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Later School Start Times Boost Parents' Health, Too

For several years, a leading U.S. pediatricians' group has called for middle and high schools to start later in the morning, to help these young people get the right amount of sleep.

Now, new research suggests that students aren't the only ones who benefit from later start times: Their parents also catch a break.

"Kids don't live in a vacuum. They live in a complex family system. In...

Kids' Behavior Worsened With Remote Learning: Study

Parents, brace yourselves.

As the Omicron variant surges and U.S. schools deal with a substitute teacher shortage and related pandemic fallout, don't be surprised if a return to remote or hybrid learning leads your kids to act out, a new study warns.

Previous shifts from in-person to re...

'Benign' Adrenal Gland Tumors Might Cause Harm to Millions

Millions of people are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure and don't even know it, due to a hidden hormone problem in their bodies.

As many as 1 in 10 people have a non-cancerous tumor on one or both of their adrenal glands that could cause the gland to produce excess amounts of the stress hormone cortisol.

Up to now, doctors have thought that these tumors h...

Is the Pandemic Affecting Newborns' Brains?

Babies born at the height of the pandemic appear to suffer small but significant delays in their motor and social development, a new study reports.

Babies were particularly at risk if their mothers were in the first trimester of their pregnancy during spring 2020, when the United States entered lockdowns.

"It's important to recognize these are very slight differences. There weren't ...

Do You Have 'COVID-somnia'? These Sleep Tips Might Help

If the pandemic is causing you to lose sleep at night, you’re not alone.

About 56% of Americans say they have what experts have dubbed “COVID-somnia,” an increase in sleep disturbances.

Of people reporting these disturbances, 57% say they're having trouble falling or staying asleep. About 46% are sleepin...

New Year's Resolution? Here's How to Make it Stick

It's clear that these last couple of years have been tough for a lot of people.

So now that it’s the week when people make New Year’s resolutions, go easy on yourself.

If you’d like to make a resolution, start small, the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests. By small, the goal should be one you think you can keep.

For example, if you want to eat healthier...

Severe Illness in a Child Takes Big Toll on Parents, Siblings: Study

When a child has severe health problems, the suffering often extends to the entire family, new research finds.

Using data from a single health insurance provider, the study authors assessed nearly 7,000 children with life-threatening conditions and their families, and compared them to a control group of more than 18,600 children without a life-threatening condition and their families.

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Make Asthma, Allergy Control Your Resolution for the New Year

If your New Year's resolution is to keep your allergy and asthma symptoms under control in 2022, it's best to do so in small steps, an expert says.

"The best way to tackle health challenges is in small bits, and that goes for allergy and asthma control," said Dr. Mark Corbett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

"The last few years have been ...

Mom & Dad's Holiday Stress a Downer for Kids, Poll Finds

Many parents want to make the holiday season magical for their kids, but for some the stress they feel trying to live up to that ideal may actually be doing the opposite.

A poll from Michigan Medicine found that about 1 in 5 parents said their ...

Don't Let Heartburn Ruin Your Holiday Feast

Like Mr. Grinch, heartburn can crush your holiday, but there are easy ways to prevent it.

"Heartburn is caused by acidic stomach content moving into the esophagus, or gullet, which is much less resistant to acid," said Dr. James East, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London. "This results in irritation and damage to the lining of the esophagus, literally a burn, that caus...

Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic: Dogs

Coping with the isolation, fear and sadness of the pandemic may have been a little easier if you had a trusting and loving dog by your side.

But you don't need to tell that to Francois Martin, a researcher who studies the bonds between animals and humans. His two Great Danes helped him through the last two years, and he just completed a study that shows living with a dog gave folks a stro...

Stress May Be Stronger Trigger for Problem Drinking in Women Than Men

When someone says "I need a drink," it's usually because they've had a rough day. Now, new research suggests that stress is more likely to trigger heavy drinking in women than in men.

"Some people can intend to have one or two alcoholic beverages and stop drinking, but other people just keep going," said study leader Julie Patock-Peckham. She's head of the Social Addictions Impulse Lab at...

For Many, Holiday Joy Is Shadowed by COVID Fears: Poll

Stress about the COVID-19 pandemic may be eclipsing holiday joy for many older Americans, a new poll reveals.

About half (47%) of 50- to 80-year-olds polled reported a mixed experience of joy and stress.

One in five said they feel a lot of stress, while 38% said ...

Holidays Are Peak Time for Heart Attack: Protect Yourself

This time of year can be hard on the heart.

The United States has more heart attack deaths between Christmas and New Year's Day than at any other time of year, so the American Heart Association (AHA) offers some holiday health tips.

"The holidays are a busy, often stressful, time for most of us," said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, volunteer president of the

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  • High Heart Rate Linked to Dementia Risk

    Checking older adults' resting heart rate could help identify those who are more likely to experience a decline in mental function, a Swedish study suggests.

    The researchers found that a high resting heart rate was associated with a greater risk of dementia.

    "We believe it would be valuable to explore if resting heart rate could identify patients with high dementia risk," said lead ...

    After Vaccines & Easing of Lockdowns, College Students' Mental Health Still Poor

    College students are not bouncing back from the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a troubling new study finds.

    Researchers were surprised to find that one year after the start of the pandemic, college students were still less active and more at risk for depression even as social restrictions were lifted and many were vaccinated.

    While the new study focused on the experien...

    Pandemic Stress, Exhaustion Weigh on Health Care Workers

    The pandemic is taking a toll on health care workers' sleep, which can put both their mental health and patient care at risk, researchers warn.

    Their study of more than 800 New York City health care workers found that compared to those with no sleep problems, those with poor sleep were two times more likely to report symptoms of depression, 70% more likely to report anxiety, and 50% more...

    As Holidays Return to Normal, Here's How to De-Stress

    A return to a more normal holiday season may also mean higher stress levels, so an expert offers some coping tips.

    Don't get too focused on buying the perfect presents, making the best dinner or planning the perfect party. Try to be mindful of pleasant things and moments, suggested Jennifer Wegmann, a health and wellness studies lecturer at Binghamton University, State University of New Y...

    Breast Cancer Diagnosis Linked to Higher Odds for Dangerous A-Fib

    Women with breast cancer are known to have heart problems related to treatment, and now a new study shows their odds of developing an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may increase in the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis.

    Women who develop a-fib within a month of a breast cancer diagnosis are more likely to die from heart- or blood vessel-related problems within ...

    Knowing Your A-Fib Triggers Could Help You Avoid It: Study

    People suffering from dangerous abnormal heart rhythms can take matters into their own hands and figure out what is triggering their episodes, researchers report.

    Folks with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) were able to reduce their episodes of the irregular heartbeat by 40% by identifying and then avoiding the substances or activities that caused their heart to go herky-jerky, according to fi...

    Firefighters' Blood Pressure Can Rise When Duty Calls

    Working in an already dangerous environment, the blood pressure of firefighters jumps when they get an emergency call, new research shows.

    That could be risky for those who already have high blood pressure, experts say.

    "All emergency and first responders should be aware of their health," said senior author Deborah Feairheller, director of the clinical cardiac program at the Univer...

    Women Less Likely to Ask for More Time When Deadlines Loom

    It's a case of being your own worst enemy: New research shows that women are more reluctant to ask for deadline extensions at work than their male colleagues are, in part because they worry about being seen as incompetent.

    In a series of studies, researchers found that overall, women were less likely than men to ask for extra time to complete a work or school task. And that reluctance see...

    Pandemic Has Stressed Out Doctors

    It's a finding that stands to reason: A new study shows the pandemic has triggered anxiety and depression in many doctors.

    Researchers used surveys to assess the mental health of more than 5,000 doctors in Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom at two points during the pandemic — June 2020 and November/December 2020.

    Doctors in Italy had the highest rates of anxiety (1 in 4) and of d...

    U.S. Adolescents' Daily Screen Time Doubled During Pandemic

    As teens dramatically stepped up their screen time during COVID-19 lockdowns, their well-being took a hit, a new study reveals.

    Recreational screen time among U.S. teens doubled from before the pandemic to nearly eight hours per day during the pandemic, according to the report. And this estimate doesn't include time spent on screens for remote learning or schoolwork, so the total was like...

    Guard Dogs, Panic Buttons: Nurses Under Threat From Rising Violence

    Emergency room nurse Grace Politis was catching up on paperwork during her shift when she suddenly realized her head hurt badly. Then she blacked out.

    "Later on, I found out I was hit in the head twice with a fire extinguisher by a patient," said Politis, who works at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, Mass.

    A disturbed man awaiting psychiatric evaluation had fractured Politis' skul...

    Pandemic Uncertainty Keeping Americans in Limbo: Poll

    One-third of Americans are struggling to make basic decisions due to ongoing stress about the pandemic, and younger adults and parents are having the most difficulty of all, a new survey reveals.

    "The pandemic has imposed a regimen of constant risk assessment upon many. Each day brings an onslaught of choices with an ever-changing context, as routines are upended and once-trivial daily ta...

    Nurses Have Suicidal Thoughts More Often Than Other Workers: Study

    U.S. nurses think about suicide more often than other workers do, but are less likely to tell anyone about it, new research reveals.

    For the study, the researchers analyzed the responses of more than 7,000 nurses and nearly 5,200 other general workforce members who took part in a national poll on well-being that was conducted in November 2017 and included questions on issues ranging from ...

    Cigarette Sales Jumped During Pandemic

    As COVID-19 has surged throughout the United States for the past year and a half, some may have picked up an old bad habit or started a new one.

    How do researchers know this? They discovered that cigarette sales jumped during the first 15 months of the pandemic, exceeding their own estimates by 14%.

    It's not entirely clear whether that's because current smokers are smoking more, for...

    More Middle-Aged, Older Women Getting 'Broken Heart' Syndrome

    The number of Americans diagnosed with "broken heart" syndrome has steadily risen in the past 15 years — with the vast majority being women, a new study finds.

    The condition, which doctors call stress cardiomyopathy, appears similar to a heart attack — with symptoms such as chest pain and breathlessness. But its cause is entirely different: Experts believe it reflects a temporary weak...

    Biden Administration to Invest $100 Million to Ease Health Worker Shortage

    The National Health Service Corps will receive $100 million to help tackle the U.S. health care worker shortage, the White House announced Thursday.

    That's a five-fold increase in funding from previous years for a program that helps find primary care doctors for communities that struggle to recruit and keep them, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NBC News<...

    Big Worry for Folks Heading to Hospital: Who'll Care for My Pet?

    Dr. Tiffany Braley works with patients who have experienced strokes and other serious health conditions, treating them at the Michigan hospital where she works as they begin their recovery.

    Braley noticed there was a trend among patients who resisted being admitted to or staying in the hospital: They just wanted to get home, because they had no one to care for their beloved pets.

    "I...

    Men, Women Behaved Differently During Pandemic Lockdowns

    How do men and women respond to a crisis?

    A look at their behavior during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 offers a clue: Women flocked to their phones for long conversations with a few trusted contacts.

    Men, chafing at being cooped up, headed out and about as soon as they could, European researchers report.

    "The total shutdown of public life was like a population-wide live...

    Study Confirms Rise in Child Abuse During COVID Pandemic

    FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News)-- Physical abuse of school-aged kids tripled during the early months of the pandemic when widespread stay-at-home orders were in effect, a new study finds.

    Exactly what triggered the surge is not fully understood, but other studies have also reported similar upticks in child abuse. A pediatrician who was not involved in the new research suspects COVID...

    U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest One-Year Rise Ever

    The rate at which homicide is taking the lives of Americans jumped by 30% over the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic — the largest year-to-year increase ever, new federal government figures show.

    The rate jumped from 6 homicides per 100,000 people in 2019 to 7.8 per 100,000 in 2020, according to provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Cente...

    Many Americans May Quit, Change Jobs Due to Pandemic Stress: Survey

    The pressures of the pandemic have dramatically altered the American workplace, and now a new survey shows that many folks who have struggled with low salaries, long hours and lack of opportunity plan to change jobs.

    More than 40% of workers said they plan to make the switch in the coming year, the poll found. If that occurs, it could seriously affect many industries already facing shorta...

    Pandemic Stress Altered Many Women's Menstrual Cycles

    From the fear of getting sick to lockdown isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased stress levels, and for many women, the uptick led to changes in their monthly periods.

    More than half of respondents to an online survey reported changes in their menstrual cycles during the pandemic, including...

    More Evidence That Stress Gets Blood Pressure Rising

    MONDAY, Sept. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If you often feel stressed out, your blood pressure may rise over time alongside higher odds for other heart concerns, a new study indicates.

    Researchers found adults with normal blood pressure but high levels of stress hormones were more likely to develop high blood pressure in six to seven years than those with lower stress hormone levels.

    ...

    It's a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter Cat

    Parents of a child with autism might wonder if a pet cat would be a good fit for the family. Now, research suggests both children with autism and cats benefit when a feline joins the household.

    Gretchen Carlisle, a research scientist at the Missouri University Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, in Columbia, Mo., and her colleagues studied the pet dynamic from both sides.

    ...

    Would More Free Time Really Make You Happier?

    Many people feel their to-do list is overloaded, but there is also such a thing as too much free time, a new study suggests.

    In a series of studies, researchers found that having either too little or too much free time seemed to drain people's sense of well-being.

    It's no surprise that constantly feeling pressed for time -- and the stress that creates -- can take a toll on well-bein...

    Annoyed When Watching Others Fidget? You're Not Alone

    If other people's fidgeting drives you nuts, you may be one of many people with a condition called misokinesia, which means "hatred of movements," Canadian researchers report.

    They conducted experiments with more than 4,100 people and found that about one-third have the condition.

    Typically, folks with misokinesia "experience reactions such as anger, anxiety or frustration" watching...

    Got 'Zoom Fatigue'? Taking Breaks From the Camera Can Help

    If you feel exhausted after a day filled with online meetings, well, you are not imagining it.

    A new study found that the pressure of having the camera on for a long time is draining. This so-called "Zoom fatigue" is even worse if you're a woman or a new employee.

    "There's always this assumption that if you have your camera on during meetings, you are going to be more engaged," said...

    Safeguarding Your Heart During, After Hurricane Ida

    Along with other dangers, the aftermath of Hurricane Ida could pose significant heart health risks.

    Stress and trauma from the storm that slammed into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and other states could increase heart risk, and the impact may be more significant for heart disease and stroke patients, the American Heart Association (AHA) warns.

    For example, it may be more difficul...

    Greener Neighborhoods Bring Healthier Hearts, Study Shows

    The greener your neighborhood, the lower your risk of heart disease.

    That's the takeaway from a new study, which reported that adding to a neighborhood's green space can have a big payoff for public health.

    "For the cost of one emergency room visit for a heart attack, trees could be planted in a neighborhood with 100 residents and potentially prevent ten heart diseases," said study ...

    College Is Even More Stressful for Girls: Study

    Even before COVID-19, college could be a challenging experience, but a new study suggests those stresses are much higher for female students.

    Still, in the face of a continuing pandemic, all students may need interventions to develop healthy coping strategies, the study authors said.

    "They're balancing work, classes, relationships and family -- and then now you're throwing COVID on ...

    Feel Guilty About 'Useless' Leisure Time? Your Mental Health Might Suffer

    Struggling to decide whether to spend another hour at the office or take a late afternoon stroll?

    Put on your walking shoes.

    Making leisure time a priority is good for your mental health. For many, though, especially folks who prize productivity above all, it's a hard sell, a new study finds.

    "There is plenty of research which suggests that leisure has mental health benefits ...

    No Change in Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use During Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic has posed significant challenges for many, but it did not appear to drive U.S. preteens and young teens to drugs.

    Repeated surveys of more than 7,800 10- to 14-year-olds between September 2019 and August 2020 found the overall rate of drug use remained stable, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). What did change was their drugs of choic...

    Delta Variant Has Americans' Stress Levels Rising Again: Poll

    As coronavirus cases spike in the United States due to the highly contagious Delta variant, a new poll finds Americans' anxiety about COVID-19 at its highest since January.

    "I wouldn't have said this a couple of years ago, but I'm not as confident as I was in America's ability to take care of itself," David Bowers, 42, a Peoria, Ariz., Democrat told the Associated Press, adding: ...

    College Freshmen Drank Less as Pandemic Began

    Here's an unexpected silver lining to the pandemic: New research shows there was a decline in overall drinking and binge drinking among U.S. college freshmen during the early months of the new coronavirus' spread across America.

    "We found that social factors, like social distancing and reductions in social support from friends, were associated with decreases in alcohol use among first-yea...

    Heading Back to the Workplace? Here's Some Tips to Help Re-Adjust

    Freaked out about trading Zoom meetings and the privacy of working at home for a return to the office?

    You've got plenty of company. As more workplaces reopen, stress about health risks and new routines is front and center.

    The Center for Workplace Mental Health knows what you're are going through. The center, a program of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation, is of...

    School-Based Mindfulness Program Gives Big Boost to Young Kids' Sleep

    Children tend to sleep less as they approach early adolescence, perhaps because of the pressures of homework and the presence of social media.

    Now, new research suggests that loss of precious slumber is not inevitable.

    The researchers found that a school-based program in mindfulness training -- which involves being present in the moment, deep breathing and yoga movements -- helped ...

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