July 10, 2010

Don’t Play Favorites

1 Adult Depression May Stem from Mother’s Favoritism

Adults who, as children, perceived favoritism by their moms are more likely to show symptoms of depression in middle age, finds a Cornell study. It’s been shown that parental favoritism can trigger behavioral problems in children and young adults. Gerontologist Karl Pillemer’s survey is the first to show that effects are long lasting. "It doesn't matter whether you are the chosen child or not, the perception of unequal treatment has damaging effects for all siblings,” said Pillemer. Researchers found that 70% of moms surveyed had a favorite child while 15% of children felt equal treatment by their mothers. “If counselors can help older parents and adult children bring some of these issues into the open, it may help prevent family conflict from arising."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Health News About Risk Factors for Childhood Depression

Tags: Cornell University, Depression, Adult Depression, Childhood Depression, Gerontology, Karl Pillemer, Parental Favoritism, Sibling Rivalry

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Saving Face

2 Surgeon Successfully Transplants Man’s Entire Face

A French surgeon has successfully transplanted a full-face on a 35 year old man with a genetic disorder. The procedure gave the patient new “eyelids, tear ducts, full face,” according to surgeon Laurent Lantieri, who said it was the first surgery of its kind that involved so many parts of the face. A hospital spokesperson said it was the 12th face transplant worldwide since the first one in 2005 which reconstructed a woman’s nose, mouth and chin after a dog attack. But the surgery is not without controversy. Spanish surgeons claim to have performed the first full face transplant this past April on a farmer who accidentally shot himself. Said Neil Huband, UK Facial Transplantation Research Team, London, "What does it matter if this is a first, if it gives someone a new life?”

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Facial Reconstruction, Facial Surgery, Full Face Transplant, Dr. Laurent Lantieri, Neil Huband, UK Facial Transplantation Research Team

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K2 Is Stronger Than Weed

3 Synthetic Marijuana Legal, but Dangerous

More states are beginning to ban synthetic marijuana, known as K2, reports CBS News. K2, which provides a high similar to marijuana, is now legal in most states, but the substance may be up to 15 times stronger than weed. K2, also known as spice and genie, may cause tremors or seizures, and some users end up in the hospital. Poison control centers have seen an increase in calls about K2. It's readily available online and even in magazines, so finding the legal high isn't a problem for most. A handful of states have banned K2, including Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Missouri. Other states like New York and Michigan are considering banning synthetic marijuana.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Synthetic Weed, Fake Weed, Synthetic Marijuana, Legal Marijuana, Spice Drug, Genie Drug, K2 Drug, High from K2, Why K2 Is Dangerous, States Banning K2

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Timely Tamiflu Treatment Is Key

4 Tamiflu BenefitsTransplant Patients with H1N1

A study of 237 transplants recipients from Canada, Europe and the United States who had H1N1 in 2009 found that treating them with Tamiflu early on in the infection reduced the rats of being admitted to the ICU, hospital, mechanical ventilation and death. Of the 167 admitted to the hospital, 16 percent were sent to ICU. Twenty one of those patients required mechanical ventilation and ten died. Only eight percent of those treated with Tamiflu within 48 hours had to be admitted to the ICU compared to 22 percent not treated within that time frame. There was also a reduction in hospital admission, mechanical ventilation and death. Researchers believe treatment should start in transplant patients based on symptoms and that it could be used as a chemoprophylaxis after exposure to the virus.

More at Yahoo! Health Day | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Hong Kong Develops New Swine Flu Treatment

Tags: H1N1, Swine Flu, Tamiflu, Swine Flu in Transplant Patients

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Worrying Harder on Bad Heart

5 Anxiety Increases Events in Heart Disease Patients

A study involving 1,015 patients with stable heart disease, 106 of them with generalized anxiety disorder found that those with anxiety were at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke or heart failure. After 6 years and 371 cardiovascular events, 10 percent happened among those with generalized anxiety disorder compared to 7 percent in those without the disorder. Factors related to anxiety were looked at, yet it was anxiety alone that raised the risk of an event by 74 percent. Researchers believe that people with anxiety may have increases in “flight-or-fight” hormones or are less likely to get preventative care. Martens, who led the study says, "Evaluation and treatment of anxiety may also be considered as part of the comprehensive management of patients with CHD."

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Low I.Q. a High Risk Factor for Heart Disease

Tags: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Stroke, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Heart Disease, CHD, Cardiovascular Events

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Triple Therapy for Abusers

6 Antidepressants May Curb Abuse by Alcoholics

A three month study in which men with a history of alcohol and physical abuse showed that treatment with Prozac, alcohol counseling and behavioral therapy may reduce violent behavior. Sixty men received alcohol counseling and behavioral therapy, but half got Prozac ant the other half received a placebo. Of the 24 who completed the study, those on Prozac demonstrated less anger, irritability and aggressive behavior. Spouses of men from both groups report a similar improvement in the level of all kinds of abuse they experienced during the study. It is believed antidepressants reduce the “heightened sensitivity” abusers have to stressors around them. Larger studies and ones that look at brain function need to be performed to further determine if Prozac alters brain function in abusers.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Antidepressant Use May Lead to Birth Defect

Tags: Alcohol Abuse, Antidepressants, Domestic Violence, Alcoholism, Alcoholism and Domestic Violence, Prozac

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