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Late bedtimes could lead to weight gain
Teenagers and adults who go to bed late on weeknights are more likely to gain weight than their peers who hit the hay earlier, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, that has found a correlation between sleep and body mass index. Berkeley researchers analyzed longitudinal data from a nationally representative cohort of more than 3,300 youths and adults, and found that for every hour of sleep they lost, they gained 2.1 points ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
Risk profiling is key to managing pain in era of opioid abuse
Patients undergoing rehabilitation for physical injuries and their physicians can better understand who is most at risk of abusing opioids by reviewing their family history, lifestyle and environment for critical cues about susceptibility to addiction, according to physical medicine and rehabilitation experts. Risk assessments are one of the few tools available for patients and physicians concerned about using opioids to manage debilitating pain during phy ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
Benzodiazepines ineffective in treating anxiety disorders and may increase dem...
Patients taking benzodiazepines to treat psychiatric conditions should consider transitioning to other therapies because of heightened risks for dementia and death, according to clinicians from the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists. Benzodiazepines include branded prescription drugs like Valium, Ativan, Klonopin and Xanax. This class of drug received FDA approval in the 1960s and was believed to be a safer alternative to barbit ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
NYU research: Severe liver damage in mid/late-adulthood among PWID with chroni...
The Hepatitis C virus HCV infection is a chronic blood-borne viral infection that affects an estimated 160 million people, or 2-3 of the population world-wide. Alarmingly, chronic HCV infection accounts for one-quarter of the cases of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma HCC . If HCV is left untreated, chronic liver disease will occur in 60-70 of the cases, cirrhosis in 5-20 of the cases, and 1-5 will die from decompensated cirrhosis or HCC. In most high ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
Study finds high HPV prevalence in subset of Peruvian men
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A decade ago, a clinical trial of human papillomavirus HPV vaccine in brothel-based female sex workers took Brandon Brown of the University of California, Riverside to Peru, a country where HIV prevalence is high, the epidemic concentrated in men who have sex with men MSM . While licensed female sex workers in Peru are highly exposed to HPV, they are not as likely as MSM to have HIV, said Brown, an assistant professor in the School of M ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
Unconscious bias among physicians results in low quality care for LGBT, disabl...
Physicians unconscious attitudes toward special patient populations like disabled and LGBT patients may be partially responsible for poorer overall health observed in these communities, according to a Rowan University professor of family medicine. Physicians reluctance to discuss disabilities, sex, work and independence with disabled patients, who comprise nearly 20 percent of Americans, deprives patients of high quality care by leaving important health co ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
Many women experience 'post-sex blues'
Very few studies on female sexual dysfunction have looked at postcoital dysphoria PCD , or post-sex blues, which is characterized by tearfulness, a sense of melancholy or depression, anxiety, agitation, or aggression following sexual intercourse. Among 230 female university students who completed an online survey, 46 of respondents reported experiencing PCD symptoms at least once in their lifetime, with 5.1 experiencing PCD symptoms a few times within the ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
Coincidence or Conspiracy? Studies Investigate Conspiracist Thinking
In pop culture, conspiracy believers 8212 like FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X Files or professor Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code 8212 tend to reject the notion of coincidence or chance even the most random-seeming events are thought to result from some sort of intention or design. And researchers have suggested that such a bias against randomness may explain real-world conspiracy beliefs. But new research from psychological scientists at the University ...
Psychological Science - Tue. Oct 6
Could Your Cellphone Be Harming Your Love Life?
Spending too much time on your cellphone can take a toll on your love life, a new study finds. Baylor University researchers surveyed more than 450 American adults to define and gauge the impact of what they called phubbing partner phone snubbing . That s when people use or get distracted by cellphones while in their partner s company. What we discovered was that when someone perceived that their partner phubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower ...
Healthday - Tue. Oct 6
Do You Blame a Higher Power When You Get Sick?
Feeling abandoned or persecuted by a higher power could be bad for your health, new research suggests. Counseling people to overcome such negative spiritual beliefs could help decrease pain in some and improve their overall health, according to the study authors. In general, the more religious or spiritual you are, the healthier you are, which makes sense, author Brick Johnstone, a neuropsychologist and professor of health psychology at the University of M ...
Healthday - Tue. Oct 6
Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression
While your days may be filled with electronic communications, a new study suggests that face-to-face contact might have more power to keep depression at bay -- at least if you re older. The research doesn t prove that personal conversations are more valuable than email and phone calls. Still, study author Dr. Alan Teo, a staff psychiatrist at VA Portland Health Care System in Oregon, is convinced there s a connection. Meeting friends and family face-to-fac ...
Healthday - Tue. Oct 6
Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care
The U.S. foster care system needs to do a better job of providing consistent, quality health care to children living in foster homes, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP says. Children in foster care have been removed from their families due to abuse and or neglect, so they ve suffered trauma -- whether physical or emotional -- and they often have health conditions that have been inconsistently treated or not addressed at all, accordin ...
Healthday - Mon. Sep 28
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