Suicides on the Rise in Preadolescent Children.

The National Poison Data System reports that in the last 20 years, suicidal ingestions by children aged 10 to 12 years increased by 450%. When asked about this finding, study co-author Dr. David Sheridan notes, “This study was not designed to look at what is causing this rise or what the factors are… I think…

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Did You Bump Your Head? Signs You Need Emergency Care.

If you or a loved one has suffered head trauma, the American College of Emergency Physicians recommends seeking emergency care if there are any of the following signs: headaches that worsen despite taking over-the-counter medications; weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination; slurred speech; trouble walking; increased confusion or agitation; repeated vomiting; loss of consciousness for more…

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Internal Conflicts.

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of slowing down racing thoughts, letting go of negativity, and calming your mind and body. A study involving 121 volunteers found that those who performed mindfulness meditation were significantly better at coping with an action crisis. The research team notes, “This study provides the first evidence supporting that mindfulness is…

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Steps to Prevent Dementia.

Stanford Medicine reports that the following lifestyle behaviors may reduce one’s risk for dementia: not smoking; staying at a healthy weight; getting plenty of exercise, eating healthy food; managing health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; staying mentally alert by learning new hobbies, reading, or solving crossword puzzles; and staying involved socially…

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Childhood Troubles Can Have Lifelong Consequences.

Following a review of data from the ESPRIT study, researchers report that experiencing five or more adverse childhood events—such as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and emotional and physical neglect—is associated with a 52% increased risk for dementia. Journal of Affective Disorders, May 2022

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Biggest Risk Factors for Dementia.

The American Heart Association reports that 42% of dementia cases in the United States can be attributed to these twelve factors: lower educational attainment, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, high blood pressure, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, smoking, depression, social isolation, not getting the recommended amount of physical activity, diabetes, and air pollution. American Heart Association,…

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Early Menopause May Increase Dementia Risk.

According to a study that looked at the long-term health histories of over 153,000 women, entering menopause before the age of 40 is associated with a 35% increased risk for dementia later in life when compared with women who begin menopause around age 50. Researcher Dr. Wenting Hao notes that estrogen can activate antioxidants in…

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Worries Increase Heart Risk in Men.

Following a review of data from the Normative Aging Study that included 1,550 men, researchers report that higher anxiety levels during mid-life are associated with a 10-13% increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Journal of the American Heart Association, January 2022

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Young Females at Greater Risk of Stroke Than Young Males.

A review of 16 studies regarding stroke incidence in the younger adult population found that women under the age of 35 are 44% more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke than men in the same age group. While the review does not pinpoint a reason for the difference, the authors of the study note that…

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Alzheimer’s Disease Management.

The Cleveland Clinic offers the following advice for caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease: stay informed about the disease, learn about behavioral challenges such as agitation and depression, be alert for wandering, provide a stable and calm environment, help the loved one express their emotions, and make sure the loved one keeps a…

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