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Could Your Office Job Rob You of Vitamin D?

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THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Spending your days cooped up inside an office might mean you're not getting enough vital vitamin D – know as the "sunshine vitamin," researchers report. Canadian researchers found that vitamin D deficiency levels differ by occupation, with people who are closeted indoors faring worse than others. "We know that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is prevalent in the population at large. We can now say that occupation is a factor that is important in determining if someone may be vitamin D-deficient or not," said lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Straube. He's an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Vitamin D is found naturally in a few foods, and often added to milk and other products. Skin exposure to sunlight also produces vitamin D, which is why it's called the sunshine vitamin. In the new research, Straube and ... Read more

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Depressed Back Pain Patients Often Get Opioids

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WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses, a new study finds. Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States and the most common reason for opioid prescriptions, the researchers said. "There is strong evidence that depressed patients are at greater risk for misuse and overdose of opioids," said study senior author Dr. John Markman. He directs the University of Rochester Medical Center's Translational Pain Research Program, in New York. The analysis of nationwide data on nearly 5,400 people from 2004 to 2009 found that patients with back pain who screened positive for depression were more than twice as likely to be prescribed an opioid painkiller. Over a year's time, they also got more than twice the typical dose, the study found. The researchers said learning ... Read more

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Suicide Risk Especially High for U.S. Farmers

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WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – Two decades after the U.S. farm crisis, the suicide rate among American farmers remains much higher than among other workers, a new study finds. "Occupational factors such as poor access to quality health care, isolation and financial stress interact with life factors to continue to place farmers at a disproportionately high risk for suicide," said study co-author Corinne Peek-Asa. She is a professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Peek-Asa and her colleagues found that 230 U.S. farmers died by suicide between 1992 and 2010. The annual suicide rate among farmers ranged between 0.36 and 0.95 per 100,000 during those years, according to the study. Meanwhile, the highest annual suicide rate for all other occupations during that time never exceeded 0.19 per 100,000, the researchers said. Suicide rates ... Read more

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Many Chronic Illnesses Linked to Suicide Risk

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TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – People with chronic health problems seem to have a higher risk of suicide, a new study suggests. And, for certain conditions – such as traumatic brain injury – the risk is much higher, the study authors said. Researchers looked at nearly 2,700 people in the United States who died by suicide between 2000 and 2013. The investigators identified 17 medical conditions linked to increased odds of suicide. These included: asthma, back pain, brain injury, cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disorder, migraine, Parkinson's disease, psychogenic pain, sleep disorders and stroke. While all of these conditions were associated with increased suicide risk, the connection was much stronger for some. For example, the risk was nine times higher among people with a ... Read more

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Why Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation Are Good for You

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FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Relax your mind and then consider this: The physical and mental health benefits of pursuits like yoga and meditation begin in your genes, a new review suggests. The researchers reviewed 18 studies, involving a total of 846 people, to examine how the behavior of genes is affected by yoga, tai chi, meditation and other mind-body interventions. The conclusion: Such activities reverse molecular reactions in DNA that cause poor health and depression. "Millions of people around the world already enjoy the health benefits of mind-body interventions like yoga or meditation, but what they perhaps don't realize is that these benefits begin at a molecular level and can change the way our genetic code goes about its business," said lead researcher Ivana Buric. Buric is a doctoral candidate with the Brain, Belief and Behavior Lab at Coventry University in Great Britain. ... Read more

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Study Cites Top Reasons Young Autism Patients Are Hospitalized

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FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Having a mood disorder significantly boosts the odds that young people with autism will be hospitalized for psychiatric care, according to a new study. People with autism are often hospitalized when their behavior problems overwhelm their caregivers, the study authors said. "The demand is far greater than the number of clinicians, the number of programs and the number of beds we have," said study leader Giulia Righi. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior research at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School. Righi's team reviewed records of 473 people with autism, aged 4 to 20. The risk of hospitalization was seven times higher for those with a mood disorder. In addition, sleep problems more than doubled the chances of a hospital stay. And those with high scores on a scale of autism symptom severity had a slightly increased risk, ... Read more

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Depression Can Slow Hospital Patients' Recovery: Study

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FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – Depression affects about one-third of hospital patients and could slow their recovery, researchers report. Their review of 20 studies on depression screening in hospitals showed that 33 percent of patients had symptoms of depression. Patients with depression are less likely to take their medications and keep all recommended appointments after leaving the hospital, potentially leading to longer hospital stays and an increased risk of readmission, according to study lead author Dr. Waguih William IsHak. He's an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The findings underscore the importance of screening hospital patients for depression, he said. "Upon admission to the hospital, patients are screened for all kinds of medical issues such as abnormalities in blood pressure, cholesterol and blood ... Read more

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The Doctor Will (Virtually) See You Now

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THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Telemedicine is playing an ever-expanding role in the U.S. health care landscape. Among the reasons: a growing national shortage of doctors, both primary care and, in certain areas, specialists. And one-quarter of the population lives in rural areas without easy access to care. So, telemedicine has stepped in to help fill the gap. In fact, more than 10 million Americans now use it every year. Telemedicine, or telehealth, are terms for virtual office visits – video chats made through your smartphone, tablet or computer, sometimes with no waiting at all. You can see and speak with a doctor using real-time audio and video technology. Services can vary from getting a diagnosis and a prescription for minor medical issues, to ongoing monitoring of chronic conditions – especially helpful to older adults. Some health insurance providers now offer telehealth as part ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stress-Busting Tips for Caregivers

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-- When you're a caregiver, is seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to finish your tasks. The National Sleep Foundation suggests these stress-busting tips for caregivers: If your loved one has Alzheimer's disease, call for extra help in the evenings. The disease can trigger evening confusion and anxiety known as "sundowning." Keep any appointments with your doctor, just as you would for the person you're caring for. Talk with your doctor about any sleep problems. Exercise daily. This may help you ward off depression and improve your sleep. Read more

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Do You Have 'Social Jet Lag?'

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WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – If you tend to keep to a regular sleep schedule during the week, but then turn into a late-night party animal on the weekends, you may be risking your health, new research suggests. Sleep experts call this sleep pattern "social jet lag," a mismatch between your body's biological clock and your actual sleep pattern due to social activities. In the new study, researchers found the pattern is linked with heart disease, depression and other problems. The researchers evaluated nearly 1,000 adults, ages 22 to 60, asking about their sleep duration and sleep quality on weekdays and weekends. They also asked about any insomnia and about their general health. "With social jet lag, you are more likely to have heart disease, to feel fatigued, to feel tired and to have a worse mood," said study lead author Sierra Forbush, a research assistant at the University of Arizona. ... Read more

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Chronic Pain Common in Adults With Depression, Anxiety

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TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Chronic pain afflicts about half of adults who have anxiety or depression, a new study finds. More than 5,000 adults in Brazil diagnosed with anxiety or mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder were asked about other health problems. Among those with a mood disorder, half reported chronic pain; 33 percent, respiratory diseases; 10 percent, heart disease; 9 percent, arthritis; and 7 percent, diabetes. Among those with anxiety, 45 percent reported chronic pain; 30 percent, respiratory diseases; and 11 percent each for arthritis and heart disease. Adults with two or more chronic diseases had an increased risk of a mood or anxiety disorder. High blood pressure was associated with both disorders at 23 percent, according to the Columbia University study published online June 1 in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Senior author Dr. Silvia Martins said ... Read more

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What You Need to Know About Antidepressants

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FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 – Medication can help millions of people who struggle with depression, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Depression affects some 350 million people worldwide. It's a serious illness and a major cause of disability. But its symptoms can be mistaken for other health issues and some people are afraid to seek help, the FDA said. Not everyone with depression needs medicine, the agency said. But drugs used to treat it – antidepressants – can help ease symptoms, such as: Depressed mood, Loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, Changes in appetite or weight, Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, Loss of energy or fatigue, Restlessness, Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, Problems thinking, focusing or making decisions, Thoughts of death or suicide. Doctors consider these symptoms – as well as a patient's medical history, behavior ... Read more

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Conquering One Big Cancer Side Effect: Fear

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FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 – Cancer can be a frightening, nerve-wracking disease, and medical science often overlooks the emotional toll it takes on patients. Now, a trio of new studies shows that three therapy programs can help people deal with the turmoil and stress of cancer. One study focused on a brief series of therapy sessions developed by Canadian researchers to help patients with advanced cancer manage the practical and emotional problems they face. That program, called CALM, consists of three to six 45- to 60-minute sessions delivered by trained health care professionals. CALM sessions focus on ways to best handle health care decisions, personal relationships and fears related to the end of life, said lead researcher Dr. Gary Rodin, head of supportive care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto. "These are challenges that patients and families predictably have to face, ... Read more

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Can Loneliness Rob You of Needed Sleep?

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THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Loneliness may rob you of your sleep, British researchers report. In the study, more than 2,200 18- and 19-year-olds in England and Wales provided information about their loneliness levels and sleeping patterns. Between 25 percent and 30 percent of the participants said they felt lonely sometimes, and another 5 percent said they frequently felt lonely. Lonelier people were 24 percent more likely to feel tired and have difficulty concentrating during the day, according to the King's College London researchers. "Diminished sleep quality is one of the many ways in which loneliness gets under the skin, and our findings underscore the importance of early therapeutic approaches to target the negative thoughts and perceptions that can make loneliness a vicious cycle," said study author Louise Arseneault. "Many of the young people in our study are currently at ... Read more

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Suicide Risk Is High for Psychiatric Patients Long After Discharge From Care

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WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – New research confirms that psychiatric patients are at high risk for suicide immediately after being discharged from a mental health care facility, and that risk can remain high for years. "Discharged patients have suicide rates many times that in the general community," said a team led by Matthew Michael Large of the University of New South Wales in Australia. One psychiatrist in the United States said the study highlights the need to help patients long after they've been discharged from care. "Thoughts of suicide are not normal – like chest pain, they indicate a medical emergency that needs immediate treatment," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. "Changes in behavior – disturbances in sleep, appetite or level of functioning at work or school – are also warning signs that someone needs ... Read more

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