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Domestic Abuse Can Leave Legacy of Poor Health

FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a history of domestic abuse are more likely to develop chronic conditions that cause pain and fatigue, a new study says.

British researchers examined medical records of more than 18,500 women who had suffered domestic abuse between 1995 and 2017 and more than 74,000 who had not been abused, to compare rates of fibromyalgia and chroni...

Two-Thirds of Child Abuse Survivors Do Well as Adults

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two in three survivors of childhood sexual abuse have good mental health, but a new study suggests that social isolation, chronic pain, substance abuse and depression can hinder recovery.

Researchers looked at 651 Canadian survivors to identify factors associated with what the researchers call complete mental health.

"Remarkably, two...

Tough Childhoods Can Leave a Lifetime of Harm, Experts Say

TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Traumatic experiences in childhood can do lifelong harm to physical and mental health, education and work, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

Preventing traumatic childhood experiences -- such as abuse, seeing violence or substance abuse in the home, or having a parent in jail -- could reduce many problems later on...

Adult Support Can Make the Difference for Boys From Tough Neighborhoods

FRIDAY, Sept. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Strong adult social support can help prevent violence among teen boys growing up in poor neighborhoods, new research shows.

The study included nearly 900 boys in poor areas of Pittsburgh, aged 13 to 19, who took part in a sexual violence prevention trial.

The researchers looked at 40 risk behaviors in categories such as youth viol...

1 in 8 Teen Girls Has Faced 'Reproductive Coercion'

FRIDAY, Aug. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A staggering number of teen girls are experiencing an insidious form of relationship abuse: reproductive coercion.

Researchers report that it affects 1 in 8 adolescent girls who are sexually active.

Reproductive coercion is a form of abuse in which a girl or woman is pressured into pregnancy. From a male partner threatening to leave ...

Nearly Half of U.S. Patients Keep Vital Secrets From Their Doctors

THURSDAY, Aug. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of U.S. patients don't tell their physicians about potentially life-threatening risks such as domestic violence, sexual assault, depression or thoughts of suicide, a new study finds.

"For physicians to achieve your best health, they need to know what you are struggling with," said study senior author Angela Fagerlin.

U...

What Happens to the Children When Parents Fight?

THURSDAY, July 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Don't fight in front of the kids."

Sounds like familiar advice that's been passed down from generation to generation. But as it turns out, it's not always the fighting, but rather the way you fight that can have a negative -- or a positive -- effect on your children.

Researchers E. Mark Cummings and Patrick Davies have studied th...

Guns in Home, Greater Odds of Family Homicide

MONDAY, July 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Family members are at risk of being killed in homes with guns in the United States, a new study suggests.

For each 10% jump in home ownership of guns, the risk of someone in the household being killed rises by 13%. The risk of a nonfamily member getting murdered is increased only 2% with gun ownership, researchers found.

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Brain Injury Often a Devastating Side Effect of Domestic Violence

WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A vast majority of battered women have suffered head injuries that are hard to recover from, a new study suggests.

Eighty-one percent of women who've suffered domestic abuse and sought help have suffered a head injury and 83% have been strangled, researchers discovered.

"One in 3 women in the United States has experienced inti...

Alcoholism Harms 53 Million Americans Who Don't Have a Drinking Problem

TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who drink alcohol don't only put themselves at risk, they're also endangering family and friends.

A new study finds the effects of "secondhand" alcohol harms are widespread, with nearly 1 in 5 Americans -- 53 million people -- reporting having been harmed by someone else's drinking during the past year.

Those harms include threa...

Abuse, Injury More Likely When Child is With Male Caregiver: Study

MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young children are far more likely to suffer abuse-related injuries when left in the care of a man, versus a woman. And those injuries are likely to be more severe, a new study finds.

The study included more than 1,600 children under age 4 who were seen for injuries at a pediatric emergency department. Of those, 24% were found to have been ...

Male Victims of Domestic Violence Often Suffer in Silence

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Men who are victims of domestic violence find it hard to get help and the support they need, British researchers report.

"While both men and women are reluctant to seek professional help for their abuse, there is an added barrier for men voiced in these studies, that they may be falsely accused of being the perpetrator. The men also raised w...

Abuse in Childhood Tied to Brain Changes and Later Depression

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Abuse during childhood can cause structural changes in the brain that increase a person's risk of severe and recurrent depression, a new study reveals.

The findings "add further weight to the notion that patients with clinical depression who were mistreated as children are clinically distinct" from people who didn't suffer such trauma in ea...

As More U.S. Homes Have Handguns, Child Deaths Rise

MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. families with young children are buying handguns -- and that might help explain a recent spike in firearm deaths, a new study suggests.

Government figures show that after years of decline, gun-related deaths among U.S. children under age 5 have been on the upswing. Between 2006 and 2016, the rate nearly doubled -- from 0.36 deaths f...

Don't Send Report Cards Home on This Day

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sending report cards home from school on Fridays is linked to a surge in child abuse, a new study finds.

"It's a pretty astonishing finding," said lead study author Melissa Bright, a research scientist with the University of Florida's Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.

"It's sad, but the good news is there...

An Abusive Partner May Worsen Menopause Symptoms

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Emotional abuse may add to the woes of menopause, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that women who are emotionally tormented by a spouse or partner may suffer from more night sweats, painful sex and hot flashes when their periods stop.

"The data show that experience of domestic violence and emotional abuse, sexual assault and...

Kids Get Caught in Deadly Cross-Fire of Domestic Violence

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty percent of homicides of U.S. children ages 2 to 14 years are related to intimate partner violence, a new study indicates.

That's double the rate in the National Violent Death Reporting System, according to Harvard School of Public Health researchers.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 1,400 children in 1...

Global Aid Programs Shortchange Teen Health Needs: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teen health in developing countries is vastly underfunded, researchers report.

While teens represent 26 percent of people in developing countries, teen health received just 1.6 percent of global development aid for health between 2003 and 2016, the study found.

And very little of that money was directed to serious teen problems such ...

Animal Cruelty May Indicate Child Abuse

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children who abuse animals may have been abused themselves, a new study suggests.

Kids aged 10 and up who intentionally hurt animals are two to three times more likely to have been abused than kids who treat animals with respect, said the British researchers who conducted the review.

"Asking about a history of animal abuse in a safe...

Parent's Tough Childhood Can Cast Shadow Across Generations

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When a parent has suffered abuse or other adversities as a child, their children may be more prone to mood and behavior problems, a new study suggests.

Their kids were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And they were four times as likely to have been diagnosed with any mental health diso...

Kids' Exposure to Domestic Violence Takes Economic Toll

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The long-term effects of children's exposure to domestic violence costs the U.S. economy about $55 billion a year, a new study reports.

Researchers concluded that by the time children who were exposed to domestic violence reach age 64, the average cost to the nation's economy over their lifetime totals nearly $50,000 per child.

Those c...

If You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused or Neglected, Report It

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You should alert authorities if you suspect a child is being hurt or is in danger, a child abuse expert says.

The issue is in the spotlight with the recent arrest of David and Louise Turpin, the California couple accused of abusing their 13 children for years.

Members of the public can report concerns anonymously, which is what happen...

Dating Violence Tied to Spankings in Childhood

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spanking your child may have unintended consequences as he or she forges adult romantic relationships years later, a new study suggests.

The study found that spanked kids tended to have higher odds of being violent toward their dating partners, researchers said.

"While we can't say that spanking causes later violence, it follows tha...

Study: Tougher Gun Laws Help Prevent Domestic Violence Deaths

THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More stringent gun laws might spur a decline in domestic violence murders, new research suggests.

Thirteen states and federal law prohibit people convicted of domestic violence from buying guns. But the study found that states that extended this ban to people convicted of any violent crime had 23 percent fewer domestic violence murders.

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Trauma Greets Many Illegal Immigrants in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American dream is nightmarish for many illegal immigrants. More than three-quarters living in a city near the California-Mexico border have suffered a traumatic event, a new study reveals.

The result: Many are living with significant psychological distress, say researchers from Rice University in Houston.

"Our findings are al...

Gun Injuries Getting More Severe, Experts Say

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals have been tackling increasingly serious injuries in the gunshot victims they treat, a 20-year review reports.

"The severity of hospitalized firearm injuries [has] increased significantly," said researcher Bindu Kalesan, amounting to what she described as "a significantly elevated cumulative probability of death and disability fro...