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Health Tip: Recognize an Anxiety Disorder

Posted 4 days ago by

-- Anxiety is a normal response to stress, but if it becomes overwhelming and difficult to conduct your daily routine, it may be time to seek help. Anxiety disorders affect nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States, the Office on Women's Health says. Women are twice as likely as men to develop the problem. The agency mentions these common symptoms of an anxiety disorder: Weakness. Shortness of ...

Helping Your Child Navigate the High School Years

Posted 17 days ago by

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – High school is a major milestone in a teen's life. And, while kids want their independence, it's important to stay involved at this crucial juncture, say experts from the University of Pittsburgh. The reason: good parenting has academic, behavioral and emotional benefits for teens. But what might need to change is how you "parent." The researchers suggest staying involved ...

Health Tip: Friendships May Stem Cognitive Decline in Seniors

Posted 18 days ago by

-- Forging new friendships and maintaining old ones may help slow cognitive decline among seniors, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. For seven years, researchers at Northwestern University studied a group of so-called "superagers" – people 80 and older who had maintained long-standing friendships. The researchers found that the group collectively had memories of past personal events ...

'Burnout' Threatens More Than a Third of Doctors

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – There's a good chance your doctor is in the middle of a quiet battle with professional burnout, a new study suggests. More than 1 out of 3 physicians assessed in the Cleveland Clinic Health System suffered from mental, emotional and physical exhaustion, said study author Amy Windover, a clinical psychologist with the Cleveland Clinic. As a result, these doctors might ...

Preemies Get a Slow Start on Friendships

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – As if preemies didn't face enough struggles, a new study finds they have more difficulty making friends, though things improve once they start school. "Having friends, playing with them and being accepted is important for social support and personal well-being," said study leader Dieter Wolke. He's a psychology professor at the University of Warwick in England. "Having ...

Dog Bites More Common for Anxious People

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – Maybe there's some truth in the long-standing belief that dogs can sense fear in a human. According to a new British study, anxious people may be at increased risk for dog bites. The finding came from a survey of nearly 700 people in northern England, done by researchers from the University of Liverpool. As part of the study, participants were asked if they were ever ...

Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

Posted 15 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 – Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds. The study included data on more than 1,300 children in the province of Quebec, from birth until age 15. About 59 percent of the children reported some bullying in their first years of elementary school, but that generally declined as ...

Health Tip: A Pet May Improve Your Health

Posted 17 Nov 2017 by

-- Getting a pet can improve not only your emotional outlook but your physical health as well, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC says furry companions have been shown to trigger these health improvements: Decreased blood pressure. Decreased cholesterol. Decreased triglycerides. Reduced feelings of loneliness. Greater exposure to social activities and interaction. ...

A Dangerous New Twist on Cyberbullying

Posted 9 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – As if the idea of teen cyberbullying isn't harrowing enough, a new study warns of a strange twist in which kids anonymously post hurtful messages – to themselves. The worry is that this digital self-harm – like traditional self-harm – may be a harbinger for suicide down the road, the study authors said. In the first survey of its kind, the nationally representative ...

Your Friends May Be Key to a Healthy Aging Brain

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by

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 ...

Managing Anxiety

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by

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 ...

Health Tip: Defining Cyberbulling

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by

--Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over a digital device, such as a cell phone, computer or tablet. The website says any posting of negative, harmful or "fake" information about someone else may constitute cyberbullying. It can happen through text message, app or online. Digital devices offer the ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day. Most ...

Trauma Takes a Toll on Half of U.S. Kids

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – Nearly half of American children have faced at least one traumatic experience, such as the death of a parent, witnessing a violent crime or living with someone who is suicidal or abuses drugs or alcohol, new research reveals. These events can trigger high levels of stress, which can have serious and lasting effects on children's development, heath and overall well-being, ...

Your Sociability May Hinge on 'Love Hormone'

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – If you like to hang out with friends, it might be due to the "love hormone" oxytocin, a new mouse study suggests. Oxytocin promotes socialization by triggering pleasurable feelings when people get together, said Stanford University researchers. "Our study reveals new insights about the brain circuitry behind social reward, the positive experience you often get when you ...

Are Today's Teens Putting the Brakes on Adulthood?

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Parents may still marvel at how fast their kids grow up, but a new study finds that U.S. teenagers are maturing more slowly than past generations. In some ways, the trend appears positive: High school kids today are less likely to be drinking or having sex, versus their counterparts in the 1980s and 1990s. But they are also less likely to go on dates, have a part-time ...

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