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Abuse of Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants Ups Sexual Risks for Teens
Teens who use abuse prescription drugs such as narcotic painkillers are more likely to have sex or to participate in risky sexual behaviors, a new study suggests. These risky behaviors included having sex with multiple partners, using drugs or alcohol before having sex or having sex without the use of a condom, the research revealed. The study looked at a variety of prescription drugs that might be used recreationally by teens. These included the prescript ...
Healthday - Mon. Dec 14
The Single Best Thing to Do on the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21
New year s resolutions are great. There s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires you to make your bed or keeps you from watching reality T.V. However, the time before the new year namely, the Winter Solstice is also a powerful, sacred time. The Solstice, December 21, when we shift from the darkest part of the year back into the ever-increasing light, is a perfect time to clear the old to make room for the new. Clearing What s one ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Dec 14
This is Your Child on Climate Change
The Paris Climate Change talks have just concluded with an historic agreement. As we begin to parse and debate its contents, it s a good time to consider how our children are grappling with what may be the greatest challenge of their future. This complex, emotional, and volatile subject is engaging children as well as adults. In general, climate change is an especially difficult environmental issue. It involves complex systems, large scale, uncertain predi ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Dec 14
Are You Shocked by the Political Parties?
In my early years as a political operative running political campaigns and legislative offices I lived on an emotional roller coaster. It was like playing a game that I desperately had to win. Imagine the elation you ve felt after beating your hated arch rival and, damn it, the misery you ve felt after losing to that same arch jerk. That s what it was like for me, except I could cycle back and forth through these emotions on an almost hourly basis. It was ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Dec 14
Overprescribing of opioids is not limited to a few bad apples, Stanford study ...
Most prescriptions for opioid painkillers are made by the broad swath of U.S. general practitioners, not by a limited group of specialists, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. This finding contrasts with previous studies by others that indicated the U.S. opioid epidemic is stoked by a small population of prolific prescribers operating out of corrupt pill mills. The study, which examined Medicare prescription d ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Dec 14
Puerto Rico's community health centers face bleak future
WASHINGTON and NEW YORK December 14, 2015 -- An extraordinary need for publicly subsidized health services amidst an unprecedented economic crisis is putting Puerto Rico s federally funded community health centers in jeopardy, according to a new report. A higher proportion of Puerto Rico s population - nearly 1 person in 10 - depends on community health centers for their care, as compared with 1 in 14 on the mainland. Yet with more than 75 percent of those ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Dec 14
RNs more likely to identify high-risk medication discrepancies
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Nearly 66 percent of all adverse events experienced by nursing home residents, such as falls, delirium and hallucinations, could be prevented, in part, by monitoring medication more closely. In nursing homes, both registered nurses RNs and licensed practical nurses LPNs perform medication reconciliation, a safety practice during which health care professionals review patients medications to reduce the likelihood of preventable adverse drug ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Dec 14
Study reports childhood family breakups harder on girls' health
Preview Girls mental and overall physical health are more affected by family breakups than boys health. Childhood family breakups may have long-term impacts on adult health. Men and women who smoke and lived without their father during childhood may need more help to quit smoking. URBANA, Ill. - A childhood family breakup can have long-term negative consequences for the children. Recent University of Illinois research looks at overall health, depression, a ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Dec 14
Timing of first childbirth influences women's health at age 40
WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 14, 2015 -- A new study finds some surprising ways in which women s health at midlife is connected to when they had their first child and to their marital history. Researchers found that women who had their first child in their early 20s didn t report better health at midlife than those who had their first baby as a teen. We ve had all this focus on the bad effects of teen childbearing and never really asked what happens if these teens ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Dec 14
Helping Others Dampens the Effects of Everyday Stress
Providing help to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can mitigate the impact of daily stressors on our emotions and our mental health, according to new research published in Clinical Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . Our research shows that when we help others we can also help ourselves, explains study author Emily Ansell of the Yale University School of Medicine. Stressful days usually lead us to have ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Dec 14
Fewer Teens, Young Adults Driving After Drinking, Smoking Pot: Report
Fewer teens and young adults are driving under the influence of alcohol or a combination of alcohol and marijuana, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. From 2002 to 2014, self-reported driving under the influence of alcohol alone dropped by 59 percent among those aged 16 to 20 and by 38 percent among those aged 21 to 25, the study found. The decline in driving under the influence of alcohol is probably due to a combination of factors, said lead researc ...
Healthday - Fri. Dec 11
Brain's Signaling Systems Might Determine PTSD Severity: Study
People with post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD appear to have an imbalance between two of the brain s signaling systems, a new study suggests. The greater the imbalance between the two neurochemical systems -- serotonin and substance P -- the more severe the PTSD symptoms, the Swedish researchers reported. For the study, published recently in the journal Molecular Psychiatry , the researchers used PET scanners to measure the relationship between the two b ...
Healthday - Fri. Dec 11
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