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Screen Time May Not Be So Bad for Teens After All

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FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – Teens who log hours of screen time every day – on video games, smartphones, computers, TV and the like – may not be doing themselves any harm, a new study suggests. A digital "sweet spot" of screen time might even benefit teens' well-being by allowing them to develop social connections and personal skills, according to the findings. "Moderate levels of daily screen time do not appear to be harmful," said lead researcher Andrew Przybylski. He is an experimental psychologist with the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. "In fact, even excessive levels of screen time appear unlikely to have significant negative effect." However, several child health experts said they weren't ready to blindly embrace the new study's conclusions that too much screen time may not be too much of a good thing. The research included more than 120,000 teenagers in the ... Read more

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Many With Mental Illness Miss Out on HIV Tests

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THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – People with severe mental illness are only slightly more likely to be screened for HIV than those in the general population, a new study finds. And that's true even though they're at higher risk for infection with the AIDS-causing virus, the researchers added. The study included nearly 57,000 Medicaid patients in California. They were between the ages of 18 and 67. They were all taking medications to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or major depression with psychosis. Just under 7 percent had HIV testing, compared with 5 percent of the state's general population in 2011, according to the study. The authors said their findings suggest a missed opportunity to treat HIV infection early in people with severe mental illness. The risk of HIV may be up to 15 percent higher in people with severe mental illness than in the general population, the researchers said. ... Read more

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Most Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the Habit

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MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – Nearly six in 10 Americans with severe mental illness smoke, and a new study suggests that many of them want to quit. The problem is that many of these patients don't get help from their psychiatrists and caseworkers, researchers report. "Patients with serious mental illness die an average of 25 years younger than people who don't have these problems, and smoking is a big factor," said study author Dr. Li-Shiun Chen. She's an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "Smoking is a common and serious problem for our patients, and although smoking rates have been decreasing in the general population, the rates remain very high in this vulnerable population," Chen said in a university news release. In the past, psychiatric wards allowed patients to smoke so they could focus on treatment for their mental conditions, ... Read more

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U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Current medical science has proven there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and cannabis-derived drugs, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences states. Conclusive or substantial scientific evidence has shown that marijuana products are effective at treating chronic pain, calming muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and easing nausea from chemotherapy, the report said. However, there's little to no evidence supporting any of the other numerous health claims related to marijuana, the report said. And there's a downside as well – marijuana use comes with a host of potential health risks, whether someone is using the drug medicinally or recreationally, according to the report. The report calls on government to ease regulations that hamper research into marijuana, so scientists can sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to medical ... Read more

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High Health Care Deductibles Take Toll on Family Finances

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TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – High-deductible health plans have multiplied in recent years. But they may pose a significant financial burden on Americans with chronic conditions, two new studies suggest. One study finds a greater likelihood that out-of-pocket spending for health care will consume 10 percent or more of family income for someone with a long-term condition such as arthritis, high blood pressure or a mood disorder and a high-deductible insurance plan. The other shows that seriously ill and low-income people in high-deductible plans delay care for diabetes complications. A high deductible means you pay more before insurance kicks in. People who study health policy say high deductibles may have the unintended consequence of deterring ill and financially vulnerable Americans from getting needed medical tests and treatments. "We need to give [health] plans flexibility to be able to ... Read more

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Poverty's Impact on a Child's Mental Health

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MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Growing up in poverty exposes children to greater levels of stress, which can lead to psychological problems later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers at Cornell University reported that kids who grow up poor are more likely to have reduced short-term spatial memory. The study also reported that such kids seem to be more prone to antisocial and aggressive behavior, such as bullying. Poor children are also more likely than kids from middle-income homes to feel powerless, the study authors suggested. Of course, the findings don't mean that all children growing up in poverty will have these problems, only that the risk is higher, the researchers said. "What this means is, if you're born poor, you're on a trajectory to have more of these kinds of psychological problems," study author Gary Evans, a professor of environmental and developmental psychology, said ... Read more

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Sleep May Help People Process Traumatic Events

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MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2017 – Sleeping soon after a traumatic event can help some people cope, a new Swiss study suggests. Two groups of volunteers were shown a video with traumatic images. One group slept for the night after seeing the video. The other group stayed awake. Participants recorded their memories of the images for several days. "Our results reveal that people who slept after the film had fewer and less distressing recurring emotional memories than those who were awake," said study author Birgit Kleim. She is a clinical psychological scientist in the department of psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatics at the University of Zurich. "This supports the assumption that sleep may have a protective effect in the aftermath of traumatic experiences," she added in a university news release. Sleep can help weaken emotions linked with memories, such as fear caused by a traumatic event. ... Read more

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Disabled Children Face Bullying Throughout School Years

Posted 29 Dec 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 – Bullying is a problem that affects almost all students in some ways, but for disabled children it's a problem that seems to last throughout their school years. Disabled children, including those with learning disabilities, were about 20 percent more likely to report being bullied than other students in surveys taken at a New England school district. And that difference remained steady from third through 12th grades, the researchers found. "Students with disabilities need to be taught skills to respond appropriately to bullying. They need to know what to do, how to respond and who to tell," said study co-author Chad Rose. He's an assistant professor of special education with the University of Missouri College of Education. "But they don't have those response skills, and that perpetuates this gap," Rose said. For the new study, Rose and co-author Nicholas Gage, ... Read more

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'Emotional Hangover' Is Real and Affects Future Experiences: Study

Posted 26 Dec 2016 by

MONDAY, Dec. 26, 2016 – Experiences that tug at our feelings create emotional "hangovers" that affect future events and make them easier to remember. "How we remember events is not just a consequence of the external world we experience, but is also strongly influenced by our internal states. And these internal states can persist and color future experiences," said study senior author Lila Davachi. She is an associate professor at New York University's Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science. For the study, researchers assigned participants to look at a series of images. One group was first shown images that aroused emotion, and then neutral ones. The other group looked first at neutral images, then at the emotional ones. Six hours later, the participants were tested to see how well they recalled what they had seen. People who were exposed first to images that provoked ... Read more

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For Better Results From Customer Service, Don't Make It Personal

Posted 26 Dec 2016 by

MONDAY, Dec. 26, 2016 – Gifts will be exchanged and returned this week for all sorts of reasons. Wrong size, bad color, maybe missing parts. Whatever the source of your dissatisfaction, your choice of words and tone when dealing with customer service may determine the quality of service you receive, a new study reveals. "We know that customer service quality suffers when customers are rude or aggressive to employees," said study author David Walker. He's an assistant professor in the faculty of management at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Okanagan. "If customers change their language, so that it's less about the employee and more about the product or problem in question, they can improve the quality of the customer service they get," Walker added. The researchers analyzed 36 hours of customer calls to a Canadian call center. They found that customers were frequently rude – ... Read more

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Are Your Gifts Always Getting Returned?

Posted 26 Dec 2016 by

SATURDAY, Dec. 24, 2016 – Despite the best of intentions, some gifts just fall flat and end up getting returned. How can there be such a disconnect between giver and recipient? A new study suggests the answer lies in perceptions. According to the study, gift givers focus on the thrill of the moment when the gift is given. But the recipient focuses on how it will be used. "The biggest mistake that people make is that they end up thinking about gift giving as a gift giver, instead of from the point of view of a recipient," explained study co-author Elanor Williams. She's an assistant professor of marketing at Indiana University. Givers may neglect to focus on what's important to the recipient, including their preferences, according to Williams. "The recipient obviously matters, but it's a lot harder [for givers] to think about them than it is to think about yourself, and I think that's ... Read more

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Managing Holiday Stress

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – The holidays can be festive and fun, but they can also be stressful as families try to juggle shopping and cooking with parties and other gatherings, a leading pediatricians' group says. Adults' stress and anxiety can affect their children and teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics noted. When adults find ways to manage their stress, however, they can help children learn how to do the same, the group said. There are many ways to ease holiday-related stress. The AAP offers the following strategies: Try to minimize schedule changes. Whenever possible, allow children to eat when they usually do and stick to their normal sleep and wake routines. Kids also must remember to brush their teeth at least twice a day. Try to slow down. Focus on one thing at a time and be mindful about what you are doing while you are doing it. Enjoy the time you spend with your friends ... Read more

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Women Chasing Holiday Perfection May Miss Signs of Heart Trouble

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – Holiday pressure can stress anybody out, but some women get so anxious about making everything perfect that they miss the signs of serious heart problems. One of those threats is a so-called "silent heart attack." "Most of the time people who are experiencing a heart attack will have pain in the chest, shortness of breath, etc. Silent heart attack symptoms might be as simple as indigestion, flu-like symptoms, or feeling discomfort like a pulled muscle in the chest or back," said Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer, a cardiologist at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. It's important to have these symptoms checked as soon as possible to avoid scarring or damage to the heart, she said in a hospital news release. Another condition, known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, can strike women when they're under great stress and hit with a traumatic life event like the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Care for Yourself

Posted 21 Dec 2016 by

-- In this busy world, making time to take care of yourself often falls by the wayside. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these benefits of better self-care: Having greater control over your health. Improving fitness and energy. Creating a more optimistic view and enjoying life more. Being a healthy role model for friends and family. Read more

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Give Kids a Safe, Stress-Free Holiday

Posted 21 Dec 2016 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – With all the parties, outings and family gatherings during the holidays, it's easy for kids to get overwhelmed or lost in the shuffle, a leading group of pediatricians says. Amid the hustle and bustle, parents and caregivers should be mindful of children's safety, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises. While staying in other people's homes, for instance, be aware of potential dangers for little kids, such as decorations that are sharp or breakable. Also watch out for unlocked cabinets, stairways or hot radiators, the doctors' group explains. Parents and caregivers should also be aware of other risky situations during the holidays. The doctors recommends the following safety tips: Don't wait until the next morning to clean up after a holiday party – even if it's late. Young children could wake up early and choke on leftovers. They could also find alcohol ... Read more

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