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Health Tip: Take Care of Yourself

Posted 2 hours 2 minutes ago by Drugs.com

-- If you're a caregiver for a partner or family member, be sure not to forget your own health and well-being. The American Heart Association suggests: Each day, indulge in something calming and relaxing, such as walking or yoga. Take time that's just for you. Pay attention to your emotional health. Seek counseling and support if you feel like you are struggling. Read more

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Staying Socially Active Nourishes the Aging Brain

Posted 21 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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Stress Busters For Work That Work

Posted 1 day 2 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- According to an American Psychological Association Stress In America Survey, job stress is one of top causes of stress for American adults. Unfortunately, most of the methods that mental health experts recommend for managing stress – like exercise, meditation and yoga – just can't be done in most workplaces. So you need to have some alternative methods you can use on the fly, while your stress levels rise, and nobody knows your using them. Here are five methods for managing stress at work that all fit this description: Cognitive restructuring. Most people don't realize what a big role their own thinking plays in creating stress. When your boss asks you to work late on a Friday night and you say to yourself: That jerk is ALWAYS asking me to work late, this kind reaction greatly adds to your stress. Start to notice your inner dialogue and quickly learn to evaluate it. If it isn't ... Read more

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Health Tip: Feeling Tense?

Posted 5 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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Teens May Go Hungry as Poorest Families Struggle to Feed Kids

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – In extremely poor American families, teens go hungry more often than younger children, a new study finds. Parents will first forgo food themselves to feed their kids. But if there still isn't enough food for everyone, younger children take priority over teens, the research showed. "If you're really poor, you try to sacrifice yourself first, but when you're forced to make some choices, these parents are deciding to let the teens not have enough," said lead author Robert Moffitt. The Jhns Hopkins researchers analyzed data from about 1,500 families in Boston, Chicago and San Antonio, who were surveyed several times between 1999 and 2005. The average income in these families was about $1,558 a month. Most families were headed by single parents who were unemployed and receiving government assistance. Most were minorities. Teens in those families went hungry twice ... Read more

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America in 2017: Pass the Prozac, Please

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Many Americans are stressed about the future of the country, and politics and terrorism are key reasons why, a new survey finds. "The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it," said Katherine Nordal. She's executive director for professional practice at the American Psychological Association, which conducted the poll. "We're surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most," she said in an association news release. And prolonged stress can have negative effects on your health, the researchers said. The online survey, released Wednesday, was conducted in early January. It included more than 1,000 adults, aged 18 and older, who live in the United States. The current political climate was cited as a very or ... Read more

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Marriage: A Way to Divorce Yourself From Stress?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – A new study finds that married people have less of a stress hormone called cortisol, which may explain why they tend to be healthier than people without partners. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh measured cortisol levels in saliva samples of 572 healthy adults. Those participants who were married had consistently lower levels of the stress hormone than those who were never wed or were previously married. It's "exciting to discover a physiological pathway that may explain how relationships influence health and disease," study author Brian Chin said in a university news release. Chin is a Ph.D. student in the department of psychology at Carnegie Mellon. The researchers also compared participants' daily cortisol rhythm. Typically, levels of the hormone peak when a person wakes up, then decline during the day. Married people had a faster ... Read more

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Some Partners Need Extra Loving This Valentine's Day

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – The best gift you can give a stressed or depressed partner this Valentine's Day is extra love and support, researchers say. They surveyed more than 1,400 couples on self-esteem, levels of depression and mutual support. The study revealed that when one partner was feeling stressed, support from their mate was associated with improved self-esteem and lower risk of depression in the future. "Efforts from a partner to help alleviate stress may prevent the development or worsening of mental health problems and, in fact, could help keep the relationship healthy," said lead researcher Matthew Johnson. He's an assistant professor at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, in Edmonton, Canada. "When we experience stress, especially high levels of stress, we are particularly vulnerable and perhaps that's why partner support ... Read more

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Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Extremely low birth weight babies may be at increased risk for mental health problems later in life, a new review suggests. Researchers examined 41 studies conducted from 1990 to 2016. The studies included more than 2,700 extremely low birth weight babies (less than 1,000 grams, or just over 2 pounds) and more than 11,000 normal birth weight babies in the United States, Canada and 10 other countries. The extremely low birth weight babies had a higher risk for certain mental health problems. As children, they were more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and as teens they had a greater risk of ADHD and social problems, the researchers found. Compared to adults who were born at a normal weight, those born at an extremely low weight had higher rates of anxiety, depression and shyness, and markedly lower levels of social functioning, ... Read more

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Stress Buster

Posted 8 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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Be Your Child's Valentine

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Feb. 12, 2017 – Valentine's Day is two days away, and it's a great day to show your kids a little extra loving, child health experts say. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers the following advice on making your kids feel special on the holiday and every day. Be positive and encouraging when talking with your children. Avoid mockery, sarcasm and put-downs. Set a good example on how to deal with other people and use words such as "I'm sorry," "please," and "thank you." Lovingly and promptly respond to your children's emotional and physical needs, and always be ready to listen to them. If children are in a bad mood, give them a hug or other sign of affection, and put off talking to them until they're in a better mood. Spend time with children doing things they enjoy and encourage them to be active by going cycling, walking or playing sports with them. Have regular ... Read more

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Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll Trigger Same Good Feelings in Brain

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – If you've ever turned on your favorite song to boost your mood when you're feeling down, the results of a new, small study probably won't surprise you. The research found that the pleasure you feel when you listen to music is triggered by the same brain chemical system that provides the good feelings associated with sex, recreational drugs and food. The study is the first to show that the brain's "opioid system" is directly involved in musical pleasure, according to the researchers at McGill University in Montreal. The researchers used a drug (naltrexone) to block this brain chemical system in 17 college students who volunteered for the study. Then they had the students listen to music. While on the drug, even the study volunteers' favorite songs no longer caused feelings of pleasure, the study authors reported. "The findings, themselves, were what we ... Read more

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Harsh Parenting Can Backfire With Bad Behavior From Teens

Posted 13 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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Sleepovers With Dad Can Be a Win-Win After Divorce

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Infants and toddlers of divorced parents who live with their mother benefit from overnight visits with their father, a new study finds. "Not only did overnight parenting time with fathers during infancy and toddlerhood cause no harm to the mother-child relationship, it actually appeared to benefit children's relationships with both their mothers and their fathers," said study lead author William Fabricius. He's an associate professor of psychology at Arizona State University. "Children who had overnights with their fathers when they were infants or toddlers had higher-quality relationships with their fathers as well as with their mothers when they were 18 to 20 years old than children who had no overnights," Fabricius said in a university news release. This was true whether the overnight visits were court-ordered or agreed upon by parents, or whether parents had ... 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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