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Internet Addiction May Be Red Flag for Other Mental Health Issues: Study

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 18, 2016 – Internet addiction may signal other mental health issues among college students, according to a new study. Canadian researchers say their findings could affect how psychiatrists approach people who spend a significant amount of time online. For the study, the researchers evaluated the internet use of 254 freshmen at McMaster University in Ontario. The researchers used a tool called the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), developed in 1998, as well as their own scale based on more recent criteria. "Internet use has changed radically over the last 18 years, through more people working online, media streaming, social media, etc. We were concerned that the IAT questionnaire may not have been picking up on problematic modern internet use, or showing up false positives for people who were simply using the internet rather than being over-reliant on it," said chief ... Read more

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Facebook Bullying Can Cause Depression

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Negative experiences on Facebook can increase the odds of depression in young people, a new study found. "It's important that people take interactions on social media seriously and don't think of it as somehow less impactful because it's a virtual experience as opposed to an in-person experience," said study author Samantha Rosenthal. She is an epidemiology research associate at Brown University's School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. "It's a different forum that has real emotional consequences," she said in a university news release. Of 264 study participants surveyed in 2013 and 2014, more than 8 in 10 reported at least one negative Facebook experience, such as bullying, meanness, misunderstandings or unwanted contacts. And 63 percent said they'd had four or more negative experiences since they'd started using the online service. Moderate-to-severe ... Read more

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Does Losing a Father in War Shorten a Child's Life?

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Young children whose fathers are killed in war may die prematurely themselves, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 4,000 French children born between 1914 and 1916 whose fathers were killed or gravely injured in World War I. The study found that their overall adult life expectancy was about one year shorter than other children. But the decrease in life expectancy was even higher – a median of 2.2 years – among children whose mothers were pregnant with them when their fathers were killed. The findings do not prove cause and effect. But they do add to knowledge about the long-term effects of negative early life experiences and the impact of mothers' mental stress on young children, the researchers said. The study was scheduled for presentation Sunday at the annual meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology in Paris. "The next ... Read more

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Seniors Not Scared of Social Media After All

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – The notion that seniors shy away from social media may be off the mark. A new study found that many older people enjoy using social technology, and it helps them combat loneliness and might even benefit their health. The findings challenge the popular belief that seniors aren't interested in or have difficulty using social technology, such as email, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter or Skype. Michigan State University researcher William Chopik examined survey responses from nearly 600 older Americans, average age 68, and found that more than 95 percent were either "somewhat" or "very" satisfied with social technology, while 72 percent said they were not opposed to learning new technologies. "Despite the attention that the digital divide has garnered in recent years, a large proportion of older adults use technology to maintain their social networks and make ... Read more

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Mouse Study Hints at Which Brain Cells Trigger Fear

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – In experiments with mice, researchers say they have found cells in the brain that play a major role in triggering anxiety. These cells are in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, the scientists said. To pinpoint these cells, the researchers blocked cells from getting the stress hormone called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). CRH is a hormone involved in the body's "fight-or-flight" response, the researchers explained. Much to the researchers surprise, when CRH was blocked in some cells, anxiety behaviors such as vigilance, fear and suspicion were reduced, said one of the study's authors, Rhong Zang. He's with the division of Endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital. Without the influence of CRH in these cells, mice were able to do things they normally feared, such as walking on elevated gangplanks, exploring brightly lit areas and approaching ... Read more

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Coping With College Stress

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 5, 2016 – Stress and anxiety are common among new college students, but there are ways to cope, a doctor says. "For incoming college freshmen, going away to school means leaving family and a familiar environment for a place with new people, new responsibilities, less support and a whole new set of challenges," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein. He is president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. "It's natural for people to experience some anxiety in the face of new situations, but there is a difference between nerves and the kind of overwhelming anxiety that affects a student's ability to succeed academically or socially," Borenstein said in a foundation news release. "The temptations of the college lifestyle – lack of sleep, misuse of alcohol and poor eating habits – can exacerbate anxiety and affect a student's ability to focus," he added. But there are a ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Opioid Pain or Cough Medicines Combined With Benzodiazepines: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Requiring New Boxed Warnings About Serious Risks and Death

Posted 5 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA review has found that the growing combined use of opioid medicines with benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS) has resulted in serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing and deaths.  Opioids are used to treat pain and cough; benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. In an effort to decrease the use of opioids and benzodiazepines, or opioids and other CNS depressants, together, FDA is adding Boxed Warnings, our strongest warnings, to the drug labeling of prescription opioid pain and prescription opioid cough medicines, and benzodiazepines. See the Drug Safety Communication for a listing of all approved prescription opioid pain and cough medicines, and benzodiazepines and other CNS depressants. FDA conducted and reviewed several studies showing that serious risks are associated with the combined ... Read more

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iPads Calm Surgery-Bound Kids as Well as Sedatives

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – Savvy parents probably already suspect it: iPads work as well as sedative drugs to calm anxious kids before surgery, a new study shows. Researchers assessed 112 children between 4 and 10 years old in France who had day surgery requiring general anesthesia. Twenty minutes before receiving the anesthesia, 54 kids were given the sedative midazolam and 58 were handed an iPad to distract them. Anxiety levels in both groups of kids and their parents were similar, but iPads conferred none of the side effects of sedatives, the researchers said. Also, they said the kids given iPads were easier to anesthetize. "Our study showed that child and parental anxiety before anesthesia are equally blunted by midazolam or use of the iPad," said Dr. Dominique Chassard and colleagues at Hopital Femme-Mere-Enfant in Bron, France. "However, the quality of induction of anesthesia, as ... Read more

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Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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Average Lifespan Longer for Twins

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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

Posted 22 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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Couples At Risk During 'Divorce Season'

Posted 21 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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Teen Cyberbullies More Apt to Be Friends Than Strangers

Posted 21 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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Twitter Broadening Discussions About Death, Grief: Study

Posted 21 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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

Posted 12 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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