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Are Depressed Teens Prone to Violence?

Posted 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – Teens with depression might be more likely to commit violent crimes, a new study suggests. Researchers who analyzed data from Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom consistently found modest increases in risk for violence among depressed teenagers. Information on more than 62,000 young people aged 13 to 27 was used in the study. "This research is important for two main reasons. First, it adds to the evidence of the many potential harms of untreated depression in young people," said study leader Dr. Seena Fazel. "Second, it suggests that closer liaison between criminal justice and mental health might prevent violence in high-risk individuals," said Fazel, a professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England. The study doesn't prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship. But the data from Finland, for example, showed that about 7 ... Read more

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Gun Access May Drive Higher Suicide Rates in Rural Areas

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – The rate of suicide in rural America appears to be significantly higher than in urban areas, a new study reports. And much of the reason may have to do with the greater prevalence of gun ownership in rural areas, the study authors said. The findings stem from an analysis that focused on suicide rates in rural regions of Maryland. "The reason that rural suicide rates are higher is because people in these areas are killing themselves with guns," said study lead author Dr. Paul Nestadt. He is a postdoctoral fellow in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's psychiatric epidemiology training program. "The media focuses on homicides committed with guns, but only one in three deaths by firearm are homicides," he said in a school news release. "The other two are suicides. Most of the other leading causes of death are going down. Suicides are going up – ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recognize Youth Violence

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- The upcoming school year casts a spotlight over the longstanding problem of youth violence, most commonly bullying. Its effects can last well into adulthood. Parents should keep a watchful eye out for the potential symptoms of youth violence, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The agency offers this list of possible warning signs that a child is a victim, perpetrator or both: Avoiding school Social withdrawal Falling grades Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness Unexplained bruises, cuts and scrapes Difficulty sleeping Disregard for others Excessive boasting Read more

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A Violent Environment Can Wreck Kids' Grades

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 – Kids in violent neighborhoods often do worse in school. Now, a new study helps explain why. U.S. researchers found that exposure to violent crime changed kids' sleep patterns, which increased their levels of the stress hormone cortisol. "Both sleep and cortisol are connected to the ability to learn and perform academic tasks," said study lead author Jenni Heissel, of Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy in Evanston, Ill. "Our study identifies a pathway by which violent crime may get under the skin to affect academic performance." Previous research has found a link between violent crimes and performance on tests, but it wasn't clear why crime affects academic achievement, Heissel said in a university news release. For the study, she and her colleagues tracked sleep patterns and stress hormones of 82 students, ages 11 to 18, who ... Read more

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Most Murdered U.S. Women Killed By Husbands, Boyfriends, Exes

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Most women murdered in the United States die at the hands of a current or former intimate partner, a new federal study reports. In a review of female homicide statistics from 2003 to 2014 in 18 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that domestic violence was involved in about 55 percent of the deaths of 10,018 women. "This was consistent across all racial and ethnic groups, and really highlights that intimate partner violence is a public health problem," said lead researcher Dr. Emiko Petrosky. She is a science officer for the CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System. According to the CDC, homicide is the fifth leading cause of death for women aged 18 to 44 years. In 2015 in the United States, 3,519 women and girls died by homicide, the authors of the report noted. The study findings showed that four out of five of the murders ... Read more

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Dying May Not Be as Awful an Experience as You Think

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Does the very idea of death worry and frighten you? There may be reassurance from a new study that finds those fears might be exaggerated. In fact, the research shows, death is often described as a peaceful, "unexpectedly positive" experience by those who approach it. Death is one of life's guarantees, yet it's something people often avoid talking about, according to study author Kurt Gray. He's an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "There's almost an unspoken assumption that death is something to be avoided at all costs," Gray said. But his team found that the abstract concept of death may be scarier than the reality. To look at the question, the researchers first searched for blogs by people who were terminally ill with cancer or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease) – diseases where patients ... Read more

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Teen Boys Treated for Assault Often Want Mental Health Care, Too

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Many teen boys treated at an ER following a violent assault also want psychological services to help them cope with the trauma, according to new research. "Assault victims describe feeling constantly tense and 'on guard,' and having nightmares or unwanted flashbacks of the assault. Unfortunately, many youth also begin to avoid talking about the event or avoiding the places or people that remind them of the assault – school, friends, normal adolescent activities," said study author Rachel Myers, a research scientist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "It shows us that just treating the external wounds is not enough. Young men not only need, but want, help to cope with their fears and difficult emotions in the aftermath of injury," Myers said in a hospital news release. The study included 49 teenage boys between the ages of 12 and 17. All were treated at ... Read more

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In America's Poorest Communities, a Greater Risk of Child Abuse Deaths

Posted 24 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 – Growing up in a poor family is a well-known risk factor for child abuse, but a new analysis suggests it may also raise a young child's chances of dying from that abuse. More than 11,000 children, from newborn to age 4, died of physical abuse in the United States during the 15-year study period. In U.S. counties with the highest levels of poverty, rates of child abuse fatalities were more than three times greater than in counties with the lowest levels of poverty, the researchers found. Infants accounted for 20 percent of children in the study, but 45 percent of child abuse deaths. In high-poverty counties, there were 9.6 infant deaths per 100,000. The study also highlights racial disparities. It found that the fatality rate for black children in the lowest-poverty communities is higher than the rate for white children in counties with the highest levels of ... Read more

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Cleaning, Greening Vacant Lots May Help Fight Crime

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Tidying up that vacant lot in your community may help curb crime in the area, researchers say. In a new study, Michigan State University researchers compared crime statistics from 2005 through 2014 in Flint, Mich., with data from a greening program – called the Clean and Green program – in which thousands of abandoned lots were regularly mowed and maintained. "Generally speaking, I found that greening was more prevalent where violent crime, property crime and victimless crime were going down," study author Richard Sadler said in a university news release. Sadler is an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine's division of public health. The Clean and Green program for vacant lots, a project of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, was launched 13 years ago. Christina Kelly is the land bank's planning and neighborhood revitalization director. She ... Read more

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Health Tip: Minimizing Violence During Screen Time

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Kids see violence everywhere, especially from TV, movies and video games. So how can parents "minimize" what their kids see? The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Don't allow children under age 6 to see any violence. Play the video game with your child, or watch the show or movie together. This helps you understand what the child watches and offers a chance to talk about the values you share as a family. If you are not comfortable with what your child sees, do not be afraid to impose restrictions. Read more

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Health Tip: Too Much Exercise Isn't Good Either

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- With all of the warnings that insufficient exercise can be deadly, more must be better, correct? Not necessarily, warns the American Council on Exercise. The organization mentions these emotional warning signs that you may be getting too much of a good thing: Irritability. Depression. Apathy. Difficulty concentrating. Loss of self-esteem. Read more

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'Synthetic Pot' Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different. Teens who use synthetic pot are at a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed. Synthetic pot – sometimes called fake weed – covers a variety of drugs sold under hundreds of brand names. Spice and K2 were common brands in the past. Some of the chemicals in fake weed are similar to those in marijuana. These drugs are often marketed as natural and safe. But, they have unpredictable, and in some cases, life-threatening effects, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). And, they have become popular among teens because they are cheap and readily ... Read more

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Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Young men who play violent video games the most – at least two hours a day – don't appear to become desensitized to violence or to lose the ability to feel empathy, a small German study suggests. "This doesn't mean everyone has to buy 'Grand Theft Auto 5' for their toddler, but it's part of an increasing flood of studies of various sorts that indicate that previous fears of violent video games were unfounded," said Christopher Ferguson, a leading critic of research linking video games to aggression. Scientists have spent years debating whether violent video games make people more aggressive and less affected by violence. But it has been difficult to isolate the specific effect of playing the games since so many other things affect how people see the world. Still, "over the last 10 years we've really seen a wave of behavioral studies indicating that violent ... Read more

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Is a Drowsy Teen Headed for a Life of Crime?

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – A new study suggests that teenage boys who are chronically sleepy in the daytime may be at higher risk of becoming violent criminals as adults. A team of U.S. and British researchers identified a link between frequent daytime drowsiness in the high school years to a 4.5-times greater likelihood that a boy would grow up to commit a violent offense by his late 20s. "It's the first study to our knowledge to show that daytime sleepiness during teenage years are associated with criminal offending 14 years later," study author Adrian Raine said in a news release from the University of Pennsylvania. He's a professor of criminology and psychology at the university. But at least one psychiatrist who reviewed the findings believes it may be premature to say sleepy teens are destined for a life of crime. Frankly, said Dr. Victor Fornari, "it is hard to find an adolescent ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Agitation

Why Certain Noises Really Irritate Some People

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Most people can recall a time when a certain sound annoyed them – say when your office mate was repeatedly clicking his pen – but some people find such sounds utterly unbearable. And new research suggests that brain abnormalities may explain why. People with a disorder called misophonia have an intense hatred of specific sounds, such as chewing, breathing or repeated pen clicking. These triggers can cause an immediate and strong "fight or flight" response in those with the disorder. "I hope this will reassure sufferers," the study's senior author Tim Griffiths said in a news release from Newcastle University. "I was part of the skeptical community myself until we saw patients in the clinic and understood how strikingly similar the features are," he added. Griffiths is a professor of cognitive neurology at Newcastle University and University College London in ... Read more

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