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Music Therapy Helps Preemie Babies Thrive

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THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – The soothing sound of mom singing may help premature newborns breathe easier, a new review finds. The analysis, of over a dozen clinical trials, found that music therapy helped stabilize premature newborns' breathing rate during their time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). For the most part, music therapy involved mothers singing to their babies (though some studies used recordings of mom's voice). And that's key, the researchers said. "Full-term infants can recognize the mother's voice at birth," explained researcher Lucja Bieleninik. "This connection is important to foster in premature infants, whose last months of gestation are instead spent outside of the womb." Plus, when mom or dad sing, they can change their voices – getting quieter, for example, when the baby seems to be falling asleep, explained Bieleninik, a postdoctoral researcher at the ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Premature Labor, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Stress May Take Greatest Toll on Younger Women's Hearts: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Stress may be especially hard on the hearts of younger women who have heart disease, new research suggests. Researchers gave nearly 700 men and women with heart disease a mentally stressful public speaking assignment. Then they measured blood flow to the heart. Women aged 50 or younger were nearly four times more likely than men of the same age or older women to have reduced blood flow to the heart, said study leader Dr. Viola Vaccarino. She is chair of epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. Reduced blood flow – known medically as myocardial ischemia – can lead to a heart attack, she noted. "Younger women appear to be more vulnerable [than men and older women] to the effects of stress on their heart," Vaccarino said. Experts have long known that younger women have worse outcomes than men of the same age after a heart ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Angina, Myocardial Infarction, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Ischemic Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis, Post MI Syndrome, Abnormal Electrocardiogram

Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – In a culture that values youth, aging can seem like a dismal prospect. But a new study suggests that older adults are generally less stressed and happier with their lives than younger people are. The study, which included adults aged 21 to 99, found that on average, mental well-being steadily improved as people grew older. And that was despite the fact that older adults had more physical health issues and problems with memory and thinking, versus younger people. The reasons are not completely clear. But researchers pointed to some likely explanations – including the perspective and "wisdom" that comes from life experience. Teenagers and younger adults can be upset by not getting enough "likes" on their Facebook post, noted Dr. Dilip Jeste, the senior researcher on the study. "When you're young, everything is so important. And getting approval from others is ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress

Average Lifespan Longer for Twins

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TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – Twins live longer than other people, and their close social connection may be a major reason why, a new study says. Researchers reviewed data from more than 2,900 same-sex twins. They were born in Denmark between 1870 and 1900. The study only included data from twins who lived past age 10. The researchers compared the twins to the general Danish population. At every age, identical twins had higher survival rates than fraternal twins. And, fraternal twins had higher survival rates than people in the general population. For men, the peak survival benefit of being a twin was at age 45. Male twins' survival rate at that age was 90 percent, compared with 84 percent in the general population. For women, the peak survival benefit of being a twin occurred in their early 60s. About 10 percent more female twins made it to their early 60s than in the general population. ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder

Unhappy at Work in Your 20s, Unhealthy in Your 40s?

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MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 – Millennials, take heed: Job dissatisfaction in your 20s or 30s can undermine your health by mid-life, new research suggests. But really rewarding work may pay health dividends. "Those who are, on average, very satisfied versus satisfied tend to have better health in their 40s," said study lead author Jonathan Dirlam. He is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at Ohio State University. By their 40s, disenchanted workers had worse mental health. They were more likely to suffer from routine sleep trouble and anxiety compared with satisfied or increasingly satisfied participants, the study found. Seth Kaplan, an associate professor in industrial/organizational psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said, "We know that there are some major job-related factors that contribute to poor psychological health." According to Kaplan, who wasn't ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Prozac, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Couples At Risk During 'Divorce Season'

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SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 – Are certain times of the year harder on a marriage? Maybe, suggests new research that found Americans are more likely to file for divorce after winter and summer holidays. And, that's true even though many couples view the holidays as a time when things might get better, the researchers said. "People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past. They represent periods in the year when there's the anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different, a transition into a new period of life. It's like an optimism cycle, in a sense," researcher Julie Brines, an associate professor of sociology from the University of Washington, said in a university news release. "They're very symbolically charged moments in time for the culture," she added. However, holidays can be ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder

Teen Cyberbullies More Apt to Be Friends Than Strangers

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SATURDAY, Aug. 20, 2016 – Cyberbullying among teens is highly likely to involve current or former friends and dating partners, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from a 2011 survey of nearly 800 students in grades 8 through 12 at a public school in a New York City suburb. About 17 percent had been involved with cyberbullying in the previous week, the study found. Nearly 6 percent of those students were victims; about 9 percent were aggressors; and about 2 percent were both. Cyberbullying usually occurred through Facebook or texting, the study authors said. Girls were twice as likely as boys to be victimized. The risk of cyberbullying was seven times higher among current or former friends and dating partners than among those who had never been friends or dated, according to the study. "A common concern regarding cyberbullying is that strangers can attack someone, but here we ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia

Twitter Broadening Discussions About Death, Grief: Study

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SATURDAY, Aug. 20, 2016 – Twitter and other social media are erasing a 20th century taboo against discussing death and mourning in public, researchers report. Doctoral students in sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle reviewed the feeds of 39 dead Twitter users. They found that people used Twitter to react in a way that differed from other social media sites. For example, Facebook posts about deaths tend to be more personal and involve people who knew the dead person. But Twitter users may not have known the dead person and tend to make both personal and general comments about him or her. They also may link the death to social issues such as mental illness or suicide. "It's bringing strangers together in this space to share common concerns and open up conversations about death in a way that is really unique," doctoral candidate Nina Cesare said in a university news ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Health Tip: Squash Stress Before Bed

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-- Stress can keep you awake at night, even if you feel tired. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Practice yoga, meditation or deep breathing before bed, to help you feel more relaxed. Avoid TV or computers before bed, These devices can stimulate your brain and make it more difficult to fall asleep. Enjoy a soothing mug of chamomile tea. Take a shower or bath. Perform leg exercises, such as squats, to promote blood flow to the legs. Count sheep or breathe deeply. Or imagine yourself already asleep. Earlier in the day, make time to exercise. If there's something you're worried about it, think through it during the day. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares

Child Abuse May Shorten Some Women's Lives

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Women who suffered physical or emotional abuse as children often die at a younger age than other women, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 6,300 middle-aged U.S. adults, female survivors of child abuse were more likely to die over the next 20 years, versus other women. And the worse the abuse was, the greater the impact appeared to be on a woman's life span. Those who said they'd suffered severe physical abuse were 58 percent more likely to die during the study period, compared with women with no history of child abuse. Experts said the findings, published online Aug. 17 in JAMA Psychiatry, highlight the lasting and extensive effects of child abuse. Previous research had already shown that survivors of abuse are at risk of poorer physical and mental health as adults. "Now we know that child abuse is also associated with later-life ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Sending Kids Off to College Doesn't Have to Be Tearful

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FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 – As new college students prepare to leave home, it can be a difficult time for parents. While parents may be excited about the opportunities awaiting their child, there can also be concerns and a sense of loss. Talking to others who are going through the same thing may be helpful, according to advice from the University of Wisconsin. The university offers the following suggestions for parents as they walk that fine line between being an anchor for their college-bound child and learning how to let go. It's important for parents to avoid focusing on the departure. Parents should be prepared to see less of their child in the weeks before they leave for college, because teens will likely try to spend as much time as possible with friends. Parents should make a financial plan and discuss it with their child. Develop a budget and be clear about who pays for what. It's ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress

Infertility Patients' Mental Health Problems Often Unaddressed

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THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – People undergoing fertility treatment often suffer symptoms of depression or anxiety, but few get any formal help, a new study suggests. The study, which followed patients at five fertility clinics in California, found that more than half of women and one-third of men had clinical-level depression symptoms at some point. Even more – 76 percent of women and 61 percent of men – had symptoms of clinical anxiety. Yet only about one-quarter of all patients said their fertility center had given them any information on mental health resources. "It was very surprising to find that," said lead researcher Lauri Pasch, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Many studies have found that infertility patients often feel distressed. And, Pasch said, professional groups have underscored the need for patients' emotional health to ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Female Infertility, Dysthymia, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

5 Tips to Help Teens Get Needed School-Year Zzzzzs

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – When a new school year begins, many teens have a hard time readjusting their sleeping habits. But there are a number ways to prepare, according to Michael Scullin. He's an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and director of Baylor's Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory. Get a head start on resuming a normal sleep schedule. "If you go to bed after midnight on Sunday before class starts, it's going to be a tough Monday. It's very hard to shift your schedule overnight, so parents need to start imposing that a few days early," Scullin said in a university news release. Avoid bright lights in the evening. "Phones, tablets, laptops, television... It's hard to get those completely out of the post-dinner schedule, but you don't want to be crawling into bed with the phone. And if there are bright lights ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Sleep Paralysis, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Hypersomnia

Fake Xanax Cut With Potent Pain Med Can Be a Killer

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TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 – At least one San Francisco-area drug user died and eight more landed in the ER in late 2015 after taking counterfeit Xanax tablets that had been cut with a powerful and dangerous opiate, a new report shows. The nine people all had taken tablets that looked very similar to prescription Xanax, down to bearing the same pharmaceutical markings as the legitimate anxiety drug, said report author Dr. Ann Arens. She is a former ER physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. But the tablets had been cut with fentanyl, a cheap, synthetic opioid that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says is 100 times more potent than morphine. The rock star Prince died of a fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis in April. "They look exactly the same, and the users that were exposed to these tablets had no idea it was anything other than ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Xanax, Anxiety and Stress, Fentanyl, Duragesic, Substance Abuse, Actiq, Fentora, Duragesic-100, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Duragesic-25, Duragesic-50, Subsys, Fentanyl/Ropivacaine, Fentanyl Transdermal, Duragesic-12, Sublimaze, Abstral, Droperidol/Fentanyl, Ionsys

Giving Brings a Health Dividend

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TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 – When older people devote time and effort in volunteering, better health may be their reward, new research suggests. In a large British study, among those 40 and older, volunteering was associated with good mental health and emotional well-being. But no such link was seen among those younger than 40, the researchers said. "Volunteering might provide those groups with greater opportunities for beneficial activities and social contacts, which in turn may have protective effects on health status," wrote Faiza Tabassum, of the Statistical Sciences Research Institute at the University of Southampton, England, and colleagues. "With the aging of the population, it is imperative to develop effective health promotion for this last third of life, so that those living longer are healthier." The study analyzed data from more than 66,000 adults in the United Kingdom who were ... Read more

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