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Green Spaces Give Mental Boost, Even When White With Snow

If you need a body image boost, go outdoors.

Whether you’re in green space, a blue space near a river or the ocean or even a snowy environment, it can make a difference.

“A body of evidence now exists showing that nature exposure — living close to, frequenting or engaging with environments such as forests and parks — is associated with a range of physical and psychological...

Long COVID Often Brings Another Issue: Stigma

People with long COVID deal with months or years of punishing fatigue, mind-numbing brain fog or a frightening fight to take each and every breath.

But they can also face the skepticism of others, a new study finds -- employers and doctors questioning whether they're really sick, friends avoiding them, family losing patience.

About 95% of people living with long COVID say they've ex...

Relax, a Little Stress Might Be Good for You

If holiday demands get you frazzled, you can take heart from a new study: When it comes to stress, a little is good.

“The bad outcomes of stress are pretty clear and not new,” said Assaf Oshri, lead author of the study and an associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sci...

A Purpose in Life Might Lengthen Your Life

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Having a clear purpose in life could reduce your risk for premature death.

That's the conclusion of researchers who spent eight years tracking about 13,000 Americans over age 50.

Those who considered their life particularly purposeful were found to have about a 15% risk of death from any cause during the tracking period, t...

A Beloved Pet's Death Can Trigger Deep Grief. Finding Support Can Be Tough

Anyone who's ever loved a pet like a member of the family knows that the grief when that dog, cat or other furry friend dies can be devastating.

But too often, finding others who truly understand and support that sense of loss can be challenging.

Michelle Crossley, a mental health counselor, ...

Caregiving Can Heighten Loneliness, or Ease It

Taking care of a loved one can either be a break from loneliness or help to bring loneliness on, depending on your circumstances, new research shows.

Researchers broadly studied the issue, using data from 28 studies with more than 190,000 participants in 21 countries. They found certain types of caregiving — such as volunteering and caring for grandchildren — offered protection agains...

Transgender Youth Much More Likely to Have Troubled Sleep

Transgender youth are more likely than others to experience sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, and researchers now recommend these young people be screened for sleep problems.

“Transgender and gender-nonconforming identity may precede mental health disorders, and both influence insomnia diagnosis,” said study co-author

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  • November 24, 2022
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  • Tips for 'Stomaching' the Holidays If You Have IBS

    Stress affects gut health and intensifies pain, which — for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — can make traveling to see family during the holiday season excruciating.

    “People living with IBS often say the holidays are especially stressful, above and beyond the typical holiday stress most people report having," said

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  • November 24, 2022
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  • Mental Health Care Shortage Could Play Role in U.S. Youth Suicides

    The kids aren't alright.

    Up to 1 in 5 children in the United States has a mental health condition, but only about half of those who need mental health care are now receiving it. What's more, suicide is the second leading cause of death among U.S. kids and teens, and youth suicide rates have been rising over the last decade.

    Now, about one year after the U.S. Surgeon General cit...

    Words Can Wound When Parents Talk to Kids About Obesity

    With U.S. health officials calling childhood obesity a public health crisis, conversations about weight are important. But what you say to your kids can be challenging, and even counterproductive, a new study found.

    "Body weight is a sensitive issue and the way we talk about it matters," said lead author

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  • November 21, 2022
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  • Is Mind-Altering Ayahuasca Safe? No, But Folks Who Try It May Not Care

    THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Ayahuasca, a powerful psychoactive drug derived from a South American plant, is a traditional Amazonian-based medicine and an increasingly popular hallucinogenic brew used by devotees worldwide.

    But what is the ayahuasca experience really like?

    An

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  • November 17, 2022
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  • Suicide Rates Declining for White Americans, But Not for Minorities

    In a finding that illustrates just how deeply racial disparities permeate the U.S. health care system, a new government report finds that suicide rates dipped slightly among white Americans while they rose for Black and Hispanic Americans.

    "Although the recent decline in suicide rates for non-Hispanic whi...

    Pandemic Saw Big Rise in Deaths to Millennials From Multiple Causes

    Americans aged 25 to 44 — so-called millennials — are dying at significantly higher rates from three leading killers than similarly aged people just 10 years ago, the latest government data shows.

    Looking at data collected between 2000 and 2020, the new report from the U.S. National Center for He...

    Demand for Mental Health Care Has U.S. Psychologists Overwhelmed: Survey

    Though the COVID-19 pandemic has eased, a mental health crisis persists, a nationwide survey of U.S. psychologists reveals.

    And growing demand for help with depression, anxiety and substance use issues means many psychologists across the United States are unable to take on new patients, according to the American Psychological Association's 2022 COVID-19 Practitioner Impact

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  • November 16, 2022
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  • LGBTQ Youth Have Double the Risk for Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts

    A new study that looks at suicide risk among U.S. teens who are lesbian, gay and bisexual finds they have disproportionately high rates of suicidal thoughts, planning and attempts compared to their heterosexual peers.

    “The major message of this paper is that among a group of survivors of these types of violence, those who identify as a sexual minority are more likely to develop suicidal...

    Binge Eating Disorder Looks Different in Brains of Boys and Girls

    The brains of girls and boys who have binge eating disorder show key differences, according to a new study.

    That's an important finding, researchers say, because both genders struggle with eating disorders, yet treatments are mainly targeted at girls.

    "Males have been excluded from rese...

    Mindfulness Program Equals Antidepressants in Easing Anxiety Disorders

    A new study harnesses the power of mindfulness to help overanxious people calm themselves -- and the benefit may equal the use of an antidepressant, according to researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

    Olga Cannistraro said practicing mindfulness certainly helped her. "There was something excessive about the way I responded to my environment," she explaine...

    Doctor's Office Stress Test Could Gauge Your Heart Risk

    Evaluating a person's psychological stress can be a good way to gauge their risk of heart and blood vessel disease, new research suggests.

    And a brief questionnaire could help with the assessment, the study findings showed.

    “Our study is part of the accumulating evidence that psychological distress is a really important factor in a cardiovascular diagnosis, such as the other healt...

    Single Dose of Psychedelic Curbs Depression, But Study Raises Concerns

    A single psychedelic trip with psilocybin -- the mind-altering component of magic mushrooms -- appears to lift the fog of major depression in some hard-to-treat patients, a new clinical trial reports.

    A 25-milligram dose of a synthetic psilocybin compound called COMP360 caused a "rapid and durable response" in more than a third of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression, sa...

    'First Impression' Factors That Matter When Dating Turns to Love

    THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to love, first impressions matter.

    But what exactly fuels the flames of romance?

    It turns out that compatibility and popularity are two of the key factors shaping who people pursue as potential partners, a new speed-dating study suggests.

    “Although we expected that compatibility would be an importan...

    Does Good Sleep Help Women Climb the Corporate Ladder?

    For women, the key to getting ahead at work could be getting more shut-eye.

    Quality sleep boosted women’s moods, which then made them more intent on work achievements, a new study found.

    Researchers from Washington State University and University of Minnesota-Duluth surveyed 135 U.S. workers (men and women) twice a day for over two weeks to study this issue, gaining 2,200 obser...

    Impact of Racism Could Slow Recovery After Heart Attack

    TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Discrimination doesn’t just cause emotional pain in the moment, it may affect a victim's physical recovery from a heart attack, new research suggests.

    In studying more than 2,600 heart attack survivors between the ages of 18 and 55, researchers found that those reporting more perceived discrimination were more likely to have p...

    Pregnancy Often More Stressful for Women With Autism

    Women who have autism are more vulnerable during pregnancy to depression and anxiety, according to a new British study.

    That makes it imperative that effective mental health screening and support is available to help this group, said lead researcher Sarah Hampton, from the University of Cambridge.

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    You're Eating Healthier These Days, But Is It as Healthy As You Think?

    People trying to adopt a healthier diet probably aren't the best judges of how well they're actually eating, a new study discovers.

    Only about 1 in 4 people could accurately estimate how healthy...

    Workplace Bullies May Help Produce Conspiracy Theorists: Study

    MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Conspiracy theories have abounded during the COVID-19 pandemic and in American politics in recent years.

    Now, researchers overseas say they have identified a link between being bullied in the workplace and developing conspiracy theories, which they define as "explanations for important events that involve secret plots by powerful and malevolent g...

    How Healthy Is Horror?

    That intense feeling of fear as you watch Jason Voorhees chase his next victim while wearing a hockey mask in "Friday the 13th" might actually be good for you. It also might not be.

    Researchers report that horror's impact is really in the eye of the beholder, a little different for everyone but not all bad.

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    Scientists Use Sound to Ease Patients' Chronic Nightmares

    THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- People plagued by frequent nightmares may find relief from hearing a specific sound as they sleep, a new, small study suggests.

    It's estimated that about 4% of adults have nightmares that are frequent and distressing enough to impair their sleep and daily functioning. In some cases, the nightmares are related to an underlying ...

    Who's Got the Strongest Sex Drive, Men or Women?

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Perhaps to no one's surprise, new research has determined that men do, in fact, have a much stronger sex drive than women.

    After reviewing more than 200 studies, investigators "found that men consistently report a higher sex drive," said study author Julius Frankenbach, a doctoral student of psychology at Saarland University...

    As Young Doctors' Work Hours Rise, So Do Odds for Depression

    MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Training to become a doctor can be grueling, and now a new study finds a direct correlation between longer work hours and depression symptoms in first-year residents.

    Medical residency -- the training that new doctors undergo at hospitals or clinics -- is infamous for its

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  • October 24, 2022
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  • Surgeon General Says 'Toxic Workplaces' Take Big Toll on Workers' Health

    Just about anyone who's ever dealt with a toxic work environment can tel you about the toll it takes on your physical and mental health.

    Now, the U.S. government is backing that perception up with some evidence.

    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 21, 2022
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  • 'Friends' Star Matthew Perry Reveals Harrowing Addiction Journey

    Just a few years ago, "Friends" actor Matthew Perry almost died from opioid overuse that nearly destroyed his colon and almost killed him.

    Now, he's sober and wants to tell his story.

    Perry has written a memoir,

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  • October 20, 2022
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  • Homicide a Leading Cause of Death for Pregnant U.S. Women

    It's not high blood pressure, hemorrhage or sepsis that is more likely to kill pregnant women -- it's their husbands and boyfriends.

    Homicide is a leading cause of death in pregnant women in the United States, and the risk is growing, researchers warned in a new study published Oct. 19 in the BMJ.

    It's ...

    Feds Make Big Funding Push for More Mental Health Clinics

    The federal government is pumping millions more dollars into an effort to expand the United States' network of community mental health centers.

    Up to 15 states now can apply for $1 million grants to help plan new

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  • October 18, 2022
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  • Too Few Young People Get Mental Health Follow-Up After ER Visit

    When teens and young adults go to the emergency room or are hospitalized for critical mental health issues a staggering number are not receiving quick follow-up care, new U.S. research finds.

    Researchers at the University of Massachusetts looked at more than 100,000 ER visits of young people ages 12 to 27 who have private insurance. Only about 29% received follow-up care within seve...

    Study Debunks Theory That Depressed People Are Just More 'Realistic'

    Some people believe in the idea of “depressive realism” — that depressed people are just more realistic than others about how much they control their lives. But a new study upends that theory.

    The idea has been around for about four decades, ever since a 1979 study of college students that seemed to support the theory.

    That study looked at whether students could predict how ...

    Lifetime of Stress Tied to Big Rise in Cancer Risk

    Over time, men and women under chronic stress face a significantly higher risk that they will die as a result of cancer, a new study warns.

    The finding comes from an analysis of more than three decades of U.S. data from a federal health and nutrition survey.

    After adjusting f...

    Scientists Transplant Human Brain Cells Into Rat Brains, a Boon to Research

    Human brain tissue has been successfully transplanted into the brains of rats using a cutting-edge experimental procedure, say researchers. They envision the achievement as a promising new frontier in medical research.

    Groups of living human nerve cells have become integrated into the brains of laboratory rats, creating hybrid brain circuits that can be activated through input from the ra...

    Fears of Robots Taking Jobs Are Common, But May Be Unrealistic

    As some workplaces have added robots to the crew, workers in the United States and parts of Asia are feeling uneasy.

    Concerns about robots also happen even in industries where they're not used yet, according to new research.

    “Some economists theorize that robots are more likely to take over blue-collar jobs faster than whit...

    Teens Can Be Tough on Parents. Staying Close Can Make All the Difference.

    Parents who make an effort to spend quality time with their teens -- while offering affection and understanding -- are more likely to remain close to them as they enter adulthood, new research suggests.

    “The data tell a clear story: You reap what you sow,” said lead author Gregory Fosco, a professor of human development and family studies at Pennsylvania State University.

    Parent...

    Family Meals Together Ease Stress, Survey Confirms

    Experts have long suggested that family dinners serve up many health benefits.

    Now, a new survey from the American Heart Association backs that up: An overwhelming 91% of parents said their family is less stressed when they break bread with each other.

    “Sharing meals with others...

    Americans Are Prioritizing Mental Health, With New 988 Hotline There to Help

    As the 988 crisis line debuts across the United States, a new Harris Poll shows that Americans are ready to make mental health and suicide prevention a top priority.

    Over eight in 10 adults now believe it's more important than ever to consider suicide prevention a national public health crisis, according to the poll spon...

    With Days Getting Shorter, Are You at Risk for Seasonal Depression?

    When summer turns to fall, the shorter days can cause some people to feel the "winter blues." Now one expert offers information on how to cope with seasonal depression, which comes during the cold, dark months of the year.

    Also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the condition ca...

    America's Teen Athletes Are Bouncing Back After Pandemic Lows

    Before the pandemic, Theodore Kleinman, then a rising high school freshman, was excited to earn his spot on the varsity track team. Aside from staying in shape, he was also looking forward to making new friends and being part of a group.

    Unfortunately, COVID shutdowns derailed those plans. Now, as a junior, the New York City teen is finally back on track -- literally and figuratively. "I ...

    Instagram 'Post-Baby' Body Shots Don't Reflect Average Women, Study Finds

    Millions of women routinely check Instagram after giving birth, only to see posts by other new moms showing off how fast they got back into svelte shape.

    Of course, photos like those can be a real downer for women who don't have the time or resources to lose pregnancy weight...

    Petting a Dog Does Your Brain Some Good

    If you have dogs, you probably already know that petting them can give you a lift.

    Researchers set out to prove that using technology to show what happens in the brain when stroking or sitting next to a dog. They also compared that to petting a stuffed animal.

    They found that when study participants viewed, felt and touched real dogs it led to increasingly high levels of activity ...

    Yoga, Mindfulness Could Be Powerful Tools to Manage Blood Sugar

    Yoga, meditation and other mindfulness practices may help people with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar — nearly to the degree that standard medications like metformin do, a new analysis suggests.

    That does not mean people should swap their medication for

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  • October 5, 2022
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  • Sexual Issues Can Plague Young Women Who've Survived Cancer

    Young women who have survived cancer are at risk of having sexual problems, such as loss of libido and discomfort, a new study finds.

    The quality of the survivor's sex life is also influenced by the type of cancer she experienced and the intensity of the treatment, researchers found.

    "This is one...

    Could a Folic Acid Prescription Help Prevent Suicide?

    More than 1 million Americans attempted suicide in 2020, and a new study is hinting at a potential way to reduce that risk: prescription folic acid.

    The study, of more than 800,000 Americans in a health care database, found that when people were on prescription folic acid, their likelihood of being treated for

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  • September 30, 2022
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  • Fitness Trackers Could Get You Stepping More -- Even If You Don't Look at Them

    Wearing a fitness tracker may help you get more steps in -- even if you never give it a glance.

    A new study found that folks who wore a pedometer averaged 318 more steps a day than those who didn't, even without specific

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  • September 30, 2022
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  • Attending Church Might Lengthen Black Men's Lives

    Places of worship may provide respite for Black men that not only enhances their lives, but may extend them, new research suggests.

    "Black men have been oppressed, commodified, surveilled and criminalized like no other group in U.S. history and they often experience disproportionately high levels of social and psychological stress from

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