Showing posts from February 3, 2019

Nighttime Sleep May Affect Daytime Pain

By Alan Mozes

HealthDay Reporter

If you were up all night and you ache all over the next morning, your lack of sound slumber might be to blame.

New research found that sleep loss delivered a double whammy to the brain that all but guaranteed greater levels of body pain.

"Activity in the somatosensory cortex, previously associated with the location and intensity of pain, was enhanced following sleep loss," explained study author Adam Krause.

And "in two regions called the striatum and the insula, sleep deprivation decreased the activity associated with pain [relief]," he added. These regions control the release of dopamine, often called the "feel-good" hormone.

Krause is a Ph.D. candidate with the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

During the study, 25 healthy, young participants got the normal eight hours of sleep one night. A week or so later, the same group underwent a night of no sleep whatsoever.

After each session, all …

Coffee and Tea: Drink Up or Put Down That Cup?

You can find these two beverages around the world. Learn their health benefits and whether there's any reason to cut back.

Common GroundAside from plain water, coffee and tea are the most enjoyed beverages around the world. Both have things in them that may help your health, and they’re an excuse to get together with a friend -- that can be good for you, too. Swipe to advance 2/15 Coffee BasicsThe beans grow on flowering trees found in more than 50 countries around the world, including the U.S. (Hawaii). They’re roasted and ground, then boiled, dripped, steamed, or soaked to make coffee, depending on where you live and how you like it. Swipe to advance 3/15 Tea BasicsMore than two-thirds of the world’s people drink this beverage, which is made from the leaf of a bush called Camellia sinensis. You typically steep the leaves in steaming hot water for a few minutes then serve the tea hot or over ice. Swipe to advance 4/15 Green, Oolong, Black: What’s the Difference?Tea makers dry…

Depression in Disguise

Many people think of depression as an intolerable sadness or a deep gloom that just won't go away. Yet depression can also be sneaky, disguised in symptoms that can be hard to identify. If you've had unexplained aches or pains, often feel irritable or angry for no reason, or cry at the drop of a hat -- you could be depressed.

Fortunately, you can be proactive with depression. Learn how these less obvious symptoms can reveal themselves and when you should seek out depression treatment.

Common Depression Symptoms
Common symptoms of depression include feeling sad, hopeless, empty, or having lost interest in the things that previously gave you pleasure. But other, less obvious symptoms also may signal depression, including:
Anger, irritability, and impatience. You may feel irritated and angry at family, friends, or co-workers, or overreact to small things.Sleep problems. You may have trouble sleeping, or you may wake up very early in the morning. Or you may sleep too much and find it …

The Mental Health Benefits of Tidying Up

By Seth J. Gillihan, PhDClinical psychologist

Marie Kondo has sparked a de-cluttering craze with her new Netflix show Tidying Up. And I’ll admit it—I’ve caught the bug. I felt an unexpected sense of excitement recently as I talked with my wife about all the de-cluttering we needed to do, and then I spent a couple hours getting to work on my closet. The results were deeply satisfying, including ample room for my backpack, which previously lived in a corner on the dining room floor.

As a psychologist, I’ve long been interested in how our living space affects our mental health. Why is clutter so distressing? And why are clear surfaces so pleasing, not just aesthetically but emotionally? Better organization seems to have the following benefits on our well-being:

It shows that we care for ourselves. Every time I open my recently cleaned closet, it feels like someone just gave me a gift. Even when we’re the ones who did something nice for ourselves, it can give us the feeling that we’re worth …

What's Making You Angry?

See the physical and mental conditions that can cause a change in your mood and behavior -- everything from depression to menopause.

StrokeYour mood can be hard to manage after you’ve had a stroke, especially if you had damage to the part of your brain that helps regulate your emotions. It’s typical to feel frustrated, anxious, sad, and angry. Swipe to advance 2/14 Alzheimer’s DiseaseMood and personality changes can be an early sign of this. Often these changes show up as irritability or getting easily upset, especially when you’re out of your comfort zone. It’s worth taking note if, in addition to being angry, you become forgetful, confused, or you start struggling for words. Swipe to advance 3/14 AutismWhen you have autism, an unplanned change can be harder to handle. A simple disruption in your schedule may be enough to set you off. Aggression, overreaction to loud sounds or noises, and even hurting yourself can all be symptoms of autism. Swipe to advance 4/14 DepressionFeeling irritated a…

The Smoggiest Cities in America

About 4 in 10 Americans live in areas with unhealthy air. This can make health issues like asthma, lung cancer, and strokes more likely.

Up in the Air: Smog Hot SpotsAfter more than 50 years, the Clean Air Act still helps clean up air pollution in much of the nation. But about four in 10 Americans still live in areas with unhealthy air. This can make it hard to breathe. It also makes many health issues, such as asthma, lung cancer, heart attacks, and strokes, more likely. Is your city one of the smoggy ones? See the American Lung Association's current top 10 smog cities list to find out. Swipe to advance 2/19 No. 10: New York City; Newark, NJ; Connecticut; PennsylvaniaThis sprawling metro area moves one spot on the list, from ninth in 2017, but is still among the top 10 smoggiest, thanks in part to the vast number of cars. Worse, New York City fails EPA standards for both dangerous particle pollution and ozone. In all, more than 23 million people breathe this gunky air. Swip…