ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
CANCER
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say
Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare
Freckles, Moles May Indicate Risk for Eye Cancer
EYE CARE, VISION
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
FITNESS
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
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
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
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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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