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Facing Some Stress May Protect Your Mental Health, Study Finds

Low-to-moderate levels of stress can help people build enough resilience to ward off mental health symptoms, researchers say.

Inflation and War Push U.S. Stress to Alarming Levels, New Poll Finds

The cost of food and gas is the top stressor cited by thousands of poll respondents, followed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Parental Stress Makes the Holiday Season Less Merry for Kids, New Poll Finds

1 in 5 parents say their stress level this time of year negatively affects their child’s holiday joy.

HealthDay Now: Patient Violence Pushes One Nurse Away From Her Career

Grace Politis, a former nurse in the emergency department at Lowell General Hospital, shares her experience of being violently attacked by a patient and how the resulting trauma has prevented her from returning to her post in the emergency room.

New Moms Face Significant Financial Stress, Study Finds

More than half of expectant and new mothers worry about their ability to pay medical and household bills, researchers say.

Stress Can Raise Blood Pressure Over Time, Study Finds

High levels of key stress hormones can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke over time, researchers say.

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04 Aug
Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature Delivery

Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature Delivery

Numerous studies have found discrimination can hurt aspects of human health.

Now, new research adds to that the impact of discrimination on the youngest humans by linking discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and

03 Aug
There's Stress, and Then There's 'Good Stress'

There's Stress, and Then There's 'Good Stress'

A tight deadline at work. A tough exam at school. A big vacation that requires tons of planning. A home repair that’s gone awry.

These sources of

17 Jul
Panting Pooches: When Summer Heat Is Too Much for Your Dog

Panting Pooches: When Summer Heat Is Too Much for Your Dog

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, but when the temperatures spike or the fireworks come out, it's time to make sure your furry best friend is having just as good a time as you are.

When a

11 Jul
Gardening Can Blossom Into Better Mental Health

Gardening Can Blossom Into Better Mental Health

If you are feeling stressed and depressed, new research suggests that grabbing a trowel and getting your hands dirty may improve your mood.

Researchers found that tending to plants can reap mental ...

08 Jul
Are Workplace Robots Bringing Mental Harm to U.S. Workers?

Are Workplace Robots Bringing Mental Harm to U.S. Workers?

It takes much less than a "Matrix" plot to make American workers afraid for their jobs: New research reveals they stress out when they have to work alongside robots.

Even though many robots took on the

08 Jul
Inflation Has Americans' Anxiety Levels Surging: Poll

Inflation Has Americans' Anxiety Levels Surging: Poll

Nearly all Americans are worried about inflation as economic worries oust COVID-19 as the nation's top source of stress, a new poll reveals.

Nearly nine out of 10 Americans (...

05 Jul
Poll Finds Many Diabetes Caregivers Exhausted, Lacking Support

Poll Finds Many Diabetes Caregivers Exhausted, Lacking Support

Diane Kondyra knows a lot about the hidden dangers of diabetes.

Both she and her husband have been diagnosed with the blood sugar disease, and her husband suffered one of its devastating complications in 2018 when he developed a staph infection that cost him part of...

27 Jun
Muting Your Phone May Cause More Stress, Not Less

Muting Your Phone May Cause More Stress, Not Less

Are you plagued by FOMO -- "fear of missing out"? Then silencing your smartphone may not be the stress-buster you think it is.

That's the takeaway from a new study that found many folks check their ph...

21 Jun
Pets Help Their Humans De-Stress, Stay Fit: Survey

Pets Help Their Humans De-Stress, Stay Fit: Survey

While chronic stress is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke, most cat and dog owners say pets help them chill out and stay active.

A new American Heart Association (AHA) survey of 1,000 pet owners found 95% relying on their animal companions for stress relief....

20 Jun
Ageism Is Everywhere and Can Harm Health

Ageism Is Everywhere and Can Harm Health

In a cancel culture where there's zero tolerance for prejudice, at least one form of discrimination appears to be alive and well.

Ageism involves prejudice based on people's advancing age. It can be as overt as

17 Jun
How Grief Harms the Body After a Spouse's Death

How Grief Harms the Body After a Spouse's Death

Heartache and heartbreak are apt terms for the intense grief caused by losing a spouse.

A new study says such a loss can lead to major health problems and even death, and the paper may help explain why that happens.

When faced with stressful situations, grieving sp...

14 Jun
Stress Can Age, Weaken Your Immune System

Stress Can Age, Weaken Your Immune System

Stress may take a huge toll on your health, weakening your immune system and opening the door to serious illness, a new study suggests.

Traumatic events, job strain, daily stressors and discrimination may all speed aging of the

19 May
A Lover's Embrace May Calm Women More Than Men

A Lover's Embrace May Calm Women More Than Men

Is an upcoming final exam or big-time job interview stressing you out?

Hug your honey.

That's the takeaway from new research that showed how embracing your significant other can help calm women.

But sorry, guys, the same isn't true for you, according to the ...

05 May
Could Student Loan Debt Threaten Your Health?

Could Student Loan Debt Threaten Your Health?

As the Biden Administration weighs the possibility of broad student loan forgiveness, a new study finds that people mired in student debt face a heightened risk of heart disease by middle age.

The findings are not the first to suggest that

03 May
Could a Stressed-Out Pregnancy Hinder a Toddler's Development?

Could a Stressed-Out Pregnancy Hinder a Toddler's Development?

Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up, new research sugges...

03 May
How Stress and Gastro Issues Affect Kids With Autism

How Stress and Gastro Issues Affect Kids With Autism

For some children with autism, there's a connection between gastrointestinal problems and stress, anxiety and social withdrawal, a new study suggests.

The findings could help efforts to develop personalized treatments for autism patients with gastrointestinal problems su...

28 Apr
Pandemic's Early Days Hit Nurses Hard: Report

Pandemic's Early Days Hit Nurses Hard: Report

Frontline nurses were plagued by "moral distress" in the early days of the pandemic because they lacked the support to provide high-quality care, a new report reveals.

Between May and September 2020, researchers interviewed 100 nurses across the United States who cared f...

27 Apr
Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

Witnessing violence between your parents is traumatic when it happens, but a new study finds that trauma can raise your risk of depression and other mental health problems.

The study inc...

26 Apr
Poor Sleep Linked to More Mood Disorders During Pandemic

Poor Sleep Linked to More Mood Disorders During Pandemic

Having trouble getting your shut-eye during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You may be at increased risk for anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles.

That's the key takeaway from

25 Apr
Hair of the Dog: A Quick, Painless Stress Test for Pooches

Hair of the Dog: A Quick, Painless Stress Test for Pooches

The strange smells and sounds at an animal shelter can stress out even the most placid pup, and invasive tests to see if they need medicine to calm down only add to the anxiety.

So there's some good news for Fido in

05 Apr
Hospital Work During Pandemic Was Like a War Zone: Study

Hospital Work During Pandemic Was Like a War Zone: Study

Health care workers battling the pandemic may be suffering moral traumas at a rate similar to soldiers in a war zone, a new study suggests.

The pandemic has brought a stream of stories about overtaxed health care workers, facing repeated COVID surges, resource shortages ...

28 Mar
Owners Can Play Big Role in Dogs' Problem Behaviors

Owners Can Play Big Role in Dogs' Problem Behaviors

Chasing light shimmers reflected onto a wall. Obsessive licking or chewing. Compulsive barking and whining. Pacing or tail chasing.

Nearly one in three pet dogs suffer from these

17 Mar
U.S. Teachers Often Faced Harassment, Violence During Pandemic: Poll

U.S. Teachers Often Faced Harassment, Violence During Pandemic: Poll

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on America's teachers, and nearly half of those recently surveyed said they're thinking about quitting their jobs or switching schools.

Enforcing mask-wearing and pivoting to

09 Mar
Stressed Out by Ukraine News? Experts Offer Coping Tips

Stressed Out by Ukraine News? Experts Offer Coping Tips

The stories and images flowing out of Ukraine as it defends itself against a Russian invasion are gut-wrenching: Families lugging just a suitcase while crossing the border to sa...

24 Feb
A Hotter Climate Could Trigger More Mental Health Crises

A Hotter Climate Could Trigger More Mental Health Crises

Extreme heat from climate change is making it harder for people with mental illness and drug addiction to cope and adding to pressure on pandemic-stretched U.S. emergency rooms.

During these severe summer temperature spikes, Americans with depression, anxiety, mood disor...

17 Feb
COVID Vaccine Is a Big Stress-Reliever, Too: Study

COVID Vaccine Is a Big Stress-Reliever, Too: Study

While getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects against infection, new research confirms that it can also help ease pandemic-triggered stress.

"Our study documents importan...

08 Feb
Getting a COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Your Ability to Exercise

Getting a COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Your Ability to Exercise

Worried that a COVID-19 vaccine might hamper your workout? New research suggests you can hit the gym with minimal effects.

In a study of 18 healthy people who received a COVID-19 vaccine, the participants were monitored while they did cycling workouts b...

07 Feb
Searching for Good Sleep? Here's What You're Doing Right - and Wrong

Searching for Good Sleep? Here's What You're Doing Right - and Wrong

Many Americans are working hard to get a good night's sleep, and feeling the effects when they miss the mark.

About 32% of people feel more tired these days than they did before the pandemic began, according to the results of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey. ...

02 Feb
Drug Overdose Suicides Rising Among Young Americans and Seniors

Drug Overdose Suicides Rising Among Young Americans and Seniors

Suicides by drug overdose have increased among teens, young adults and seniors, even as they declined for the overall population, U.S. federal researchers say.

Drug-related suicides declined for Americans in general during the latter part of the 2010s, researchers from t...

02 Feb
Heart Issues Have Affected 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Since Pandemic Began: Survey

Heart Issues Have Affected 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Since Pandemic Began: Survey

Four in 10 Americans say they've had at least one heart-related issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about one in four who have tested positive say COVID has affected their heart health, according to a new online poll.

Shortness of breath (18%), dizziness (15%), highe...

25 Jan
Pandemic Especially Tough on Kids With ADHD

Pandemic Especially Tough on Kids With ADHD

Living through the pandemic has not been easy for kids, but it has really thrown off children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research warns.

Though they were not more likely to catch COVID-19, they were more likely to experience symptoms if...

25 Jan
3 Factors Helped Teens Stay Mentally Healthy During Pandemic

3 Factors Helped Teens Stay Mentally Healthy During Pandemic

Support from family and friends, along with exercise and sufficient sleep, have helped protect teens' mental health during the pandemic, new research shows.

The study also found that teen girls have been more likely than boys to suffer mental distress during the pandemic...

24 Jan
Worries May Raise Men's Heart Risks, Even When Young

Worries May Raise Men's Heart Risks, Even When Young

Worrying can take a toll on your psyche, but new research suggests that when middle-aged men fret too much, they face a higher risk for developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke down the road.

And this increase in risk is on par with the health risks linked to

19 Jan
Nearly Half of Americans Gained Weight in Pandemic's First Year

Nearly Half of Americans Gained Weight in Pandemic's First Year

Did you watch your waistline expand during lockdown? You're not alone.

Nearly half of U.S. adults piled on excess pounds during the first year of the pandemic, making a national obesity crisis even worse, a new study shows.

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18 Jan
Do You Feel Old? It Could Be Aging You

Do You Feel Old? It Could Be Aging You

People who believe their bodies and minds will break down with age may be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, a recent study suggests.

Researchers found that older adults with a dim outlook on aging tended to report more physical health symptoms on days when they were s...

11 Jan
Later School Start Times Boost Parents' Health, Too

Later School Start Times Boost Parents' Health, Too

For several years, a leading U.S. pediatricians' group has called for middle and high schools to start later in the morning, to help these young people get the right amount of sleep.

Now, new research suggests that students aren't the only ones who benefit from later sta...

11 Jan
Kids' Behavior Worsened With Remote Learning: Study

Kids' Behavior Worsened With Remote Learning: Study

Parents, brace yourselves.

As the Omicron variant surges and U.S. schools deal with a substitute teacher shortage and related pandemic fallout, don't be surprised if a return to remote or hybrid learning leads your kids to act out, a

05 Jan
'Benign' Adrenal Gland Tumors Might Cause Harm to Millions

'Benign' Adrenal Gland Tumors Might Cause Harm to Millions

Millions of people are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure and don't even know it, due to a hidden hormone problem in their bodies.

As many as 1 in 10 people have a non-cancerous tumor on one or both of their adrenal glands that could cause the g...

04 Jan
Is the Pandemic Affecting Newborns' Brains?

Is the Pandemic Affecting Newborns' Brains?

Babies born at the height of the pandemic appear to suffer small but significant delays in their motor and social development, a new study reports.

Babies were particularly at risk if their mothers were in the first trimester of their pregnancy during spring 2020, when t...

03 Jan
Do You Have 'COVID-somnia'? These Sleep Tips Might Help

Do You Have 'COVID-somnia'? These Sleep Tips Might Help

If the pandemic is causing you to lose sleep at night, you're not alone.

About 56% of Americans say they have what experts have dubbed "COVID-somnia," an increase in sleep disturbances.

Of pe...

01 Jan
New Year's Resolution? Here's How to Make it Stick

New Year's Resolution? Here's How to Make it Stick

It's clear that these last couple of years have been tough for a lot of people.

So now that it's the week when people make New Year's resolutions, go easy on yourself.

If you'd like to make a resolution, start small, the American Psychological Association (APA) s...

23 Dec
Severe Illness in a Child Takes Big Toll on Parents, Siblings: Study

Severe Illness in a Child Takes Big Toll on Parents, Siblings: Study

When a child has severe health problems, the suffering often extends to the entire family, new research finds.

Using data from a single health insurance provider, the study authors assessed nearly 7,000 children with life-threatening conditions and their families, and co...

21 Dec
Make Asthma, Allergy Control Your Resolution for the New Year

Make Asthma, Allergy Control Your Resolution for the New Year

If your New Year's resolution is to keep your allergy and asthma symptoms under control in 2022, it's best to do so in small steps, an expert says.

"The best way to tackle health challenges is in small bits, and that goes for allergy and asthma control," said Dr. Mark Co...

20 Dec
Mom & Dad's Holiday Stress a Downer for Kids, Poll Finds

Mom & Dad's Holiday Stress a Downer for Kids, Poll Finds

Many parents want to make the holiday season magical for their kids, but for some the stress they feel trying to live up to that ideal may actually be doing the opposite.

A poll from Michigan ...

18 Dec
Don't Let Heartburn Ruin Your Holiday Feast

Don't Let Heartburn Ruin Your Holiday Feast

Like Mr. Grinch, heartburn can crush your holiday, but there are easy ways to prevent it.

"Heartburn is caused by acidic stomach content moving into the esophagus, or gullet, which is much less resistant to acid," said Dr. James East, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic ...

16 Dec
Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic: Dogs

Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic: Dogs

Coping with the isolation, fear and sadness of the pandemic may have been a little easier if you had a trusting and loving dog by your side.

But you don't need to tell that to Francois Martin, a researcher who studies the bonds between animals and humans. His two Great D...

15 Dec
Stress May Be Stronger Trigger for Problem Drinking in Women Than Men

Stress May Be Stronger Trigger for Problem Drinking in Women Than Men

When someone says "I need a drink," it's usually because they've had a rough day. Now, new research suggests that stress is more likely to trigger heavy drinking in women than in men.

"Some people can intend to have one or two alcoholic beverages and stop drinking, but o...

14 Dec
For Many, Holiday Joy Is Shadowed by COVID Fears: Poll

For Many, Holiday Joy Is Shadowed by COVID Fears: Poll

Stress about the COVID-19 pandemic may be eclipsing holiday joy for many older Americans, a new poll reveals.

About half (47%) of 50- to 80-year-olds polled reported a mixed experience of joy and

12 Dec
Holidays Are Peak Time for Heart Attack: Protect Yourself

Holidays Are Peak Time for Heart Attack: Protect Yourself

This time of year can be hard on the heart.

The United States has more heart attack deaths between Christmas and New Year's Day than at any other time of year, so the American Heart Association (AHA) offers some holiday health tips.

"The holidays are a busy, often...

06 Dec
High Heart Rate Linked to Dementia Risk

High Heart Rate Linked to Dementia Risk

Checking older adults' resting heart rate could help identify those who are more likely to experience a decline in mental function, a Swedish study suggests.

The researchers found that a high resting heart rate was associated with a greater risk of dementia.

"We be...

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