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Facebook Posts May Hint at Depression

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression. Using sophisticated software, researchers were able to scan social media posts and detect depression months before it was apparent on clinical screening tests. "Social media ...

Death Rates for Young Americans Drop, But Still Too High

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MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – While death rates among infants, teens and young adults in the United States have dropped in recent decades, they're still higher than in other developed countries, a new study finds. "Despite overall reduced mortality, striking racial disparities still exist for infant, child and youth mortality in the U.S., and there has been a concerning increase in death rates due to ...

Sleepy Teens More Prone to Drug Use, Suicide Attempts

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MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – High school students who get too little sleep are more likely than others to use drugs, drink alcohol or attempt suicide, U.S. researchers warn. And while teenagers need eight to 10 hours of sleep nightly, only 30 percent of students report getting that amount, according to survey data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Those reporting fewer ...

AHA: Common Treatment for AFib May Also Lower Anxiety, Depression

Posted 18 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Levels of anxiety and depression seen in people who have a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation may be affected by how the heart condition is treated, a new study suggests. Past studies have shown that anxiety, distress and depression are common among people with AFib. The new Australian study, published Tuesday in the ...

1 in 3 College Freshmen Faces Mental Health Woes

Posted 13 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 – More than one in three first-year college students around the world struggle with a mental health disorder, new research suggests. "The number of students who need treatment for these disorders far exceeds the resources of most counseling centers, resulting in a substantial unmet need," said study author Randy Auerbach, of Columbia University in New York City. ...

The Cat's Meow: The Emotional Boost of Cute Videos

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – The numbers surrounding the continuing cat video craze are astounding. In one year alone, more than 2 million cat videos were posted on YouTube and had close to 26 billion views. What's even more astounding is that all that time spent watching funny and adorable cat videos can actually be a positive use of your time – yes, watching Grumpy Cat can make you less ...

Sexual Violence Haunts Women for Years

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TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 – Sexual assault leaves many women with permanent indelible memories, a new study finds. Compared with other traumatic life-altering events, the memories of sexual assault remain intense and vivid for years, even when not linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the study authors said. "To some extent, it is not surprising that these memories relate to more ...

Chronic Pain May Drive Some to Suicide

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MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – Suffering debilitating pain every day may be so unbearable that some decide to take their own lives, new research suggests. More than 25 million U.S. adults have some level of daily pain, and 10.5 million have considerable pain every day. In this study, researchers led by Dr. Emiko Petrosky from the U.S. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control analyzed data on ...

1 in 5 College Students So Stressed They Consider Suicide

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MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – College can be so stressful that many students think about killing themselves, and some even try, a new study suggests. Among more than 67,000 students surveyed, over 20 percent said they experienced stressful events in the last year that were strongly associated with mental health problems, including harming themselves and suicidal thoughts or attempts, researchers ...

Health Tip: Find Activities You Enjoy

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by

-- Most people know that regular exercise and healthy eating can help you age better. But you may be surprised to learn that participating in activities you enjoy also can support healthy aging. Whether it's traveling, taking in a weekly movie or joining a card group, leading an active lifestyle and avoiding social isolation can help boost your well-being, the U.S. National Institute on Aging ...

Depression Strikes Nearly 1 in 5 Young Adults With Autism: Study

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FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 – Depression affects almost 20 percent of young adults with autism, new research shows, a rate that's more than triple that seen in the general population. And young adults with autism who were relatively high-functioning – meaning they did not have intellectual disabilities – were actually at higher risk of depression than people with more severe forms of autism, British ...

Soldiers' Suicide Attempts Often Come Without Prior Mental Health Diagnosis

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – Many U.S. Army soldiers who attempt suicide have no prior diagnosis of a mental health issue, new research shows, and such histories may not be a good predictor of a soldier's suicide risk. "The study is one of few to be able to examine risk of suicide attempt among those without a past mental health diagnosis," said study lead author Dr. Robert Ursano. He directs the ...

U.S. Deaths From Suicide, Drugs Surpass Diabetes

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – More Americans are now dying from suicide and drug overdoses combined than from diabetes, a new report reveals. In 2016, there were 29 deaths from suicide or drug overdose per 100,000 Americans, compared to just under 25 deaths per 100,000 from diabetes. That was up from just two years before, when death rates from the two causes were comparable, the researchers said. The ...

When Head Injuries Make Life Too Hard, Suicide Risk May Rise

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – Traumatic brain injury can trigger a daily struggle with headaches, neck pain, dizziness and thinking problems that may drive some to suicide, researchers report. That risk more than triples in the first six months after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it stays significantly higher over the long term, a new Danish study suggests. The finding is based on an exhaustive ...

Exercise Really Can Chase Away the Blues, to a Point

Posted 9 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – Exercise is good for your mental health, as long as you don't overdo it, researchers say. An analysis of data from 1.2 million people in the United States found they reported 3.4 days a month of poor mental health on average. But those who were physically active had 1.5 fewer "down" days a month than those who were not active. Being active for 45 minutes three to five ...

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