November 29, 2010

Fear of the Unknown

1 Diagnostic Test Anxiety Should Be Taken Seriously

Anxiety that occurs prior to undergoing diagnostic medical tests should be taken seriously says a study presented to the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). "Not knowing your diagnosis is a very serious stressor," says lead author, Elvira V. Lang, M.D., Harvard Medical School. "It can be as serious as knowing that you have malignant disease or need to undergo a possibly risky treatment." Lang studied the stress levels of 214 women scheduled to undergo diagnostic tests. She says that healthcare providers may “downplay the emotional toll of having a diagnostic exam,” and recommends training the medical team in how to talk to patients to “diffuse tension right away and help patients to shape expectations in a more helpful fashion."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Gossip Reduces Anxiety

Tags: Harvard Medical School, Test Anxiety, Medical Tests, Elvra V. Lang, Radiological Society of North America, Diagnostic Exam

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Abuse Potential Increased

2 More Teens Prescribed Dangerous Drugs

Teens and young adults are twice as likely to receive a prescription for a controlled substance today than they were 15 years ago, conclude researchers from the University of Rochester in New York. The study revealed that in 2007 one out of nine teenagers, plus one out of six young adults in their 20s received prescriptions for drugs with the potential for abuse, including stimulants and sedatives, as well as painkillers. The prescriptions were typically written for back pain or other musculoskeletal pain, insomnia, or injury, reports MSNBC. Other prescriptions, such as Ritalin, were written for psychiatric problems or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Insomnia, Musculoskeletal Pain, Ritalin, University of Rochester, Painkiller Prescription, Dangerous Drugs, Teens Abusing Drugs, Drugs Prescribed to Teens, Study on Teen Drug Use, Drugs Teens Take, Medicine Prescribed to Teens, Controlled Substances

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Sharp Increase in Kids under 12

3 Eating Disorders Increasing in Kids

Experts have detected a sharp increased in the number of children under 12 years old being hospitalized for eating disorders, reports MSNBC. According to government data contained in the American Academy of Pediatrics report released today, hospitalizations for eating disorders among kids under 12 rose sharply by 119 percent between 1999 and 2006. The data contained in the report came from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises doctors to help kids avoid an unhealthy focus on dieting and weight. Doctors should also stress proper nutrition and perform a routine screening for eating disorders, referring kids to specialized treatment when necessary.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Unhealthy Focus on Dieting, Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, Kids with Eating Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa in Kids under 12

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Narcissism Disappears

4 Personality Disorders Taken Away

The next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will include far fewer personality disorders, reports New York Times. The manual, known as the DSM, is used by mental health professionals to diagnose patients. However, a very popular personality disorder is being removed from the next edition of the DSM, due out in 2013. The DSM-5 will not include narcissistic personality disorder, and some psychiatrists aren't happy about this change. In fact, five of the 10 personality disorders listed in the current DSM will be eliminated in the upcoming DSM. Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Gunderson has called the personality disorders committee "unenlightened."

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Personality and Cancer

Tags: Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Dr. John Gunderson, DSM, DSM 5, Changes to DSM, New DSM

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Neighbors Gone Bad

5 Woman Trapped in Bathroom for 20 Days

Living on warm water only, an elderly woman in Paris was trapped in her windowless bathroom for 20 days after a lock jammed, reports BBC News. The 69-year-old woman tapped on the pipes at night for help, and her neighbors started a petition to have what they thought was DIY work stopped. Fortunately, some of the woman's neighbors realized they hadn't seen her around. According to BBC, rescue crews arrived at the second-floor flat to find the woman in a "very weakened state." She is now recovering in a hospital after spending nearly three weeks with no food.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Woman Trapped in Bathroom, Rescue Crews, Horror Stories of Living Alone, Tapping on Pipes, DIY Work, Trapped Without Food, Living on Water Only

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Reduce Meat Consumption

6 NYC Schools Launch Meatless Monday

NYC Green Schools, an organization made up of parents of children in the New York public school system, has teamed up with the national non-profit group Meatless Monday in an effort to bring more plant-based foods into NYC schools. The goal of Meatless Monday, part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, is to help reduce meat consumption 15 percent in order to improve both personal health and the health of the planet. NYC Green Schools launched their effort at Validus Preparatory Academy in the Bronx, where the students were given information about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, including decreasing the risk of obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes. The group is now encouraging the school district to implement a mandatory nutrition curriculum as well.

More at NYC Green Schools | Hat tip to Kiwi Magazine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Banning Junk Food in Schools Proves Effective

Tags: Childhood Obesity, New York City, Vegetarian, Meatless Monday, NYC Schools

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Healthy Knee Cartilage

7 Low-Impact Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis

An estimated 27 million Americans over the age of 25 suffer from osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness. While high-impact activities, such as running, appears to be associated with a higher risk of developing the condition, lighter, low-impact exercises (including walking, swimming or using an elliptical trainer) may provide protection against the onset of the disease. The study, which was conducted by the National Institutes of Health Osteoarthritis Initiative and presented at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting, found that frequent knee-bending activities such as stair-climbing and squatting were also associated with more cartilage abnormalities.

More at PhysOrg.Com | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: ExercIse Is a Key Component for ArthritIs Relief

Tags: Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Running, Walking, High-Impact Exercise, Low-Impact Exercise

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But in Whites, Not Blacks

8 Vitamin D Deficiency Doubles Risk of Stroke

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found an association between vitamin D deficiency and higher rates of death from heart disease and peripheral artery disease in adults. However, when studying the link more closely, they found that lower blood levels of vitamin D were more greatly associated with stroke in white Americans versus black Americans. Although African Americans suffer from higher rates of stroke and are more likely to be vitamin D deficient, the two do not appear to be statistically related, according to the researchers. They suggest a possible adaptation to vitamin D deficiency, as evidenced by an overall greater bone density. The IOM is reviewing the recommendation for adequate dietary intake of vitamin D.

More at Diabetes in Control | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Low Vitamin D Increases Diabetic Mortality

Tags: Heart Disease, Stroke, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, African Americans

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Happy Holidays

9 Alcoholic Whipped Cream Hits Liquor Stores

The latest alcohol trend to market products to young consumers is alcohol-infused whipped cream, a 30-proof whipped topping that comes in a variety of flavors including chocolate, raspberry, orange, and cherry. Brand names Canisters of Cream and Whipped Lightening are being offered in stores across the country and contain about as much alcohol as a liqueur such as Bailey’s Irish Cream or three to four regular beers. The canisters of “whipahol” cost about 13 dollars each and can be purchased in liquor stores or online. Public health officials worry that the products could lead to potential abuse. The Massachusetts Alcohol Beverages Control Commission is monitoring the products to ensure they comply with all state laws.

More at The Boston Herald | Hat tip to TIME Magazine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Drunkorexia - Trading Food for Alcohol a Growing College Trend

Tags: Alcohol, Beverages, College Students, Liquor

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