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A Doctor's Empathy Can Be Key to Breast Cancer Care

A Doctor`s Empathy Can Be Key to Breast Cancer CareWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A breast cancer diagnosis often causes anxiety and depression, but an empathetic doctor can help.Supportive communication is key to reducing patient uncertainty and promoting mental well-being, Rutgers University researchers have found.“Our findings suggest that provider communication is a key component to reducing uncertainty, and thus providers play a key role in helping to facilitate psychological well-being,” said lead researcher Liesl Broadbridge. She's a doctoral candidate at Rutgers School of Communication and Information in New Jersey.Discussing uncertainties and responding with empathy to patients' concerns is critical to their healing and recovery, according to the study authors.“Our findings are directly applicable as...

Adults With ADHD May Face Higher Dementia Risk

17 October 2023
Adults With ADHD May Face Higher Dementia RiskTUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly three times more likely to develop dementia than other adults, a new study suggests.The results also indicate that treatment with ADHD medication may help reduce their dementia risk. No clear uptick in dementia risk was found among ADHD patients who received psychostimulant medication."More than 3% of the adult U.S. population has ADHD, and most go undiagnosed," said senior researcher Abraham Reichenberg, a professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City."There is limited research on this group, and it is important to determine if this group is at higher risk for dementia and if medications and/or lifestyle changes can affect risk,...

Are Trigger Warnings Useless? New Study Says Yes

17 October 2023
Are Trigger Warnings Useless? New Study Says YesTUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- "Trigger warnings" are now widely accepted as away to help people avoid harm from disturbing content. Trouble is, they just don't work, according to new research.Trigger warnings seem like an obvious good: They alert people that a book, video or other media will depict a fraught topic such as sexual assault, abuse or suicide.Forewarned, consumers can skip the content or at least be emotionally prepared for it.The problem is, trigger warnings appear to be ineffective at best — and maybe even be harmful in some cases, according to the recent analysis of a dozen studies.The researchers found that while there was evidence that trigger warnings sometimes caused "anticipatory" anxiety, they did nothing to relieve the distress of viewing sensitive...

1 in 5 U.S. Adults Now Has Arthritis

17 October 2023
1 in 5 U.S. Adults Now Has ArthritisTUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Arthritis is becoming a disease of the masses, striking 21% of U.S. adults, or over 53 million people, a new report shows. “It's important first to point out that arthritis is a general term that includes over a hundred different chronic diseases that affect the joints and the tissues around those joints,” said researcher Elizabeth Fallon, an epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The finding was culled from an analysis of data from the National Health Interview Survey from 2019 to 2021. How did the numbers break out? About 88% of all arthritis cases were adults aged 45 and up, while about 50% were working-age people ranging in age from 18 to 64.Additional risk factors included being a woman, being a...

Women Face Higher Odds of Depression After Head Injury Than Men

17 October 2023
Women Face Higher Odds of Depression After Head Injury Than MenTUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Women are more likely to develop depression after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a new study shows. The analysis of nine published studies included nearly 700,000 people and found that the risk for depression among women after a TBI was nearly 50% higher than it is for men. "Depression is a known risk factor for poor recovery after TBI," said lead researcher Dr. Isaac Freedman, an anesthesiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "In 2019, suicide was the leading cause of TBI-related deaths. In fact, the average suicide rate was more than six times higher in those who suffered a TBI."It's well-established that there is an association between TBI and depression, but the mechanisms behind this relationship remain...

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