- Living With Parents in Adult Life Can Prolong Family Conflict
A team of researchers in Spain has found that “full nest syndrome”—when adult children continue to live at home—can pose problems for some families.
- Insomnia Costs U.S. Workforce Billions in Lost Productivity
Insomnia is costing the average U.S. worker 11.3 days, or $2,280 in lost productivity every year, according to a study in the Sept. 1, 2001, issue of the journal SLEEP. As a nation, the total cost is 252.7 days and $63.2 billion.
- Aerobic Exercise Bests Resistance Training at Burning Belly Fat
Aerobic exercise is your best bet when it comes to losing that dreaded belly fat, a new study finds.
- Children and Teens Shouldn't Box, Say Pediatricians
Boxing is not an appropriate sport for children and teens, say the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society, in a new policy statement, “Boxing Participation by Children and Adolescents,” published in the September 2011 issue of Pediatrics.
- Unemployment and Men: New Role at Home
The acute economic downturn that began in 2008 sometimes is called the “mancession” to reflect its harsher impact on men than women. As recently as November 2010, 10.4 percent of adult men were unemployed as compared to 8 percent of adult women.
- Americans Urged to Eat Less Salt
The American Heart Association recently issued a call to action for the public, health professionals, the food industry and the government to intensify efforts to reduce the amount of sodium (salt) Americans consume daily.
- Brief Counseling Improves Sleep in Older Adults with Insomnia
A brief behavioral treatment consisting of 2 in-person sessions and 2 phone calls appears to alleviate insomnia in older adults for at least 6 months, according to a report that will be published in the May 23, 2011, print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
- Parental Divorce Linked to Suicidal Thoughts
Adult children of divorce are more likely to have seriously considered suicide than their peers from intact families, suggests new research from the University of Toronto (U of T).
- People with Mental Illness Less Likely to Have Medical Advance Care Directives
A study of a national sample of more than 13,500 nursing home residents found that those with serious mental illness were 24 percent less likely to have any advance care directives compared to nursing home residents without mental illness. Advance care plans allow nursing home residents to make informed choices about their future treatment or identify a proxy for health care decisions if they become too ill to make decisions. The study appears in the January 2011 issue of Psychiatric Services.
- Predeployment Mental Health Screening of Soldiers Reduces Combat Stress
A new study shows that psychiatric or behavioral problems among military personnel serving in Iraq were reduced 78 percent in Army brigades systematically screened for mental health conditions before deployment. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors were halved, and combat stress reactions were lowered by 29 percent. The study was published January 2011 in the online advance edition of The American Journal of Psychiatry.
- Bend Without Breaking: Tips for Coping With Difficult Times
If you have lived long enough, you have seen your share of stressful times. For some, the fear of what might happen in these uncertain times is crippling their quality of life.
- Budgeting Without Tears
If you hear the word "budget" and wince, you're not alone. Even financial planners don't always like the term, even though it's a basic part of what they do.
- Don't Let Financial Worry Stress Your Marriage
Economic stress is tough on marriage. But with a little effort, collaboration and discipline you can attain financial peace.
- From Financial Disaster to Financial Peace
Many hard-working people have seen their income, investments, savings, and even their home values decline dramatically—in most cases, through no fault of their own. With the unemployment rate at the highest level it has been in decades, more and more people are struggling to make ends meet.
- Talking With Your Kids About Living on Less
Silver linings can be hard to find when the economy is down, unemployment is up and families have to cut back. But for those who think ahead, especially about their children's future, financial hardship is a good time for teaching.