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Family Struggles May Affect Boys' Brain Development

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 – Family problems early in life might raise boys' risk of depression and anxiety, which is also tied to altered brain structure in their late teens and early 20s, a new study suggests. But the findings have a bright side, one researcher said. "Early life experiences have an effect on the brain," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president of The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. But "what is most interesting and exciting about this study is that just as trauma can have a negative effect on the brain, positive experiences – including therapy and other interventions – can have a positive effect on the young brain and ultimately affect the level of functioning of the individual," he said. Borenstein was not involved in the new research. The British study was led by Edward Barker, of King's College London, and included nearly 500 males, ages 18 to ... Read more

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How Parents Can Ease Transition to First Grade

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 – Parents can smooth a child's transition from kindergarten to the new demands of first grade, an expert says. "The sudden introduction of new skills and responsibilities of first grade can be an exciting yet stressful experience for both the child and their parents," said Beth Pendergraft, an early childhood coordinator in the department of teacher education at Georgia Regents University. "However, if parents can remain positive and patient with their child along with keeping open communication with the teacher, it will help everyone get a good grip on this new journey," she said in a university news release. You can talk to your child's teacher to find out what skills will be taught during the school year and incorporate those skills into daily family routines, she suggested. Also, try to give your child an idea of what to expect in class, including activities, ... Read more

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Doctor Offers Back-to-School Health Tips

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 16, 2015 – With the arrival of the new school year, parents need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy, a pediatrician advises. "As we approach the beginning of each school year, we must consider the ongoing health of our children. Ages differ, and therefore needs and concerns differ, but principles remain the same. Healthier children are happier children," Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news release. He outlined a number of ways to help children stay healthy during the school year. One important consideration is making sure they get enough sleep. "We often allow later bedtimes during summer months, usually compensating with later sleeping each morning, but adequate rest cannot be overemphasized once school begins. Bedtime routines are very important, especially with earlier ... Read more

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How to Mend a Broken Heart? Your Gender May Matter

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – The pain of a romantic breakup may hit women harder at first, but they recover far more quickly from the loss than men do, new research suggests. "At some point, clearly, women get over a breakup," said study author Craig Morris, a research associate at Binghamton University in New York. "They will discuss in great detail the pain, the suffering, the misery, but they are talking about it in the past." Women often "return to the dating scene in many ways better than they were before," he said, having learned from and processed their mistakes. Conversely, men may not feel the same sharp jab of pain initially, yet they may never recover fully emotionally, Morris found. "When you talk to a man about a breakup," Morris said, "you can see he is still there. The anger. The disappointment. There was never any end to this for him. Most men never use the phrase, 'I got ... Read more

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Health Tip: Ease the Transition to a New School

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Children may be excited, but also a bit anxious, about the first day at a new school. Parents can offer support and encouragement to help the child enjoy the day. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these ideas: Remind your child of the positives, such as making new friends and simply having fun. Explain to your child that others will be nervous as well, and that teachers will be trying to make everyone feel comfortable. Offer reassurance that you'll help with any issues that occur at school. Write a special note that reminds your child that you are thinking of him or her. Find a buddy with whom your child can walk to school or ride the bus with. Remind your child to seek other new children at school. Offer your child plenty of attention, affection and support, especially during the first few days. Read more

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At Dutch Euthanasia Clinic, Requests From People 'Tired of Living'

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – In Belgium and the Netherlands, where euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are legal, doctors are increasingly confronted by requests for such services from people with psychological illnesses or people who say they are "tired of living," a new study finds. The majority of these requests are denied, according to two studies focused on such clinics. Still, some patients did get their wish granted and received help ending their life. The studies were published Aug. 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings highlight worries about a "slippery slope" in terms of the reasons for which euthanasia requests might be granted, two U.S. experts said. "Although neither article mentions the term 'slippery slope,' both studies report worrisome findings that seem to validate concerns about where these practices might lead," Drs. Barron Lerner and Arthur Caplan of New ... Read more

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Crohn's Disease, Colitis Tied to Anxiety in Study

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 – People with inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, have an increased risk for an anxiety disorder, especially women, a new study suggests. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that cause chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. "Patients with IBD face substantial chronic physical problems associated with the disease," lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson, a professor from the University of Toronto, said in a university news release. "The additional burden of anxiety disorders makes life much more challenging so this 'double jeopardy' must be addressed." The study authors looked at 269 Canadian adults who had been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease. The researchers found that these patients were two times more likely to have had generalized anxiety disorder at some point in their lives than adults ... Read more

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Severe 'Picky Eating' May Point to Mental Health Issues in Kids

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – A kid who is a seriously "picky eater" is also likely to struggle with emotional problems like anxiety and depression, new research suggests. About 3 percent of kids suffer from severe selective eating, to the extent that they can't eat out at a restaurant, said lead researcher Nancy Zucker, an eating disorders specialist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. These kids are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or social anxiety, when compared with kids who'll eat anything, according to findings published online Aug. 3 in the journal Pediatrics. Even kids who are moderate picky eaters – for example, they only have 10 foods they will reliably eat – are at increased risk for symptoms of anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, although not to the extent that they can be diagnosed with a disorder, Zucker added. The ... Read more

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Too Much Facebook, Twitter Tied to Poor Mental Health in Teens

Posted 31 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 – Teens who frequently use social media are more likely to say they struggle with mental health concerns that are not being addressed, new Canadian research reveals. At issue is the amount of time adolescents spend browsing and posting on sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. "It is difficult to speculate what mechanisms may link the use of social networking sites to mental health problems," said study author Dr. Hugues Sampasa-Kanyinga, from the department of epidemiology at Ottawa Public Health in Ottawa, Canada. While the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link, Sampasa-Kanyinga noted that the "use of social networking sites can lead to poor mental health, and poor mental health may be a reason why youth use social networking sites. That said, it could be that kids with mental health problems are seeking out interactions as they are feeling isolated ... Read more

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Job Stress Might Make You Sick, Study Says

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – High levels of job stress may increase the risk of sick leave due to mental health disorders, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 12,000 workers in Sweden. Over five years, about 8 percent of the workers took mental health sick leave. Three-quarters of those who took mental health sick leave were women. Workers with demanding jobs, high job strain and little social support at work were at greater risk for mental health sick leave, as were those with unhealthy lifestyles. Smoking was a significant risk factor for mental health sick leave, but alcohol use was not. High levels of physical activity reduced the risk of mental health sick leave, according to the study in the August issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The findings add to previous research showing that psychological conditions in the workplace ... Read more

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Early Birth Linked to Introversion, Neuroticism in Adult Life

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Adults who were severely underweight at birth or who were born very prematurely may be more likely to be introverted, neurotic and afraid to take risks, a new European study suggests. The findings may help explain why these adults are more likely to have relationship and career problems, the researchers contended. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Babies born at less than 32 weeks of pregnancy were considered very premature in the study, while those born at about 3.3 pounds were considered a very low birth weight. Researchers led by Dieter Wolke, a professor in the psychology department at the University of Warwick in England, compared the personality traits of hundreds of 26-year-old men and women in Bavaria, Germany. Two hundred had been born very prematurely and/or severely underweight, while 197 were born at term and within ... Read more

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Childhood Stress Might Raise a Woman's Risk for Preterm Birth

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Stressful events in childhood may increase a woman's risk having a preterm baby, a new study suggests. The research included 200 mothers in Canada who provided information about stressful experiences when they were youngsters. One-third of the women had given birth preterm, while the others delivered at term. Preterm birth is considered to be any birth occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. A normal pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks. "All of the adverse childhood events that we asked about had to occur prior to the age of 18, and the average age of delivery in our study was 28 years. These adverse childhood events occurred, on average, 10 years or more before the women actually delivered," study co-author David Olson, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alberta, said in a university news release. He ... Read more

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Mental Illness Afflicts Many Juveniles in Jail

Posted 21 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Hospitalization for mental health problems is far more common among kids behind bars than among children and teens in the general population, a new study finds. Juvenile inmates also have longer hospital stays, which suggests they have more serious underlying mental health problems, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. "We know young people in the juvenile justice system have a disproportionate burden of mental illness, but I was really surprised by the magnitude of the problem, because hospitalizations typically occur for very severe illness," lead author Dr. Arash Anoshiravani, a clinical assistant professor of adolescent medicine, said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed nearly 2 million hospitalizations of children and teens in California over the age of 15. They found that mental health disorders accounted ... Read more

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Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Talk therapy may help treat insomnia in people with physical or mental health problems, a new study suggests. With cognitive behavioral therapy, people talk with a therapist to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that cause them problems, and to learn ways to solve their problems, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Past studies have found cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can improve sleep. But, many of those studies didn't include people with psychiatric and medical conditions. For the new study, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago looked at 37 previous studies. The research included nearly 2,200 people and looked at cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in people who had depression, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder and/or with medical conditions such as cancer, chronic pain and ... Read more

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Childhood Stress May Spur Weight Gain in Women

Posted 16 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 – Childhood stress appears to play a significant role in some women's weight gain, a new study suggests. Stress during adulthood does not affect women's weight gain, the researchers found. And neither childhood nor adult stress is associated with weight gain in men. Childhood may be a critical time for establishing patterns that affect women's weight over time, said study author Hui Liu, an associate professor of sociology at Michigan State University. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2,200 women and 1,300 men who were interviewed four times over 15 years as part of a national survey called Americans' Changing Lives. Childhood stress included family-related issues that occurred up to age 16. They included economic hardship, divorce, having at least one parent with a mental health problem, and never knowing one's father. Adult stress included factors such ... Read more

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