Regular Pot Use as Teen Not Tied to Long-Term Health Problems: Study

August 4, 2015

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Regular marijuana use doesn’t appear to put teens at increased risk for depression, lung cancer or other physical and mental health problems later in life, contends a new study that challenges previous research.
“What we found was a little surprising,” lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, a psychology research fellow at […]


This Rx May Boost Survival for Ovarian Cancer Patients, But Too Few Get It

August 4, 2015

Chemotherapy delivered directly into the abdomen significantly improves survival among women with advanced ovarian cancer, a new study finds.


Mindfulness Therapy Might Help Ease PTSD

August 4, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mindfulness therapy seems to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study suggests.
Mindfulness encourages those suffering from PTSD not to avoid disturbing thoughts, feelings and experiences, but rather to accept them and put them in perspective. The approach may help those who […]


U.S. Violent Crime Rate Drops Significantly Since 1980s

August 4, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Violent crime rates have decreased dramatically over the past three decades, largely due to crime prevention efforts that focus on the root causes of violence, researchers say.
Murders in the United States have dropped by more than half, from a peak of 10.7 per 100,000 persons […]


The Surprising Health Risks of Being a Very Picky Eater

August 3, 2015

A kid who is a seriously “picky eater” is also likely to struggle with emotional problems like anxiety and depression, new research suggests.


Taking St. John’s Wort for Depression Carries Risks: Study

July 29, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — St. John’s wort is a popular herbal therapy for depression, but a new Australian study highlights the fact that “natural” does not always equal “safe.”
Using reports filed with Australia’s drug safety agency, the researchers found that adverse reactions to St. John’s wort were similar to […]


Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

July 28, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans.
Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional […]


Psychiatric Woes Often Drive Euthanasia Requests in Belgium

July 28, 2015

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression and personality disorders are common reasons why psychiatric patients in Belgium request help to die due to unbearable suffering, a new study found.
Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002, and involves the use of drugs taken by mouth or given intravenously, the researchers explained.
They reviewed requests […]


Expert Panel Recommends Questionnaire to Help Spot Depression

July 27, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Part of your next visit to your family doctor’s office should be spent filling out a questionnaire to assess whether you’re suffering from depression, an influential panel of preventive medicine experts recommends.
What’s more, people concerned that they might be depressed could download an appropriate questionnaire […]


PTSD Symptoms Persist for Thousands of Vietnam Vets, Study Finds

July 22, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than a quarter-million Vietnam veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms today, four decades after the war’s end, a new study estimates. And at least one-third of them have major depression as well.
“It’s been known for thousands of years that serving in war […]



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