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Is Caffeine Fueling Your Anxieties?

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FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 – If you struggle with anxiety, you might want to skip that second cup of coffee, new research suggests. For some people, caffeine may help with concentration and provide an energy boost, but it can cause problems for those with general anxiety disorder, said Dr. Julie Radico, a clinical psychologist with Penn State Health. "Caffeine is not the enemy," she said in a...

Music Soothes the Stressed Soul Before Surgery

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FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 – Music may be as powerful as drugs in calming patients before they undergo surgery, new research suggests. It worked just as well as a tranquilizer before patients received a peripheral nerve block prior to their procedure, the researchers said. Peripheral nerve block numbs a specific area of the body where surgery is being done. Many patients are anxious before surgery...

How to Make Your Child's Hospital Stay Safer, Less Stressful

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THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 – More than 3 million kids are hospitalized in the United States every year. Whether it's for a planned test or surgery or an injury or other emergency, knowing how to be involved in your child's care can help you get through what's often a stressful event. The single most important thing you can do is be an active member of your child's health care team, taking part in...

Health Tip: Relaxation Techniques for Stress

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-- Stress is a normal physical and emotional reaction to changes in life. However, long-term stress can contribute to digestive issues, headaches, sleep disorders and other health problems. Relaxation techniques can help release tension and counteract stress, says the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). These techniques incorporate breathing and pleasing...

Can a Broken Heart Contribute to Cancer?

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WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 – "Broken heart syndrome" may harm more than just the heart, new research suggests. While the extreme stress of losing a loved one has been linked to heart troubles in prior research, a new study found that one in six people with broken heart syndrome also had cancer. Even worse, they were less likely to survive their cancer five years after diagnosis. "There seems to be...

Health Tip: Make Traveling Easier on Your Pet

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-- Taking your dog or cat on a flight may be no cakewalk, depending on the differing requirements of the airlines and various destinations. That's why it's best to research these things before you leave, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To reduce travel-related stress for you and your pet, the CDC recommends: Get your pet used to its carrier before the flight. Secure...

Can a Budget Make You Happier?

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WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 – Clever websites and smartphone apps have made creating a household budget easier, though it's still an unappealing chore for some. But what if using a tool that makes you smarter about money could also make you happier? That would make budgeting a lot more attractive. What's the connection? Budgeting causes you to rethink spending decisions, and by cutting back on some...

Addicted to Video Games? This Treatment Might Help

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WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 – Know someone who just can't put down the controller in the middle of online games like Fortnite or League of Legends? German researchers think they've developed a way to help break the compulsive habit. In a new study, the research team reported that they've developed a short-term type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat gaming addictions. It combines...

Ageism Disappears When Young and Old Spend Time Together

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TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 – Ageism is pervasive throughout society, and harmful to young and old alike. But a new study finds some simple steps can help erase it. Mixing younger and older people in various settings, combined with educating younger people about the aging process and its misconceptions, works quickly to reduce ageism, the new research indicates. "The findings really suggest that these...

Too Often, Caring for Aging Parent Means Trouble at Work

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MONDAY, July 8, 2019 – Many adults with full-time jobs who care for an aging parent face significant work disruptions and lack employer support, a new study finds. Work disruptions range from mild, such as adjusting work hours, to severe. Severe disruptions include moving from full- to part-time jobs, taking a leave of absence or even early retirement. The study included 642 workers at a public...

Health Tip: Kayak and Canoe Safety

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-- Kayaking and canoeing are popular outdoor activities during summer. But before you paddle, the American Canoe Academy recommends getting to know the rules of the water. The ACA urges paddlers to: Take an on-water course. Be aware of your surroundings. Wear a life jacket and bright clothing. Designate someone who will notify others if you don't return on time. Make sure you are a competent...

Parent Who Listens Can Help Kids Thrive Despite Trauma

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TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 – Heartfelt talks between parent and child are essential to help kids overcome tough times and do their best at school, a new study says. Traumatic events in a kid's life can cause the child to neglect school work and increase the odds that they'll wind up repeating a grade, researchers found. But having even one parent lend a kind and caring ear appears to help kids work...

Health Tip: Severe Thunderstorm Safety

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-- Severe thunderstorms can damage property, knock over trees and cause flash flooding, says the U.S. National Weather Service. When severe weather strikes, acting quickly is key to staying safe. During a severe thunderstorm, the weather service urges people to: Stay updated with a local news station or NOAA Weather Radio. Stay away from windows. Do not go to large open rooms. Do not take...

How to Avoid Information Overload

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WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 – Being able to go online offers a wealth of knowledge, keeps you connected to loved ones and makes all sorts of transactions more convenient. But there's a downside. In a nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center, more than three-quarters of respondents said they liked having access to a vast wealth of information, and two-thirds said it helped them simplify their...

Abuse, Injury More Likely When Child is With Male Caregiver: Study

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MONDAY, July 1, 2019 – Young children are far more likely to suffer abuse-related injuries when left in the care of a man, versus a woman. And those injuries are likely to be more severe, a new study finds. The study included more than 1,600 children under age 4 who were seen for injuries at a pediatric emergency department. Of those, 24% were found to have been physically abused. Nearly 80% of...

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