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U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Current medical science has proven there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and cannabis-derived drugs, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences states. Conclusive or substantial scientific evidence has shown that marijuana products are effective at treating chronic pain, calming muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and easing nausea from chemotherapy, the report said. However, there's little to no evidence supporting any of the other numerous health claims related to marijuana, the report said. And there's a downside as well – marijuana use comes with a host of potential health risks, whether someone is using the drug medicinally or recreationally, according to the report. The report calls on government to ease regulations that hamper research into marijuana, so scientists can sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to medical ... Read more

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Exercise: An Antidote for Behavioral Issues in Students?

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MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Children with serious behavioral disorders might fare better at school if they get some exercise during the day, a new study suggests. The researchers focused on children and teenagers with conditions that included autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression. They looked at whether structured exercise during the school day – in the form of stationary "cybercycles" – could help ease students' behavioral issues in the classroom. Over a period of seven weeks, the study found it did. Kids were about one-third to 50 percent less likely to act out in class, compared to a seven-week period when they took standard gym classes. Those effects are meaningful, according to lead researcher April Bowling, who was a doctoral student at Harvard University at the time of the study. "On days that the students biked, they ... Read more

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Can Parents' Weight Hinder Toddlers' Development?

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TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – Children who have obese parents may show signs of developmental delays, such as poor social skills, by the time they're 3 years old, a new study suggests. The specific developmental problems seem to differ depending on whether the mother, father or both parents are obese, according to researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. "Specifically, mothers' obesity was associated with a delay in achieving fine-motor skills, and fathers' obesity in achieving personal and social skills – that includes skills for interacting with others," said lead researcher Edwina Yeung. She's an investigator in the institute's division of intramural population health research. "When both parents were obese, it meant longer time to develop problem-solving skills," she added. However, one pediatric neurologist not involved with the research isn't ... Read more

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For Better Results From Customer Service, Don't Make It Personal

Posted 26 Dec 2016 by

MONDAY, Dec. 26, 2016 – Gifts will be exchanged and returned this week for all sorts of reasons. Wrong size, bad color, maybe missing parts. Whatever the source of your dissatisfaction, your choice of words and tone when dealing with customer service may determine the quality of service you receive, a new study reveals. "We know that customer service quality suffers when customers are rude or aggressive to employees," said study author David Walker. He's an assistant professor in the faculty of management at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Okanagan. "If customers change their language, so that it's less about the employee and more about the product or problem in question, they can improve the quality of the customer service they get," Walker added. The researchers analyzed 36 hours of customer calls to a Canadian call center. They found that customers were frequently rude – ... Read more

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The Impact of Child Abuse Can Last a Lifetime

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – The traumatic effects of child abuse and neglect can persist for decades, often with substantial economic consequences, researchers report. "We found associations of child neglect and abuse with adult socioeconomic circumstances at age 50," said lead author Snehal Pinto Pereira. Physical, social or emotional abuse in childhood was linked at midlife to a greater risk of time off from work due to long-term sickness, said Pereira, a research associate at University College London's Institute of Child Health. Mistreatment in childhood also lowered the odds of owning a home, she said. "The associations for child neglect were linked to their poor reading and mathematics skills in adolescence, which in turn could hamper their ability to find work and progress in the job market," she explained. The research is only observational and doesn't establish a direct ... Read more

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Women Denied an Abortion Endure Mental Health Toll: Study

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by

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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For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by

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

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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Sexism Could Harm Men's Health: Study

Posted 21 Nov 2016 by

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – Men who have "playboy" attitudes and believe in power over women may face a higher risk for mental health trouble than men who don't, a broad new research review suggests. The finding on sexism, and other so-called "traditional views" on masculinity, stems from an analysis of 74 studies conducted between 2003 and 2013. The studies included nearly 19,500 predominantly white male participants, the researchers said. The research "looked at expectations about what it means to be masculine, and how that relates to mental health outcomes among men," explained study lead author Y. Joel Wong. "What we found overall is that the more that men conformed to masculine norms the poorer their mental health, and the less likely they were to seek mental health services," he said. Wong is associate professor of counseling and educational psychology at Indiana University ... Read more

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Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens' Mental Well-Being

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Teenagers living in cohesive neighborhoods – where trusted neighbors get involved in monitoring each other's children – experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests. The researchers also found consistent results across different cities regardless of family composition and neighborhood income, indicating strong neighborhoods help teen mental health across various populations. Along with common risk factors, neighborhood environments should probably be given more attention when looking for potential factors linked to teen mental health problems, said study author Louis Donnelly. He's a postdoctoral research associate at the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. "Notably, whether a child grew up in a higher- or lower-income household, the associations were similar. The ... Read more

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Stressed Childhood Might Raise Risk for High Blood Pressure Later

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – A stressful childhood might predispose some people to struggle with high blood pressure as adults, a new study suggests. And a second study found that having parents who had high blood pressure at a relatively young age also increased that risk. In the first study, kids exposed to stress were more likely to have later problems regulating their blood pressure, an early warning sign of heart problems to come, the researchers said. "In the subjects in the group without early life stress, their average level of diastolic blood pressure is around 60," said study author Shaoyong Su, an associate professor of pediatrics at Augusta University Medical College of Georgia. "Those exposed to adverse environment may get high as 65. That's quite a big difference." Diastolic blood pressure, the lower number, is how much pressure your blood is exerting between beats. Systolic ... Read more

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Health Tip: Encourage Kids to Choose Good Friends

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by

-- Good friends are hard to find, and keeping them may be even more difficult. Here's advice for parents to pass to their children, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Point out that friends should be respectful, helpful and follow the rules. Be a good friend yourself, so your child can model that behavior. Discuss qualities that make for a good friend, focusing on positive values that are important at home. Schedule play dates with children who you feel will be a good influence on your child. Work on a good relationship with your child, including honest and frequent communication. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder

Can a Community's 'Well-Being' Help You Live Longer?

Posted 10 Nov 2016 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – The level of "well-being" in a community – including people's emotional health and life satisfaction – may help explain some of the disparities in life expectancy across the United States, a new study finds. It's known that Americans' life expectancy can vary hugely depending on where they live. A 2013 study, for example, found that a male born in Fairfax County, Va., could expect to live almost 18 years longer than his counterpart born in McDowell County, W.Va. Differences in demographics, including income, education and race, only partly explain the disparities. The new study, published in the journal Health Affairs, looked at how the "well-being" of a county fits into the picture. Well-being included the general physical health of a county's population. But it also measured people's levels of emotional health, life satisfaction, optimism and security – ... Read more

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Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer's?

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Subtle feelings of loneliness might warn of impending Alzheimer's disease in older folks, a new study suggests. Healthy seniors with elevated brain levels of amyloid – a type of protein fragment associated with Alzheimer's disease – seem more likely to feel lonely than people with lower levels of amyloid, researchers found. "For people who have high levels of amyloid – the people truly at high risk for Alzheimer's – they were 7.5 times more likely to be lonely than non-lonely," said lead researcher Dr. Nancy Donovan. She's director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Studies have long shown that people who remain socially active are less likely to develop dementia, Donovan said. But the results of the new study suggest that that relationship may work the other way around, as well – that people in ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, Diagnosis and Investigation, Avoidant Personality Disorder

Can Facebook Friend Requests Predict Longevity?

Posted 31 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 – Facebook is a ubiquitous part of modern living, and now a new study suggests that the social media app may even provide insight into how long you'll live. Researchers found that people who receive and accept the most "friend" requests lived longer. But, the same benefit wasn't seen for people who initiated the friend requests. "People who are more popular live longer, but we can't say the same of people who are more social – (those who reach out to others more)," said study lead author Will Hobbs. He's a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University in Boston. "We've known for a long time that people with stronger social connections in real life live longer," Hobbs said. "We live in a new reality where many of our social interactions now take place online. We wanted to find out if the same rules apply online." But while the study was able to find a link ... Read more

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