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Music Soothes Nervous Eye Surgery Patients

Posted 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 – Listening to relaxing music before eye surgery reduces patients' anxiety and their need for sedation, a new French study suggests. "Music listening may be considered as an inexpensive, noninvasive, non-pharmacological method to reduce anxiety for patients undergoing elective eye surgery under local anaesthesia," said lead researcher Dr. Gilles Guerrier, from Cochin University Hospital in Paris. The study included 62 people who had outpatient cataract surgery while awake and under local anesthesia. The surgery lasted an average of 15 minutes. Some patients listened to relaxing music through headphones for about 15 minutes before their surgery, while others did not. Those who listened to music could choose from 16 styles, such as jazz, flamenco, Cuban, classical and piano. Compared with those who did not listen to music, patients in the music group had much lower ... Read more

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'Fat Shaming' Begins in First Grade

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

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 The new research also found that these severely obese youngsters are more likely to be depressed and withdrawn.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

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Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

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

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

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

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

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: Keep Your Head in the Game

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- 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

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

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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

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Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health

Posted 6 May 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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Health Tip: Focus on the Positive

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- 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

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Even Non-Obese Report Better Mood, Sex Drive After Dieting

Posted 2 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – Dieting might help improve your health, mood, sex drive and stress levels even if you're not obese, a new clinical trial reports. A group of either healthy weight or mildly overweight people who followed a calorie-restricted diet for two years lost nearly 17 pounds on average and enjoyed significant quality-of-life improvement, said lead author Corby Martin. He is director for behavioral sciences and epidemiology with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. "Even among people who are relatively healthy, you see these positive biological and physiological changes occurring with calorie restriction," Martin said. Participants felt better and lost weight even though they fell short by half of their original calorie-cutting goal, Martin noted. Researchers had asked study participants to restrict their calorie intake by 25 percent, but over two ... Read more

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Bullying Can Turn Victims Into Bullies

Posted 1 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – A combination of face-to-face taunting and cyberbullying may greatly increase the risk that victims will become bullies themselves, a new study suggests. "Students who are victimized are more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors towards others," said study principal investigator Alexandra Hua, from Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. "This phenomenon may lead to a vicious cycle whereby bullies create bullies out of those they victimize." In the study, researchers analyzed data from U.S. students aged 10 to 17. The investigators found that 43 percent of the children had experienced face-to-face bullying and 7 percent had been subjected to some form of cyberbullying through text messages, social media and other means. Kids who experienced either in-person or online bullying were more likely to display aggressive behaviors, such as physical fighting, ... Read more

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More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study

Posted 1 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report. Children living in extreme poverty who had asthma and ADHD were nearly twice as likely to have at least one other chronic medical condition. These conditions included developmental delays, autism, depression, anxiety, behavioral or conduct issues, speech and language problems, epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. "These findings emphasize the importance of studying poverty and its impact on child health, as well as confirm the need for increased awareness to inform child health policy," said lead researcher Dr. Christian Pulcini, a resident at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The reasons for the increase in chronic conditions aren't clear, but ... Read more

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'You've Got Cancer' Can Take Devastating Mental Toll

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – A cancer diagnosis is dreaded by all, and a new study details the psychological damage it often leaves in its wake for patients. The Swedish study found much higher rates of anxiety, depression and even drug and alcohol abuse for those who've been told "you have cancer," compared to healthier people. Cancer doctors weren't surprised, and noted that some patients are more prone to this type of distress than others. "For people that are barely keeping their lives in order, a cancer diagnosis can tip them over the edge," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. In the study, a team led by Dr. Donghao Lu, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, compared outcomes for more than 304,000 cancer patients against more than 3 million cancer-free people in Sweden. The investigators found that risks of anxiety, ... Read more

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Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Preschoolers given higher levels of emotional support from moms, dads or other caregivers tend to have better emotional health during their childhood and teen years, a new study suggests. The researchers saw increased growth in a brain region known as the hippocampus in children who were highly supported at preschool age. The hippocampus is involved in emotion, learning and memory formation. Reductions in hippocampus volume have been linked with worse emotional health and unhealthy coping, the study authors said. "Support during the preschool period seems critical to healthy brain development, and healthy brain development is important for healthy emotional functioning," said study leader Dr. Joan Luby. She's a professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers reported that they didn't see changes in the volume of the ... Read more

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