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U.S. Murder, Suicide Rates Climbing Again

Posted 19 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – After a period of steady decline, homicides and suicides are on the rise again in America, new statistics show. Experts believe the opioid addiction crisis may be at least partly to blame. Researchers tracked data from a national injury-reporting database and found that, especially between 2014 and 2016, the homicide rate climbed sharply for blacks, while suicide rates ...

The Right Lighting Can Calm Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – Lighting that mimics natural night-day patterns might improve sleep and mood problems for Alzheimer's patients living in nursing homes, new research suggests. The lighting intervention, designed to stimulate dementia patients' circadian rhythm – which regulates sleep and wake cycles – led to significant decreases in sleep disturbance, depression and agitation, the ...

Could Pot-Linked Drug Help Ease Agitation in Alzheimer's?

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – The active ingredient in pot that gets you high can calm agitation in people with advanced Alzheimer's disease, a small new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that a form of synthetic THC significantly decreased agitation in a small group of Alzheimer's patients, working even better than the drugs now used. "This is the first clinical trial to show that a ...

Animal Cruelty May Indicate Child Abuse

Posted 17 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 – Children who abuse animals may have been abused themselves, a new study suggests. Kids aged 10 and up who intentionally hurt animals are two to three times more likely to have been abused than kids who treat animals with respect, said the British researchers who conducted the review. "Asking about a history of animal abuse in a safeguarding history should be commonplace, ...

Many Gay Men Suffer Domestic Abuse: Study

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – In a sobering finding that shows women aren't the only victims of domestic violence, researchers report that nearly half of men in same-sex couples have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of their partner. The study included 320 men in 160 couples, and found that 46 percent reported some form of intimate partner abuse in the last year, including physical and sexual ...

Health Tip: Recognize Warning Signs of Youth Violence

Posted 6 Jul 2018 by

-- People who are prone to violence often have trouble controlling their behavior, the American Psychological Association says. The group says there may be tell-tale signs that a young person is about to "act out," such as: Having a history of violent or aggressive behavior. Being young at the first violent incident. Having been a victim of bullying. Having a history of discipline problems or ...

Health Tip: Manage Family Arguments

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by

-- Arguments are a natural part of family life, but constant and recurring battles can be exhausting. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep household bickering to a minimum: Pick your battles. Evaluate which issues really need to become a source of dispute. Allow your child to win an argument sometimes. This shows a willingness to negotiate and to see that you may be wrong. Set ...

Health Tip: If Your Child Becomes Too Aggressive

Posted 12 May 2018 by

-- All children become aggressive now and then. But is your youngster prone to long or frequent outbursts? If so, it may be time to see a pediatrician, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Providing your child with a stable, warm, and secure home life with firm, yet loving discipline is the best way to prevent aggressive behavior, the academy says. Sometimes that isn't enough. The AAP says ...

How to Keep Anger From Getting the Better of You

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Anger isn't just an emotional reaction – it can affect you physically, too. It's been shown to raise your risk for heart disease and other problems related to stress – like sleep trouble, digestion woes and headaches. That makes it important, then, to diffuse your anger. Start by figuring out what it is that makes you angry. Researchers from George Mason University, in ...

Threats, Violent Acts Against Teachers Often Go Unreported

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Teachers who are victims of physical violence or threats at their schools often don't tell anyone about it, claims a study released in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting. "You would think that the first thing a teacher would do after a violent encounter or threat would be to tell the school's administrators, but 20 percent aren't even doing that," said ...

U.S. Gun Injuries Getting More Severe

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – Nonfatal gun injuries in the United States are becoming more severe, increasing pressure on the health care system, researchers say. Since the 1990s, the severity of nonfatal gun injuries treated in U.S. hospitals has risen 1.4 percent a year, the new study found. "Both males and females and all types of intents of firearm injury demonstrated a comparable significant ...

As Grass Replaces Trash in Vacant Lots, Crime Goes Down

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Cleaning and greening vacant lots in a city's poor neighborhoods can put a damper on gun violence and other types of crime, a new study has found. Abandoned lots account for about 15 percent of land in U.S. cities, according to the researchers. For the study, the researchers worked with the U.S. Forest Service to remove trash and debris from 541 vacant lots in ...

Youth Violence in U.S. Declines -- but the War's Not Over

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Far fewer young people are turning up in U.S. emergency rooms with assault injuries, but youth violence remains a serious issue, a new government study shows. The good news: The number of nonfatal assault patients aged 10 to 24 dropped 28 percent between 2011 and 2015, reaching the lowest level in the 15 years studied, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

New Research Probes the Criminal Mind

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Are brain lesions linked to criminal behavior? That's the suggestion of a new study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Ever since the 1966 University of Texas Tower mass shooting, which left 13 people dead and 31 others injured, researchers have been intrigued by the possible ties between brain abnormalities and criminal behavior. In that ...

U.S. Gun Sales Rose After Sandy Hook Massacre: Study

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 – Firearm sales surged following the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, when it appeared the United States might adopt tougher gun control laws. But that flood of new guns put people in harm's way rather than adding to their safety and security, a new study reports. Accidental deaths related to firearms increased 27 percent in the months following Sandy Hook, including a ...

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