Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users’ Suicide Risk

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Injectable drug users who also use cocaine and amphetamines have nearly double the suicide attempt rate of other substance users, a new study finds.
“We know that substance use is associated with the risk of suicide attempt and completed suicide,” Didier Jutras-Aswad, a psychiatry professor at the University of […]


College Students Say ‘Curiosity’ Leads Them to Fake Pot

December 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Curiosity is the main reason why college students try synthetic marijuana, a new survey finds.
Of more than 330 students in undergraduate and graduate health programs at a public university, 17 percent said they used fake pot at least once in their lifetime, and 3 percent reported recent use, […]


No, Drinking Alcohol Before Bed Won’t Help You Sleep

December 16, 2014

As many as one in five Americans turns to alcohol sometimes to help them fall asleep, but that can lead to sleep problems later in the night, a new study finds.


Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds

December 16, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Chronic sleep loss is rampant in America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new research suggests.
“Work is the No. 1 sleep killer,” said Dr. Mathias Basner, an assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of […]


Constant Email Checks Can Leave You Stressed

December 13, 2014

SATURDAY, Dec. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Looking for a way to help reduce your stress? Try checking your emails less often, researchers suggest.
The new study featured 124 adults — including students, financial analysts, medical professionals and others — who were divided into two groups. During the first week, one group checked their emails only […]


Fear of Police Keeps Many Hispanics From Calling 911, Study Says

December 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Distrust of police prevents many Hispanic Americans from calling 911 when someone is suffering cardiac arrest, a new study reveals.
“Residents of low-income, minority neighborhoods have two strikes against them: The incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is much higher than average and rates of bystander CPR are below average,” […]


Exercise, Diet May Be Key to Beating a Common Irregular Heartbeat

December 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Atrial fibrillation is a potentially dangerous form of irregular heartbeat for older Americans. However, a new study suggests healthy changes in eating and exercise habits can help ease the condition.
According to the Australian researchers, atrial fibrillation is the most common cause of irregular heartbeat, and it’s been […]


Heart Attacks Rose in N.J. in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

December 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hurricane Sandy, which pummeled much of the East Coast in 2012, also may have triggered a rise in heart attacks and strokes, a study of New Jersey residents shows.
Researchers found that eight of the hardest-hit counties in the state had 22 percent more heart attacks in the […]


Smoking May Make It Tougher to Quit Problem Drinking: Study

December 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Smoking might hamper treatment for alcohol abuse, a new study indicates.
“The data suggest that smoking is associated with difficulties in alcohol treatment. Tobacco smokers had shorter treatment durations and were less likely to have achieved their alcohol-related goals at discharge relative to their nonsmoking counterparts,” study leader Kimberly […]


Mom, Put Down That Smartphone at Dinner

December 12, 2014

Harried mothers who want to stay close with their kids should put aside their smartphones and tablets at the dinner table, a new study suggests.



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