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Poor REM Sleep May Be Linked to Higher Risk for Anxiety, Depression

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 – REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia. But new research is building on that association, suggesting that the bad and "restless" REM sleep experienced by insomnia patients may, in turn, undermine their ability to overcome emotional distress, raising their risk for chronic depression or anxiety. "Previous studies have pointed to REM sleep as the most likely candidate involved in the regulation of emotions," said study lead author Rick Wassing. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sleep and Cognition at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. Wassing noted, for example, that while REM is underway, key arousal hormones such as serotonin, adrenaline and dopamine are inactive. This, he added, may indicate that it is during good REM sleep ... Read more

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Meditation May Ease Pain, Anxiety From Breast Cancer Biopsy: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Meditation and music may reduce pain, anxiety and fatigue associated with a breast cancer biopsy, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C., evaluated 121 women who listened to recorded meditation or music, or received standard care during image-guided needle biopsies. The meditation focused on creating positive emotions and dispelling negative feelings, while the music was a patient's choice of instrumental jazz, classical piano, harp and flute, nature sounds or world music. Standard care was a health care worker offering casual conversation and support. Compared to those in the standard care group, women who listened to meditation or music had greater reductions in anxiety and fatigue. Those in the meditation group had much less pain during the biopsy than those in the music group, the study found. The study was ... Read more

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Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk: Study

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – Taking one of a class of anti-anxiety pills that includes Ativan, Valium or Xanax does not increase older adults' risk of dementia, a new study finds. However, experts note that these drugs – collectively called benzodiazepines – can have other side effects and should still be used with caution. As the study authors explained, some prior research has suggested that use of the medicines may be associated with increased risk of dementia. However, other findings have contradicted that finding. To look further into the issue, a team led by Shelly Gray, a professor of pharmacy at the University of Washington in Seattle, studied more than 3,400 people aged 65 and older. All did not have dementia at the beginning of the study. The benzodiazepine use of each patient was assessed, and each was then followed for an average of seven years. During that time, 23 percent ... Read more

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Stress-Prone Teen Males May Be at Risk of High Blood Pressure Later

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Young men who get stressed out easily appear to have a greater risk of high blood pressure later in life, a new study suggests. The researchers found that, among 18-year-old men, those who had the lowest stress-resilience scores were 40 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure later than those with the greatest ability to cope with stress. The investigators also found that being overweight was linked with an even greater risk of developing high blood pressure (or "hypertension") in those who had a low threshold for stress. However, it's important to note that the study can only show an association between stress response and later high blood pressure; it cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The research was based on data from more than 1.5 million men conscripted into the Swedish army between 1969 and 1997 at age 18. Their health was followed ... Read more

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Boys Victims of Dating Violence, Too

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Contrary to what many people may think, teenage boys commonly suffer dating violence – including physical and emotional abuse, a new U.S. government study finds. The study focused on teens considered to be at high risk for dating violence – those who had suffered or witnessed violence at home or in their neighborhoods. It turned out that boys were about as likely as girls to say they'd been victims of some form of dating violence. The pattern was also corroborated by girls' reports: They commonly admitted to being perpetrators. "To the average person, this is probably surprising," said Monica Swahn, a professor of epidemiology at Georgia State University who has studied dating violence. "Parents and pediatricians may underestimate how common dating violence is, and how often boys are victims," said Swahn, who was not involved in the study. A number of national ... Read more

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Cancer's Financial Burden Tied to Poorer Survival, Study Finds

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – The staggering cost of cancer care forces many patients to file for bankruptcy, and that financial stress may play a role in cutting their lives short, new research suggests. In fact, patients suffering from colon, prostate or thyroid cancers who went broke had almost 80 percent higher odds of dying during the study period compared with similar patients who remained financially sound, the researchers said. "Bankruptcy, for reasons that we don't know, is a serious threat to survival for cancer patients," said lead researcher Dr. Scott Ramsey, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. While the study found a link between financial strain and cancer death, the research wasn't designed to prove a definitive cause-and-effect relationship between these factors. Still, medical costs are one of the most common reasons why people go bankrupt, Ramsey ... Read more

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Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life, new research contends. A study of more than 1,000 urban children showed those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more likely to have social problems and to be aggressive toward others. The experiences included neglect or physical, sexual or psychological abuse. They also included living in a household with domestic abuse or with a household member who was in jail or prison, had a mental illness or had an addiction or substance abuse problem. "The first five years of a child's life are an incredible time of opportunity and vulnerability," said study lead author Dr. Manuel Jimenez, director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics education at Rutgers Robert Wood ... Read more

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Stressed Teens May Face Higher Diabetes Risk as Adults: Study

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Teens who have trouble coping with stress may be at increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults, new research suggests. For the study, researchers examined data from more than 1.5 million 18-year-old men who were conscripted into the Swedish military between 1969 and 1997. The participants all underwent standard testing for stress resilience, and none of them had diabetes at the age of 18. But during the follow-up period, from 1987 to 2012, more than 34,000 of the men were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to Dr. Casey Crump, from the department of medicine at Stanford University in California, and colleagues. Compared to men with the highest resistance to stress when they were 18, those with the lowest stress resistance were 51 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes later, the investigators found. However, the study only ... Read more

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Transcendental Meditation May Help Relieve PTSD

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 – Transcendental meditation may help ease post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in some soldiers and seems to reduce their need for medication, a new study finds. "Regular practice of transcendental meditation provides a habit of calming down and healing the brain," study lead author Vernon Barnes, a physiologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia, said in a college news release. The study included 74 active-duty U.S. military personnel with PTSD or other type of anxiety disorder. Half of them did regular transcendental meditation in addition to regular psychotherapy, and half did not. After one month, nearly 84 percent of those in the meditation group had stopped, reduced or stabilized their use of drugs to treat their mental health conditions, while nearly 11 percent increased their use of the drugs. In the ... Read more

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Men Have Greater Self-Esteem Than Women, Especially in Developed Nations

Posted 4 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 – Self-esteem increases as people grow older, and men tend to have higher levels of it than women do, a new international study finds. The gender gap in self-esteem was found worldwide. But the research revealed this self-esteem gender gap is widest in Western nations. The researchers examined data collected from more than 985,000 people. The information came from 48 countries between 1999 and 2009. Study participants were between the ages of 16 and 45. Overall, self-esteem tended to increase with age, the researchers found. Men at every age tended to have higher levels of self-esteem than women, they said. But there were notable differences between nations. Wealthier, developed nations with higher gender equality had larger gender gaps in self-esteem than poorer, developing nations with greater gender inequality, said the study's lead author Wiebke Bleidorn, from ... Read more

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Health Tip: Is Stress Affecting Your Health?

Posted 31 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- While stress is a normal part of life, it can negatively affect your physical and mental health if it gets out of control. The Cleveland Clinic suggests you speak with your doctor if you: Notice a significant decline in your performance at school or work. Have significant anxiety or feel withdrawn and moody. Find you can't deal with your stress in healthy ways, or start abusing drugs or alcohol. Worry irrationally, or can't handle daily responsibilities. Begin eating erratically or worrying about weight. Have body aches and pains, or major changes in your eating and sleeping habits. Deliberately hurt yourself or others, or have thoughts of suicide. Read more

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Meals on Wheels Can Deliver Emotional Nourishment, Too

Posted 25 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 25, 2015 – Social isolation is common among many U.S. seniors, particularly during the holidays. But, home-delivered meals can significantly reduce their feelings of loneliness, new research finds. The study involved more than 600 people in eight U.S. cities who were on waiting lists for Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers food to homebound seniors. They were randomly selected to have daily fresh meal delivery to their home, weekly frozen meal delivery or to remain on the waiting list. At the start of the study, seniors in all three groups had similar levels of loneliness. After 15 weeks, loneliness levels remained the same among those on the waiting list, but had fallen among those who received fresh or frozen meal deliveries at home. Also, seniors with daily meal delivery were three times more likely than weekly recipients to indicate that home-delivered meal ... Read more

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Health Tip: Meditation May Help Your Heart

Posted 23 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Meditation can help mind and body relax, and the American Heart Association says it can help your ticker. The AHA says meditation may: Help ease stress. Improve your sleep. Help you focus on healthier activities. Supplement, but not replace, other heart-healthy behaviors, such as healthy diet and exercise. Read more

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Help Your Kids Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 20, 2015 – Changes in routine can shortchange children's sleep during the holidays, so a sleep medicine expert offers some advice for parents. Keep your youngsters' sleep times consistent, said Jodi Mindell, a clinical psychologist at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. "As much as possible, be sure to stick to your child's usual sleep schedule – both bedtime and nap times," she said in a university news release. "Of course, there will be exceptions, such as for family holiday gatherings, but try not to make the exception more than one or two nights in a row. If there are too many days of being off schedule, you can expect meltdowns," Mindell added. It's also important to maintain normal bedtime routines. "If every night is usually a bath and a story in bed, then do a bath and a story in bed, even on holiday nights," Mindell said. "Skimping on the bedtime routine ... Read more

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How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – Parents can do a number of things to prepare their children for surgery, experts say. Children, especially younger ones, may experience separation anxiety and fear. They're also likely to pick up on their parents' feelings, according to Dr. Dorothy Rocourt, a pediatric surgeon at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. "If the parents are super nervous, the children are just as nervous. When they are comfortable with what's going on and with the provider, they send off those vibes or cues to their child," Rocourt said in a hospital news release. One way to relieve anxiety is to keep the child well-informed about the surgery. This can include specialists explaining the procedure in a way youngsters can understand, such as through playful interaction. "Parents can use simple words to help their child understand why they are going to the hospital or why they need ... Read more

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