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U.S. suicide numbers reached a grim new high in 2022.

The increase was most acute among women over the age of 24, according to provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Overall, almost 49,500 people lost their lives to suicide in 2022, the report found, a 3% rise from the nearly 48,200 deaths recorded in 2021.

That makes the 2022 death toll ...

The world is being flooded with internet-driven misinformation, but there are ways to counter fake news with the facts, a new report says.

These include aggressive fact-checking, preemptively debunking lies before they take root and nudging people to be more skeptical before sharing information, the American Psychological Association analysis found.

The product of more than a year�...

It might seem that surfing the web could cause a person’s mental health to suffer, but a landmark new study has concluded that internet use poses no major threat to people’s psychological well-being.

Researchers compared country-level internet and broadband use to the mental well-being of millions of people in dozens of countries, and came away with no evidence that the internet is ca...

Abandoned animals, kids with cancer, disabled veterans:  These and other pitches for charity can move your emotions and have you reaching for your credit card. 

But beware: Especially around the holidays, fake charity scammers are hard at work trying to part you from your hard-earned cash.  

  • Ernie Mundell and Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporters
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  • TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) —Traffic, crowds and unforeseen delays and disruptions can turn holiday travel from celebratory to chaos in a flash — especially if you're prone to anxiety.

    Being aware of your triggers can help you be ready for any glitches that arise.

    "Triggers might include uncertainty of traffic, flight delays, being in public places, or seeing friends...

    The song says ‘tis the season to be jolly, but many Americans find it to be more the season of stress and worry, a new survey reports.

    The strain of inflation and world affairs this year are adding to the other holiday-time stressors to create a toxic mental health cocktail, according to findings from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine.

    Survey re...

    It's been around for a century, and electroconvulsive therapy -- formerly known as electroshock therapy -- has helped countless people with psychiatric conditions feel better.

    But even the physicians who've used it have had little clue as to how it works.

    Now, a team the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) believe they've unraveled that mystery.

    “We’re solving a pu...

    Middle-aged folks with lots of belly fat surrounding their internal organs appear to be at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease later in life, a new study suggests.

    This hidden abdominal fat -- known as visceral fat -- is related to changes in the brain up to 15 years before the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s manifest, according to findings to be presented at next week’s annual mee...

    Have a hard time looking others in the eye?

    You aren’t alone, Canadian researchers report.

    Eye-to-eye contact rarely occurs when two people are talking, they found.

    “We discovered that participants spent only about 12% of conversation time in interactive looking, meaning that they gazed at each other's faces simultaneously for just 12% of the interaction duration,” said ...

    A pregnant woman's mental health might have profound effects on the mind of her unborn child, a new evidence review warns.

    Children appear to be at higher risk for mental health and behavior issues if their moms were highly stressed, anxious or depressed during pregnancy, researchers report.

    In particular, children were more likely to have ADHD symptoms or exhibit aggressive or host...

    FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Scams are nothing new and older folks are known to be vulnerable to them, but a new poll adds another sad fact to the familiar story.

    Among people aged 50 to 80, those who reported being in fair or poor physical or mental health, those with disa...

    Good news is fun to share, but you get more of a charge from it if you keep it under your hat for a while, a new study says.

    Keeping good news a secret for a bit before telling someone else appears to make people feel more energized and alive, according to findings published Nov. 13 in the Journal of Personality ...

    New mothers living in states with generous mandated paid family and medical leave are less likely to experience postpartum depression, a new study indicates.

    They also are more likely to breastfeed their newborns.

    “By increasing mothers’ ability to breastfeed and reducing postpartum-depressive symptoms, strong state paid family and medical leave laws provide a major boost to the...

    The party drug and anesthetic ketamine is starting to show promise in trials as a treatment for depression.

    But new research also suggests that hundreds of U.S. clinics may be misleading consumers, hawking off-label and unapproved ketamine to treat a variety of mental health and pain conditions.

    “These are expensive treatments for which patients generally must pay out of pocket a...

    A kinder, more thoughtful workplace can lead to better heart health among older employees, a new study finds.

    Older workers’ heart health risk factors decreased significantly when their office employed interventions designed to reduce work-family conflicts, researchers report in the Nov. 8 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

    Specifically, their heart risk fact...

    Many people with type 2 diabetes also struggle with depression, and this combination can lead to premature death, researchers say.

    “More than 35 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 95 million have prediabetes, making diabetes one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.,” said study co-author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 7, 2023
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  • Gun violence causes a ripple effect that creates a lasting impact on young people lucky enough to survive being shot, as well as their families, a comprehensive new study finds.

    Child and teenaged gunshot survivors carry the physical and emotional scars of violence, and their families suffer even more dramatic aftereffects, the Harvard-associated researchers found.

    “The unspeakabl...

    Money may not buy happiness, but it can help make life more satisfying, a new U.S. government survey shows.

    In 2021, just under 5% of U.S. adults said they were "dissatisfied" with their lives. And researchers found those feelings were more common in households making less than 200% of the federal poverty level — or about $55,000 a year for a family of four.

    Among those relatively...

    More than a year after its launch, public awareness of the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline remains moderate, a new survey found.

    However, awareness is highest among people who need it most — those in serious psychological distress.

    Survey participants with serious distress were 45% more likely to have heard of 988 than those with no distress. Further, those in moderate ...

    Playing professional football, especially if you are a lineman, may shorten your life, a new study suggests.

    The University of Minnesota researchers thought that perhaps professional football players are unlike “American men in general” in ways that determine their future health.

    “When we started digging into the literature on later life health outcomes for professional Americ...

    Experts have long wondered whether diagnoses for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the youngest children in a class would hold.

    A new study suggests that being the youngest, and possibly most immature, did not appear to make a difference.

    “We know the youngest children in their year group are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD -- but many believe this is becaus...

    MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Matthew Perry, one of the stars of the beloved television sitcom “Friends,” died on Saturday.

    Perry, 54, was best known for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the long-running show, but he also starred in many other roles.

    Capt. Scot Williams, of the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide division, confirmed Perry's death, the ...

    Health workers are experiencing ever-increasing levels of harassment and burnout in the wake of the pandemic, a new federal survey has found.

    Reports of harassment on the job more than doubled during the pandemic years, and nearly half of health care workers often experience feelings of burnout, according to survey results published Oct. 24 in a new

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 25, 2023
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  • Many college kids are depressed and anxious, especially when they are a minority on campus or the first in their family to go to a university, a new study finds.

    These feelings may be particularly pronounced among minorities attending mostly white colleges, the researchers reported. In that setting, more than half of Black and Hispanic students reported feelings of mild depression and 17%...

    A virtual reality program helped hoarders clear out their clutter, researchers report.

    Hoarding disorder, which strikes more than 2.5% of Americans, has only been defined as a mental health condition for 10 years, and it's both debilitating and hard to treat.

    So, researchers at Stanford Medicine recently conducted a small pilot study to see if a newer technology — virtual reality ...

    People who live alone have a greater risk of dying from cancer, a new study warns.

    Researchers from the American Cancer Society showed that U.S. adults who live alone had a 32% higher risk of cancer death than those who live with others. For men that was even higher, at 38% greater risk, while women living alone had a 30% higher risk.

    The data was particularly concerning for ...

    Stigma can take a toll on lesbian, gay and bisexual teens, leading to high rates of binge-eating disorders, researchers say.

    Compared to their non-LGBTQ peers, lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are more than twice as likely to report binge eating, according to a new study.

    Bullying, discrimination and stigma because of sexual orientation can be stressors that lead to poor self-esteem...

    Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly three times more likely to develop dementia than other adults, a new study suggests.

    The results also indicate that treatment with ADHD medication may help reduce their dementia risk. No clear uptick in dementia risk was found among ADHD patients who received psychostimulant medication.

    "More than 3% of the adult...

    "Trigger warnings" are now widely accepted as away to help people avoid harm from disturbing content. Trouble is, they just don't work, according to new research.

    Trigger warnings seem like an obvious good: They alert people that a book, video or other media will depict a fraught topic such as sexual assault, abuse or suicide.

    Forewarned, consumers can skip the content or a...

    Women are more likely to develop depression after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a new study shows.

    The analysis of nine published studies included nearly 700,000 people and found that the risk for depression among women after a TBI was nearly 50% higher than it is for men.

    "Depression is a known risk factor for poor recovery after TBI," said lead researcher

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 17, 2023
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  • Whether or not you have loved ones in the Middle East, the horrors of the violence and suffering in Israel and Gaza are heart-wrenching and difficult to bear.

    “It's important to be informed, but don't stress yourself out," said Dr. Gary Small, chair of psych...

    For dogs, body size matters.

    That's true in terms of how quickly they age, but also in their mental health, according to a new study comparing big and little canines.

    Age-related decline starts at 7 to 8 years of age in big dogs, compared to 10 to 11 years in smaller ...

    After a massive five-year effort, researchers have unveiled an “atlas” that gives an unprecedented look at the intricacies of the human brain.

    The atlas, which will be available to researchers everywhere, can be seen as similar to the atlases we all know: a book of maps.

    But this one catalogues human br...

    Adult acne can significantly change how women are perceived in social settings, a new study finds.

    And where the acne is located on the face changes the onlooker's perception.

    Researchers tracked eye movements of 245 study participants looking at pictures of women with clear skin or acne on different parts of their faces. Faces with acne were perceived as significantly less attract...

    Most folks know that certain antidepressants have to be taken for a few weeks before people start seeing improvement, and now a new study sheds light on that delay.

    Scientists have discovered this is because of physical changes in the brain that unfold over those first few weeks of using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and lead to greater brain plasticity.

    SSRIs incl...

    Raging wildfires, droughts, floods and record-breaking heat brought on by climate change are taking a toll on kids' already fragile mental health.

    This is the main message from a new report by the American Psychological Association and the climate advocacy organization ecoAme...

    Renting a home, rather than owning it outright, may speed up the body's aging process, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that when compared with people who owned their home outright (no mortgage), those who rented showed signs of faster "biological aging" — which meant their body cells and tissues were a bit "older."

    On average, the impact was equivalent to just a small frac...

    Americans are losing sleep over worries about money, a new survey reveals.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) polled about 2,000 U.S. adults, finding that 69% reported lost sleep due to concerns about job security and 75% were kept up with ...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about risks of using compounded versions of the drug ketamine, often taken for psychiatric disorders.

    Compounded products are not evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. They're also not regulated like approved drugs, so they present a greater risk.

    “Although compounded drugs can serve an important medical need ...

    Former pro football players with symptoms of depression or anxiety are far more likely to receive an unverifiable diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) than players without those mental health conditions, a new study reports.

    Players with depression are 9.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with CTE, while players with both depression and anxiety are 12 times more likely, th...

    New research suggests that concert goers may synchronize their breathing and more as they listen to the intricacies of a classical symphony performance.

    Previous studies have shown that music may be able to induce synchronization in listeners, but the authors of this study said there has been little investigation into whether concert audiences actually become synchronized.

    This new ...

    Postpartum depression is commonly thought of as something new moms experience, but fathers can also suffer from these feelings when entering this phase of life.

    A pilot study from the University of Illinois Chicago suggests new dads should also be screened for the condition. Addressing their health may also be an important tool for improving the maternal health crisis, given that the phys...

    In the United States, "conversion therapy” for LGBTQ people has been widely condemned by major medical associations. Not only that, nearly half of the country has now banned the practice for minors.

    But a new review of 16 investigations across six nations suggests conversion therapy is hardly a thing of the past.

    On average, nearly one of every 10 LGBTQ individuals around the worl...

    More than 80% of eligible Americans did not get a COVID-19 booster shot last fall. Now, a new study reveals the reasons for the hesitation.

    Nearly 40% of survey participants said a prior COVID-19 infection factored into their decision to not get the booster. Another 31.5% were worried about side effects. And an additional 28% didn't think a booster would provide extra protection, while 23...

    While studies of ADHD and driving usually target teens, a new one focused on seniors found they have a significantly higher risk of car crashes.

    Older adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were also more likely to slam on the brakes and get traffic tickets, th...

    In yet another reminder of the psychic toll the pandemic has taken on young people, new research shows spending on mental health services for U.S. children and adolescents has risen sharply since 2020.

    It climbed 26% for youths aged 19 and younger between March 2020 and August 2022, the RAND Corp. study found. Among a large group whose families had employer-provided insurance, use of ment...

    Loneliness can leave many feeling desolate, but new research now suggests it may also leave people vulnerable to Parkinson's disease.

    Among more than 490,000 people listed in the UK Biobank who were followed for up to 15 years, loneliness appeared to increase the chances of a Parkinson's diagnosis by 37%.

    "The association between loneliness and incident Parkinson's disease was not d...

    Megan Thee Stallion is urging you to check on your friends.

    The rapper, whose offstage name is Megan Pete, is part of a new public service announcement called Seize the Awkward, a national campaign to encourage young people to talk to friends about mental health.

    “It's important that we regularly check in on our friends a...

    The Biden administration is allocating $232.2 million in grants to help stem suicides and improve behavioral health care for at-risk groups.

    Suicide is happening at an “alarming” rate, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    Last year alone, nearly 50,000 Americans died by suicide, up 2.6% from 2021, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ...

    A newer understanding of multiple sclerosis (MS) suggests that psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression may emerge long before classic MS symptoms.

    “For a long time, it was thought that MS only really began clinically when a person experienced their first demyelinating event, such as in the form of vision problems,” said senior author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 27, 2023
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