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A Mentally Challenging Job Could Be Good for Your Health

Being mentally stimulated at work may help lower your risk of dementia, researchers say.

HealthDay Now: Insulin Access

As the American Diabetes Association celebrated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, HealthDay spoke to to Dr. Robert Gabbay, chief scientific and medical officer of the group. Dr. Gabbay shared his thoughts on how to make insulin affordable and accessible to everyone who needs it.

Should You Use a Smartphone App for Therapy?

In a HealthDay Now interview, we spoke with Dr. Vivian Pender, president of the American Psychiatric Association. Here's what she had to say about the explosion of apps that now offer therapy to people on their smartphones.

High-Profile Police Brutality Cases Affect Black Americans' Mental Health

Black Americans are reporting more poor mental health days when two or more incidents of anti-Black violence occur, researchers say

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20 Oct
Little Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During Pandemic

Little Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During Pandemic

With all of the fear, grief and isolation the pandemic has brought, it would stand to reason that there would be a big jump in the number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

But that doesn't seem to be the case, accordin...

20 Oct
U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

The number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating what a leading medical association terms a "mental health tsunami."

That's the key takeaway from a nationwide survey of psychologists by the American P...

20 Oct
Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

Gender-affirming breast removal (mastectomy) can greatly enhance a patients' mental well-being, a new study finds.

Gender-affirming mastectomy is the most common type of gender-confirming surgery, but there's "not a lot of information out there about how exactly these ty...

19 Oct
U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

Fear, grief, uncertainty and isolation during the pandemic have triggered a national state of emergency in the mental health of America's youth, leading child health care groups warned Tuesday.

Youngsters already faced significant mental health challenges, and the pandem...

19 Oct
One Big Factor for Survival After Spinal Cord Injury: Resilience

One Big Factor for Survival After Spinal Cord Injury: Resilience

Survivors of spinal cord injuries who develop resilience are able to adapt and thrive despite the challenges, according to a researcher who himself is a resilient survivor.

"For someone with a cord injury, your margin for surviving even small mistakes when it comes to yo...

18 Oct
More Middle-Aged, Older Women Getting 'Broken Heart' Syndrome

More Middle-Aged, Older Women Getting 'Broken Heart' Syndrome

MONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans diagnosed with "broken heart" syndrome has steadily risen in the past 15 years — with the vast majority being women, a new study finds.

The condition, which doctors call stress cardiom...

18 Oct
Pandemic Grief Can Come Between Mothers and Their Newborns

Pandemic Grief Can Come Between Mothers and Their Newborns

Among the many negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be damage to the bond between mothers and their infants, researchers say.

Women who experienced grief and depression due to pandemic-related losses may find it more difficult to form this all-important emotiona...

18 Oct
Treating Depression Could Lengthen Lung Cancer Patients' Lives

Treating Depression Could Lengthen Lung Cancer Patients' Lives

Persistent depression can significantly shorten lung cancer survival -- even if patients receive the latest cancer treatments, new research shows.

"We need to help these patients, not only at diagnosis, but throughout treatment to take depressive symptoms out of the equa...

15 Oct
State Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination Rates

State Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination Rates

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A shot at winning $1 million did nothing to budge the number of people who got the COVID-19 jab.

According to

14 Oct
Big Worry for Folks Heading to Hospital: Who'll Care for My Pet?

Big Worry for Folks Heading to Hospital: Who'll Care for My Pet?

THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Dr. Tiffany Braley works with patients who have experienced strokes and other serious health conditions, treating them at the Michigan hospital where she works as they begin their recovery.

Braley noticed the...

14 Oct
Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

The coronavirus pandemic forced a significant shift to telemedicine treatment for addiction, but it's not clear whether that approach is better than in-person care, a new study finds.

Before the pandemic, addiction treatment services in the United States had many restric...

13 Oct
Survey Finds Who's Most Likely to Give to Charity and How

Survey Finds Who's Most Likely to Give to Charity and How

Older adults are more likely than younger ones to give to charity, but are more likely to support ones in their own country, an international study reveals.

"As countries, including the U.K., are announcing cuts to foreign aid budgets, there will be an increasing relianc...

12 Oct
Men, Women Behaved Differently During Pandemic Lockdowns

Men, Women Behaved Differently During Pandemic Lockdowns

How do men and women respond to a crisis?

A look at their behavior during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 offers a clue: Women flocked to their phones for long conversations with a few trusted contacts.

Men, chafing at being cooped up, headed out and about as ...

08 Oct
Study Confirms Rise in Child Abuse During COVID Pandemic

Study Confirms Rise in Child Abuse During COVID Pandemic

FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News)-- Physical abuse of school-aged kids tripled during the early months of the pandemic when widespread stay-at-home orders were in effect, a new study finds.

Exactly what triggered the surge is not fully understood, but other studies h...

07 Oct
Kids With Food Allergies Are Often Targets for Bullies

Kids With Food Allergies Are Often Targets for Bullies

Life is challenging enough for teens and pre-teens with food allergies. But bullying often comes with the territory, making their situation worse.

In a new study of more than 100 kids with food allergies, nearly one-third said they had been subject to some form of ...

06 Oct
Depression in Early Life May Up Dementia Risk Later

Depression in Early Life May Up Dementia Risk Later

Happy young adults may be somewhat protected from dementia, but the reverse may be true, too: If you're a depressed young adult, your odds for dementia rise, a new study suggests.

"Generally, we fou...

06 Oct
1 in 10 People Have Gastro Issues After a Meal

1 in 10 People Have Gastro Issues After a Meal

If you often have a stomachache after eating, you're not alone, a new survey finds. One in 10 people experience frequent meal-related pain.

This includes 13% of women and 9% of men, and is most common in 18- to 28-year-olds (15%), according to an online survey of more th...

04 Oct
Pandemic Stress Altered Many Women's Menstrual Cycles

Pandemic Stress Altered Many Women's Menstrual Cycles

From the fear of getting sick to lockdown isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased stress levels, and for many women, the uptick led to changes in their monthly periods.

More than half of respondents to

04 Oct
'Personalized' Brain Zaps May Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression

'Personalized' Brain Zaps May Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression

Imagine battling debilitating depression for years, trying everything but finding little or no relief.

That's what Sarah, 36, lived with most of her adult life.

"I had exhausted all possible treatment options," recalled Sarah, who did not wa...

01 Oct
Special Therapy Brings Relief to Patients With Chronic Back Pain

Special Therapy Brings Relief to Patients With Chronic Back Pain

Many people with long-term back pain have tried physical therapy and medication, to no avail. A new study suggests they might "unlearn" their discomfort in weeks -- using psychological therapy.

"For a long time, we have thought that chronic pain is due primarily to probl...

01 Oct
Sibling Bullying Carries Long-Term Mental Health Costs

Sibling Bullying Carries Long-Term Mental Health Costs

Bullying by a brother or sister in childhood can have lasting effects, threatening mental health in the teen years, new British research suggests.

Researchers found that mental health was affected whether one was the bully or the victim.

"Of particular note was the...

30 Sep
LGBQ Teens More Likely to Contemplate Suicide

LGBQ Teens More Likely to Contemplate Suicide

Kids who are gay, bisexual or questioning their sexuality may be vulnerable to contemplating suicide at a tender age, a new U.S. government study finds.

It has long been known that teenagers who are part of sexual minorities have a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and be...

29 Sep
Stopping Antidepressants Raises Relapse Risk

Stopping Antidepressants Raises Relapse Risk

People who stop taking antidepressants after long-time use may face a high likelihood of spiraling into depression again, a new study suggests.

British researchers found that among patients who stopped taking their antidepressants because they felt well, 56% relapsed wit...

28 Sep
Fruits, Veggies a Recipe for Mental Well-Being in Kids

Fruits, Veggies a Recipe for Mental Well-Being in Kids

Teens who eat lots of fruits and vegetables are likely to enjoy better mental health.

That's the key takeaway from a new study that also tied a nutritious breakfast and lunch to emotional well-being in kids of all ages.

"This study provides the first insights into ...

27 Sep
For Boys, Sports Key to Mental Health

For Boys, Sports Key to Mental Health

Trying to fit soccer or Little League into your son's busy schedule? Canadian researchers offer some compelling reasons to do so.

Little boys who play sports are less apt to be anxious or depressed later in childhood and more likely to be active in their early teens, acc...

23 Sep
Childhood Trauma Linked With Higher Odds for Adult Neurological Ills

Childhood Trauma Linked With Higher Odds for Adult Neurological Ills

Kids who suffer abuse, neglect or household dysfunction are more likely to have neurological problems like stroke or headaches as adults, researchers report.

"Traumatic events in childhood have been linked in previous studies to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes,...

22 Sep
Sexual Assault Could Affect a Woman's Long-Term Brain Health

Sexual Assault Could Affect a Woman's Long-Term Brain Health

It's known that sexual assault affects a woman's physical and mental health. Now, researchers say these traumatic incidents may also harm her brain health.

A new study found that traumatic experiences, including sexual violence, may be linked to greater risk of dementia,...

21 Sep
Dealing With Grief in the Time of COVID

Dealing With Grief in the Time of COVID

That feeling that many people are collectively experiencing right now? It's grief.

Some may be living through the loss of family, friends or colleagues who have died from the COVID-19 virus. Others have had losses that would be considered major life events, such as a job...

21 Sep
Neighborhood Gun Violence Means Worse Mental Health for Kids

Neighborhood Gun Violence Means Worse Mental Health for Kids

Living within a few blocks of a shooting increases the risk that a child will end up visiting the emergency department for mental health-related problems, researchers say.

The new study found significant increases in mental health-related ER visits in the two weeks after...

20 Sep
Depression During Menopause: How to Spot It and Treat It

Depression During Menopause: How to Spot It and Treat It

Emotional changes in the run-up to menopause can sometimes lead to depression.

It can be important to see a doctor to help determine whether you're just feeling stressed or "blue" -- or whether you might have clinical or major depression, a condition associated with a ch...

16 Sep
Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Even when genetics and personality are working against you, having a strong network of supportive friends and family may help lower alcoholism risk, researchers say.

"Genes play an important role in alcohol use," stressed Jinni Su, an assistant professor of psychology at...

14 Sep
In Your Sights: How Eye Contact Enhances a Conversation

In Your Sights: How Eye Contact Enhances a Conversation

Seeing eye to eye -- literally -- makes conversations more appealing, a new study finds.

"Eye contact is really immersive and powerful," said researcher Sophie Wohltjen, a graduate student in psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College.

"When two people a...

13 Sep
Anxious? Maybe You Can Exercise It Away

Anxious? Maybe You Can Exercise It Away

Anxiety prevention may be just a snowy trail away.

New research suggests cross-country skiers -- and perhaps others who also exercise vigorously -- are less prone to develop anxiety disorders than less active folks.

Researchers in Sweden spent roughly two decades t...

12 Sep
Could You Help Prevent a Suicide? Know the Warning Signs

Could You Help Prevent a Suicide? Know the Warning Signs

Knowing the warning signs of suicide can save a life, experts say.

Suicide is the 10th leading overall cause of death in the United States, and number two among people between the ages of 10 and 34.

Most suicides result from depression. It can cause someone to feel...

10 Sep
Getting Your First COVID Shot Can Boost Mental Health: Study

Getting Your First COVID Shot Can Boost Mental Health: Study

When you got your first COVID-19 jab, did you breathe a sigh of relief? If so, you're not alone.

U.S. adults who got the vaccine between December 2020 and March 2021 experienced a 4% reduction in their risk of being mildly depressed and a 15% drop in their risk of severe...

09 Sep
Would More Free Time Really Make You Happier?

Would More Free Time Really Make You Happier?

Many people feel their to-do list is overloaded, but there is also such a thing as too much free time, a new study suggests.

In a series of studies, researchers found that having either too little or too much free time seemed to drain people's sense of well-being.

...

08 Sep
Adults With Autism, Mental Illness May Be at Higher Risk for Severe COVID

Adults With Autism, Mental Illness May Be at Higher Risk for Severe COVID

Adults with autism, intellectual disabilities or mental health disorders are at increased risk for COVID-19 and severe illness, researchers report.

Being aware of the heightened risk is important in prioritizing COVID-19 prevention measures, such as vaccination, testing,...

03 Sep
Annoyed When Watching Others Fidget? You're Not Alone

Annoyed When Watching Others Fidget? You're Not Alone

If other people's fidgeting drives you nuts, you may be one of many people with a condition called misokinesia, which means "hatred of movements," Canadian researchers report.

They conducted experiments with more than 4,100 people and found that about one-third have the ...

03 Sep
Transgender People Face Twice the Odds for Early Death: Study

Transgender People Face Twice the Odds for Early Death: Study

Transgender people have double the odds of dying early compared to folks whose identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth (cisgender), a long-term study finds.

And the added risk did not decrease over time, according to an analysis of data collected from more t...

01 Sep
Mind & Body: Marriage, City Living May Help When Heart Disease Strikes

Mind & Body: Marriage, City Living May Help When Heart Disease Strikes

Feelings of despair and hopelessness can raise the odds of death in people battling heart disease, and new research suggests that where you live, as well as your marital status, can also play a role.

The study found that heart disease patients who lived in rural areas an...

26 Aug
College Is Even More Stressful for Girls: Study

College Is Even More Stressful for Girls: Study

Even before COVID-19, college could be a challenging experience, but a new study suggests those stresses are much higher for female students.

Still, in the face of a continuing pandemic, all students may need interventions to develop healthy coping strategies, the study...

26 Aug
Feel Guilty About 'Useless' Leisure Time? Your Mental Health Might Suffer

Feel Guilty About 'Useless' Leisure Time? Your Mental Health Might Suffer

Struggling to decide whether to spend another hour at the office or take a late afternoon stroll?

Put on your walking shoes.

Making leisure time a priority is good for your mental health. For many, though, especially folks who prize productivity above all, it's a ...

24 Aug
Parents, Look Out for Mental Health Issues as College Kids Return to Class

Parents, Look Out for Mental Health Issues as College Kids Return to Class

This year of pandemic isolation and anxiety has been tough for many, but an expert says college students are at particularly high risk for mental health issues as they transition from adolescence to adulthood.

As students return to their campuses, it's important for pare...

20 Aug
Having Someone Who'll Listen May Be Good for Your Aging Brain

Having Someone Who'll Listen May Be Good for Your Aging Brain

Could the constancy of a sympathetic ear help guard your brain against the ravages of aging?

Yes, claims new research that analyzed data on nearly 2,200 American adults and found those in their 40s and 50s who didn't have someone to listen to them had a mental ("cognitiv...

18 Aug
Only 1 in 10 Kids With ADHD Will Outgrow It

Only 1 in 10 Kids With ADHD Will Outgrow It

Struggling with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child is heart-breaking enough, but now new research confirms what many have long suspected: These patients will often continue to be plagued by ADHD symptoms as adults.

Only about one in 10 kids with t...

17 Aug
Lyme Disease Can Wreak Havoc on Mental Health

Lyme Disease Can Wreak Havoc on Mental Health

Lyme disease can exact a significant mental toll as well as a physical one on its sufferers, a new study confirms.

Patients hospitalized for Lyme disease had a 28% higher incidence of mental disorders and were twice as likely to attempt suicide than people without Lyme, ...

17 Aug
Ketamine Appears Safe as Therapy for Tough-to-Treat Depression

Ketamine Appears Safe as Therapy for Tough-to-Treat Depression

The anesthesia drug ketamine and a related medicine called esketamine appear to be safe for tough-to-treat depression, researchers report.

A number of studies have suggested that low doses of ketamine, which is also abused as a club drug under monikers that include "K" a...

16 Aug
Why Losing Someone to Violence Can Be Especially Tough to Get Over

Why Losing Someone to Violence Can Be Especially Tough to Get Over

It can take years for a survivor of a traumatic event to recover from the loss of a loved one, new research shows, but treating the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) early may help prevent what's called complicated grief.

"Grief is a normal r...

16 Aug
More 'Green Time,' Less Screen Time Boosts Kids' Mental Health

More 'Green Time,' Less Screen Time Boosts Kids' Mental Health

Want to see a temperamental tween or teen act happier?

The formula is simple, a large international study suggests.

"Screen time should be replaced by 'green time' for optimizing the well-being of our kids," said study author Asad Khan, an associate professor in bi...

16 Aug
Heading Back to the Workplace? Here's Some Tips to Help Re-Adjust

Heading Back to the Workplace? Here's Some Tips to Help Re-Adjust

Freaked out about trading Zoom meetings and the privacy of working at home for a return to the office?

You've got plenty of company. As more workplaces reopen, stress about health risks and new routines is front and center.

The Center for Workplace Mental Health kn...

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