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Health Tip: Help Control Teeth Grinding

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-- Grinding teeth at night often is associated with daytime stress, the National Sleep Foundation says. The group suggests how to help control the problem: Relax in the hours before bedtime. Create a cool, comfortable, dark and quiet sleep environment. Keep computers, tablets and smartphones out of the bedroom. Exercise regularly. Get enough sleep each night. Lack of sleep may worsen teeth ...

Putting the Brakes on 'Emotional Eating'

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THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Many of us make choices about whether to eat healthy or not-so-healthy foods based on whether we're in a good or not-so-good mood. When a bad mood strikes, we often tend to reach for junk food. And that can be a recipe for disaster when you're trying to lose weight. Here's how to keep your emotions from ruining your diet resolve. First, it helps to think about the ...

'Burnout' Threatens More Than a Third of Doctors

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – There's a good chance your doctor is in the middle of a quiet battle with professional burnout, a new study suggests. More than 1 out of 3 physicians assessed in the Cleveland Clinic Health System suffered from mental, emotional and physical exhaustion, said study author Amy Windover, a clinical psychologist with the Cleveland Clinic. As a result, these doctors might ...

Home Routines Can Boost a Child's Readiness for School

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – The first day of preschool is a milestone in a child's life. And parents can help prepare kids for this momentous occasion with everyday family routines that create a nurturing home environment. According to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, routines help develop a child's social and emotional readiness. That's the ability to handle ...

Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects

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FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – People who, as young kids, either bullied their siblings or were bullied themselves by siblings face an increased risk for psychotic disorders, a new British study suggests. By age 18, those who'd been either the victim or the bully several times a week or month were two to three times more likely to have a psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, ...

Health Tip:Manage Stress

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-- It's common to be frequently stressed. When faced with a stressful situation, according to the American Cancer Society, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense and your brain uses more oxygen. If your stress lasts too long, however, it can harm your health. The Cancer Society suggests methods to better help you cope with stress: Set priorities for daily tasks, and learn to ...

Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

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FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests. Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British researchers. Their review of 17 studies found that pets can provide comfort, ...

How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids

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FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children's fears about acts of terror and violence. Consider the child's age and emotional maturity when weighing the right time to discuss such tragedies, recommends Dr. Hannah Chow, a pediatrician at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. ...

Money Can Buy You Happiness, But Only So Much

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – They say you can't put a price tag on happiness, but new research suggests that you can. In a study designed to see if more money might make people more content, researchers found there was a limit on what amount could improve one's mental state. "That might be surprising, as what we see on TV and what advertisers tell us we need would indicate that there is no ceiling ...

No Proof At-Home 'Cranial Stimulation' Eases Depression

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MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Devices that send electrical pulses to the brain – in the comfort of your own home – are a treatment option for depression and certain other conditions. But a new research review finds little evidence they work. The therapy – known as cranial electrical stimulation (CES) – involves a handheld device that delivers low-intensity electrical currents through electrodes ...

Valentine's Day Coping Tips When Loved One Is Gone

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MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – While many will be showered with flowers and candy on Valentine's Day, those who have lost loved ones may find the holiday hard to bear. "Valentine's Day is one of the days that might be stressful for some people if they have lost someone special to them. There might be memories that re-emerge that can make someone sad," said Dr. Jin Han. He's an assistant professor at ...

Preemies Get a Slow Start on Friendships

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MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – As if preemies didn't face enough struggles, a new study finds they have more difficulty making friends, though things improve once they start school. "Having friends, playing with them and being accepted is important for social support and personal well-being," said study leader Dieter Wolke. He's a psychology professor at the University of Warwick in England. "Having ...

Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks

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FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Friday released an official statement about the beverages. "Energy drinks are extremely popular, and concerns about their consumption are coming from every sector of society, ...

Health Tip: Handle a Child's Traumatic Stress

Posted 15 days ago by

-- Childhood traumatic stress occurs when a violent or dangerous event overwhelms a child's or teen's ability to cope. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests how to help your child deal with traumatic stress: Assure the child that he or she is safe. Talk about measures you are taking to get the child help and keep him or her safe at home and school. Explain ...

Good Deeds Soothe Stress

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SATURDAY, Feb. 3, 2018 – If the constant stream of bad news from around the world gets to you, one psychiatrist suggests that helping others might make you feel better. "The sheer volume of stressful events occurring on a near-daily basis can make people feel pessimistic or fearful," said researcher Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los ...

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