How to Care for Yourself in Times of Anxiety: 7 Tips from a Trauma Therapist

Take short walks or stretch “It can be difficult when you’re exhausted. Even if you just shake out your hands, something that gets your attention away from your head can help take the edge off for a few seconds.” Seek moments to relax “Find ways, even five minutes a day, to replenish yourself in some way,” she says. “Close your […]

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Do you work the graveyard shift? Here’s how it can affect your health

Sleep disorders, weight gain and digestive problems are all by-products of pulling an all-nighter. These are strange times, wherein work hours around the world have become both flexible and demanding. Some companies have 24-hour shifts, meaning employees have to sometimes work in the dead of the night. But as challenging as this may seem, many people take up these jobs […]

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Brain Stimulation Shows Promise in Treating Severe Depression

For more than a decade, doctors have been using brain-stimulating implants to treat severe depression in people who do not benefit from medication, talk therapy or electroshock sessions. The treatment is controversial — any psychosurgery is, given its checkered history — and the results have been mixed. Two major trials testing stimulating implant for depression were halted because of disappointing […]

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Caregiver stress: The crucial, often unrecognized byproduct of chronic disease

There is growing evidence that caregivers of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are vulnerable to developing their own poor cardiovascular health. Investigators report in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, published by Elsevier, on a proof-of-concept couples-based intervention in a cardiac rehabilitation setting. This intervention has shown potential for reducing caregiver distress, and future studies are evaluating its impact on both […]

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Psychiatric illnesses are common in adults and children with kidney failure: Such illnesses were linked with a higher risk of early death in adult patients

New research indicates that psychiatric illnesses are common in children and adults with kidney failure, and hospitalizations for such illnesses are associated with a higher risk of early death in adults. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of CJASN, suggest that clinicians who care for hospitalized patients with kidney failure should be aware of and prepared to manage […]

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Need a Mental Health Day? Some States Give Students the Option

Depression and anxiety. The state of the country. Climate change. Mass shootings. Today’s students are grappling with a variety of issues beyond the classroom. To that end, lawmakers in two states have recently recognized the importance of the mental health of their students by allowing them to take sick days just for that. The measures “empower” children to take care […]

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Body and mind need care in mental illness

The 18-year life expectancy gap between people with mental illness and the general population can only be bridged by protecting patients’ physical and mental health, according to a new study. As part of a Lancet Psychiatry Commission into mental illness, University of Queensland researchers found patients’ physical health was often overlooked in pursuit of treating the mind. UQ psychiatrist Associate […]

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Dentistry: Root canal work not so bad after all

Root canal work is not as bad as people think when compared to other dental procedures. Self-reporting of their dental health suggests that patients find the procedure no worse than other dental work which overturns the popular belief that root canal work is the most unpleasant dental treatment. Dr Tallan Chew, postgraduate student, Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide co-authored […]

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Northumberland paramedics partner with Wounded Warriors Canada on mental health programs

Northumberland paramedics now have another resource with which to address mental health issues, thanks to a new partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada. The partnership, announced by Northumberland County and Northumberland paramedics on Wednesday, will provide emergency medical personnel with direct access to core programs funded and facilitated through Wounded Warriors Canada. Wounded Warriors is a registered charity that offers services […]

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New funding announced to improve mental health services for South Asian youth on B.C.’s Lower Mainland

The B.C. Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has announced funding for a new mental health youth ambassador program focusing on South Asian youth on the Lower Mainland. The South Asian Mental Health Alliance will receive $112,000 to train 100 youth ambassadors who can promote mental wellness in culturally specific ways. Founder Kulpreet Singh says he noticed stigma around mental […]

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