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Health Tip: Is Stress Interfering With Your Child's Sleep?

Posted 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Even young children have stress. If it's bad enough, it may interfere with your youngster's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these warning signs of stress-induced loss of sleep in children: Decreased appetite. Headache. Bedwetting. Stomach upset or pain. Inability to relax. Aggressiveness or stubbornness. Inability to control emotions. Unwillingness to participate in family or school activities. Read more

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Your Friends May Be Key to a Healthy Aging Brain

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Getting along well with others may do more than just make life less stressful for seniors. A new study suggests that warm, supportive relationships might give a big memory boost to the aging brain. Researchers found that so-called SuperAgers – people 80 or older with the memory powers of those 50 to 65 – were more likely than those with average memory to report positive relationships in their lives. "One explanation is that maintaining friendships keeps your brain active and engaged," said study co-author Emily Rogalski. She's an associate professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "You could think of this like healthy exercise for your brain," Rogalski added. The study doesn't prove that positive relationships improve memory, however. It's possible that their connection could be more complicated. For the new study, ... Read more

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Does All That Social Media Time Harm Young Minds?

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, texting: Sometimes it seems today's young adults are online more often than not. But new research suggests that the amount of time young adults spend on social media doesn't seem to affect their risk for mental health problems. The finding came from a study of 467 young adults who were asked about how much time each day they used social media, the importance of it in their lives and the way they used it. They also were asked about mental health issues such as social anxiety, loneliness, decreased empathy and suicidal thoughts. The researchers found little association between the amount of time spent on social media and mental health problems. The results were published online Nov. 1 in the journal Psychiatric Quarterly. The only area of concern was what the researchers called "vaguebooking," which refers to social media posts that ... Read more

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Managing Anxiety

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A little bit of stress can motivate you, but too much might cause an anxiety disorder that can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. If you feel anxious on a daily basis, try making changes to your lifestyle to manage anxiety on your own. Exercise regularly to release the body's endorphins, natural feel-good chemicals. Set a goal of 30 minutes at least five days of the week. Be sure to get enough sleep, typically between 7 and 8 hours every night. During waking hours, take short breaks from whatever stresses you out – meditation and listening to music are great ways to clear your head. Eat healthy and don't skip meals. Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can worsen anxiety and trigger panic attacks. If adjustments to your routine don't lessen your anxiety, talk to your doctor, especially if anxiety or depression run in your family. You could have an ... Read more

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ER Visits for These 3 Health Woes Don't Have to Happen

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Each year, thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency rooms for problems that could have been avoided, new research shows. The top causes of preventable ER visits in the United States include alcohol abuse, dental problems and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, the new study says. ER visits could be reduced if patients had better access to dental and mental health care, according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. The study comes as some insurers are looking to cut back on coverage for ER visits they deem "inappropriate" or avoidable. Researchers reviewed 424 million ER visits by 18- to 64-year-old patients between 2005 and 2011. Nearly 14 million visits (3.3 percent) were avoidable, meaning patients were sent home without receiving any care. The main reasons for avoidable visits were toothaches, back ... Read more

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Heath Tip: It's Back-to-School Time

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The start of the school year is typically filled with excitement, anxiety and anticipation. Help ensure that your child is prepared to stay safe and empowered as he or she heads back to classes. The American Red Cross suggests your child should: Know your phone number, address, and how to reach you during the school day. Never talk to strangers or accept rides from unfamiliar people. Board the bus only after it has come to a complete stop and the driver has signaled the child to get on. Never get on a different bus. Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus. Always cross the street at the corner, obeying traffic signals and staying in the crosswalk. Never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars. Read more

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Novel Procedure Improves Kidney Transplant Success

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – A new treatment might open the door for more patients with advanced kidney disease to get a transplant, a preliminary study suggests. Of the 100,000-plus Americans waiting for a donor kidney, about one-third are "sensitized," said Dr. Robert Montgomery, director of the Transplant Institute at NYU Langone in New York City. Those patients face a tough situation: They harbor immune system antibodies that are primed to attack a donor organ. The antibodies can form when a person is exposed to foreign tissue, Montgomery explained. So a patient who's had a prior kidney transplant may be highly sensitized – meaning they have a large number of the offending antibodies. It can also happen to patients who've had blood transfusion or ever been pregnant, Montgomery said. It's almost impossible to find a compatible donor for those patients. But they might be able to ... Read more

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Can Suicide Tries Spread Among Soldiers?

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – Troubling new study findings suggest that U.S. Army soldiers are more likely to try to kill themselves if another member of their unit has attempted suicide in the previous year. In fact, the researchers linked almost 20 percent of such suicide attempts to recent attempts by others in their units. It's not clear if the findings reflect a contagion-like effect, high levels of stress inside specific units or something else altogether, the investigators noted. Whatever the case, "when a suicide attempt occurs in a unit, there is increased risk of another suicide attempt," said study author Dr. Robert Ursano. He is a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University, in Bethesda, Md. "Being alert to clusters of suicide attempts may offer new avenues for intervention to decrease suicide attempt rates." Suicides among active members of ... Read more

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Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has Mental Illness or Drug Problem

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says. Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Overall, almost 44 million Americans 18 or older had a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder in the past year, researchers said. They reviewed national surveys on drug use and health. "The figures in SAMHSA's report remind us how important it is to take mental health as seriously as any other health condition," Kana Enomoto, SAMHSA acting deputy assistant secretary, said in an agency news release. The overall national rate of mental illness was about 18 percent. In Oregon, almost 23 percent of the state residents had any type of mental illness. Utah, ... Read more

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Many Terminal Cancer Patients Remain in Denial

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Nearly 10 percent of patients with terminal cancer don't want to know they're dying, which can make their final days more difficult, a new study finds. Unwillingness to face poor prospects can lead to unnecessary treatments and keep patients from making end-of-life plans, the researchers reported recently in The Oncologist. "Health care professionals should appropriately assess patients' readiness for prognostic information," said study leader Siew-Tzuh Tang, a professor at Chang Gung University School of Nursing in Taiwan. Doctors should respect patients' reluctance to confront their poor prognosis if they are not ready to know, "but sensitively coach them to cultivate their accurate prognostic awareness," Tang said in a journal news release. The study involved nearly 250 terminal cancer patients in Taiwan. They were questioned several times over their last ... Read more

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Getting Over Guilt

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Do you sometimes feel weighed down by guilt? Guilt over unethical behavior is so powerful that it can make you feel as though you've gained weight – even when your actual weight stays the same, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers. Guilt is an important emotion. Appropriate guilt helps you recognize when you've made a mistake, and stops you from making the same mistake again. But sometimes we feel guilty even though we've done nothing wrong, and there is no misstep to think about or fix. If you're feeling guilty, figure out whether it's healthy and appropriate. If it is, the next step is to take action. The sooner you apologize or correct what you did wrong, the faster the guilt will go away. Once you've done this, it's important to recognize that you can't change the past – you need to let it go. As you move forward, try to learn from the ... Read more

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Helping Your Kids Cope With Your Divorce

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Kids react to divorce in different ways. One may be sad and let schoolwork slip. Another might be anxious or angry and act out these feelings. A third might pretend not to have any feelings about it at all. Here are steps you might take to help your children navigate this difficult time for the entire family. Before you actually tell your kids about the impending divorce, practice what you'll say about your decision without any anger. You want to make clear that the divorce is not their fault, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states. If possible, both parents should be present. Be prepared to answer your kids' questions about how their lives will change, such as where everyone will live and whether they'll need to switch schools. If you feel the need to criticize or blame your partner, do it away from home and the children and with a ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress

Chronic Pain Common in Adults With Depression, Anxiety

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

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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When a Divorce Turns Bitter, Kids' Immune Systems May Pay a Price

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – An unfriendly divorce can raise a child's risk of colds in adulthood, a new study suggests. "Early life stressful experiences do something to our physiology and inflammatory processes that increase risk for poorer health and chronic illness," explained researcher Michael Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "This work is a step forward in our understanding of how family stress during childhood may influence a child's susceptibility to disease 20-40 years later," Murphy said in a university news release. He's a psychology postdoctoral research associate. The study found that children whose parents separate and don't speak are at increased risk for colds as adults. Previous research has shown that adults who experience the split of parents during childhood are at increased risk for poorer health. The authors of this new study believe their work may ... Read more

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MS-Related Brain Changes May Affect Social Skills

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Subtle brain changes may explain why some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) lose their ability to interpret clues about what other people are thinking and feeling, a new study suggests. Until now, there has been little study of the way MS affects the so-called "social brain." Portuguese researchers wanted to learn why some people with MS develop a social disconnect that can hurt relationships and breed isolation. It doesn't happen to everyone with MS, but experts agree that it's a big deal for those who experience it. "It could interfere with all spheres of social interaction," said lead researcher Dr. Sonia Batista, a neurologist at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. "The ability to interpret other people's feelings and intentions may influence people's ability to maintain a job and their relationships with family and friends," said Batista. That's ... Read more

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