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Same-Sex Marriage Laws Tied to Fewer Teen Suicides

Posted 1 day 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – A new study links the approval of same-sex marriage in American states to lower rates of reported suicide attempts among lesbian, gay and bisexual teens. "The findings suggest that same-sex marriage policies reduced adolescent suicide attempts," said study lead author Julia Raifman. She's a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "It's important for policymakers to be aware that social policies that affect lesbian, gay and bisexual rights may impact child health," Raifman said. Prior research has suggested that "sexual minority" teens are more likely to be bullied and to be suicidal. A study published last year found that as many as 40 percent of gay, lesbian and bisexual teens have considered suicide. The same research reported that 29 percent of these teens had attempted suicide in the past year. The ... Read more

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'Love Hormone' Helps Dads and Babies Bond

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – The "love hormone" oxytocin may program fathers to bond with their young children, a new study suggests. "Our findings add to the evidence that fathers, and not just mothers, undergo hormonal changes that are likely to facilitate increased empathy and motivation to care for their children," said study lead author James Rilling of Emory University in Atlanta. Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone. MRI brain scans revealed that dads who received boosts of the hormone through a nasal spray had increased activity in brain areas associated with reward and empathy when looking at pictures of their toddlers, Rilling's team said. The findings also "suggest that oxytocin, known to play a role in social bonding, might someday be used to normalize deficits in paternal motivation, such as in men suffering from post-partum depression," Rilling said in a university news ... Read more

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Hey Fellas, Depression Can Strike Expectant and New Dads, Too

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Depression in and just after pregnancy is most often associated with moms-to-be, but a new study shows expectant dads can have similar symptoms. Expectant and new fathers who are in poor health or have high levels of stress are at increased risk for depression, the New Zealand research showed. Many men may not realize pregnancy-linked depression can hit them too. "It is important to recognize and treat symptoms among fathers early and the first step in doing that is arguably increasing awareness," said a team led by Lisa Underwood of the University of Auckland. The research involved more than 3,500 men, average age 33, who were interviewed while their partner was in the third trimester of her pregnancy. The men were then re-interviewed nine months after the birth of their child. Elevated depression symptoms were reported by 2.3 percent of the men during their ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Delivery, Dysthymia, Premature Labor, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

America in 2017: Pass the Prozac, Please

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Many Americans are stressed about the future of the country, and politics and terrorism are key reasons why, a new survey finds. "The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it," said Katherine Nordal. She's executive director for professional practice at the American Psychological Association, which conducted the poll. "We're surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most," she said in an association news release. And prolonged stress can have negative effects on your health, the researchers said. The online survey, released Wednesday, was conducted in early January. It included more than 1,000 adults, aged 18 and older, who live in the United States. The current political climate was cited as a very or ... Read more

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Marriage: A Way to Divorce Yourself From Stress?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – A new study finds that married people have less of a stress hormone called cortisol, which may explain why they tend to be healthier than people without partners. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh measured cortisol levels in saliva samples of 572 healthy adults. Those participants who were married had consistently lower levels of the stress hormone than those who were never wed or were previously married. It's "exciting to discover a physiological pathway that may explain how relationships influence health and disease," study author Brian Chin said in a university news release. Chin is a Ph.D. student in the department of psychology at Carnegie Mellon. The researchers also compared participants' daily cortisol rhythm. Typically, levels of the hormone peak when a person wakes up, then decline during the day. Married people had a faster ... Read more

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Some Partners Need Extra Loving This Valentine's Day

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – The best gift you can give a stressed or depressed partner this Valentine's Day is extra love and support, researchers say. They surveyed more than 1,400 couples on self-esteem, levels of depression and mutual support. The study revealed that when one partner was feeling stressed, support from their mate was associated with improved self-esteem and lower risk of depression in the future. "Efforts from a partner to help alleviate stress may prevent the development or worsening of mental health problems and, in fact, could help keep the relationship healthy," said lead researcher Matthew Johnson. He's an assistant professor at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, in Edmonton, Canada. "When we experience stress, especially high levels of stress, we are particularly vulnerable and perhaps that's why partner support ... Read more

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Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Extremely low birth weight babies may be at increased risk for mental health problems later in life, a new review suggests. Researchers examined 41 studies conducted from 1990 to 2016. The studies included more than 2,700 extremely low birth weight babies (less than 1,000 grams, or just over 2 pounds) and more than 11,000 normal birth weight babies in the United States, Canada and 10 other countries. The extremely low birth weight babies had a higher risk for certain mental health problems. As children, they were more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and as teens they had a greater risk of ADHD and social problems, the researchers found. Compared to adults who were born at a normal weight, those born at an extremely low weight had higher rates of anxiety, depression and shyness, and markedly lower levels of social functioning, ... Read more

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Be Your Child's Valentine

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Feb. 12, 2017 – Valentine's Day is two days away, and it's a great day to show your kids a little extra loving, child health experts say. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers the following advice on making your kids feel special on the holiday and every day. Be positive and encouraging when talking with your children. Avoid mockery, sarcasm and put-downs. Set a good example on how to deal with other people and use words such as "I'm sorry," "please," and "thank you." Lovingly and promptly respond to your children's emotional and physical needs, and always be ready to listen to them. If children are in a bad mood, give them a hug or other sign of affection, and put off talking to them until they're in a better mood. Spend time with children doing things they enjoy and encourage them to be active by going cycling, walking or playing sports with them. Have regular ... Read more

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For Kids, Regular Exercise Seems to Put Depression on the Run

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – For generations, parents have told kids to go outside and play. Now, a new study suggests an added benefit to that advice – physical activity may lower children's risk of depression. The researchers assessed about 700 children at ages 6, 8 and 10. Kids who got regular moderate-to-vigorous exercise were less likely to develop depression over those four years, the investigators found. Previous studies have found that physically active teens and adults seem to have a lower risk of depression. This new study is the first time this has been suggested in children, according to researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. "Being active, getting sweaty and roughhousing offer more than just physical health benefits. They also protect against depression," study first author Tonje Zahl, a Ph.D. candidate, said in a university news release. The ... Read more

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Parents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Parents of children born with serious heart defects may be at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, a new study suggests. PTSD refers to anxiety and fear triggered by a past stressful event. Mental health issues in parents can put their children at risk for long-term health and behavioral problems, the researchers added. "The parents need extra support and mental health treatment that is feasible and accessible, and one thing that we propose is integrating mental health screening and treatment into pediatric cardiology care," said study senior author Sarah Woolf-King. She's an assistant professor in the psychology department at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. "Health care providers on the front line of treatment for these parents could play a significant role in connecting them to care," she added. These ... Read more

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The Shame of 'Fat Shaming'

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Trying to shame an overweight or obese person into losing weight won't motivate them to do so, and may even raise their risk for heart disease and other health problems, a new study suggests. The more self-blame and devalued that people said they felt when stigmatized, the more likely they were to have health problems that could lead to heart disease, said study leader Rebecca Pearl. She's an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. The findings suggest that weight stigma and fat shaming "go much deeper than the inappropriate remarks or hurt feelings," said Dr. Rebecca Puhl, deputy director of the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. She co-wrote a commentary that accompanied the study. The study authors said obese people are often viewed as lazy, lacking ... Read more

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Brain Scans May Shed Light on Bipolar Disorder-Suicide Risk

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Among teens and young adults with bipolar disorder, researchers have linked brain differences to an increased suicide risk. About half of people with bipolar disorder – marked by extreme mood swings – attempt suicide and as many as one in five dies by suicide, the study authors said. For the new study, teens and young adults with bipolar disorder underwent brain scans. Compared with those who had not attempted suicide, those who had attempted suicide had slightly less volume and activity in areas of the brain that regulate emotion and impulses, and in the white matter that connects those areas. "The findings suggest that the frontal cortex is not working as well as it should to regulate the circuitry," said study senior author Dr. Hilary Blumberg. "That can lead to more extreme emotional pain, difficulties in generating alternate solutions to suicide and ... Read more

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Depression Often Untreated in Dialysis Patients

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Depression is common among kidney failure patients undergoing dialysis. But efforts to get them on antidepressants often fail, a new study finds. Many patients refuse to start or modify depression treatment. And in some cases kidney specialists don't want their patients taking antidepressant medication, researchers reported. "Our study demonstrated that many patients on chronic hemodialysis have depressive symptoms but do not wish to receive aggressive treatment to alleviate these symptoms," said study co-leader Dr. Steven Weisbord. "We also noted that when patients are willing to accept treatment, renal [kidney care] providers commonly do not prescribe treatment," said Weisbord, who's with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. When kidneys fail, dialysis treatment is needed to remove wastes and salt from the blood. It's often done at a hospital, dialysis ... Read more

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Check Your Neck for Thyroid Abnormalities

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Regular self-exams play an important role in early detection of thyroid disease, a specialist says. That's a timely reminder because January is Thyroid Awareness Month. "The number of cases of thyroid cancer is rising, and while in most cases the outcomes of treatment are favorable, some patients present with disease that has progressed and may be more difficult to treat," said Dr. Ilya Likhterov. He is an ear, nose and throat doctor in New York City. About 200 million people worldwide have thyroid disease. Of more than 20 million Americans with thyroid disease, only four out of 10 know they have it, according to the American Thyroid Association. "While in most patients thyroid cancer develops without signs or symptoms, patients who have had significant exposure to radiation or who have first-degree family members with a history of thyroid cancer need to be ... Read more

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Mental Health May Affect Chances Against Cancer

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Anxiety and depression may increase the risk of death from certain cancers, early research suggests. After analyzing studies involving thousands of patients in Great Britain, researchers found that people with greater levels of psychological distress had higher death rates for colon, esophageal, pancreatic and prostate cancers and leukemia. The study was published Jan. 25 in the BMJ. "Our findings contribute to the evidence that poor mental health might have some predictive capacity for certain physical diseases, but we are a long way off from knowing if these relationships are truly causal," said researcher David Batty in a journal news release. Batty is with University College London. He and his colleagues reviewed 16 English and Scottish studies that included more than 163,000 people, aged 16 and older. The people were initially cancer-free and followed ... Read more

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