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How Can You Prevent Panic Attacks?

Experts haven’t found a way to completely prevent panic attacks. But if you think you might be prone to them, you can take steps to help protect yourself. And it starts with your everyday habits.
The first step is to find out what’s going on. You’ll need to see your doctor for this. Experts don’t fully understand why panic attacks happen. But they do know that the things that make people vulnerable include: Family historyStressful events, such as the death of a loved oneSubstance abuseProblems with the brain or nervous systemThe symptoms of a panic attack, such as a racing heartbeat, are similar to those of a heart attack or other ailments. So if you have an attack -- or think you’ve had one -- go to your doctor (or an emergency room, if urgent) to rule out other causes and to make sure it doesn’t lead to other problems, such as fear of leaving home or trouble at work. Nutrition Day-to-day life can bring stresses large and small. Taking them in stride begins with taking care of yourself.

Is 100 the New 80?

What's It Take to Live Longer?

By Sonya Collins

Laura Bridges celebrated her 100th birthday this month. The year she was born in rural Oglethorpe County, GA, the flu killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. As a result, U.S. life expectancy that year was just 36 years for a man and 42 for a woman. The following year, life expectancy rose back up to the more typical 55.

These days, while statistical life expectancy in the U.S. is about 80 years, living well into one’s 80s or 90s is a perfectly realistic expectation for many. Even centenarians -- people who are 100 years old or more -- are on the rise. In 2015, some 72,000 Americans were centenarians. That’s a whopping 43% increase from just 50,000 in 2000.

As centenarians’ numbers grow, researchers want to know what separates them from those who live the average, expected 80 years. Of course, you can’t underestimate the value of exercise, a good diet, and other healthy choices. But studies show genes are pretty important, too. …

The No. 2 Cause of Lung Cancer

1/10 Myth: It’s Too Late if You've Smoked for YearsFact: Quitting has almost-immediate benefits. Your circulation will improve and your lungs will work better. Your lung cancer risk will start to drop over time. Ten years after you kick the habit, your risk of dying from the disease drops by 50% compared to people who continue to smoke. Swipe to advance 2/10 Myth: Low-Tar or 'Light' Cigarettes Are Safer Than RegularFact: They're just as risky. And beware of menthol: Some research suggests that menthol cigarettes may be more dangerous and harder to quit. Their cooling sensation prompts some people to inhale more deeply. Swipe to advance 3/10 Myth: It’s OK to Smoke PotFact: Marijuana smoking may raise your lung cancer risk. Many people who use pot also smoke cigarettes. Some research shows that people who do both could be even more likely to get lung cancer. Swipe to advance 4/10 Myth: Antioxidant Supplements Protect YouFact: When researchers tested these products, they unexpec…

A Kindergarten Student Keeps Her Promise

In 2012 not long after ServiceSpace founder Nipun Mehta gave a commencement speech that went viral, his organization received the following email: "Dear Keepers of ServiceSpace, I thoroughly enjoy your work. Just today I forwarded your graduation speech to my old class. Meanwhile I want to alert you to a remarkable woman, who at 90+ exemplifies so many of the qualities you write about in your columns. She happens to be my mother. I highly recommend coming to tea at her home and meeting her. Will you come? Thursdays are Salon- "cultural exchange through conversation" and tea is at 4 daily." It was a hard to resist invitation. What followed is a story that has unfolded over six years. A story that includes a kindergarten student's promise, and ripples from our community of DailyGood readers...

The Subtle Way Cultural Bias Affects Job Interviews

Research suggests that different cultures value different emotions in their job candidates, which might lead to bias.BY MELISSA DE WITTE
Job applicants who want to appear calm and collected might be at a disadvantage. According to a new Stanford study, American employers are more likely to favor excited over relaxed candidates.

This is one of several findings psychology professor Jeanne Tsai and former graduate student Lucy Zhang Bencharit reveal in a paper published recently in Emotion that examines how the cultural differences of how emotions are displayed could bias hiring decisions.

“Given how diverse our workforce is and how global our markets are, it’s important to understand how culture might influence emotional preferences in employment settings,” said Tsai, who directs the Culture and Emotion Lab in the Psychology Department at Stanford’s School for Humanities and Sciences.

The paper’s co-authors also include scholars from the City University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University …

Michael Penn: On Hopelessness and Hope

Michael Penn's life abounds with uncommon stories. The son of a Cherokee father and an African American mother, he spent part of his childhood living in a converted school bus on land gifted to the family by his great grandmother who had been a slave. That humble beginning launched him into a lifetime of unaccountable twists of fate, including a miraculous encounter with the woman who would become his wife of 33 years, a near death experience, and an embrace of the Baha'i faith. Today he is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College. His research interests and publications include works in the pathogenesis of hope and hopelessness, the relationship between culture and psychopathology, the epidemiology of gender-based violence, and human dignity and human rights. Poignant, wise, and deeply inspiring, this interview with Michael shines a light into the heart and mind of a remarkable human being.…

30 Million Americans Now Have Diabetes

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

1 in 7 Americans has diabetes, and many don't even know they have the blood sugar disease, a new report shows.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 percent of U.S adults have diabetes -- 10 percent know it and more than 4 percent are undiagnosed.

"Diabetes remains a chronic health problem in this country, affecting some 30 million people," said lead researcher Mark Eberhardt, an epidemiologist at CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

A number of factors may be responsible for the increases in diabetes, he said. This includes an aging population, since diabetes strikes the elderly more often.

In addition, the obesity epidemic is also driving the growing number of people with diabetes, Eberhardt said.

People need to be tested for diabetes even if they think they don't have it, he said. The data showed that a third of those in the study didn't think they had diabetes, but tests showed t…

Does Pharma Hike Prices During Med Shortages?

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

Pharmaceutical companies appear to be engaging in price gouging during drug shortages, with costs rising at double the normal rate when medications are in limited supply, a new study claims.

Prices can be expected to rise about 20 percent for drugs facing a shortage, but only about 9 percent for medicines in good supply, researchers report.

"It's clear the manufacturers are opportunistically pricing in a setting where they see a supply-and-demand mismatch," said senior researcher Dr. William Shrank. He is chief medical officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center insurance services division.

The presence of competition tends to hold down price increases that occur during a shortage, the researchers also found.

Drugs made by three or fewer manufacturers can be expected to increase about 13 percent in price during a shortage, compared with just 8 percent price hikes during shortages affecting medicines supplied by more than three …

15 Tips to Breathe Better at Home

Outside AirMost home heating and cooling systems simply recirculate the air that’s already in the house, including all the dust, dirt, and pollen. When the weather’s nice and pollen counts are low, open windows and doors to freshen things up. This is especially important if there are fumes from painting, cooking, kerosene heaters, or hobbies like woodworking. Swipe to advance 2/15 Simple Cleaning ProductsSome cleaners have harsh chemicals that can cause breathing problems or trigger an allergy or asthma attack. Read labels carefully and stay away from ones that have volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fragrances, or flammable ingredients. You can make your own cleaners with plain soap and water, vinegar, or baking soda. Swipe to advance 3/15 HouseplantsThese can be more than nice to look at, especially if your home is energy-efficient or not well-ventilated. In addition to getting rid of carbon dioxide and boosting oxygen levels, some can even help clear the air of chemical vapors. Of these,…

Eight Reasons Why Awe Makes Your Life Better

Research suggests that awe can make you happier, healthier, more humble, and more connected to the people around you.BY SUMMER ALLEN
Starting 15 years ago, scientists have been studying the complex and mysterious emotion called awe—one you might have felt if you’ve stood in front of the Taj Mahal, hiked among towering redwoods, or had your mind blown at a concert, play, or ballet.

Inducing goosebumps and dropped jaws, awe experiences are remarkable in their own right. Moreover, a growing body of research suggests that experiencing awe may lead to a wide range of benefits, from happiness and health to perhaps more unexpected benefits such as generosity, humility, and critical thinking.

In our busy lives, seeking awe may be low on our list of priorities. But we might be underestimating its power. “One simple prescription can have transformative effects: Look for more daily experiences of awe,” writes the GGSC’s Dacher Keltner.

The latest research suggests that taking the time to experience …