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Friday 25th May 2018

Teens with hay fever may be more vulnerable to anxiety and depression

Susan Perry Adolescents with hay fever are more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression and have a lower resistance to stress than teens without the condition, according to a recent study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.Young hay fever sufferers also tend to be more impulsive and

Thursday 24th May 2018

TV ads for prescription drugs focusing more on lifestyle appeals, not on information, study finds

Susan Perry TV commercials for prescription drugs are longer and offer less factual information about the medical conditions the drugs treat than they did a decade ago, according to a study published recently in the Annals of Family Medicine.  Instead, the commercials tend to focus on the lifestyle improvements the drugs supposedly offe...

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Poison-control calls about children and ADHD meds rose more than 60% from 2000 to 2014

Susan Perry Calls to U.S. poison control centers about the inappropriate exposure of children and teens to medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rose significantly between 2000 and 2014, according to a study published this week in the journal

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Walking or cycling to work linked to lower risk of heart disease and early death

Susan Perry Using active modes of travel, such as walking or cycling, to get part or all of the way to work is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, according to a British study published Monday in the journal Heart.The benefits appear to be even greater for people who also walk or cycle for transport when...

Monday 21st May 2018

Student reporters cover the U of M’s recovery community — and find supports lacking

Andy Steiner The assignment for the group of journalism students enrolled in the Brovald-Sim Community Journalism Practicum at the University of Minnesota was to identify an underserved community at the university and set out to report stories that directly affect its members.It didn’t take long for the young journalists to find the their ...

Hundreds of disease outbreaks over 15 years linked to pathogens in public pools

Susan Perry Here’s a fact that will certainly make you hesitate before jumping into a public swimming pool, hot tub or waterpark this summer: Disease-causing bacteria and parasites — often the result of people swimming with diarrhea — can be lurking in the water of those recreational facilities, even if the water has been properly trea...

Friday 18th May 2018

Is there a link between creativity and mood disorders? Well, it's a thorny, nuanced issue.

Susan Perry Art Institute of Chicago"Self-Portrait" by Vincent Van Gogh, 1887In an article published this week in Aeon, Christa Taylor, a postdoctoral researcher at the Yale University Center for Emotional Intel

Thursday 17th May 2018

Exercise does not delay cognitive decline in people with dementia, study finds

Susan Perry Exercising regularly does not slow down cognitive decline in people with mild to moderate dementia — and may even make the symptoms worse, according to British researchers.This surprising — and disappointing — finding was reported Wednesday in a study published in the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal).The ...

Wednesday 16th May 2018

Physically demanding jobs linked to early death in men

Susan Perry Men with physically strenuous jobs may be at a higher risk of early death than men with sedentary jobs, according to a study published Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.This finding offers new evidence in support of the “physical activity paradox” — the observation from some earlier studies that the health ef...

Tuesday 15th May 2018

New prostate-cancer screening advice: Leave decision up to men under 70

Susan Perry In 2012, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. The potential harms outweigh the potential benefits, they said.Last week, the Task Force — an independent panel of experts that evaluates the latest scientific ...

Monday 14th May 2018

Death rate from falls among older adults has risen 31% over past decade

Susan Perry The rate at which older Americans are dying from fall-related injuries has risen dramatically — by 31 percent — in the United States over the past decade, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Falls were responsible for 61.6 deaths for every 100,000 people aged 65 and older in 201...

For Minnesota’s historic lawsuit against the tobacco companies, some new legal strategies were required

Denis J. Hauptly Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society"Save Kids, Not Tobacco" button produced by the Minnesota Smoke-Free Coalition, ca. 1995–2009.The State of Minnesota and the health insurance federation Blue Cross and Blue Shield brought a lawsuit against tobacco companies in 1994. The suit — State of Minnesota et al. v. Phili...

Jazz advocacy: Guitarist Sam Miltich teaches mental-health tolerance with music

Andy Steiner Photo by Jeff PeabodySam Miltich wanted to bring jazz and performance to rural areas of the state to increase access to art for people who are suffering from mental illness.When he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Sam Miltich tho

Friday 11th May 2018

This week's MinnPost Quiz: fishing, flushing and finales

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Anxiety vs. fear, shame vs. guilt, obsession vs. compulsion and other frequently confused psychology terms

Susan Perry I recently stumbled across a paper published last year in Frontiers in Education that listed 50 “term pairs” in psychology that are commonly confused —such as envy vs. jealousy, prejudice vs. discrimination, anxiety vs. fear and obsession vs. compulsion.The paper was written on the heels of an earlier one (which I also...

Thursday 10th May 2018

Crowdfunding campaigns for unproven stem cell treatments are often misleading, U of M researcher finds

Susan Perry On Wednesday, government officials from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went to court to stop two of the largest stem cell clinic companies in the United States from marketing scientifically unproven — and unregulated — stem cell therapies to patients.The agencies said

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Americans' anxiety levels leaped higher this year, poll finds

Susan Perry Four in 10 Americans are more anxious than they were a year ago, according to a new poll released this week by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).Although millennials continue to be the generation with the greatest levels of anxiety, baby boomers’ worries jumped the most over the past 12 months, the poll also found."Thi...

Tuesday 8th May 2018

As women transition through midlife, their stress levels decrease, study finds

Susan Perry Most women’s perception of the stress in their lives decreases as they pass through their midlife years, a new study reports.The study also found that menopause was not a strong factor in how much stress midlife women feel.These findings, published recently in the journal Women’s Midlife Health, will be reassuring to many wom...

Monday 7th May 2018

Speak Up: Science Museum’s new exhibit encourages open communication about mental illness

Andy Steiner Courtesy of the Science Museum of MinnesotaMandi Latzke is an “In Our Own Voice” speaker for NAMI Minnesota, and a mentor for young people working to take charge of their mental health.For two torturous years, Mandi Latzke didn’t tell anyone about the sexual assault she en

Doctors' political affiliation has no effect on end-of-life care, study finds

Susan Perry Creative Commons/MorganThe study found no differences between Republican and

Why you’re not likely to read news reports of a Minnesota poop train stranded in Alabama

Greta Kaul Good morning, America, how are ya?Kind of smelly of late in Parrish, Alabama, where a train filled with human feces from New York City, bound a thousand miles away for a landfill in Adamsville, Alabama, was parked from February to mid-April causing a big stink.  The train stopped in its tracks as another local jurisdiction pr...

Friday 4th May 2018

Why getting annoyed by airplane noise may be bad for your heart

Susan Perry Creative Commons/redlegsfan21A Delta Air Lines flight taking off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.People who are repeatedly exposed to high levels of noise — and are annoyed by it — may be at greater risk of developing

Thursday 3rd May 2018

Particles, man: New research quantifies life-shortening effects of ubiquitous air pollutant

Greta Kaul A half-century ago, smoking was a fixture in American life. You could smoke at work, in hospitals, on a plane — not to mention in restaurants and bars, from which the stale smell of spent cigarettes followed you home. More than four in 10 American men smoked, and a third of women did.  That began to change after research li...

Yes, weather affects our moods (or at least how we express them on social media), study finds

Susan Perry The weather forecast for the upcoming weekend in most of Minnesota is sunny and warm. But does that mean Minnesotans will be in a brighter, happier mood?Very likely, according to a large study by a team of American and Canadian researchers. The study, published recently in the journal PLOS ONE, found a strong link between certain...

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

5 healthy habits may extend life by more than a decade, study suggests

Susan Perry If you stick with five healthy habits throughout your adulthood, you may be able to add more than a decade to your life, according to a large study published this week in the journal Circulation.  The five healthy habits are unlikely to be much of a surprise to anybody: following a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and wh...

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