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Meditation May Ease Pain, Anxiety From Breast Cancer Biopsy: Study

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Meditation and music may reduce pain, anxiety and fatigue associated with a breast cancer biopsy, a new study suggests.
Researchers from the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C., evaluated 121 women who listened to recorded meditation or music, or received standard care during image-guided needle biopsies.
The meditation focused on […]


Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won’t Raise Seniors’ Dementia Risk: Study

February 3, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Taking one of a class of anti-anxiety pills that includes Ativan, Valium or Xanax does not increase older adults’ risk of dementia, a new study finds.
However, experts note that these drugs — collectively called benzodiazepines — can have other side effects and should still be used […]


Transcendental Meditation May Help Relieve PTSD

January 12, 2016

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Transcendental meditation may help ease post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in some soldiers and seems to reduce their need for medication, a new study finds.
“Regular practice of transcendental meditation provides a habit of calming down and healing the brain,” study lead author Vernon Barnes, a physiologist at the […]


Wage Gap May Be One Reason Why Women Have Higher Risk of Depression

January 11, 2016

The wage gap between American women and men might be one reason why women have higher rates of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests.


Here’s a Treatment That Can Reduce Your Fear of the Dentist

January 5, 2016

Many people are familiar with the fear that can precede a visit to the dentist, but new research shows that talk therapy can help.


How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery

December 18, 2015

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents can do a number of things to prepare their children for surgery, experts say.
Children, especially younger ones, may experience separation anxiety and fear. They’re also likely to pick up on their parents’ feelings, according to Dr. Dorothy Rocourt, a pediatric surgeon at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
“If […]


Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

December 12, 2015

SATURDAY, Dec. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Celebrating is the last thing some people feel like doing during the holiday season.
“The holidays can be an especially difficult time for people who are depressed or grieving,” Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, said in a foundation news release.
“People who […]


Brain’s Signaling Systems Might Determine PTSD Severity: Study

December 10, 2015

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appear to have an imbalance between two of the brain’s signaling systems, a new study suggests.
The greater the imbalance between the two neurochemical systems — serotonin and substance P — the more severe the PTSD symptoms, the Swedish researchers reported.
For the study, […]


Bullying Can Leave Lasting Mental Scars

December 9, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Bullying can lead to lasting psychological effects for both victims and tormentors, researchers report.
More than 20 percent of children who have suffered bullying are prone to depression serious enough to require medical help by their late 20s, researchers from Finland said.
“Frequent victimization at age 8 […]


Dogs May Ease a Child’s Fears

November 29, 2015

SUNDAY, Nov. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The companionship of a dog may lower a child’s anxiety levels, a new study suggests.
The researchers looked at almost 650 children aged 18 months and older who were screened for anxiety. Of those children, 58 percent had a dog at home.
Only 12 percent of children with dogs tested […]



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