Therapy And Wellness News

Could U.S. Election Results Be Harmful to Health?
As politicians like to say, elections have consequences. Now, a new analysis suggests that ballot box results may rob some of the American public of its health, driving up stress levels, disease incidence, premature births and even premature deaths. The review included the presidential elections of both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. The bottom line is that we found that a dramatic social event, s ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Combined MRI Might Help Predict Brain Damage in Boxers
Brain injuries among pro football players are in the headlines, but pro fighters often suffer damaging head injuries, too. Now, research with boxers and mixed martial arts professionals suggests that combination MRI technology can help pinpoint which injuries might lead to brain damage. In the boxing ring, as on the football field, recurring blows to the head can cause mild traumatic brain injury. ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Close Friendships in High School Make for Happier Adults
If you re not one of the popular kids with dozens of besties, you can take solace in new research that suggests having close friendships is better for your adult mental health than having many friends in high school. Our research found that the quality of friendships during adolescence may directly predict aspects of long-term mental and emotional health, said study leader Rachel Narr, a graduate ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Chronic Pain Common in Adults With Depression, Anxiety
Chronic pain afflicts about half of adults who have anxiety or depression, a new study finds. More than 5,000 adults in Brazil diagnosed with anxiety or mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder were asked about other health problems. Among those with a mood disorder, half reported chronic pain 33 percent, respiratory diseases 10 percent, heart disease 9 percent, arthritis and 7 perce ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Can Video Game Playing Cost You Gray Matter?
A new study suggests -- but doesn t prove -- that certain players of action video games may lose gray matter in a part of the brain that s linked to mental illness. On the other hand, the Canadian study suggests, other players may actually benefit from the games. And a psychologist not involved with the study said there s no evidence that video games are harmful to the brain. The results indicate ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Can Suicide Tries Spread Among Soldiers?
Troubling new study findings suggest that U.S. Army soldiers are more likely to try to kill themselves if another member of their unit has attempted suicide in the previous year. In fact, the researchers linked almost 20 percent of such suicide attempts to recent attempts by others in their units. It s not clear if the findings reflect a contagion-like effect, high levels of stress inside specific ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Can Online Treatment Replace Your Therapist?
Many barriers can keep people from psychotherapy, such as cost or the availability of a qualified health provider. But new research suggests that online therapy programs can help some people with mild to moderate depression. The study found the results lasted at least three to six months after therapy ended, and the programs don t necessarily need to have a therapist directly involved to produce b ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Can Daily Crossword Protect You From Dementia?
Doing a crossword puzzle every day may help keep your brain sharp as you age, researchers report. The British study of people aged 50 and older found the more often they did word puzzles, the higher they scored on attention, reasoning and memory tests. We found direct relationships between the frequency of word puzzle use and the speed and accuracy of performance on nine cognitive tasks assessing ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Are Smartphones Helping or Harming Kids' Mental Health?
Parents worry -- often rightly so -- about how much time their kids are spending in front of screens. Now, new research suggests that when children at risk of mental health problems spend a lot of time on smartphones or other digital technology, they re more at risk of attention and disruptive behavior issues. But the news isn t all bad. The researchers also saw a positive benefit from screen time ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Are Depressed Teens Prone to Violence?
Teens with depression might be more likely to commit violent crimes, a new study suggests. Researchers who analyzed data from Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom consistently found modest increases in risk for violence among depressed teenagers. Information on more than 62,000 young people aged 13 to 27 was used in the study. This research is important for two main reasons. First, it a ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Are Bullies Getting Run Out of U.S. Schools?
The long-feared, lunch-money-stealing schoolyard bully may soon be a thing of the past, a new analysis suggests. The analysis stems from an ongoing survey conducted from 2005 to 2014 that found bullying has been on a decade-long downswing. Overall, almost 250,000 students, attending 109 different elementary, middle and high schools across the state of Maryland were asked to share their experiences ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Addiction Drug Underused by Primary Care Docs in U.S.
Many doctors aren t making full use of a medication that can wean people off addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers, according to results of a new survey. Buprenorphine is the first drug for opioid use disorder that s approved for prescription by primary care physicians, allowing treatment in the privacy of a doctor s office. But many doctors aren t applying for the federal waiver that w ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
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