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What Makes for Resilient People? The Brain & the Gut Hold Clues

FRIDAY, June 21, 2024 (HealthDay News) — Can you trust your gut?

UCLA researchers have shown that people who rank high in resilience -- meaning they accept change positively and follow their instincts -- have the bacteria living in their bellies in part to thank for it. 

Their new study looked at the brains and gut microbiomes of people who cope effectively with different typ...

High Rates of Loneliness Seen Among Bisexual and Transgender People

Transgender and bisexual adults have rates of loneliness that are much higher than that of cisgender and heterosexual people, new data shows.

Federal health data on U.S. adults from 2022 finds the highest rates of self-reported loneliness among people who identify as bisexual (56.7%) or transgender (rates ranging from 56.4% to 63.9%), according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disea...

Cyberbullying Common in the World of Online Gaming

Cyberbullying and sexual harassment are rampant in the world of professional video gaming and online gaming, a new study reports.

Nearly 96% of 145 video game players from 14 countries said they had been targeted online in the previous year.

“It’s not just an isolated incident,” said lead researcher Louise Trudgett-Kl...

More Americans Worry About Climate Change's Effect on Mental Health, Poll Finds

As summers get hotter and hurricane seasons less predictable, more Americans now say that climate change affects their mental health, a new poll finds.

In a survey conducted among more than 2,200 adults at the end of May, 53% of respondents said they believe that the effects...

Too Often, Overdose Survivors Miss Out on Vital Treatments: Study

Most seniors who survive a drug overdose often miss out on treatments that could help save them from a subsequent OD, a new study shows.

Almost 24,000 Medicaid beneficiaries died from a follow-up overdose out of 137,000 who survived an OD in 2020, researchers say. That’s nearly one in five (17%).

“People who have experienced one overdose are more likely to experience another,”...

Surgeon General Calls for Warning Labels on Social Media Sites

The U.S. Surgeon General announced Monday that he will push for warning labels on all social media platforms, stating that they may harm teens' mental health.

"The mental health crisis among young people is an emergency -- and social media has emerged as an important contributor," Dr. Vivek Murthy wrote in an essay publi...

There May Be 6 Types of Depression, and Brain Scans Can Sort Them Out

Depression can be sorted into six distinct types using brain scans, a revelation that could improve treatment for many suffering the debilitating mood disorder.

Researchers analyzed brain scans to identify six different biological types of depression, bas...

Getting Your Exercise in Nature May Bring Added Benefits

Exercising in natural surroundings -- a jog through a park, a bicycle ride along a trail -- could be more beneficial than working out indoors, a new review suggests.

However, access to natural areas that are public varies widely, with not everyone having the chance to exercise ou...

Help for Women Battling ADHD & Opioid Addiction in Pregnancy

Opioid overdoses in pregnant women are at an all-time high in the United States, and researchers think they’ve figured out one way to counter this phenomenon.

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is strongly tied to substance use disorders, which means some women who become pregnant are taking ADHD medications while receiving treatment for

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  • ADHD Patients Could Face Disrupted Access to Meds Following Fraud Case

    The two top officers of a telehealth company that began to distribute ADHD drugs widely during the pandemic have been charged with health care fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

    The arrests will likely worsen ongoing shortages of Adderall and another ADHD medications, Vyvanse, experts said.

    “There are a lot of people who are going to be strugg...

    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...

    Even Temporary Loneliness Can Harm Physical Health

    You don't consider yourself a lonely person generally, but sometimes have days where feelings of loneliness set in.

    If you're one of those people, even that transient loss of connection with others could be impacting your physical health, a new study finds.

    “A lot of research is focused on loneliness being a binary trait -- either you’re lonely or you’re not. But based on ou...

    New Form of Psychotherapy Might Help Ease Chronic Pain

    A new form of psychotherapy appears to work even better at treating chronic pain in older adults than gold-standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a new study finds.

    U.S. veterans who received emotional awareness and expression ...

    Could Moms of Low-Birth-Weight Babies Face Higher Dementia Risk Later?

    Women who deliver low-birth-weight babies could be more likely to have memory and thinking problems later in life, a new study warns.

    As seniors, these women had brain test scores that indicated one to two years of additional aging in their memory and thinking skills, compared with women who delivered normal-weight babies, according to results published June 12 in the journal

    Nearly 1 in 4 People With Bipolar Disorder Achieve Complete Mental Health

    Bipolar disorder doesn't have to be a lifelong challenge, a new study says.

    Nearly 1 in 4 people with bipolar disorder wind up achieving complete mental health, researchers found.

    Further, more than 2 in 5 become free from bipolar symptoms over time...

    There's Another 'Magic' Mushroom Being Sold in Gummies -- But It Can Kill

    Growing public fascination with “magic” psilocybin mushrooms as a trendy treatment for depression had led to increased interest in another type of psychedelic mushroom, a new study reports.

    Unfortunately, this second sort of shroom -- known as Amanita muscaria -- can be more toxic than fentanyl, cocaine and PCP, researchers say.

    Marketing the two types of mushrooms as e...

    Failure's 'Benefits' Might Be Overrated

    Winston Churchill once said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

    It's one of countless platitudes claiming that failure leads to success.

    But there's strong evidence that such a notion is wrongheaded and can lead to terrible real-world consequences, researchers said in a new report.

    In fact, many people do not learn from their fa...

    FDA Panel Says No to MDMA as Treatment for PTSD

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Tuesday voted against recommending the psychedelic MDMA for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    In a 10-1 vote, the panel determined the evidence amassed so far fails to show the controversial drug's benefits outweigh its risks, the Associated Press reported.

    During the meeting, panel members pointed ...

    Service Dogs Work Wonders for Veterans With PTSD: Study

    Military veterans often struggle with their mental health once their service ends, but the first clinical trial of its kind has found that having a service dog helps lower the risk of PTSD for these former soldiers.

    Veterans paired with a service dog had 66% lower odds of a PTSD diagnosis, compared to a control group of vets still waiting for a service dog, researchers reported June 4 in ...

    U.S. Maternal Death Rate Remains Much Higher Than Other Affluent Nations

    Maternal mortality rates in the United States continue to exceed those in other wealthy nations, with most women dying during pregnancy and childbirth in ways that were preventable, a new report shows.

    In 2022, U.S. women had a death rate from complications of pregnancy and childbirth of 22 deaths per 100,000 live births, researchers found.

    That's a rate more than double and sometim...

    Better Sleep Might Bring Less Loneliness

    People who feel lonely and socially isolated might benefit from more sleep, especially if they're a young adult, a new study suggests.

    Better sleep is associated with significantly less emotional and social loneliness, researchers report.

    Younger adults in particularbenefit ...

    Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Give Couples' Bond a Boost

    Strapping a mask to your face can make for a happier marriage, a new study suggests.

    Relationships with partners flourish if a person with sleep apnea starts using a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine on a regular basis, researchers found.


    Night Owls Could Be Upping Their Mental Health Risks

    People who regularly stay up until the wee hours of the morning could be harming their mental health, a new study finds.

    Regardless of whether people were morning larks or a night owls, they tended to have higher rates of mental and behavioral disorders if they stayed up late, researchers found.

    The mental health risk associated with staying up late cropped up regardless of a perso...

    Amsterdam's 'Psychiatric Ambulance' Could Be Advance For Those in Mental Health Crisis

    Ambulances meant for people having a mental health crisis could help folks get the care they need with less confrontation and friction, a new study says.

    People transported to the hospital by a “psychiatric ambulance” required fewer restraints or coer...

    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...

    Suicide Rates Among Cancer Patients Are Falling

    Even as suicide rates have risen among Americans generally, one group appears to be bucking that trend: People diagnosed with cancer.

    Experts are crediting improved access to counseling and other "psychosocial care" with easing the emotional toll of cancer and keeping more patients from making tragic decisions.

    Nevertheless, cancer patients still face elevated risks for suicide, no...

    Kids in Noisy Neighborhoods More Prone to Anxiety

    Children exposed to traffic and other noise in their neighborhoods may be at higher risk for anxiety, researchers conclude, while air pollution could raise risks for other mental health woes.

    "Childhood and adolescent noise pollution exposure could increase anxiety by increasing stress and disrupting sleep," wrote a team led by

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  • May 29, 2024
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  • Binge-Eating Disorder Could Be Tougher to Kick Than Thought

    Prior studies have suggested that binge eating disorder may not last long, but a more rigorous look at the illness finds that just isn't so.

    “The big takeaway is that binge-eating disorder does improve with time, but for many people it lasts years,” said study first author Kristin Javaras, assistant psychologist in t...

    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...

    Moms, Even When Kids Reject Your Advice, It's Still Helping Them

    Does advising your teen sometimes feel like talking to the proverbial brick wall?

    Don't fret: New research shows that even when your preteen or teen gives your advice a flat "no way," your counsel is probably having an impact.

    It may simply be tucked away by your child, ready for use another day.

    “The kids are at an age where they're maturing and wanting to make their own ...

    1 in 9 U.S. Children Have Been Diagnosed With ADHD

    About 1 in 9 American children have ever received an ADHD diagnosis, slightly more than the number of kids currently being treated for the disorder, a new study shows.

    About 7.1 million kids (11.4%) have ever been diagnosed with ADHD, according to findings published May 23 in the Journal of Clinical C...

    Teen Cannabis Users' Risk for Psychosis May Be Stronger Than Thought: Study

    Doctors have long known that excessive marijuana use can trigger psychosis, especially in the young. But new research suggests the link is stronger that ever imagined before.

    Teens who use cannabis face 11 times the odds for a psychotic episode compared to teens who abstain from the drug, new Canadian research contends.

    The teen years may be an especially vulnerable time in this re...

    Mediterranean Diet Could Be a Stress-Buster, Study Finds

    The Mediterranean diet has already been shown to be great for a person's physical health, but new research finds that following the Mediterranean diet also can lift your mood.

    People on the diet tended to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, researchers reported recently in the journal <...

    PTSD Triples Odds for Teeth Grinding, Study Finds

    People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face more than triple the odds of bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding, a new study finds.

    The small study of 76 Brazilian adults (38 diagnosed with PTSD and 38 without the condition) found much higher incidence of daytime teeth grinding.


    More Than 321,000 U.S. Kids Lost a Parent to Drug ODs in a Decade

    More than 320,000 U.S. children lost a parent to drug overdose during the past decade, according to a new study reported May 8 in JAMA Psychiatry.

    What's more, the death rate accelerated during the period, more than doubling between 2011 and 2021, researchers found.

    About 27 children per 100,000 had a parent die ...

    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...

    A Parent's Watchful Eye Does Keep Kids From Drugs, Alcohol: Study

    Parents can be very effective buzzkills for their teens, just by letting kids know they're being closely watched, a new study reports.

    Teenagers are less likely to drink, smoke or use drugs when parents keep tabs on their activities, according to fin...

    Parental Deaths to Guns, Drugs Harmed Nearly 100,000 U.S. Kids in 2020

    Nearly 100,000 U.S. children lost a parent in 2020 to gun violence or drug overdose, a three-fold rise since 1999, according to a new study.

    Overall, these two causes made up nearly a quarter (23%) of parental losses in 2020, almost double the level cited in 1999, according to a team who reported its findings May 4 in the

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  • How 'Unruly' Sports Parents Harm Their Kids' Mental Health

    Everyone knows that specific type of sports parent – the over-the-top dad or mom who curses, shouts and even becomes physically aggressive during their kid's match.

    While they might think they're cheering their kid to victory, such poor sports behavior actually can turn a child or teen off to athletics, psychiatrists warn.

    “Some of those behaviors would be setting unrealistic ex...

    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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  • More Evidence Supports Psilocybin's Antidepressant Powers

    The active chemical in magic mushrooms could prove to be a powerful antidepressant, a new review finds.

    Psilocybin outperformed a variety of “control” treatments in easing symptoms of depression, researchers reported May 1 in the BMJ.

    Those control groups received either placebo medications, the dietary supplement niacin (vitamin B), or microdoses of psychedelics.

    When in Life Are Folks Most Lonely?

    At what age does loneliness strike adults the hardest?

    A new review maps it out, finding that people are more lonely as young adults, grow less lonely as they approach middle age, and then fall back into loneliness in old age, researchers reported April 30 in the journal Psychological Science.

    “What was striking was how consistent the uptick in loneliness is in older adul...

    Staying Fit Boosts Kids' Mental Health

    The benefits of physical fitness for kids spill over into their mental health, new research shows.

    Getting plenty of exercise may guard against depressive symptoms, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study published April 29 in the journal J...

    Loneliness Can Shorten Lives of Cancer Survivors

    Cancer survivors in the throes of loneliness are more likely to die compared to those with companionship, a new study finds.

    Further, people who are the most lonely are the most likely to die, results show.

    “Loneliness, the feeling of being isolated, is a prevalent concern among cancer survivors,” said lead researcher

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  • A Stolen Dog Feels Like Losing a Child, Study Finds

    The emotional turmoil caused by a stolen dog is akin to that of a parent losing a child, a new study finds.

    The findings support the idea that pets truly become family members to their owners, researchers said. When faced with the theft of a pet, ow...

    Drug, Alcohol Abuse Goes Untreated in Many Ex-Prisoners

    Most ex-cons are unlikely to receive substance use treatment following their release from prison, even though odds are high they are struggling with addiction, a new study finds.

    National estimates suggest as many as 85% of inmates leave prison with some form of substance abuse problem, researchers said.

    But only 17% of ex-cons on Medicaid in Virginia have been diagnosed with substa...

    There's an 'Epidemic' of Loneliness Among U.S. Parents, Poll Finds

    Anne Helms is one busy mom, constantly juggling the demands of working from home with parenting two young children.

    Despite that whirl of activity, Helms says she often feels isolated and lonely.

    “I work from home full time and I actually have a job where I'm on camera a lot and I'm Zoom calling people very often,” Helms, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, said in a news release.


    'Dream It, Be It?' Study Finds Teens Who Focus on Life Goals Often Succeed

    “Dream it, be it” might sound like a cliche, but a new study says there's something to the notion.

    Teenagers who set ambitious goals for themselves tend to be more successful as young adults, researchers reported recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

    Trying 'Magic Mushroom' Drug to Ease Depression? It Has Side Effects

    Many people with tough-to-treat depression may be trying psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, as an alternative to antidepressants.

    Thinking that it's a "natural" drug, folks might assume it comes without side effects.

    That assumption would be wrong.

    People in a new study who took p...

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