Mental health issues increased significantly in young adults over last decade

The percentage of young Americans experiencing certain types of mental health disorders has risen significantly over the past decade, with no corresponding increase in older adults, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “More U.S. adolescents and young adults in the late 2010s, versus the mid-2000s, experienced serious psychological distress, major depression or suicidal thoughts, and more attempted […]

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Prevalence of anxiety, depression up for adults with arthritis

(HealthDay)—The age-standardized prevalences of symptoms of anxiety and depression among adults with arthritis are 22.5 and 12.1 percent, which are considerably higher than those among adults without arthritis, according to research published in the Oct. 5 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Dana Guglielmo, M.P.H., from the CDC in Atlanta, and […]

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Study finds physical, emotional abuse can dampen young adults’ earnings

Experiencing physical or emotional abuse in childhood can measurably reduce the wages of young adults, according to a study conducted in South Africa by an international research team, including Dr. Xiangming Fang of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. On average, the researchers found that child maltreatment was associated with a 12 percent loss of wages for […]

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One-quarter of older U.S. adults may be overtreated for diabetes

(HealthDay)—One-quarter of older adults with type 2 diabetes in the United States are tightly controlled using glucose-lowering medications with a high risk of hypoglycemia, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Suzanne V. Arnold, M.D., from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and colleagues examined the proportion of older adults with […]

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Mental health declining among disadvantaged American adults

American adults of low socioeconomic status report increasing mental distress and worsening well-being, according to a new study by Princeton University and Georgetown University. Between the mid-1990s and early 2010s, self-reports of mental health declined among disadvantaged Americans ages 24 to 76. However, as socioeconomic status increased, mental health deterioration lessened or, in some cases, even improved. The study, published […]

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Study: Almost 100 million adults have COPD in China

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is widespread in China with 8.6 percent of the country’s adult population – almost 100 million people -suffering from the chronic lung disease, according to a new Tulane University study published in The Lancet. The study, which provided lung-function screenings for more than 50,990 participants, is the largest survey of COPD across age groups ever […]

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