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Health Tip: When Kids Feel Anxious

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-- A young child may become anxious if there isn't enough playtime during the day. Being pushed beyond one's comfort limits is another common reason for anxiety. Here are some warning signs of an anxious toddler, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Avoidance of other people. Poor appetite. Nervousness. Difficulty sleeping. Stomachaches or headaches. Depression. Read more

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Genes May Govern Your Risk for PTSD

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WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 – Surviving trauma such as assault, rape or wartime combat can leave a person emotionally devastated. Now, new research suggests your genes may help determine whether you go on to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). "Our finding that PTSD is heritable suggests that our genes contain clues for why some people develop PTSD and others do not, despite having experienced a similar event," said lead researcher Karestan Koenen. The large study found that the genetic risk for PTSD is much higher for women than men. And it adds to evidence that mental ills such as schizophrenia share genetic links with PTSD, said Koenen, a professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Most people experience some level psychological distress after living through a severe or life-threatening experience. They may replay the event repeatedly in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Eat for the Right Reasons

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-- You should eat when you're hungry, not out of boredom or stress, experts say. The American Heart Association has ideas that can help you meet this goal: Follow a consistent meal schedule, eating three times per day, to avoid getting too hungry. Don't buy binge foods, such as candy or chips. Create a list of things you can do instead of eating, such as going for a walk, talking to a friend, doing a craft or tackling household chores. Read more

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Health Tip: Prepare for a Tornado

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-- When the weather service announces a local tornado warning, your family should have a plan to stay safe. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Create an emergency plan for tornadoes, including where to seek shelter. Identify two exits from each room and make sure you have escape access from upper floors. Mark important areas in your home, including where fire extinguishers, first aid kits and utility switches are located. Make sure family members can provide basic first aid and can use a fire extinguisher. Everyone also should know how to turn off gas, electricity and water. Check with your child's school about emergency dismissal policies. Teach children about what a tornado is, and how to take shelter at home and school. Read more

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Are You Raising an 'Emotional Eater'?

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TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Soothing your kids with food may stop the tears in the short-term. But researchers warn it can lead to unhealthy eating patterns long-term. Parents who are "emotional feeders" can encourage "emotional eating" – a habit linked to weight gain and eating disorders, the Norwegian-British study found. "There is now even stronger evidence that parental feeding styles have a major influence on children's dietary habits and how children relate to foods and beverages when it comes to addressing their own emotions," said one expert, Rafael Perez-Escamilla. He's a professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale University's School of Public Health. "Emotional feeding" is "what parents do when they provide foods or beverages to their children to calm them down, such as when a child is having a tantrum," added Perez-Escamilla, who wasn't involved with the study. ... Read more

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'Mindfulness' Probably Won't Cure Your Back Pain: Study

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TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Proponents of mindfulness-based stress reduction claim it can improve relationships, mental health, weight and more. But, one complaint it's unlikely to fix is lower back pain, researchers now say. Lower back pain doesn't respond to the programs, which embrace meditation, heightened self-awareness and exercise, according to a review of seven prior studies. Although short-term improvements were reported, "no clinical significance" was found in terms of overall pain or disability when mindfulness was compared to standard treatment, said study lead author Dennis Anheyer. Anheyer is a psychology research fellow in the faculty of medicine at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. About eight out of 10 American adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Let Boredom Thwart Your Workout

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-- It's difficult to keep exercising day after day if you're bored with the same routine. But you can mix it up so you look forward to your workout each day. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Figure out what's boring you. Maybe switch up your cardio workout with something new, such as a kickboxing class. Or skip the treadmill and run a trail. Try an entirely new activity, such as a team sport. Ask a friend to exercise with you. Set a goal to challenge yourself, such as running a 10K. Or use a gadget such as a fitness tracker. If you feel burned out, take a short break from exercise. Read more

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Cleaning, Greening Vacant Lots May Help Fight Crime

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FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Tidying up that vacant lot in your community may help curb crime in the area, researchers say. In a new study, Michigan State University researchers compared crime statistics from 2005 through 2014 in Flint, Mich., with data from a greening program – called the Clean and Green program – in which thousands of abandoned lots were regularly mowed and maintained. "Generally speaking, I found that greening was more prevalent where violent crime, property crime and victimless crime were going down," study author Richard Sadler said in a university news release. Sadler is an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine's division of public health. The Clean and Green program for vacant lots, a project of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, was launched 13 years ago. Christina Kelly is the land bank's planning and neighborhood revitalization director. She ... Read more

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Stop and Smell the Roses at Work

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FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Colds and the flu aren't the only things you can catch at work. Research shows that rudeness can be just as contagious, quickly infecting and eroding your work atmosphere. Being overworked and rushed can leave people feeling as if they have little time for pleasantries. But even one perceived act of rudeness can set off a chain reaction of negative behavior. Being the victim of rudeness apparently flips a switch in your mind that activates your own feelings of hostility. What's more, even people who aren't directly touched by an act of rudeness can also be affected if they witness it. Everyone loses, including the company itself. Employee performance suffers because it's hard to be motivated to excel in an unhappy workplace. Rudeness can slowly eat away at a positive company culture. Managers set the tone. That means: Be aware of your behavior and how others ... Read more

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Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment

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THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 – Worldwide investments in teen health could yield significant economic returns, a new study contends. "Investing in young people is in everyone's interest," said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. "A small investment in empowering and protecting the world's over a billion adolescents can bring a 10-fold return, or sometimes even more." Improving the physical, mental and sexual health of kids aged 10 to 19 – at a cost equivalent to US$4.60 per person per year – could result in a 10-fold economic return by preventing 12 million deaths and more than 30 million unwanted pregnancies, the study authors reported. Investing in teen education at a cost of $22.60 per person each year would generate a 12-fold economic return, and lead to an additional 12 million formal jobs for young adults, the researchers said. Investing ... Read more

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Early School Start Times Tough on Teens

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TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – Any parent who's ever had to drag a groggy teen out of bed in the morning would likely agree with new guidelines that say kids should start school later in the morning. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ASSM) now recommends that middle and high schools should start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m., so that teens get enough sleep during the week. Delaying the school day would help reduce tardiness, improve attendance and boost driving safety. A later start time would also ensure that teens are more alert and ready to learn throughout the day, the AASM explained. "Early school start times make it difficult for adolescents to get sufficient sleep on school nights, and chronic sleep loss among teens is associated with a host of problems, including poor school performance, increased depressive symptoms, and motor vehicle accidents," guideline author and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Minimizing Violence During Screen Time

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-- Kids see violence everywhere, especially from TV, movies and video games. So how can parents "minimize" what their kids see? The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Don't allow children under age 6 to see any violence. Play the video game with your child, or watch the show or movie together. This helps you understand what the child watches and offers a chance to talk about the values you share as a family. If you are not comfortable with what your child sees, do not be afraid to impose restrictions. Read more

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Marriage Could Bring Health Bonus to Older Same-Sex Couples

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TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – The health benefits of tying the knot may extend to couples of all sexual orientations. A new study shows that older same-sex couples who have married are healthier and happier than their single counterparts. More than 1,800 LGBT adults, aged 50 and older, were surveyed in 2014 in U.S. states where gay marriage was already legal. It became legal nationwide nearly two years ago. "In the nearly 50 years since Stonewall, same-sex marriage went from being a pipe dream to a legal quagmire to reality – and it may be one of the most profound changes to social policy in recent history," said study author Jayn Goldsen. She's a research study supervisor in the University of Washington School of Social Work. About one-fourth of the respondents were married, another quarter were in a committed relationship, and half were single. Married respondents had spent an average ... Read more

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Anxious? Distressed? You're Not Alone

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MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. An estimated 8.3 million American adults – about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population – suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said. "Mental illness is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. And access to care for the mentally ill is getting worse," said lead researcher Judith Weissman. She's a research manager in the department of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. This increase is likely a lasting after-effect of the Great Recession that began in late 2007 – a stress-filled time that caused long-term emotional ... Read more

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Stress Buster: Building Resilience

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MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Resilience is often defined as how quickly you recover from adversity. But resilient people have lots of other important qualities, too. They are flexible, proactive, problem solvers, good communicators, and skilled at coping with life's challenges. Here are six tips for building resilience that, simply by doing them, will help you acquire traits of resilience: Try being genuinely nice to someone who has not been very nice to you. Try agreeing to do what another person wants instead of doing what you want. Try forgiving someone and showing it without having to say it. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Try not to second-guess any choice you make for the next 24 hours. Once you make it, support it wholeheartedly. Try not to complain for 24 hours. – James Porter, president of Read more

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