Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

June 30, 2015

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The area of the brain involved in forming new memories, known as the hippocampus, seems to shrink in people with recurring depression, a new study shows.
Australian researchers say the findings highlight the need to spot and treat depression when it first develops, particularly among young people.
Ian Hickie, who […]

1 in 3 American Adults Owns a Gun, Survey Finds

June 29, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Guns are owned by nearly one in three Americans. And many of those people are part of a “social gun culture” that includes hunters and gun club members, a new survey finds.
“We were not surprised by the degree of gun ownership,” said study lead author […]

U.S. Kids Suffer High Rates of Assault, Abuse, Study Finds

June 29, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than one-third of U.S. children and teens have been physically assaulted — mostly by siblings and peers — in the past year, a new study finds.
And one in 20 kids has been physically abused by a parent or another caregiver in the same time […]

1 in 5 Teens May Be Bullied on Social Media

June 22, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new review suggests that estimates of cyberbullying are all over the place, ranging as low as 5 percent and as high as 74 percent.
But some findings are consistent: Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed and to be female, and cyberbullying mostly […]

Poor Health as Teen, Poor Job Prospects Later, Study Suggests

June 22, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mental or physical health problems during the teen years may make it harder to get a good job or to complete higher education later on, a new research review suggests.
“Chronic health conditions and particularly mental health conditions contribute substantially to education and employment outcomes,” said […]

‘Friends and Family’ OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts’ Lives

June 18, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Friends and family members have saved the lives of tens of thousands of narcotic drug users from overdoses by using emergency injection kits containing naloxone (Narcan) — a medication that can potentially reverse the effects of some narcotic drugs, a new federal report says.
Almost 27,000 […]

Using Same Hospital for Complications After Surgery Lowers Death Risk: Study

June 18, 2015

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Surgery patients who suffer complications after discharge from a hospital are more likely to die if they’re readmitted to a different hospital than where they had their original operation, a new study finds.
University of Utah researchers reviewed information on millions of Medicare patients who underwent one of 12 […]

Brain Injury May Hurt Job Prospects of U.S. Veterans

June 17, 2015

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Finding a job can be difficult for U.S. veterans who suffered a brain injury while deployed in recent wars, a new study finds.
For the study, researchers compared 67 veterans who had suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with 67 veterans without such injuries […]

Psychosis Rarely Linked to Violent Crime, Study Says

June 12, 2015

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — It’s rare that people with mental illness have hallucinations and delusions before they commit violent crimes, researchers say.
“High-profile mass shootings capture public attention and increase vigilance of people with mental illness. But our findings clearly show that psychosis rarely leads directly to violence,” said study lead author Jennifer […]

Poor Sleep, Snoring Before Diagnosis Tied to Trouble for Breast Cancer Patients

June 12, 2015

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer patients who had poor sleep and frequent snoring before their cancer diagnosis appear to have lower survival rates, a new study finds.
The study, which was not designed to prove cause-and-effect, included more than 18,000 cancer patients whose progress was tracked in the Women’s Health Initiative study.
All […]


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