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Health Tip: Why Exercise?

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-- Exercise helps more than just the waistline, and should be a part of every healthy person's life, the National Library of Medicine says. According to the agency, exercise: Helps control your weight. Reduces your risk of heart disease by strengthening the heart and improving your circulation. Helps lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Helps your body manage blood sugar and insulin, reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. May make it easier toquit smokingby reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Improves mental health and mood. Strengthens your bones and muscles. Helps improve sleep. Increases your chances of living longer. Read more

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For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues

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MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 – When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they're likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian researchers said. Surveying 50 kids with a chronic illness and their parents, the study authors found anxiety disorders were most common. "Regardless of their condition, children with physical and mental health problems experience a significant decline in their quality of life within the first six months after receiving their diagnosis," said researcher Mark Ferro. The findings suggest a need for mental health services early on, said Ferro, a professor in the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems. For the study, the investigators surveyed kids aged 6 to 16 within one month of learning they had asthma, food allergy, ... Read more

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Health Tip: 5 Ways to Increase Self-Confidence

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-- Do you have lingering feelings of self-doubt, insecurity and incompetence, despite evidence that you are skilled and successful? The American Psychological Association calls this "imposter syndrome." Here are the organization's suggestions for beating imposter syndrome: If all fingers point to your doing a great job at work, ignore any self-doubt. Stop feeling guilty and celebrate your success. Understand that many people feel this way. Even if you don't feel confident, pretend you do. Embrace your feelings, which should help you stay motivated. Keep learning and working hard. Read more

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Take Your Houseplant to Work Day

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MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 – Do you often feel grumpy at work? Sometimes a small change in your surroundings can have a big effect on your mood. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, having some greenery in your office space can make you both happier and more productive. British and Dutch researchers decided to challenge the business concept that stresses minimal office decor and clean desks. They did a number of experiments in large commercial offices to compare the impact of lean offices to "green" offices. In all cases, they found that having office plants created a better work environment. One possible explanation is that greenery increases engagement by making people more physically, cognitively and emotionally involved in their jobs. Plants offer health benefits, too, because they act as natural air filters – important if your work area has stale ... Read more

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Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

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MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 – Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds. The study included data on more than 1,300 children in the province of Quebec, from birth until age 15. About 59 percent of the children reported some bullying in their first years of elementary school, but that generally declined as the youngsters got older. However, about 15 percent of the children were "exposed to the most severe levels of victimization from the beginning of their education until the transition to high school," Marie-Claude Geoffroy and fellow researchers from McGill University in Montreal wrote in the study. "Although peer victimization starts to decrease by the end of childhood, individuals in the severe trajectory group were still being exposed to the highest level of victimization in early ... Read more

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Can Deportation Fears Hurt the Heart?

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THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – The threat of deportation may take a toll on the hearts of California's female farm workers, a new study finds. Researchers evaluated data from 2012 to 2014 on nearly 550 women in California's Salinas Valley, an area with a large Hispanic immigrant community. Nearly half said they worried about deportation. Those who were more fearful had higher levels of body fat, wider waists and were more likely to be obese – all risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Greater worries about deportation were also associated with higher systolic blood pressure (the pressure in blood vessels when the heart beats) and pulse pressure, the researchers said. Pulse pressure is an important indicator of heart health. "These results are not surprising, given what we know about the effects of other societal stressors on physical well-being, including cardiovascular risk factors," ... Read more

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Health Tip: Identifying Signs of Stress

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-- If you feel stressed for a long time, it can have negative effects on your mental and physical well-being. The U.S. Office on Women's Health identifies these common warning signs of too much stress: Not eating enough, or overeating. Feeling as you have lost control of your life. Forgetfulness. Headaches. Lack of energy. Lack of focus. Trouble getting things done. Poor self-esteem. Short temper. Trouble sleeping. Upset stomach. Aches and pains. Read more

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Stressed? Try Sniffing Your Partner's T- Shirt

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TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Need to travel for work? Have an important job interview coming up? Consider tucking a shirt from your partner into your bag. Sniffing it just might help you relax. It seems that the scent of a romantic partner can help ease stress, particularly when couples are temporarily separated or away from home, according to new research. "Many people wear their partner's shirt or sleep on their partner's side of the bed when their partner is away, but may not realize why they engage in these behaviors," study author Marlise Hofer said in a news release from the University of British Columbia. "Our findings suggest that a partner's scent alone, even without their physical presence, can be a powerful tool to help reduce stress." Hofer, who's a graduate student in psychology, and her fellow researchers asked 96 heterosexual couples to test the effectiveness of people's ... Read more

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Apple Investors Press for Parental Controls on iPhones

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MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – Parents aren't the only ones worried about their kids' smartphone habits. Some big Apple investors want the iPhone developer to make it easier for Mom and Dad to manage their children's phone time. Apple also needs to explore potential mental health effects of smartphone overuse, says a letter sent to the technology giant this weekend by Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (Calstrs). Jana, a leading activist investor, and the pension fund control about $2 billion of Apple shares, according to the Wall Street Journal. The letter states that "Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do," the Journal reported. In the letter, the investors cite a "growing body of evidence" of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Positive Parenting

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-- The younger teen years are some of the most emotional, physical and difficult years for adolescents. As hormones change and teens go through puberty, they may be self-conscious about their changing bodies and may worry frequently about what others think. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests things parents can do to help a young teen: Be honest and direct with your teen when talking about sensitive subjects, such as drugs, drinking, smoking and sex. Get to know your teen's friends. Take interest in your teen's school life. Help your teen make healthy choices while encouraging the teen to make his or her own decisions. Respect your teen's opinions. It's important that the teen knows you are listening. When there is a conflict, be clear about goals and expectations while allowing your teen to help decide how to reach those goals. Read more

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For Poorer Americans, Stress Brings Worse Health

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MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – In a finding that will surprise few, new research shows that minorities and the poor suffer more stress than their wealthy, white peers. That additional psychic burden may translate into poorer mental and physical well-being, and longevity is ultimately affected, the American Psychological Association report suggests. "Good health is not equally distributed. Socio-economic status, race and ethnicity affect health status and are associated with substantial disparities in health outcomes across the life span," said report committee chair Elizabeth Brondolo. "And stress is one of the top 10 social determinants of health inequities." In the United States, illnesses and injuries associated with stress are estimated to cost more than $300 billion annually. This includes losses from absenteeism, employee turnover and lost productivity as well as direct legal, medical ... Read more

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Stress Is Tough on Medical 'Surrogates' When a Loved One Is Ill

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FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – When seriously ill hospital patients can't express their wishes about their medical care, decision-making often falls to emotionally drained family members. Anxiety and depression are common for these surrogate decision members, say researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. But they concluded that support from hospital staff can ease their distress and help them make better treatment decisions. "As the population ages and more and more family members are thrust into the role of surrogate decision makers, appropriately supporting these family members will become a public health imperative," said study corresponding author Dr. Alexia Torke. She's associate director of the Center for Aging Research. The researchers examined the experiences of 364 older patients and their medical surrogate at a total of three ... Read more

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Millennials Increasingly Strive for Perfection

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 – Perfectionism has reached new heights among young people, a new study suggests. This intense desire to succeed could take a toll on their mental health, the researchers speculated. The findings come from an analysis of data on more than 40,000 American, Canadian and British college students who completed a test that measured three types of perfectionism: the irrational desire to be perfect, perceived pressure from others to be perfect and having unrealistic expectations of others. The study assessed changes in perfectionism over time, from the 1980s to 2016. It found that college students scored much higher in all forms of perfectionism in recent years than they had in the past. For instance, scores indicating an irrational desire to be perfect – also called self-inflicted perfectionism – jumped 10 percent between 1989 and 2016. During this time, scores for ... Read more

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Why the 'Entitled' Think Rules Don't Apply to Them

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TUESDAY, Jan.2, 2017 – Don't expect that you can knock some sense into people who have a strong sense of entitlement, a new study advises. Penalties or punishments do nothing to improve the conduct of entitled persons – those who believe they deserve the best regardless of their performance or effort, researchers report. That's because entitled folks are motivated by a powerful sense of indignation, said lead researcher Emily Zitek, an assistant professor with the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Ithaca, N.Y. "They don't think it's fair for other people to tell them what to do," Zitek said. "Instructions are essentially an unfair imposition. They want to do their own thing. They feel like they deserve good things and special treatment." Essentially you've got three options when it comes to a strongly entitled employee, student or customer, the researchers ... Read more

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Resolve to Abandon Body Negativity

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MONDAY, Jan. 1, 2018 – If resolutions are on your New Year's to-do list, consider adopting a more positive opinion about your body, an expert suggests. "Consider what is really going to make you happier and healthier in 2018: losing 10 pounds or losing harmful attitudes about your body," said Pamela Keel, a professor and body image researcher at Florida State University. Body dissatisfaction is a major problem in the United States, especially among young women, Keel noted. Much of that has to do with media images. "There's a big gap between what we're shown as being ideal and what to aspire to and where we actually are as a population," she said in a university news release. "That leaves people feeling bad about themselves, and, unfortunately, feeling bad about your body does not actually motivate a person to pursue healthy behavior." What to do? Certain steps can help improve body ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa

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