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Med Switch Not Always Best Choice With Tough Depression
Switching to another antidepressant may not be the best way to help depression patients who don t respond to the first antidepressant they take, a new study indicates. Among more than 1,500 depression patients at 35 U.S. Veterans Health Administration medical centers, better symptom relief was achieved when people were prescribed an antipsychotic medication or a second antidepressant rather than being switched to another antidepressant, the researchers fou ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Maybe That's Why It's Called Work
Physical and emotional strain is common among American workers, and hazards abound in the workplace, a new study finds. A nationwide survey of just over 3,000 adults found many had unstable work schedules, along with unpleasant and potentially dangerous job conditions. The findings stem from a 2015 survey described as one of the most in-depth ever to examine life in the American workplace. I was surprised how taxing the workplace appears to be, both for le ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Many Chronic Illnesses Linked to Suicide Risk
People with chronic health problems seem to have a higher risk of suicide, a new study suggests. And, for certain conditions -- such as traumatic brain injury -- the risk is much higher, the study authors said. Researchers looked at nearly 2,700 people in the United States who died by suicide between 2000 and 2013. The investigators identified 17 medical conditions linked to increased odds of suicide. These included asthma, back pain, brain injury, cancer, ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
'Loneliness Epidemic' Called a Major Public Health Threat
Loneliness may be more hazardous to your health than obesity -- and a growing number of Americans are at risk, researchers report. About 42.6 million American adults over age 45 are believed to suffer from chronic loneliness, according to AARP. Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need -- crucial to both well-being and survival. Extreme examples show infants in custodial care who lack human contact fail to thrive and ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Know the Warning Signs of Suicidal Thoughts
Family, friends and acquaintances can play a key role in suicide prevention by being alert for signs and taking action to help someone who may be struggling, a mental health expert says. Nearly 43,000 Americans commit suicide each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For the past two decades, suicide rates have been rising in the United States, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The sharpest rises in ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Is Infant Drug Withdrawal Likelier When Opioids Used With Psychiatric Drugs?
More U.S. babies go through drug withdrawal after birth these days, and researchers say doctors prescribing practices are partly to blame. Moms-to-be who take prescription opioid painkillers plus psychiatric drugs for depression or anxiety have a 30 to 60 percent greater risk of giving birth to an infant in withdrawal than those taking opioids alone, researchers found. Moreover, use of two or more psychiatric drugs in addition to opioids was associated wit ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
How You Think About Your Arthritis Makes a Difference
How well you cope with knee arthritis depends a lot on your mental outlook, a new study suggests. Despite often-debilitating pain, people who remain confident in their ability to move about end up more active than their less confident peers, researchers found. Studies have shown that physical activity may be one of the best ways to reduce and manage symptoms of osteoarthritis. The Pennsylvania State University study was based on 135 adults with knee arthri ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Half of Opioid Prescriptions Go to People With Mental Illness
Americans with mental health disorders receive a troubling percentage of the nation s opioid prescriptions, a new study finds. Of the 115 million prescriptions written for these painkillers each year in the United States, 60 million are for adults with mental illness, according to the researchers. Despite representing only 16 percent of the adult population, adults with mental health disorders receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions distributed ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Gun Access May Drive Higher Suicide Rates in Rural Areas
The rate of suicide in rural America appears to be significantly higher than in urban areas, a new study reports. And much of the reason may have to do with the greater prevalence of gun ownership in rural areas, the study authors said. The findings stem from an analysis that focused on suicide rates in rural regions of Maryland. The reason that rural suicide rates are higher is because people in these areas are killing themselves with guns, said study lea ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Givers Really Are Happier Than Takers
Generosity really is its own reward, with the brain seemingly hardwired for happiness in response to giving, new research suggests. Scientists in Switzerland used brain scans to track activity in brain regions associated with socializing, decision-making and happiness. They found that even small acts of generosity -- or just promising to be charitable -- triggered brain changes that make people happier. The findings mean that spending money on others rathe ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Getting Over Guilt
Do you sometimes feel weighed down by guilt Guilt over unethical behavior is so powerful that it can make you feel as though you ve gained weight -- even when your actual weight stays the same, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers. Guilt is an important emotion. Appropriate guilt helps you recognize when you ve made a mistake, and stops you from making the same mistake again. But sometimes we feel guilty even though we ve done nothing wron ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Fewer U.S. Kids Binge Drinking
A new federal report finds that fewer U.S. teens and young adults are indulging in frat-party style drinking because their levels of binge drinking have gone down over the past six years. But not all teens and young adults are forgoing extra drinks. Fourteen percent of young people from 12 to 20 years old reported binge drinking at least once within the past four weeks. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on one occasion within a few hours, ac ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
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