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Poll Finds Many Young Workers Feeling Stressed, Isolated

Many younger workers feel stressed, isolated and unappreciated at their jobs, a new survey has found.

The 2022 Work in America survey, conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), found that young adults are struggling in the workplace:

  • Nearly half (48%) of workers ages 18 to 25 feel peop...

PTSD, Anxiety Is Rising Among College Students

America's college students seem to be more stressed than ever, with a new report finding a sharp rise in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder (ASD) on campuses across the country.

In a "national sample of U.S. college students, we found a notable increase in the pre...

Are You a 'Stress Bragger'? It's Probably Backfiring

"Ugh, I'm so busy these days I can barely think straight. It's so crazy."

No doubt some friend or coworker (maybe even yourself) has moaned about how stressed and overworked they are.

Sometimes its fully justified, but in many cases folks see it as "stress bragging...

Drive to Be 'Perfect' Parent Isn't Healthy, Survey Finds

Parents striving to be “perfect” will never attain that goal, and the aim isn't even healthy for their families, a new study says.

The risks of striving for perfection are such that researchers have now created a scale to help parents track their burnout and, if necessary, counter it.

The first-of-its-kind

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  • May 8, 2024
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  • How Bad Was Beethoven's Lead Poisoning?

    No one knows what caused the liver and kidney disease that led to Ludwig van Beethoven's untimely death.

    But one popular theory – that high lead levels killed the great composer – should be ruled out, researchers argue in the journal Clinical Chemistry.

    Analysis of samples taken from preserved locks of Beethoven's h...

    Could You Spot the Silent Symptoms of Stress?

    The silent symptoms of stress can be easily overlooked, but they're important to recognize to protect one's mental health, experts say.

    Visible symptoms of stress are fairly obvious – irritability, anger, impatience, muscle tension.

    “You may not be able to hide those for a long time. Immediately, people will notice it – family, friends and co-workers,”

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  • May 4, 2024
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  • Parents, You Can Ease a Teen's Stress Around Standardized Tests

    Standardized tests put a lot of pressure on teenagers who want to secure their future and make their parents and teachers proud.

    This stress can lead to symptoms like stomach aches, sleep problems, irritability and heightened emotionality, experts say.

    But there are concrete steps students can take to prepare for a standardized test while also keeping their cool.

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    Rising Threat to Americans' Healthy Sleep: Neighborhood Gunfire

    A good night's sleep is often hampered by caffeine, hunger, alcohol or chronic pain.

    Now, America has a new cause of poor sleep: the sound of gunfire on city streets.

    New research shows that gunshots are twice as likely to occur at night, mostly affecting the sleep of people in low...

    Stressed? Some Genes Could Raise Your Heart Attack Risk

    Folks with genetically-driven stress are more likely to suffer heart attacks after nerve-wracking events or times of unrest, a new study shows.

    People with above-average genetic scores linked to neuroticism and stress were 34% more likely to experience a heart attack followi...

    Pooch Power: 'Relax' Brainwaves  Begin When Folks Play With Dogs

    Playing fetch or grooming Fido isn't just good for your precious pooch -- it also benefits your brain.

    Such interactions appear to strengthen brain waves associated with rest and relaxation, South Korean researchers report in the March 13 issue of the journal PLOS One. Their small study compar...

    U.S. School Shootings Have Risen 12-fold Since 1970

    During the past half-century, the United States' annual number of school shootings has increased more than twelvefold, a new study finds.

    What's more, children are now four times more likely to be a school shooting victim, and the death rate from school shootings has risen more than sixfold.

    “Firearm violence is a public health crisis, and it needs to be addressed,” said lead re...

    Stressed Parents Could Mean More Self-Harm by Kids

    Teens have a higher risk of self-injury -- deliberately cutting or burning themselves -- if they have a fraught relationship with a struggling parent, a new study shows.

    Teenagers were nearly five times more likely to self-injure if, when they were 6, their moms and dads reported stress and discomfort in their role as parents, researchers found.

    Teens also had a nearly doubled risk ...

    Using Marijuana to Ease Stress? Focus on CBD, not THC

    Folks hoping to quell their anxiety would do best to use cannabis products that don't get them high, a new clinical trial has found.

    The non-intoxicating marijuana compound CBD appears to help manage anxiety better than THC, the chemical in weed that gets people high, researchers say.

    Patients with anxiety randomly assigned to smoke CBD-dominant products experienced greater improvem...

    Women Working in Health Care Face Burnout at Higher Rates Than Men

    Women working in health care endure significantly more stress and burnout compared to their male co-workers, a new review concludes.

    Gender inequality, a poor balance between work and life and a lack of workplace autonomy all create pressure on female health care professionals, researchers report.

    On the other hand, there are factors that can protect women from stress and burnout: a...

    School Lockdown Drills Help Students Feel Safer: Study

    Lockdown drills have become a shudder-inducing part of American life, preparing kids to lie low and keep quiet if a gunman chooses to roam their school.

    But a new study finds these drills help children who've been exposed to violence, helping them feel safer at school.

    The findings contradict claims that drills traumatize children rather than making them feel secure, researchers sai...

    This Election Year, Health Care Costs Top Voter Concerns: Poll

    Unexpected medical bills and high health care costs are dominating an election where kitchen table economic problems weigh heavily on voter's minds, a new KFF poll has found.

    Voters struggling to pay their monthly bills are most eager to hear presidential candidates talk about economic and health care issues, according to the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll.

    Nearly three in four adu...

    Political Changes Are Stressing Hispanic Americans: Study

    Immigration has become a contentious topic in America, but new research shows the heated debate on the issue may be stressing out Hispanics across the country, whether they are citizens or not.

    After analyzing data from 2011-2018, the researchers discovered that, over time, there has an increase in psychological distress among all Hispanics as U.S. immigration policies came under fire.

    Stress, Lack of Child Care Driving Many Doctors to Quit

    Doctors are bailing on the profession for a reason that may surprise their patients.

    It's not frustration with government rules or cumbersome insurance requirements, but problems securing suitable childcare for long and ever-changing working hours, a new survey published Feb. 15 in the BMJ finds.

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  • February 15, 2024
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  • Stress Main Factor Driving Teens to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

    American teenagers cite stress as the leading reason they might get drunk or high, a new report reveals.

    That only underscores the need for better adolescent mental health care, according to the research team behind the study.

    Better "access to treatment and support for mental health concerns and stress could reduce some of the reported motivations for substance use," concluded inve...

    During Grief and Loss, Simple Steps Can Help You Cope

    Filling the day with simple activities could be the key to improving mood and well-being after a person has suffered the loss of a loved one, a new study finds.

    These “uplifts” -- activities that can improve a person's mood -- helped ease grief on a day-to-day basis, researchers reported recently in the journal

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  • February 9, 2024
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  • Even Mild Cases of COVID Can Leave Lingering Insomnia

    Even mild cases of COVID can trigger insomnia in most people, a new study reports.

    About three out of four people with mild COVID (76%) reported experiencing insomnia following their illness.

    Further, nearly one in four (23%) said they'd experienced severe insomnia, according to results published Feb. 5 in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.

    If you experience insomnia afte...

    Cost, Job Worries Have Many Americans Postponing Surgeries

    Older adults frequently delay needed surgery because of financial concerns, a new study finds.

    Nearly half of people ages 50 and older who were very concerned about the cost of surgery wound up not having an operation they had considered, researchers reported Jan. 30 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

    Further, more than half who were very concerned about taking time off work...

    Stressed Teens at Risk of Heart Trouble Years Later

    Stressed-out teens are likely to have more heart health risk factors in adulthood, a new study says.

    Teens with elevated stress levels tended to have high blood pressure, obesity and other heart risk factors as they aged, compared to those teens with less stress, researchers found.

    “Our findings suggest that perceived stress patterns over time have a far-reaching effect on various...

    The 'Most Wonderful' Time? Maybe Not, Say Holiday-Stressed Americans

    What's even more nerve-wracking than paying taxes?

    The holidays, according to a majority of Americans, who say it takes them weeks to recover from seasonal stress.

    "The holidays are an easy time to justify putting off healthy habits, but it's important to manage chronic stress and other risk factors to stay healthy during the holiday season and into the New Year," said

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  • Trim Your Holiday Stress This Season: Experts Offer Tips

    SATURDAY, Dec. 2, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The holidays are typically a happy whirlwind of gift-buying, house decorating, party planning and family gatherings, but all that work can also stress people out.

    Luckily, experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center say there are things you can do to keep your stress levels under control and help make your holidays happy.

    “Excess stress wea...

    Holiday Travel Sends Stress Levels Sky High: Here's Tips to Cope

    TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) --Traffic, crowds and unforeseen delays and disruptions can turn holiday travel from celebratory to chaos in a flash -- especially if you're prone to anxiety.

    Being aware of your triggers can help you be ready for any glitches that arise.

    "Triggers might include uncertainty of traffic, flight delays, being in public places, or seeing friends a...

    'Tis the Season to Be Stressed, New Poll Finds

    The song says 'tis the season to be jolly, but many Americans find it to be more the season of stress and worry, a new survey reports.

    The strain of inflation and world affairs this year are adding to the other holiday-time stressors to create a toxic mental health cocktail, according to findings from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine.

    Survey resu...

    People's Heart Health Improves in More 'Flexible' Workplaces

    A kinder, more thoughtful workplace can lead to better heart health among older employees, a new study finds.

    Older workers' heart health risk factors decreased significantly when their office employed interventions designed to reduce work-family conflicts, researchers report in the Nov. 8 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

    Specifically, their heart risk factor...

    Teens Are Quitting Sports as Social Media Ups Body Image Concerns

    Kids who get discouraged by idealized athletic bodies on social media may end up dropping out of sports, a small study suggests.

    In a preliminary study of 70 kids who played -- or used to play -- sports, researchers found that some had quit because they thought they didn't have the "right" body for the activity. And most got that idea from media images, including TikTok and Instagram post...

    Are Trigger Warnings Useless? New Study Says Yes

    "Trigger warnings" are now widely accepted as away to help people avoid harm from disturbing content. Trouble is, they just don't work, according to new research.

    Trigger warnings seem like an obvious good: They alert people that a book, video or other media will depict a fraught topic such as sexual assault, abuse or suicide.

    Forewarned, consumers can skip the content or a...

    For the Young, Vaping & Chronic Stress Often Go Together

    Young people who vape are more likely to experience chronic stress, though it isn't clear whether it was the stress that brought on the vaping or the vaping that caused the stress, investigators say.

    “Research is starting to show how vaping affects young people's physical and mental health," said

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  • More Stress, Higher Odds for A-Fib in Women After Menopause

    Postmenopausal women who are stressed, depressed or have trouble sleeping may face an increased risk of a common heart rhythm disorder, new research suggests.

    The study, of nearly 84,000 women over the age of 50, found that certain psychological factors were linked to the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, or a-fib -- a heart arrhythmia that can cause serious problems over time.

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    As Kids Head Back to School, New Survey Finds 71% Faced Challenges Last Year

    As kids prepare to return to school, a new poll warns that the many children who found the last school year challenging are likely to be apprehensive this time around.

    The online survey, conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the nonprofit On Our Sleeves Movement for Children's Mental Health, found that 71% of American parents say their children experienced challenges last school year....

    A Little Drinking Might Help the Heart, and Scientists Think They Know Why

    Many studies have suggested that light drinking can do the heart some good, and now researchers think they have found one reason why: It helps the brain relax.

    It's no secret that many people pour a drink as a way to unwind and shed the stressors of the day. And research suggests that is not just a placebo effect. In the short term, alcohol has a quieting effect on the amygdala -- a brain...

    Inflation Is Really Stressing Americans Out

    The high cost of -- everything: Rising inflation rates are ramping up anxieties among some groups of Americans much more than others, a new study reports.

    Women, middle-age adults and people with less education or lower pay are feeling much more stress over higher prices, as well as people who were previously married but are now widowed, divorced or separated, according to findings publi...

    Discrimination at Work Could Raise Blood Pressure

    Dealing with discrimination at work -- from bosses or coworkers -- may be enough to send your blood pressure through the roof, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that among more than 1,200 U.S. workers, those who felt they often faced on-the-job discrimination were 54% more likely to develop high blood pressure, versus workers with little exposure to such bias.

    Over eight year...

    How to Relieve a Stress Headache

    You had a rough day at work and got stuck in traffic on the way home, and suddenly your head starts pounding.

    Stress headaches can be debilitating in the moment, but you don't have to suffer indefinitely.

    If you're struggling with stress, you're not alone. More than one-quarter of adults in the United States reported they're too stressed out...

    Disconnecting From Work in Off-Hours Can Make You a Better Manager

    Striking a better work-life balance might make you a more effective manager on the job, according to a new study.

    A survey of managers and their employees found that bosses who could shut off after-work emails, calls and job-related stress had greater success guiding underlings to meet work goals.

    “We found that when leaders psychologically detached from work when at home -- they ...

    Stress Rash: What Is It and How to Treat It

    We know that stress can take a toll on the body, but many may not realize it can produce a rash.

    “Stress can increase the level of the hormone cortisol, increasing inflammation in your body, which can lead to hives, acne, eczema, and hair loss, among other symptoms," dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Farhat said in...

    Burnout Levels High Among U.S. Health Care Workers

    Cafeteria workers. Receptionists. Pharmacists. Janitors. Administrators. Physical therapists.

    Much has been made of burnout among doctors and nurses, but a new survey has found high rates of work fatigue in nearly every type of job associated with health care.

    Physicians, nurses, clinical staff and non-clinical support workers in health care all are experiencing substantial levels o...

    Healthy Relationships Could Bring Healthier Bodies, Study Shows

    Close relationships -- and whether your experiences within those relationships are positive or negative -- could influence your physical health.

    New research found that the way you feel about your close relationships may affect the way your body functions.

    “Both positive and negative experiences in our relationships contribute to our daily stress, coping and physiology, like blood...

    Dealing With Caregiver Stress & Burnout: A Guide

    If you've been suffering from caregiver stress, you've got plenty of company.

    It affects about 36% of the 53 million unpaid family caregivers in the United States, according to a recent report by the AARP and the National Alliance for Car...

    Why Do I Sleep So Much? Reasons for Oversleeping

    Your eyes close and your mind shuts down the second your head hits the pillow, but you wake up 10 hours later still feeling tired.

    Many people complain about sleeping too little, but some struggle with the opposite problem: oversleeping.

    Oversleeping, or hypersomnia, is a sleep disorder characterized by complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness occurring regularly or often, ev...

    Parks, Rivers, Lakes: Nature's Great Stress Relievers

    Living closer to outdoor spaces and natural water may be better for your mental health, researchers say.

    A new study finds that close proximity to nature may reduce an older person's risk for serious psychological distress. That distress can lead to mild impairment of thinking and memory, as well as dementia.

    The study is scheduled for presentation at a meeting of the American Acade...

    Political News Takes Mental Toll, But Is Disengaging the Answer?

    In today's highly polarized political environment, is it possible to stay up-to-date with the news of the day without getting totally stressed out?

    If not, is there a way to limit the emotional and physical fallout? Or is all that individual stress in service of a greater societal good?

    New research paints a complex picture with no easy answers.

    On the one hand, paying cl...

    Gig Economy Could Be Harming Workers' Health

    Capitalism is thought to bring out the best in workers, but there's a dark side to tying a person's everyday efforts to their weekly paycheck.

    Folks relying on short-term, freelanced office jobs, or jobs where pay is linked to hustle -- depending largely on tips, commissions and bonuses -- may often suffer poor health related to their financial insecurity, new research has shown.

    Em...

    Doctor's Office Stress Test Could Gauge Your Heart Risk

    Evaluating a person's psychological stress can be a good way to gauge their risk of heart and blood vessel disease, new research suggests.

    And a brief questionnaire could help with the assessment, the study findings showed.

    “Our study is part of the accumulating evidence that psychological distress is a really important factor in a cardiovascular diagnosis, such as the other healt...

    Alcohol-Linked Deaths Soared During Pandemic, CDC Says

    Deaths caused by alcohol skyrocketed in the United States between 2019 and 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, according to a just-published government report.

    The alcohol-induced death rate jumped 26% during that period, claiming more than 49,000 lives, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported...

    Stress + Air Pollution a Bad Combo in Pregnancy: Study

    Protecting pregnant women from air pollution may improve the birth weight of their babies, a new study suggests.

    This is especially important for stressed-out mothers who live in neighborhoods burdened by poor air quality.

    A mother-to-be's exposure to both

    Stress-Relief Programs Often Rely on Dogs. What About Cats?

    Universities sometimes offer "Pet Your Stress Away" events offering a chance to relax while gently patting the head and stroking the back of a calm dog.

    But some people are more interested in interacting with cats than dogs, according to a new study that linked preference to personality type.

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