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Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
ANIMAL CARE
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Beware of Dog Bites
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BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
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CANCER
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Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
CAREGIVING
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
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Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
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Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
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Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Week of Historic Senate Hearings on Integrative Medicine May Open New Doors
Should the FDA Regulate Tobacco?
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
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Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
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Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
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Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
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PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
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Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers

SUNDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Caregivers of deceased lung transplant patients are four to five times more likely to suffer symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than the average person, researchers report.

The findings, to be presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference in Toronto on May 19, come from assessing caregivers of all University of Washington lung transplant recipients who had died within the past five years.

"The caregivers we studied had rates of depressive symptoms of 21 percent and of PTSD symptoms of 32 percent, compared to the average in the general population of 6 to 7 percent," study author Dr. Cynthia Gries, of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement. "This suggests that there is a significant burden of psychological symptoms in family members which has previously been unrecognized."

The study also found that family members who perceived that their loved one had either a lower quality of dying and death or poorly controlled pain symptoms were more likely to have symptoms consistent with PTSD.

"Most people don't realize that prior to wait-listing a patient as a lung transplant candidate, a caregiver plan must exist to support the patient through the entire process," Gries said. "That process can be lengthy and grueling for the caregiver as well as the patient, resulting in much higher rates of depression and PTSD symptoms.

Gries said trained counselors who meet with family members could help them cope with emotional and financial issues while reducing the stress put on caregivers.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about post-traumatic stress disorder.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, May 18, 2008

Last Updated: May 18, 2008

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