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Cancer Diagnosis May Quadruple Suicide Risk

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 – The risk of suicide is more than four times higher among Americans with cancer than those without the disease, a new study finds. "Even though cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, most cancer patients do not die from cancer, the patients usually die of another cause," said researcher Nicholas Zaorsky, a radiation oncologist in the Penn ...

Social Support Key to Good Mental Health After Stroke: Study

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MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 – Two-thirds of stroke survivors who live at home have good mental health, and social support plays an important role, researchers say. The new study included 300 stroke survivors, aged 50 and older, in Canada. Survivors living in long-term care facilities, who tend to have the most serious disabilities, were not included. Stroke survivors were said to be in good mental ...

Many Teens, Young Adults Don't Get Private Time With Doctors

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MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 – Having confidential talks with a health care provider is important for teens and young adults, but they rarely get the chance to do so, a new study finds. "Discussing confidentiality and having private time with a provider are critical components of comprehensive clinical preventive services for young people, however about half of young people report never having had ...

Health Tip: Improve Your Emotional Wellness

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-- Having a positive outlook can boost your physical well-being, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. Research has shown a link between an upbeat mental state and lower blood pressure, reduced risk for heart disease, healthier weight, better blood sugar levels and longer life, the agency says. Here are the NIH's suggestions for developing a more positive mindset: Focus on your good deeds ...

Millennials' Odds for Depression Rise With Social Media Use

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THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 – Millennials struggling with depression aren't being helped by their use of Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat, a new study reports. College students who meet the criteria for major depressive disorder tend to use social media more often and are more heavily addicted to social media, researchers found. They're also more likely to use social media in ways that exacerbate or ...

Common Heart, Diabetes Meds May Help Ease Mental Illness

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THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 – A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia. The findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses – including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during ...

Teens Who Hurt Themselves More Likely to Hurt Others

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TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 – Teens who harm themselves are three times more likely to commit violent crimes than those who don't, a new study reveals. "We know that some individuals who self-harm also inflict harm on others," said study author Leah Richmond-Rakerd, from Duke University. "What has not been clear is whether there are early-life characteristics or experiences that increase the risk of ...

Suicide Risk Rises Following Cancer Diagnosis

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MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 – A cancer diagnosis can be tough to take, and a new study finds many patients contemplate suicide. That risk is most pronounced in the year following the diagnosis, researchers reported. The risk for suicide among newly diagnosed cancer patients also varies by the type of cancer, they added. "Both cancer and suicide are leading causes of death and present a major public ...

Building the Bonds of Friendship

Posted 26 Dec 2018 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 25, 2018 – It's well known that having friends plays a big part in our emotional and physical well-being. And while friendships make life more rewarding at every age, we're now learning that as we get older, quality becomes more important than quantity. But friendships are harder to make as we age, so it's important to build on the ones you have. Research has found that having lots ...

Loneliness Doesn't Take a Holiday

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TUESDAY, Dec. 25, 2018 – Though this is the time of year when family and friends gather and connect, loneliness remains a serious public health issue in the United States, an expert on aging says. More and more Americans are lonely, and there's growing evidence that it can pose significant health risks. Nearly one-third of older Americans are lonely, and chronic loneliness has been linked to ...

Head to the Movies, Museums to Keep Depression at Bay

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 – Movies, the theater and other cultural events can help you fight the blues as you age. And the more you go, the less depressed you'll be, new research suggests. The British study showed that older folks can cut their depression risk by 32 percent simply by going to cultural activities every few months. And if they go at least once a month, their risk appears to drop by ...

The Link Between Social Media and Depression

Posted 20 Dec 2018 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – the list of popular social media outlets is long and always expanding. But could staying connected through them lead to depression? That's the question posed by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Nearly 1,800 Americans, aged 19 to 32, answered questionnaires about their activity on 11 popular social media ...

Many Say Ketamine Eased Their Depression, But Is It Safe?

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 – Jen Godfrey couldn't shake the "deep cloud" that lingered even after she found an antidepressant she could tolerate. Then a string of stressors hit – five years of fertility treatment and an 80-pound weight gain during pregnancy that left her with persistent pain; a close relative's suicide; another who went missing; and her own divorce. It was all too much for ...

3 in 4 Americans Struggle With Loneliness

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 – Folks feeling lonely as the holidays approach have a lot of company, a new study suggests. Loneliness appears to be widespread among Americans, affecting three out of every four people, researchers have found. Further, loneliness appears to spike at specific times during adulthood. Your late 20s, mid-50s and late 80s are times when you are most at risk of feeling lonely. ...

Docs Should Screen for Depression During, After Pregnancy

Posted 17 Dec 2018 by

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 – Doctors should screen women for depression during and after pregnancy, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in an updated policy statement. Undiagnosed and untreated depression among pregnant women and new mothers can put a baby's health at risk, and is one of the most common and costly pregnancy-related complications in the United States, according to the AAP. ...

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