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Health Tip: Health Risks of Childhood Obesity

Posted 2 days 4 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Obesity among children can lead to numerous health problems now and for many years to come. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says obese children are at greater risk of developing: High blood pressure and high cholesterol. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and impaired fasting glucose. Asthma, sleep apnea and other breathing problems. Pain and discomfort of the joints and musculoskeletal system. Gallstones, heartburn and fatty liver disease. Behavioral problems, depression, poor self-esteem, poor quality of life and poor school performance. More Information See The Shape Of Things To Come – 8 Reasons Why Obesity Needs To Be Tackled Now for more information. Read more

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Homeless, Mentally Ill Youth Benefit From Housing Program

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – A subsidized independent-living intervention appears to help homeless young people with mental illness get and keep a roof over their heads, a new Canadian study indicates. Called Housing First, the program has previously been tested with homeless adults with mental illness, and has been found to improve housing stability and quality of life, the researchers said. "Housing First is based on the concept of housing as a human right," said study lead author Dr. Nicole Kozloff. "[It's] the idea that having a safe and stable place to live is critical to helping people improve their mental health and achieve their goals," she said. Kozloff is a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Since it first was first introduced in the 1990s, studies have repeatedly found ... Read more

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A Happy Spouse May Keep You Healthy

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Having a happy spouse seems to be good for your health, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 2,000 heterosexual couples between the ages of 50 and 94. Researchers asked about their happiness, health and exercise levels over six years. People with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health during that time. This association was the same for both husbands and wives and was separate from an individual's own happiness. The study was published online Sept. 19 in the journal Health Psychology. "This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link," principal investigator William Chopik said in a journal news release. He's an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. "Simply having a happy partner may enhance health as much as ... Read more

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Doctors Often Neglect Their Own Mental Health

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Wary of the stigma of a mental health diagnosis and its toll on their careers, physicians often avoid getting help for depression and other mental illnesses, a new survey suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 female physicians to assess treatment barriers. Nearly half of those surveyed thought they met the definition for mental illness at some point in their careers, but didn't seek treatment. Many survey respondents said they felt they could persevere on their own or didn't have time to seek care. However, when researchers examined all of the reasons for skipping care, more than two-thirds were stigma-related. Many doctors said getting diagnosed would be embarrassing or shameful, or they believed they would be judged by others, deemed incompetent, or have their privacy and autonomy violated. "I have definitely suspected a lot of people were feeling ... Read more

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High Utility Bills Strain More Than the Budget

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – High utility bills can be more than a budget-buster. They also can cause anxiety and depression in low-income families, a new study finds. The study included 72 families in the Boston area with annual incomes of $32,000 or less and utility costs that were as much as $650 a month at the height of winter. Utility bills "at $200 per month represent nearly 30 percent of household income for those at or near the federal poverty level, making it a significant, and likely unaffordable, expense," said study author Diana Hernandez. "While participants often expressed an ethos of responsibly 'paying the bills,' many simply cannot afford the monthly utility payments and were often 'playing catch-up' in a vicious economic cycle of prioritization and trade-offs, complicating the already fragile financial profiles of low-income ratepayers," she said. Hernandez is an ... Read more

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Shedding Light on Low Male Libido

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Light therapy, commonly used to treat seasonal depression, may restore a measure of libido to men who struggle with a low sex drive, a small study suggests. Italian researchers said they found that men exposed to just two weeks of daily doses of bright light saw their testosterone levels increase more than 50 percent, and their sexual satisfaction levels more than triple. "We were not surprised to observe our results," said study author Dr. Andrea Fagiolini. He is chairman of both the department of mental health and the school of specialization in psychiatry at the University of Siena. Fagiolini said that his team's light-box experiment took its cue from nature. Prior investigations, conducted by his team and other researchers, have found that both sexual interest and testosterone levels naturally go up in tandem during spring and summer. Fagiolini said that, ... Read more

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Internet Addiction May Be Red Flag for Other Mental Health Issues: Study

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 18, 2016 – Internet addiction may signal other mental health issues among college students, according to a new study. Canadian researchers say their findings could affect how psychiatrists approach people who spend a significant amount of time online. For the study, the researchers evaluated the internet use of 254 freshmen at McMaster University in Ontario. The researchers used a tool called the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), developed in 1998, as well as their own scale based on more recent criteria. "Internet use has changed radically over the last 18 years, through more people working online, media streaming, social media, etc. We were concerned that the IAT questionnaire may not have been picking up on problematic modern internet use, or showing up false positives for people who were simply using the internet rather than being over-reliant on it," said chief ... Read more

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Suicide Can Strike Children as Young as 5: Study

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – A startling new study warns that some preteen children – even as young as 5 years old – may be at risk of suicide. Black elementary school-age boys seem to have a higher risk, even though black teens and young adults have lower rates of suicide than whites, the study authors noted. "Adults need to realize that school-age children as young as 5 kill themselves," said Dr. Gregory Fritz, director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School. He was not involved with the study, but is familiar with the findings. However, the study authors stressed that it's rare for young children to die by suicide. Kids between the ages of 5 and 11 have a suicide rate of 0.17 per 100,000 children. For teens from 12 to 17, that number rises to 5.18 per 100,000, according to background information from the study. According ... Read more

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2 of 3 Parents Want Schools to Expand Health Education

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – Many parents want teachers to go beyond sex education and substance abuse issues in their health classes, a new poll finds. Middle and high schools should teach kids how to cope with issues such as stress, depression, bullying and suicide, according to two out of three parents surveyed. "These results suggest that the stigma of mental health issues may have relaxed among today's parents, in favor of using a broad array of resources to help children and adolescents with these critical areas," said Sarah Clark. She is co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. While two-thirds of those polled said health education programs should include topics such as stress and bullying, only one-third said their child's school currently covers these topics. Nearly seven out of 10 parents said basic first aid should also be taught, and ... Read more

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Facebook Bullying Can Cause Depression

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Negative experiences on Facebook can increase the odds of depression in young people, a new study found. "It's important that people take interactions on social media seriously and don't think of it as somehow less impactful because it's a virtual experience as opposed to an in-person experience," said study author Samantha Rosenthal. She is an epidemiology research associate at Brown University's School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. "It's a different forum that has real emotional consequences," she said in a university news release. Of 264 study participants surveyed in 2013 and 2014, more than 8 in 10 reported at least one negative Facebook experience, such as bullying, meanness, misunderstandings or unwanted contacts. And 63 percent said they'd had four or more negative experiences since they'd started using the online service. Moderate-to-severe ... Read more

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Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Considered Suicide Last Year

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Almost 10 million U.S. adults seriously thought about committing suicide last year, federal health officials reported Thursday. Rates of suicide are at historically high levels, having jumped 27 percent since 2000, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Nearly three million adults made a plan to take their own life. And 1.4 million adults attempted suicide but weren't successful, according to the report. Overall, the percentage of adults contemplating suicide has remained stable over the past eight years. But, growing numbers of young adults are considering taking their own lives. The latest SAMHSA report revealed an increase in suicidal thoughts among 18 to 25 year olds – from 7.5 percent in 2014 to 8.3 percent in 2015. An increasing number of young women have made failed suicide attempts – up ... Read more

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Antidepressant Might Prevent Depression Following Brain Injury

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – Depression can often follow a traumatic brain injury, but new research suggests the antidepressant Zoloft might help prevent this from happening. One expert said prior studies have produced similar findings. The new research "provides further support of the possibility that depression following neurological injury could be avoided, rather than treated after the fact," said Dr. Paul Mattis. He is chief of neuropsychology at Northwell Health's Neuroscience Institute in Manhasset, N.Y. The new study was led by Dr. Ricardo Jorge, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. His team randomly assigned 94 patients who suffered a traumatic brain injury to receive a low dose of sertraline (Zoloft) or a placebo pill for six months, or until they developed symptoms of a mood disorder. Overall, 46 people took the placebo, while the other 48 were given the 100 milligrams ... Read more

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Psychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in ER

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Patients seeking help for mental health problems wait hours longer in the emergency department than other patients do, a new study finds. People with mental health problems are also six times more likely to be transferred to another facility instead of receiving treatment at the hospital, the researchers added. "Previous research shows that patients in the ER often experience lengthy wait times, but our new study shows that psychiatric patients wait disproportionately longer than other patients – sometimes for several hours – only to ultimately be discharged or transferred elsewhere," said study author Dr. Jane Zhu. Zhu is with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The study included data from more than 200,000 ER visits in the United States. The visits occurred between 2002 and 2011. The average length of ER stay for psychiatric ... Read more

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Know the Warning Signs of Suicidal Thoughts

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Family, friends and acquaintances can play a key role in suicide prevention by being alert for signs and taking action to help someone who may be struggling, a mental health expert says. Nearly 43,000 Americans commit suicide each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For the past two decades, suicide rates have been rising in the United States, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The sharpest rises in suicide rates have occurred among men aged 45 to 64 and girls aged 10 to 14, according to the CDC. "There remains a lot of stigma associated with people who seek help for mental health, which prevents them from getting the assistance they need. We need to pay more attention to suicide prevention," said William Zimmermann. He's a clinician supervisor of New Jersey Hopeline, a suicide prevention hotline operated ... Read more

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Stroke Survivors Often Struggle With Depression

Posted 7 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 – Stroke survivors face an increased risk of developing depression, a new study suggests. In the first three months after having a stroke, survivors' risk of depression was eight times higher than among people with no history of stroke, the Danish study found. "Depression is common in patients with stroke during the first year after diagnosis, and those with prior depression or severe stroke are especially at risk," wrote the study authors, led by Dr. Merete Osler of Copenhagen University. "Because a large number of deaths can be attributable to depression after stroke, clinicians should be aware of this risk," the authors concluded. Osler's team analyzed national databases in Denmark to compare depression risk among stroke survivors and people with no history of stroke (the "control" group). More than 25 percent of stroke survivors were diagnosed with ... Read more

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