Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression

October 24, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — October’s shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert.
People affected by seasonal affective disorder, also called SAD, may feel overly tired, lack motivation and even have trouble getting out of bed. In extreme cases, SAD can lead to [...]

Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for ‘Swinging’ Couples

October 24, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Multiple drug use put couples who “swing” at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new study shows.
Swingers are defined as heterosexual couples who have group sex, swap partners and/or visit sex clubs for couples. Researchers looked at 289 people, average age 49, in the Netherlands who [...]

Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults

October 24, 2014

By Mary Elizabeth DallasHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults.
Despite everyone’s busy schedules, researchers found that just one or two gatherings around the kitchen [...]

‘Exposure Therapy’ May Relieve Prolonged Grief Disorder

October 23, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Reliving the death of a loved one may help people with prolonged grief disorder, a new study suggests.
Exposure therapy, as this approach is called, appears to help survivors struggling with prolonged grief better than another type of therapy alone, the study found.
Prolonged grief disorder, also [...]

Teen Conflicts Spill Over to Other Areas of Their Lives

October 23, 2014

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens’ conflicts at home increase the risk of problems at school for up to two days, according to a new study.
The research also found that the reverse is true: school problems can create issues at home.
Additionally, the study found that bad mood and mental health symptoms such [...]

Hospital Study Offers Solutions to ‘Alarm Fatigue’

October 22, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Monitoring devices among intensive care patients set off 2.5 million alarms in one month at a U.S. hospital, a new study of “alarm fatigue” shows.
Alarm fatigue occurs when hospital staff become desensitized to the constant beeps and bleeps of alarms, and either ignore them or turn them [...]

Discussing Ebola: Children Feel Safe, Calm When Adults Do, Too

October 22, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — With so much news focused on the Ebola epidemic in Africa, parents and other caregivers should think about how to help children feel safe, experts say.
“Children are almost always listening,” said Dr. Allison Baker, a pediatric psychopharmacologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York [...]

Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatment IVF

October 21, 2014

Black women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) are only about half as likely as white women to become pregnant using the popular assisted reproduction technique, new research indicates, and the racial disparity persists even when donor eggs are used.

Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself

October 21, 2014

Headlines remain riveted on the three Ebola cases in Dallas. But, mental health specialists say overblown fear is a much bigger health threat to Americans.

Hey, Guilt-Ridden Parents: Exercise Isn’t Selfish

October 20, 2014

Fathers face many of the same family and work barriers to exercise as mothers, new research indicates.

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