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Stress Before COVID Infection Could Raise Odds for Long COVID

As scientists around the world investigate why long COVID strikes some and not others, a new study finds that suffering psychological distress prior to COVID-19 infection may increase the chances of getting the lingering condition.

Resea...

Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature Delivery

Numerous studies have found discrimination can hurt aspects of human health.

Now, new research adds to that the impact of discrimination on the youngest humans by linking discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and premature infants.

Maternal death rates amo...

There's Stress, and Then There's 'Good Stress'

A tight deadline at work. A tough exam at school. A big vacation that requires tons of planning. A home repair that's gone awry.

These sources of stress are anything but pleasant, but a new study suggests that they might actually be good f...

Panting Pooches: When Summer Heat Is Too Much for Your Dog

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, but when the temperatures spike or the fireworks come out, it's time to make sure your furry best friend is having just as good a time as you are.

When a heat wave rolls in, try to only take your dog for walks in the coolest hours of the day, advised Mark Fr...

Gardening Can Blossom Into Better Mental Health

If you are feeling stressed and depressed, new research suggests that grabbing a trowel and getting your hands dirty may improve your mood.

Researchers found that tending to plants can reap mental health benefits, even for first-time gardeners. The activity was linked to decreased stress, anxiety and depression in h...

Are Workplace Robots Bringing Mental Harm to U.S. Workers?

It takes much less than a "Matrix" plot to make American workers afraid for their jobs: New research reveals they stress out when they have to work alongside robots.

Even though many robots took on the most dangero...

Inflation Has Americans' Anxiety Levels Surging: Poll

Nearly all Americans are worried about inflation as economic worries oust COVID-19 as the nation's top source of stress, a new poll reveals.

Nearly nine out of 10 Americans (87%) said they are anxious or very anxious about inflation, up 8 percentage points from the previous month, according to...

Poll Finds Many Diabetes Caregivers Exhausted, Lacking Support

Diane Kondyra knows a lot about the hidden dangers of diabetes.

Both she and her husband have been diagnosed with the blood sugar disease, and her husband suffered one of its devastating complications in 2018 when he developed a staph infection that cost him part of his leg. Uncontrolled diabetes can restrict blood flow to the legs, making it more likely that simple cuts can turn int...

Muting Your Phone May Cause More Stress, Not Less

Are you plagued by FOMO -- "fear of missing out"? Then silencing your smartphone may not be the stress-buster you think it is.

That's the takeaway from a new study that found many folks check their phones a lot more when they're set to mute or vibrate than when they beep and ring.

"Without any clear 'buzz' or sou...

Pets Help Their Humans De-Stress, Stay Fit: Survey

While chronic stress is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke, most cat and dog owners say pets help them chill out and stay active.

A new American Heart Association (AHA) survey of 1,000 pet owners found 95% relying on their animal companions for stress relief. About 7 in 10 said they'd rather spend time with their pet than watch television, and nearly half (47%) said their pets...

Ageism Is Everywhere and Can Harm Health

In a cancel culture where there's zero tolerance for prejudice, at least one form of discrimination appears to be alive and well.

Ageism involves prejudice based on people's advancing age. It can be as overt as not hiring someone because they are older, or as subtle as giving a loved one a...

How Grief Harms the Body After a Spouse's Death

Heartache and heartbreak are apt terms for the intense grief caused by losing a spouse.

A new study says such a loss can lead to major health problems and even death, and the paper may help explain why that happens.

When faced with stressful situations, grieving spouses have significant increases in

Stress Can Age, Weaken Your Immune System

Stress may take a huge toll on your health, weakening your immune system and opening the door to serious illness, a new study suggests.

Traumatic events, job strain, daily stressors and discrimination may all speed aging of the

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  • June 14, 2022
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  • A Lover's Embrace May Calm Women More Than Men

    Is an upcoming final exam or big-time job interview stressing you out?

    Hug your honey.

    That's the takeaway from new research that showed how embracing your significant other can help calm women.

    But sorry, guys, the same isn't true for you, according to the study published May 18 in the journal PLOS ONE.

    "As a woman, hugging your romantic partner can prevent t...

    Could Student Loan Debt Threaten Your Health?

    As the Biden Administration weighs the possibility of broad student loan forgiveness, a new study finds that people mired in student debt face a heightened risk of heart disease by middle age.

    The findings are not the first to suggest that student debt can take a mental and physical toll.

    Young...

    Could a Stressed-Out Pregnancy Hinder a Toddler's Development?

    Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up, new research suggests.

    "Mom's elevated psychological distress affects not just her, but her unborn baby's brain development," said st...

    How Stress and Gastro Issues Affect Kids With Autism

    For some children with autism, there's a connection between gastrointestinal problems and stress, anxiety and social withdrawal, a new study suggests.

    The findings could help efforts to develop personalized treatments for autism patients with gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pain and constipation, the University of Missouri researchers suggested.

    Such problems tend to occur...

    Pandemic's Early Days Hit Nurses Hard: Report

    Frontline nurses were plagued by "moral distress" in the early days of the pandemic because they lacked the support to provide high-quality care, a new report reveals.

    Between May and September 2020, researchers interviewed 100 nurses across the United States who cared for COVID-19 patients.

    The nurses reported moral distress caused by knowing how to treat patients and protect thems...

    Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

    Witnessing violence between your parents is traumatic when it happens, but a new study finds that trauma can raise your risk of depression and other mental health problems.

    The study included more than 17,700 Canadian adults who took part in a national survey on mental health. Of those respondents, 326 sa...

    Poor Sleep Linked to More Mood Disorders During Pandemic

    Having trouble getting your shut-eye during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    You may be at increased risk for anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles.

    That's the key takeaway from an analysis of data collected from nearly 5,000 people who wore a digital sleep device before and...

    Hair of the Dog: A Quick, Painless Stress Test for Pooches

    The strange smells and sounds at an animal shelter can stress out even the most placid pup, and invasive tests to see if they need medicine to calm down only add to the anxiety.

    So there's some good news for Fido in new research out of the Netherlands.

    The study found that analyzing a single sample of a...

    Hospital Work During Pandemic Was Like a War Zone: Study

    Health care workers battling the pandemic may be suffering moral traumas at a rate similar to soldiers in a war zone, a new study suggests.

    The pandemic has brought a stream of stories about overtaxed health care workers, facing repeated COVID surges, resource shortages and public resistance to the vaccines that can keep people out of the hospital. Workers' distress is often called burnou...

    Owners Can Play Big Role in Dogs' Problem Behaviors

    Chasing light shimmers reflected onto a wall. Obsessive licking or chewing. Compulsive barking and whining. Pacing or tail chasing.

    Nearly one in three pet dogs suffer from these ADHD-like repetitive behaviors - and researchers now suspect that an animal's home life could be t...

    U.S. Teachers Often Faced Harassment, Violence During Pandemic: Poll

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on America's teachers, and nearly half of those recently surveyed said they're thinking about quitting their jobs or switching schools.

    Enforcing mask-wearing and pivoting to remote learning hasn't been easy. But many teachers and other school staff have also endure...

    Stressed Out by Ukraine News? Experts Offer Coping Tips

    The stories and images flowing out of Ukraine as it defends itself against a Russian invasion are gut-wrenching: Families lugging just a suitcase while crossing the border to safety in Poland in tears; bombed out apartments with people still hiding amid the wreckage; unlucky citizens losing their...

    A Hotter Climate Could Trigger More Mental Health Crises

    Extreme heat from climate change is making it harder for people with mental illness and drug addiction to cope and adding to pressure on pandemic-stretched U.S. emergency rooms.

    During these severe summer temperature spikes, Americans with depression, anxiety, mood disorders and drug addiction are increasingly flocking to hospital ERs for help, a

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  • COVID Vaccine Is a Big Stress-Reliever, Too: Study

    While getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects against infection, new research confirms that it can also help ease pandemic-triggered stress.

    "Our study documents important psychological benefits of

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  • Getting a COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Your Ability to Exercise

    Worried that a COVID-19 vaccine might hamper your workout? New research suggests you can hit the gym with minimal effects.

    In a study of 18 healthy people who received a COVID-19 vaccine, the participants were monitored while they did cycling workouts before and two to three weeks after being fully vaccinated.

    The researchers also conducted exercise tests in a cont...

    Searching for Good Sleep? Here's What You're Doing Right - and Wrong

    Many Americans are working hard to get a good night's sleep, and feeling the effects when they miss the mark.

    About 32% of people feel more tired these days than they did before the pandemic began, according to the results of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey. About 28% says they're getting less sleep than they did before the pandemic.

    "During the peak of the pandemic with...

    Drug Overdose Suicides Rising Among Young Americans and Seniors

    Suicides by drug overdose have increased among teens, young adults and seniors, even as they declined for the overall population, U.S. federal researchers say.

    Drug-related suicides declined for Americans in general during the latter part of the 2010s, researchers from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found.

    But rates of

    Heart Issues Have Affected 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Since Pandemic Began: Survey

    Four in 10 Americans say they've had at least one heart-related issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about one in four who have tested positive say COVID has affected their heart health, according to a new online poll.

    Shortness of breath (18%), dizziness (15%), higher blood pressure (15%) and chest pain (13%) were the top problems reported in the survey of 1,000 American adults.

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    Pandemic Especially Tough on Kids With ADHD

    Living through the pandemic has not been easy for kids, but it has really thrown off children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research warns.

    Though they were not more likely to catch COVID-19, they were more likely to experience symptoms if they were infected. But the damage did not stop there: These children were also more likely to have trouble sleeping, f...

    3 Factors Helped Teens Stay Mentally Healthy During Pandemic

    Support from family and friends, along with exercise and sufficient sleep, have helped protect teens' mental health during the pandemic, new research shows.

    The study also found that teen girls have been more likely than boys to suffer mental distress during the pandemic.

    For the study, researchers analyzed data gathered from more than 3,000 participants, aged 11 to 14, in the

    Worries May Raise Men's Heart Risks, Even When Young

    Worrying can take a toll on your psyche, but new research suggests that when middle-aged men fret too much, they face a higher risk for developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke down the road.

    And this increase in risk is on par with the health risks linked to heavy drinking, the findings showed.

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    Nearly Half of Americans Gained Weight in Pandemic's First Year

    Did you watch your waistline expand during lockdown? You're not alone.

    Nearly half of U.S. adults piled on excess pounds during the first year of the pandemic, making a national obesity crisis even worse, a new study shows.

    "Obesity was an epidemic before the pandemic, and little was known on body weight changes in...

    Do You Feel Old? It Could Be Aging You

    People who believe their bodies and minds will break down with age may be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, a recent study suggests.

    Researchers found that older adults with a dim outlook on aging tended to report more physical health symptoms on days when they were stressed out than on less stressful days.

    In contrast, people with more of a "golden years" perspective seemed to h...

    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 sleeping less...

    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, don'...

    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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