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A Stressed Life May Mean a Wider Waistline

Posted 3 hours 7 minutes ago 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 2 days 22 hours ago 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 7 days ago 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 10 days ago 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 15 days ago 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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Unlocking the Secrets of the Love Hormone Kisspeptin

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – There may be a way to boost the activity of a hormone linked to love and sex, British researchers report. The naturally occurring hormone is called kisspeptin. It stimulates the release of other reproductive hormones inside the body, the research team said. The study included 29 healthy, young heterosexual men. They received either an injection of kisspeptin or an inactive placebo. The men then underwent brain scans while being shown different types of pictures. After an injection of kisspeptin, seeing sexual or romantic images of couples triggered increased activity in brain areas typically activated by sexual arousal and romance, the findings showed. The researchers now want to study whether kisspeptin could help treat some psychosexual disorders – sexual problems with a psychological cause. These problems commonly occur in people with infertility, the study ... Read more

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Managing Holiday Stress

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – The holidays can be festive and fun, but they can also be stressful as families try to juggle shopping and cooking with parties and other gatherings, a leading pediatricians' group says. Adults' stress and anxiety can affect their children and teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics noted. When adults find ways to manage their stress, however, they can help children learn how to do the same, the group said. There are many ways to ease holiday-related stress. The AAP offers the following strategies: Try to minimize schedule changes. Whenever possible, allow children to eat when they usually do and stick to their normal sleep and wake routines. Kids also must remember to brush their teeth at least twice a day. Try to slow down. Focus on one thing at a time and be mindful about what you are doing while you are doing it. Enjoy the time you spend with your friends ... Read more

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Women Denied an Abortion Endure Mental Health Toll: Study

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – Women who are denied an abortion may suffer anxiety and low self-esteem, a new analysis indicates. In contrast, the researchers found no indication that having an abortion increased the risk for near- or long-term psychological problems. "Our study found that denying women an abortion has negative consequences to their mental health and well-being in the short-term," said study author M. Antonia Biggs, a social psychologist researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. "[And] our study found no evidence of emerging mental health problems after having an abortion – for at least five years," Biggs added. Other research has suggested that having an abortion may raise the risk of mental health issues later in life. Biggs and her colleagues reported their findings online Dec. 14 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study was released one day after ... Read more

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1 in 6 U.S. Adults Takes a Psychiatric Drug: Study

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – One in six U.S. adults takes a psychiatric medication to cope with conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia, a new study finds. Researchers found that in 2013 nearly 17 percent of adults said they filled one or more prescriptions for antidepressants such as Zoloft; sedatives and sleep drugs, including Xanax and Ambien; or antipsychotics, used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. "From a drug safety perspective, I am concerned that so many of these drugs have withdrawal effects and that some of the overwhelming long-term use may reflect drug dependence," said study co-author Thomas Moore. "These questions need further investigation," added Moore, a senior scientist for drug safety and policy at the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Va. Because most prescriptions for these drugs are written by primary care ... Read more

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For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Sixty percent placed pets in the central and most important circle – above family, friends and hobbies. Another 20 percent placed pets in the second circle. Many said the constant presence and close proximity of their pets provide an immediate source of calm. For some, a pet helps distract them from symptoms and upsetting experiences such as hearing voices or suicidal thoughts. "You just want to sink into a pit... the cats force me to sort of still be involved with the world," one patient said. Another patient said: "I'm not thinking of the voices, I'm just thinking of the birds singing." The findings were published Dec. 8 ... Read more

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Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Many medical students from around the world struggle with depression, and more than 1 in 10 have suicidal thoughts, researchers report. And only about 16 percent of the students who tested positive for depression sought treatment, they added. The researchers analyzed nearly 200 studies that included a total of 129,000 medical students in 47 countries. They found that the rate of depression or depressive symptoms was 27 percent. The researchers also found that 11 percent of the students reported thoughts of suicide. The findings were published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reliable estimates of depression and thoughts of suicide among medical students are key for efforts to prevent, treat and identify causes of emotional distress in the students, according to study leader Dr. Douglas Mata, of Brigham and Women's Hospital ... Read more

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High Utility Bills Strain More Than the Budget

Posted 27 Sep 2016 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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