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Study Links Recession to Spike in Suicides Among Middle-Aged

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FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 – The financial stress of the last recession likely contributed to a recent increase in suicides among middle-aged Americans, researchers report. Job, financial or legal problems played a role in 37.5 percent of all completed middle-age suicides in 2010, up from just under 33 percent of suicides in 2005, according to findings published in the Feb. 27 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Mental health problems remained the leading factor in middle-aged suicides, and were involved in four out of five suicide deaths, the study noted. But financial pressures probably played a key role in triggering suicidal action in someone who might have only been contemplating suicide, the study authors added. However, the study could only find an association between tough economic times and suicide rates, it couldn't prove cause and effect. "The middle-aged bear ... Read more

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Health Tip: Eat Right to Get Through Winter

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-- Short days, low temperatures and being stuck inside can take a toll on anyone's mood, including a child's. But the right diet can help boost energy, mood and focus during the winter doldrums. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends these foods: Serve grilled or broiled salmon. Offer clementines, a citrus fruit that's seedless, easy to peel, sweet and nutrient-rich. Roast winter squash, which is nutrient-rich and naturally sweet. Prepare spaghetti squash tossed with sauce, or roasted butternut squash with cinnamon and maple syrup. Sweet potatoes – fiber-rich and a good source of vitamin A and potassium – can be sliced into chips or fries and roasted or pureed. Then add to macaroni and cheese or oatmeal. Cauliflower offers a wealth of vitamins and anti-cancer properties. Roast or chop in the food processor and serve instead of rice. Read more

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Risk of Violent Crime Rises With Depression, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 – People with depression might be more likely to commit a violent crime than those without depression, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 47,000 people in Sweden who were diagnosed with depression and followed for an average of three years. They were compared to more than 898,000 gender- and age-matched people without depression. People with depression were five to six times more likely than those in the general population to harm others or themselves, according to the researchers at Oxford University in England. "One important finding was that the vast majority of depressed persons were not convicted of violent crimes, and that the rates reported are below those for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and considerably lower than for alcohol or drug abuse," study author Seena Fazel, a professor of psychiatry, said in a university ... Read more

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Mental Illness, Homelessness Linked to Heart Disease in Study

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TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – Homeless people with mental illness are at high risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that they have a 24.5 percent risk of heart attack, fatal or nonfatal stroke, or sudden cardiac death over 30 years. The risk is about 10 percent for a person of the same age and gender who does not smoke, does not have diabetes or high blood pressure, and is not overweight, the researchers noted. The risk of cardiovascular disease in homeless people with mental illness was highest among men and those with substance abuse disorders, according to the study published Feb. 23 in the journal BMC Public Health. "Many of the factors that we thought would be associated with the 30-year cardiovascular risk among homeless adults with mental illness were actually not significant, such as not having a family doctor or having a diagnosis of psychosis or ... Read more

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Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression

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FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – High doses of powerful narcotic painkillers appear to be linked to a higher risk of depression in patients, new research finds. The study focuses on a class of prescription narcotic painkillers called opioids, which include drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. While most people use the medicines to ease pain, widespread abuse of narcotic painkillers is also a growing concern. The new study involved 355 patients in Texas who reported low back pain at an initial medical visit and still had the pain one and two years later. Although the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, people who used higher doses of narcotic painkillers to manage their pain were more likely to have an increase in depression, the researchers found. Learning more about the link between these painkillers and depression, along with what dosage might put patients at higher risk, "may inform ... Read more

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Mental Health Woes Common Among Homeless Kids, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 – One-quarter of homeless children in the United States require mental health services – far more than kids in the general population, a new study shows. North Carolina State University researchers examined data on 328 children, aged 2 months to 6 years, at 11 homeless shelters in Wake County, N.C. "We found that 25 percent of the children in shelters needed mental health services, based on their social-emotional functioning," study co-author and Ph.D. student Jenna Armstrong said in a university news release. The rate is 10 percent to 14 percent among children 5 years and younger in the general population, according to Columbia University's National Center for Children in Poverty. Also, the academic and language skills of homeless children aged 5 to 6 were well below average, according to the study published online Feb. 19 in the Early Childhood Education ... Read more

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Talk Therapy May Cut Suicide Rate Among U.S. Soldiers: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy can lead to fewer suicide attempts among at-risk U.S. soldiers, a new study suggests. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of talk therapy designed to stop ineffective and damaging patterns of thinking. Mental illness diagnoses among active-duty U.S. military personnel rose by more than 60 percent during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with a similar increase in rates of suicide and suicide attempts, the researchers wrote. "The significant increase in military suicides over the past decade is a national tragedy," said study co-author Alan Peterson in a University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio news release. He is a professor of psychiatry at the university's School of Medicine. The study included 152 active-duty soldiers who had attempted suicide or were considered to be at high risk for suicide. Over ... Read more

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Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly

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MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 – For people age 70 or older who struggle with a chronic illness, loneliness is often a complicating factor, a new study finds. Canadian researchers looked at 121 older adults, mostly in their 70s. They found that feelings of loneliness rose after the onset of chronic health problems – even among those who had been with the same partner for 50 years or more. "The quality of our social ties plays a role when it comes to coping with the effects of serious disease in later life. And just having a partner around may not be enough," study first author Meaghan Barlow, of the Personality, Aging, and Health Lab at Concordia University in Montreal, said in a university news release. The study was published recently in the journal Health Psychology. Older adults with chronic illness can reduce their risk of loneliness by trying to remain positive about their health ... Read more

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Mental Health Disorders May Shorten Life Span: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 – People with mental health conditions such as depression, chronic anxiety and schizophrenia tend to die at younger ages than their peers without psychiatric disorders, a new research review says. In fact, the researchers estimated that mental health disorders typically rob people of nearly a decade of life, and account for 8 million deaths worldwide each year. The findings, published online Feb. 11 in JAMA Psychiatry, come from an analysis of over 200 international studies spanning several decades. Researchers said the studies help put the global toll of mental health disorders into perspective. Although the study found an association between mental health conditions and earlier death, it wasn't designed to prove that the disorders were a direct cause of the early deaths. When people think of lives lost to mental illness, they might automatically focus on one ... Read more

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Unemployment May Fuel a Fifth of Suicides Worldwide, Study Says

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 – Being jobless may play a role in about one-fifth of suicides worldwide each year, a new study suggests. Swiss researchers analyzed data from 63 countries in four regions of the world, and found that unemployment was associated with a 20 percent to 30 percent increased risk of suicide. Between 2000 and 2011, suicides in all the countries totaled about 233,000 a year, and being jobless was linked with about 45,000 (one-fifth) of those suicides. While the number of unemployment-related suicides increased by about 5,000 during the recent economic crisis in 2008, this analysis shows the risk of suicide among jobless people is high even in good economic times, according to the authors of the study published Feb. 10 in The Lancet Psychiatry. The results suggest that the harmful mental effects of unemployment need to be taken into account in suicide prevention ... Read more

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Depression After Stroke Linked to Troubled Sleep

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TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – Stroke survivors with depression may be at increased risk for sleep problems, a new study suggests. According to experts, sleep problems are common after stroke and associated with poor health. In the new study, a team of researchers in Korea looked at nearly 300 people hospitalized with stroke. They found that more than a fifth of them got less than six hours of sleep a night while they were hospitalized. Three months later, 44 percent of the 199 patients who completed the follow-up still had nighttime sleep problems, such as frequent nighttime awakenings and too little sleep, the team said. Although the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, depression was the main factor associated with sleep problems. The researchers, led by Smi Choi Kwon of Seoul National University, also found that 39 percent of the patients had more daytime sleepiness than they did ... Read more

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Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year

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MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 – For a growing number of Americans, the final year of life is marked by pain, depression and other distressing symptoms, a new study finds. Experts said the study, published Feb. 2 in Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights disturbing shortcomings in the U.S. health care system. Researchers found that between 1998 and 2010, the number of Americans who suffered pain in their last year of life rose from 54 percent to 61 percent. Meanwhile, the prevalence of depression rose from 45 percent to 57 percent, while other symptoms – such as breathlessness, confusion, severe fatigue and incontinence – either increased or did not improve. "These findings are troubling," said senior researcher Dr. Karl Lorenz, of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and the University of California, Los Angeles. The increase in end-of-life symptoms, Lorenz said, has occurred despite national ... Read more

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Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds

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MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 – Medication-related problems – from side effects to improper use – may be the cause of many kids' trips to the emergency room, a new study suggests. Researchers found that at one Canadian children's hospital, medication-related problems accounted for one in 12 ER visits over a year. And about two-thirds of those incidents were preventable, the researchers concluded. The findings, published online Feb. 2 in Pediatrics, do not mean that parents should be afraid to give their children needed medications, the researchers noted. Instead, parents – and older kids – should have a "clear understanding" of why a medication is being prescribed and how to use it properly, said lead researcher Peter Zed, a pharmacist and associate professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His team found that allergic reactions and drug side effects were ... Read more

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Binge-Watching TV May Be Sign of Depression, Loneliness

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THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 – Binge-watching television is linked with feeling lonely and depressed, a new study suggests. "Even though some people argue that binge-watching is a harmless addiction, findings from our study suggest that binge-watching should no longer be viewed this way," study author Yoon Hi Sung said in a news release from the International Communication Association. The study included more than 300 people. They were between the ages of 18 and 29. The researchers asked about their TV viewing habits and their moods. The more lonely and depressed people were, the more likely they were to binge-watch TV. And, people binge-watched in an attempt to distract themselves from their negative feelings, according to the University of Texas at Austin researchers. The researchers also found that people who lacked self-control were more likely to binge-watch TV. They were unable to ... Read more

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Depression, Anxiety Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 – Depression, sleep problems and behavioral changes can show up before signs of memory loss in people who go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. "I wouldn't worry at this point if you're feeling anxious, depressed or tired that you have underlying Alzheimer's, because in most cases it has nothing to do with an underlying Alzheimer's process," said study author Catherine Roe, an assistant professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "We're just trying to get a better idea of what Alzheimer's looks like before people are even diagnosed with dementia," Roe added. "We're becoming more interested in symptoms occurring with Alzheimer's, but not what people typically think of." Tracking more than 2,400 middle-aged people for up to seven years, the researchers found that those who developed dementia were more ... Read more

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