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Health News - Anxiety

Inhaled blood pressure drug could prevent panic attacks
New research suggests that a drug commonly used for hypertension could be used as a quick-acting nasal spray to prevent anxiety attacks. (Medical News Today)

How to tell if stress is affecting your sleep
Stress can adversely affect physical and mental health. One common result of stress is an inability to sleep. Insufficient sleep can increase the risk of a range of health conditions. Reducing stress through exercise and medication can improve quality of sleep. Learn more about the link between stress and sleep here. (Medical News Today)

Anxiety in the West: Is it on the rise?
Anxiety seems to be taking over society. In this article, we ask whether anxiety really is on the rise, and why it might be increasing in prevalence. (Medical News Today)

How does generosity benefit health? Brain study sheds light
Supporting people close to you whom you know are in need affects the brain differently from more impersonal forms of help, suggests a new study. (Medical News Today)

Can cannabis be a sleep aid?
There are many potential benefits of using cannabis where the drug is legal. One of these is as a sleep aid. There are, however, things to be aware of when using cannabis as a sleep aid, including the potential for dependency. Learn more about the pros and cons of using cannabis for sleeping here. (Medical News Today)

Can you overdose on caffeine?
Caffeine occurs naturally in plants and is found in many foods and drinks, such as coffee, chocolate, and cola. Although too much caffeine can cause unpleasant side effects, accidental overdose is possible although rare. In this article, we look at the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment of caffeine overdose. (Medical News Today)

Can you miss a period and not be pregnant?
A missed period is often one of the first signs of pregnancy, but there are a variety of other reasons why a person might not menstruate. Learn which lifestyle factors and medical conditions can be responsible for a person’s missed period when a pregnancy test is negative. We also cover false negative test results. (Medical News Today)

Distress boosts heart attack and stroke risk
Experiencing high levels of psychological distress has an important impact on a person's risk of heart attack and stroke, new research warns. (Medical News Today)

What to know about complex PTSD
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder can develop when a person has experienced prolonged or repeated trauma. It can cause additional symptoms, as well as those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, learn more about complex PTSD, including the causes, symptoms, and treatments. (Medical News Today)

Tips for dealing with rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) flares come and go in waves. When an RA flare occurs, people can use a range of methods, including medications and lifestyle changes, to help manage the symptoms of inflammation. Symptoms include joint pain and stiffness. In this article, we look at effective ways of dealing with RA flares. (Medical News Today)

Panic attack vs. heart attack: How to tell the difference
The symptoms of a heart attack and a panic attack can feel very similar, especially if a person has not experienced either condition before. While panic attacks can be frightening, they are not life-threatening. On the other hand, heart attacks require immediate medical attention. Learn how to tell the difference here. (Medical News Today)

Can service dogs help with anxiety?
Service dogs not only provide emotional support for people with anxiety disorders, but they can also be trained to perform essential tasks. They can detect and reduce anxiety attacks, fetch medication, and get help for people in distress. We discuss how to get a service dog for anxiety, how they can help, and breeds. (Medical News Today)

Brain area responsible for pessimism found
New research finds that stimulating a brain area called the caudate nucleus induces a tendency to focus too much on the downsides of a situation. (Medical News Today)

Epilepsy: New findings 'could change textbooks'
New research on epilepsy narrows down the culprits to two key brain proteins. The study authors explain why this is a breakthrough in the field. (Medical News Today)

How stress can help you cope with bad news
Normally, our brains have an optimism bias. However, under stressful circumstances, we get better at processing negative information, says a new study. (Medical News Today)

How fiber and gut bacteria reverse stress damage
As gut bacteria digest fiber, they produce short-chain fatty acids. A new study finds that these molecules protect the gut against the ravages of stress. (Medical News Today)

Anxiety: Hereditary brain chemistry explored
A new study confirms that anxiety can be hereditary. It also delves deeper into the connections between brain regions involved in anxious behavior. (Medical News Today)

What are some foods to ease your anxiety?
Food plays a vital role in nutrition and keeping the mind in its healthiest state. People respond in a variety of ways to different foods, but there are some foods that are known to reduce anxiety. These include eggs, brazil nuts, fatty-fish, yogurt, and dark chocolate. Learn more about anxiety-reducing foods here. (Medical News Today)

What causes a soapy taste in the mouth?
Many sensations and tastes can occur suddenly or linger in the mouth. One of these is a soapy taste. This may have many causes, including consuming contaminated food or drink, some medications, genetics, and even anxiety. Seeing a doctor may be necessary if the taste continues. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What causes dizziness and vomiting?
Vomiting and dizziness are not pleasant but often go away on their own. However, it is vital to be aware of causes that warrant medical attention. Learn about possible causes of dizziness and vomiting, including anxiety, infections, inner ear problems, migraines, and cyclic vomiting syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Mass hysteria: An epidemic of the mind?
Mass hysteria is a highly controversial phenomenon that has been documented since the Middle Ages. In this Spotlight, we investigate how it can manifest. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Lexapro?
Lexapro is the brand name of a drug called escitalopram, which is a safe and effective treatment for depression and anxiety. Doctors strongly recommend that people avoid alcohol while taking Lexapro. Alcohol can counteract the benefits of taking antidepressants and worsen their side effects. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How to stop shivering
Shivering usually occurs when a person is too cold, but there are other possible causes. These include fever, stress, low blood sugar, and anxiety. Shivering generally resolves on its own, but treatment may be necessary for some underlying causes. Here, learn more about the causes of shivering and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

The effects of anxiety on the body
Anxiety is a common condition that impacts a person's mental health, and it can also have short- and long-term effects on the body. Anxiety can change the function of the cardiovascular, urinary, and respiratory systems. It can also lead to digestive issues and an increased risk of infection. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How to cope with a depressive episode
Depressive episodes are periods of low mood and other symptoms of depression. Tackling depression as soon as it arises and making changes to thoughts and behaviors might improve a person’s mood and help them recover more quickly. Here, we cover what a depressive episode is and 12 tips for coping with one. (Medical News Today)

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