked on, and ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Weight Loss, Dysthymia

Kids' Grades May Suffer When Families Move

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WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – Moving to a new home may harm young children's school performance, a study suggests. Youngsters who get uprooted are also more likely to have developmental problems, the researchers found. However, the study could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The research included information on more than 19,000 children across the United States. The kids were followed from kindergarten through eighth grade. A child's age at the time of a move may make a big difference, the study authors noted. And the more times a child moved, the more potential for problems, the findings suggested. "Moves during both early and middle childhood were associated with decreases in children's social skills and increases in emotional and behavior problems, and these effects lasted for years," said study leader Rebekah Levine Coley. She is a professor of applied developmental and ... Read more

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Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

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TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian study found. Doctors also issued antidepressants to treat anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, panic disorders, fibromyalgia, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and a host of other "off-label" conditions for which the drugs are not approved, according to the report. Two out of every three non-depression prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out under an off-label purpose, the findings showed. "The thing that's of concern here is that when prescribing for conditions other than depression, often these are for indications such as ... Read more

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Seeing the Sea Soothes Stress

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SATURDAY, May 21, 2016 – A view of the ocean is good for the soul, a new study says. Researchers compared people who lived in various areas of Wellington, New Zealand, and found that having the sea in sight every day was linked with lower levels of stress. This association remained even after residents' wealth, age, sex and other factors were taken into account. However, viewing green spaces – such as grassy parks and forests – did not seem to show the same benefit, according to the study published in the May issue of the journal Health & Place. That may be due to the fact that researchers did not distinguish between types of green space, said study co-author Amber Pearson, an assistant professor of health geography at Michigan State University. "It could be because the blue space was all natural, while the green space included human-made areas, such as sports fields and playgrounds, ... Read more

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Pain, Epilepsy Drug Lyrica May Increase Birth Defects Risk, Study Suggests

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WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – The widely prescribed drug pregabalin (Lyrica) may slightly increase the risk for birth defects, a new study suggests. In a small study, researchers found that among women taking Lyrica during the first trimester of pregnancy, 6 percent had infants with major birth defects. In women who weren't taking the drug, 2 percent had a baby with a major birth defect, the study found. "These results should be taken with caution," said study senior author Dr. Thierry Buclin, from the Swiss Teratogen Information Service and the division of clinical pharmacology at the Lausanne University Hospital, in Switzerland. "It's a warning, but it cannot be taken as a certainty." Lyrica is prescribed for a range of health problems, including epilepsy, fibromyalgia and anxiety. The new study findings should be investigated further, Buclin said. "We should not unduly alarm ... Read more

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Health Tip: Boost Your Mood

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-- If you have an occasional case of the blues, there are things you can do to help boost your mood. The University of Minnesota suggests: Getting regular exercise, focusing on activities that promote mindfulness, such as yoga. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet and limiting consumption of sweetened foods and drinks. Avoiding alcohol. Getting plenty of sleep. Finding support among your social circles and family. Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Dysthymia

1 in 3 Female Doctors Faces Sexual Harassment, Survey Finds

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TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – Thirty percent of female doctors face sexual harassment on the job, new research shows. And close to three-quarters perceive gender bias at work, while two-thirds said they have actually experienced it, the researchers added. "This is a sobering reminder that our society has a long way to go before we achieve gender equity," said study author Dr. Reshma Jagsi. She is deputy chair of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. For the study, the researchers surveyed just over 1,000 men and women who earned a career development award from the U.S. National Institutes of Health between 2006 and 2009. This award is presented to physician-scientists with potential to advance their career as independent researchers. At the time of the survey, all of the doctors were in the middle of their career and had an average age of 43. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Massage May Help You Sleep Better

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-- A relaxing, gentle massage before bed may be exactly what's needed to help you get a good night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says potential benefits of massage include: Feeling more relaxed. Feeling less anxious. Easing pain. Read more

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Young Children With Sleep Apnea May Face Learning Difficulties: Study

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MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Sleep apnea in young children may affect youngsters' attention, memory and language development, a new study suggests. The researchers added that as sleep apnea worsens, the risk of these problems also may increase. "Although evidence suggesting the presence of cognitive deficits in children with sleep apnea has been around for quite some time, the relatively small groups studied made it difficult to demonstrate a strong relationship between increasing cognitive issues and increasing sleep apnea severity," said Dr. Leila Gozal, from the University of Chicago. Sleep apnea causes people to experience repetitive pauses in breathing while they sleep. This causes oxygen levels to drop temporarily, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. While the new study with children did not prove cause-and-effect, previous research has shown that sleep ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Your Head in the Game

Posted 15 days ago by

-- Too much pressure takes all of the fun out of playing sports. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these relaxation techniques to calm during-game jitters: Find a quiet spot to do some deep breathing. Take a deep breath in, hold it for five seconds, exhale and repeat. Flex a muscle group and hold it for about five seconds, then relax and release it. Do this five times with different muscle groups. Visualize a peaceful, relaxing scene. Picture all of the stress going out of your body. Try visualizing your success in the game. Think positively, instead of dwelling on mistakes or losses. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

What a Change in DEA's Pot Rules Might Mean for Medical Research

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TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers' ability to figure out what pot can and can't do for sick patients. That could soon change. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is weighing whether to loosen its classification of marijuana, which would remove many restrictions on its use in medical research. If that occurs, doctors could start getting answers to the questions they regularly receive from patients regarding marijuana's clinical benefits. "I am asked as a practicing doctor even in a rural area about medical marijuana use, and I want to make sure I can give patients advice that's evidence-based," said Dr. Robert Wergin, board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "We need those kinds of studies to help us give informed advice to our patients who ask about it ... Read more

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Health Tip: Is Your Child an Emotional Eater?

Posted 6 May 2016 by

-- Children need nutritious food to fuel their growing bodies. But as with adults, some kids may eat for emotional reasons, rather than out of hunger. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these signs of emotional eating: Expressing a need to eat urgently, feeling shame or guilt about eating, or craving specific foods. Eating larger portions than usual. Eating at an odd time, such as in the middle of the night. Gaining weight rapidly. Sneaking extra food and hiding the packaging, especially when the child is stressed. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Social Anxiety Disorder, Weight Loss

Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health

Posted 6 May 2016 by

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Harsh parenting may leave more than psychological scars, it might also leave lasting physical problems – such as obesity – even into young adulthood, new research suggests. And having one kind, caring parent doesn't seem to counteract the effects of the harsh parent. "Harshness, as we measured it, is always bad for kids. But it is particularly bad if the adolescent perceives high levels of warmth and support from the other parent," said study lead author Thomas Schofield. The researchers defined "harsh" parenting as angry, hostile and antisocial. Until now, "we did not know if parenting that was harsh – while not falling into the category of abuse – could predict physical health," said Schofield, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University. For the study, Schofield and his colleagues examined the results of a study ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Social Anxiety Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders

Health Tip: Focus on the Positive

Posted 3 May 2016 by

-- Dwelling on your problems and getting stuck on negative emotions can worsen depression and anxiety. The American Psychological Association offers these suggestions: Pray or meditate to block out negative thoughts. When negative emotions arise, think about eliminating their causes in a more positive way. If your goals aren't realistic, set more attainable goals. Find new ways to boost your self-esteem. Read more

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

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