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Kids of Gay Parents Don't Struggle More Socially

Posted 6 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 – Children of same-sex parents are not more likely to suffer behavioral or social problems, Italian researchers say. The new study included children, aged 3 to 11, of 195 gay or lesbian parents and 195 heterosexual parents in Italy. Children of same-sex parents had fewer reported difficulties than children of different-sex parents, but scores were in the normal range for ...

For Kids, Summer Is Time for Other Types of Learning

Posted 24 Jun 2018 by

SUNDAY, June 24, 2018 – It's important for children to socialize during their summer holidays, a family medicine and psychiatry expert says. "Kids deserve a break during the summer. They've worked hard during the school year and this is their time to relax, but they should continue interacting with their friends and meeting new people," said Dr. Jin Han. He's an assistant professor at Baylor ...

'Let It Go' May Be Good Advice for Health

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – The advice to "let go" of negative feelings is repeated in yoga classes and self-help books. Now a new study suggests it really brings a lasting health benefit. The study, of more than 1,100 middle-aged adults, found that those who had a hard time getting over daily stressors typically had more physical health problems a decade later. And it wasn't just that people who ...

Reading With Your Toddler Boosts More Than Just Language Skills

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – All those hours spent reading bedtime stories may pay off for you and your little ones beyond language and brain development: New research suggests it's also good for social and behavioral skills. Evaluating prior studies on parent-child reading in children up to age 6, researchers in Hong Kong found positive effects for both sides in so-called psychosocial functioning, ...

Health Tip: Ways to Reduce Stress

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

-- Stress can be triggered by workplace tension, a new baby, an upcoming event or even day-to-day traffic or long lines. Chronic stress may put you at risk for a host of health issues, including digestive problems, anxiety, headache, depression, sleep problems, weight gain, memory problems, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, the American Heart Association says. The AHA offers these ...

Too Much Facebook, Instagram Could Be Tough on Girls

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Could it be time for younger girls to cut back on their use of social media? Perhaps, suggests a new study that reports that pre-teen and young teen girls who spend too much time on Facebook, Instagram and other social media might wind up feeling worse about themselves. Girls are much more active on social media early in their adolescence, and the time they spend there ...

Facebook May Be 'Safe' Social Space for Adults With Autism

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – Moderate use of Facebook may help make adults with autism happier, a new study suggests. Researchers found that happiness among adults with autism increased with Facebook use, but only up to a certain point. The researchers also said their results can't be generalized to overall use of social media, because the use of Twitter did not boost happiness. The study was led by ...

Health Tip: Recognize an Anxiety Disorder

Posted 15 Mar 2018 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 2 Mar 2018 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 1 Mar 2018 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. ...

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