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Teens With Autism More Likely to Land in ER, Study Finds

Posted 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – U.S. teens with autism are four times more likely to visit an emergency room than those without the disorder, a new report says. The Penn State College of Medicine researchers said the likelihood of an ER visit for a teen with autism increased five-fold from 2005 to 2013. The findings suggest that young people with autism may require better access to primary and specialist care, the researchers said. "We believe if their regular medical and behavioral specialist services served them better, a big portion of them would end up with fewer emergency department visits," said study author Guodong Liu, an assistant professor of public health sciences at Penn State. In the United States, it's estimated that 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder. This is the term for a range of conditions that may involve problems with social skills, speech and nonverbal ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Autism, Psychiatric Disorders, Asperger Syndrome

Older Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study Suggests

Posted 1 day 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Older mothers are less likely to scold or punish their young children, and those children tend to have fewer behavioral, social and emotional problems, a new study suggests. According to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, older moms tend to have more stable relationships, are more educated, and have more wealth and resources. "We know that people become more mentally flexible with age, are more tolerant of other people and thrive better emotionally themselves," researcher Dion Sommer said in a university news release. "That's why psychological maturity may explain why older mothers do not scold and physically discipline their children as much," he added. "This style of parenting can thereby contribute to a positive psychosocial environment, which affects the children's upbringing," Sommer explained. The researchers noted that these benefits were ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Female Infertility, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse

Posted 2 days 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – The loss of a spouse is never easy, but the loss of a spouse to suicide may be even more devastating, leading to a greater risk of a host of mental and physical problems, Danish researchers suggest. Surviving partners are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Surviving spouses are also at higher risk for suicide themselves, the study said. "It's a really distressing event for people," said lead researcher Annette Erlangsen, from the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention at the Mental Health Centre in Copenhagen. "Being bereaved by suicide is stigmatized and it is something people don't talk about," Erlangsen said. "Surviving spouses may feel isolated, and other people may be more afraid of addressing it. It's important to deal with the loss, and part of that is talking to others ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Dysthymia

Helping Cancer Caregivers Help Themselves

Posted 2 days 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – When people are diagnosed with cancer, it's easy to overlook the toll the disease also takes on their caregivers, say social workers who specialize in cancer care. Cancer can dramatically alter relationships, forcing parents to depend on their children, or independent people to rely on loved ones. Meanwhile, those who support cancer patients – such as spouses, partners, siblings, children or friends – tend to put their own needs on the back burner. Caregivers who keep their mind and body healthy, however, are able to provide better care for their loved ones, advise Lauren Kriegel and Autumn Banta, oncology social workers at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Finding the time and energy to take care of yourself may seem difficult while caring for someone with cancer, Kriegel and Banta pointed out in a Rutgers news release. However, there are ways ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancer

Health Tip: Slow Down When You're Stressed

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Rushing through your day can trigger or worsen stress, but slowing down and breathing deeply can help you get through what's challenging you. The American Heart Association suggests: When you're stressed out, give yourself space and time. Step away to take a short walk, take deep breaths and let your tension ease. Count to 10 and take deep breaths before responding to a situation that has made you feel angry. Think of ways to prevent stressful situations before they happen. Prepare to leave a few minutes early to avoid stressing about being late, or skip the most hectic route so you're not anxious while driving. Step back, relax and look objectively at a stressful situation. Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Metabolic Syndrome

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Metabolic syndrome is a collection of factors that boost your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests these measures to lower your risk of metabolic syndrome: Following a heart-healthy diet. Setting and achieving a healthy target weight. Keeping stress under control. Getting plenty of regular physical activity. Quitting smoking. Taking any medications recommended by your doctor. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Insulin Resistance, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Health Tip: Living With Social Phobia

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- It's common to get a bit anxious before a big event, but someone with social phobia gets extremely nervous about a job interview, reunion or giving a speech. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible symptoms of social phobia include: Being very afraid of judgment or embarrassment in front of others. Feeling that all others are more capable and confident than you are. Blushing and sweating when faced with a social situation. Feeling nauseous, shaking or trembling before or during a social situation. Having a hard time speaking or making eye contact with others. Continuing to worry after an event about what people thought. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Performance Anxiety

Stress Buster: Get Outside In Nature

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Ever wonder why environmental sounds are so relaxing? Just getting outside in nature has been shown to be therapeutic. According to David Yaden, a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center, "in a natural setting, people are more relaxed and less stressed." In Japan, they call this practice of getting outside in nature shinrin-yoku, which is roughly translated as "forest bathing." Indoors, environmental sounds remind us of being out in nature and may also be something for the mind to meditate on, no different than staring at a candle flame, or repeating a mantra or listening to relaxing music. So listening to a recording of environmental sounds or relaxing music that incorporates environmental sounds can be a soothing alternative to actually going outdoors and listening to the real thing. Our minds often break away from the present moment and ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress

Drinking, Drug Abuse Doubles Veterans' Suicide Risk: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – U.S. veterans with substance abuse problems have a higher risk of suicide than veterans who don't, new research suggests. The study looked at more than 4 million veterans, and found that drug or alcohol problems affected 8 percent of males and 3 percent of females. These veterans had a more than twofold increased risk of suicide compared with those without a substance use disorder. The suicide rate was especially high among female veterans with drug or alcohol problems. These women had a more than five times greater rate of suicide than female veterans who did not have substance abuse problems. "We hope these findings will help clinicians and health systems care for people with substance use disorders, with mental health conditions, and with both – and focus suicide prevention efforts accordingly," said lead study author Kipling Bohnert. Bohnert is an ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Opiate Dependence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, Drug Dependence, Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Dysthymia, Substance Abuse, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Depressive Psychosis

Serious Crash Often a Wake-Up Call for Teen Drivers

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – No matter how often teenagers are told to drive safely, some might not heed that advice until they are involved in a crash, new research suggests. The study included 254 teens, ages 16 and 17, who were participating in a driving study. Their cars were equipped with cameras and a device to measure acceleration, and researchers analyzed their driving habits. The investigators found that among teens who were involved in a severe collision – defined as "police-reportable" and causing major damage, airbag deployment, injury or a rollover – there was an immediate change in their driving habits. Rapid acceleration – a sign of risky driving – dropped by 34 percent, the findings showed. After about two months, instances of rapid acceleration tended to rise again, but stayed below pre-crash levels, according to the study published in a recent issue of the journal ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Head Injury, Fracture, bone, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Mixing opioid painkillers with common anxiety and sleep medications is a prescription for a deadly overdose, a new U.S. study shows. Of all fatal overdoses from narcotic medications, nearly 30 percent also involved benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Klonopin and Valium, the researchers said. "It's not news that this combination is not a good one, but despite being well known, it's gone up over time, and more people are ending up in the hospital because of it," said lead researcher Dr. Eric Sun. "Patients and doctors really need to think twice about this combination." When patients take benzodiazepines along with narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin, the mix lowers the threshold for an overdose, said Sun. He is an assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University. Although this study cannot ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Anxiety, Xanax, Suboxone, Anxiety and Stress, Oxycodone, Back Pain, Hydrocodone, Methadone, Percocet, Tramadol, Klonopin, OxyContin, Vicodin, Norco, Fentanyl, Morphine, Valium, Codeine, Lortab

Health Tip: Treat Skin Well

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin involve more than just keeping it clean. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Dermatology: Apply sunscreen every day before you head outdoors. Look for one that's water resistant with an SPF of at least 30. Avoid smoking, which can age your skin and slow wound healing. Find ways to manage stress. Perform regular self-exams to look for signs of skin cancer. Wash your face when you wake, before bed and any time you sweat. Choose products designed for your skin type, such as sensitive, oily or dry. Never scrub your skin, which can be irritating. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Dry Skin, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, History - Skin Cancer, Deeptan, Minor Skin Conditions, Coppertone, Minor Skin Irritation

Refugees Deserve Health Care, Compassion, U.S. Pediatricians Say

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – The U.S. government should treat immigrant and refugee children with compassion and provide them with appropriate health care, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new policy statement. "Many of the immigrant children arriving to this country from our southern border are victims of unspeakable violence, persecution and abject poverty," AAP President Dr. Fernando Stein said in a news release from the group. "From the moment they are placed in U.S. custody, they deserve a warm, safe and nurturing environment. They should receive health care that meets basic standards," Stein added. Children should never be placed in detention facilities, regardless of whether they arrive in the United States alone or with an adult, the AAP said. In addition, children should never be separated from their families. Immigrant and refugee children should be treated with ... Read more

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

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

Posted 12 days ago 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

Related support groups: Birth Control, Anxiety, Contraception, Anxiety and Stress, Panic Disorder, Emergency Contraception, Seizures, Opiate Dependence, Smoking, Paranoid Disorder, Postcoital Contraception, Drug Dependence, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Agitation, Psychosis, Seizure Prevention, Agitated State, Substance Abuse, Seizure Prophylaxis, Cannabis

Your DNA May Determine How You Handle the Time Change

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 11, 2017 – Some people have more trouble adjusting to daylight saving time than others and genes may be the reason why, says an expert on sleep/wake patterns. The time change occurs 2 a.m. Sunday morning when clocks "spring ahead" one hour. "It is likely that advancing our clocks in the spring would more affect owls, those individuals who tend to stay awake later at night and consequently wake up later in the morning," said Dr. Joseph Takahashi. "Less affected are the larks, those individuals who tend to wake up early and go to sleep earlier," he added. Takahashi is chairman of neuroscience at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "Since being an owl or a lark is in large part genetically influenced, the best way to deal with daylight saving time is to be self-aware of your chronotype (early versus late awakening and sleeping) and to realize that advancing your ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

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