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Meditation Can Help Improve Focus in People With Anxiety

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – People who tend to ruminate and dwell on the same anxious thoughts could benefit from mindful meditation, a new study finds. Mindful meditation involves purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, found that just 10 minutes daily of mindful meditation can improve focus among people suffering from anxiety. "Our results indicate that mindfulness training may have protective effects on mind wandering for anxious individuals," said researcher Mengran Xu, a Ph.D. candidate at Waterloo. "We also found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand," Xu said in a university news release. The study involved 82 people with anxiety. The ... Read more

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Stop and Smell the Roses at Work

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Colds and the flu aren't the only things you can catch at work. Research shows that rudeness can be just as contagious, quickly infecting and eroding your work atmosphere. Being overworked and rushed can leave people feeling as if they have little time for pleasantries. But even one perceived act of rudeness can set off a chain reaction of negative behavior. Being the victim of rudeness apparently flips a switch in your mind that activates your own feelings of hostility. What's more, even people who aren't directly touched by an act of rudeness can also be affected if they witness it. Everyone loses, including the company itself. Employee performance suffers because it's hard to be motivated to excel in an unhappy workplace. Rudeness can slowly eat away at a positive company culture. Managers set the tone. That means: Be aware of your behavior and how others ... Read more

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Anxious? Distressed? You're Not Alone

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. An estimated 8.3 million American adults – about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population – suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said. "Mental illness is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. And access to care for the mentally ill is getting worse," said lead researcher Judith Weissman. She's a research manager in the department of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. This increase is likely a lasting after-effect of the Great Recession that began in late 2007 – a stress-filled time that caused long-term emotional ... Read more

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Stress Buster: Building Resilience

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Resilience is often defined as how quickly you recover from adversity. But resilient people have lots of other important qualities, too. They are flexible, proactive, problem solvers, good communicators, and skilled at coping with life's challenges. Here are six tips for building resilience that, simply by doing them, will help you acquire traits of resilience: Try being genuinely nice to someone who has not been very nice to you. Try agreeing to do what another person wants instead of doing what you want. Try forgiving someone and showing it without having to say it. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Try not to second-guess any choice you make for the next 24 hours. Once you make it, support it wholeheartedly. Try not to complain for 24 hours. – James Porter, president of StressStop.com Read more

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Music May Soothe the 'Savage Beast' of Post-Op Pain

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Patients recovering from back surgery often struggle with pain and anxiety, but new research shows that music therapy may help ease their discomfort. Medication is commonly used to manage pain for people who've had surgery to treat a spinal problem. For the new study, researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City provided 30 patients who'd had spinal fusion surgery with a 30-minute music therapy session within 72 hours of their operation. The therapy included singing, rhythmic drumming and live music. It helped patients relax and eased their tension, the researchers said, adding that the therapy was used in combination with standard care. Another group of 30 spine surgery patients received only standard care after their procedure and didn't receive music therapy. All of the patients in the study were between 40 and 55 years old. "This study is unique in ... Read more

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Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – A new smartphone device has shown early promise as a convenient way for men to check the health of their sperm in the privacy of their home. The infertility test analyzes semen using a disposable rubberized microchip that's designed to enclose and handle samples. The microchip is slid into an attachment that can be plugged into a smartphone. The semen sample is kept within the microchip, so it never enters the smartphone. But a smartphone app is able to scan and video the sample. Roughly five seconds later, an analysis is produced, indicating whether or not the sample meets World Health Organization standards in terms of healthy sperm concentrations and sperm motility (movement). So far, the tests have shown 98 percent accuracy. "We developed the technology, and we have a prototype that seems to work very well, and with high reliability and accuracy," noted ... Read more

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Health Tip: Living With Social Phobia

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- It's common to get a bit anxious before a big event, but someone with social phobia gets extremely nervous about a job interview, reunion or giving a speech. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible symptoms of social phobia include: Being very afraid of judgment or embarrassment in front of others. Feeling that all others are more capable and confident than you are. Blushing and sweating when faced with a social situation. Feeling nauseous, shaking or trembling before or during a social situation. Having a hard time speaking or making eye contact with others. Continuing to worry after an event about what people thought. Read more

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A Stressed Life May Mean a Wider Waistline

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Days filled with stress and anxiety may be upping your risk of becoming overweight or obese, British researchers say. The researchers said they found a link between high levels of the stress hormone cortisol and excess weight. "We don't know which came first, the greater body weight or the higher cortisol," said researcher Andrew Steptoe. He's the British Heart Foundation professor of psychology at University College London. For the study, Steptoe's team analyzed levels of cortisol in a lock of hair about three-quarters of an inch long, cut as close as possible to the scalp. This hair sample reflected accumulated cortisol levels over the previous two months, the researchers said. Cortisol is the body's primary stress hormone, triggered when you have a "flight-or-fight" response to danger. It benefits you to escape danger, but if cortisol levels stay ... Read more

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Staying Socially Active Nourishes the Aging Brain

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Socializing with lots of relatives and friends may help you stay mentally sharp as you age, a new report co-sponsored by AARP finds. "It's not uncommon for our social networks to shrink in size as we get older," said Marilyn Albert, professor of neurology and director of cognitive neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "This report provides many helpful suggestions about the things we can do to improve the quality of our relationships with family and friends, which may be beneficial in maintaining our mental abilities," Albert said in an AARP news release. The report also discusses the social benefits of having pets, how age-friendly communities boost social ties, how close relationships benefit both physical and mental health, and how social media (including Facebook and Skype) helps older adults maintain social connections. The report is from ... Read more

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Health Tip: Feeling Tense?

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you're feeling tense and stressed, experts say there are things you can do to calm your nerves. The Helpguide.org website suggests: Hum or sing a song that helps you feel calm. Run your hands over an object that feels soothing. Breathe in an energizing scent. Sip on a warm mug of a beverage that helps you feel relaxed. Perform some relaxing slow stretches. Read more

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Stress Buster

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The same system that activates the stress response in your body – the autonomic nervous system – also regulates other functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate. But unlike most autonomic functions, which are hard or impossible to control, you can easily take control of your breathing. When you're stressed, your breathing tends to become quick and shallow. So reminding yourself to breathe slowly and deeply makes this the perfect tool for self-regulating your nervous system and lowering your levels of stress. Here are four breathing exercises you can learn and do in just minutes: 1. Abdominal breathing. Put one hand over your belly. When you breathe air in right down to the abdomen, you'll notice your hand rise on the in-breath and fall on the out-breath. You can even gently push down on your belly on the out-breath, forcing the last bit of air out of your ... Read more

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Harsh Parenting Can Backfire With Bad Behavior From Teens

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – "Harsh" parenting that includes frequent yelling, hitting and threats may bring out the worst in teens' behavior instead of getting them to toe the line, a new study suggests. Tracking nearly 1,500 students over nine years, researchers found that those who were parented harshly in seventh grade were more likely to turn to their peers in unhealthy ways, such as hanging out with friends instead of doing homework or engaging in early sexual behavior. The researchers also found that those who were parented harshly were more likely to drop out of school. "We're primed as individuals to pay attention to our environmental cues. If we're in a situation where there's a lot of harshness, unpredictability or danger, we're more likely to try to capitalize on immediate and short-term rewards," said study co-author Rochelle Hentges. She's a postdoctoral fellow in psychology ... Read more

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Chronic Bullying Can Show Up in Report Cards

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – Chronic bullying can take a toll on kids' grades. That's the suggestion of researchers said they found that young children who are bullied for years, or teens who face increased bullying in high school, lack confidence in their academic abilities, get lower grades and dislike school more than their peers. "It's extremely disturbing how many children felt bullied at school," said lead researcher Gary Ladd, a psychology professor at Arizona State University. "For teachers and parents, it's important to know that victimization tends to decline as kids get older, but some children never stop suffering from bullying during their school years," he added. For the study, Ladd's team followed 383 boys and girls from kindergarten until high school. The team based its analysis on annual surveys completed by the students about their experiences, evaluations provided by the ... Read more

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Stress-Busting Tips

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Lying around your home watching TV isn't always the best way to unwind. Police dramas, the news – even sports programming – can be stress-inducing. Plus, it's a passive activity, and mildly addictive, and nowhere near as relaxing as many other options you can choose. Here are five ways to relax at home that are truly therapeutic: 1. Listen more than you talk. "Feel good" chemicals like dopamine and oxytocin are released in the brain when you really connect with another human being. And when you really listen, your blood pressure actually goes down, according to Dr. James Lynch, an expert in mind/body medicine and a retired professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland. 2. Take three deep breaths. Dr. Herbert Benson, professor of mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-author of The Relaxation Response, says deep breathing is a great way to deactivate the stress ... Read more

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Docs: Kids to Suffer Under Trump's Tough Immigration Policies

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – U.S. pediatricians are taking President Donald Trump to task after he issued executive orders Wednesday that – the doctors said – will make the country a much less welcoming place for immigrant children. Not only will refugee children be harmed by the new policies, but children of immigrants already living in the United States will become frightened for their family's safety, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). "Children do not immigrate, they flee," AAP President Dr. Fernando Stein said in a statement. "They are coming to the U.S. seeking safe haven in our country, and they need our compassion and assistance. "Far too many children in this country already live in constant fear that their parents will be taken into custody or deported, and the message these children received [Wednesday] from the highest levels of our federal government ... Read more

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