ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
CANCER
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Fruit Even Healthier Than Thought: Study Shows
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
EYE CARE, VISION
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
FITNESS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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Hoping for a Happy Family Holiday? Here's How

Despite messages of peace and love, conflict is all too common when families get together during the holidays.

Unresolved hurtful situations, hidden animosities and disagreements about values, beliefs and "ways of being" are among the main reasons for these family spats, Shelia McNamee, a professor of communications at the University of New Hampshire, explained in a university news release.

There's an expectation that everyone in a family gets along as if they all have similar life experiences, but that's not the case with modern families, she added.

"All relationships require coordination and negotiation, but for some reason in families, we just expect communication to be easy. Until we slow down and really consider what others are doing and saying, we will very likely find ourselves confronting, oppressing, accusing and demonizing anything that doesn't concur with our own ways of being," McNamee said.

"Our culture presents holidays as warm, meaningful moments to be with loved ones, particularly family. Yet families are so diverse, and it is highly unusual for any given family to live up to the cultural expectations of joy and love during the holidays," she added.

McNamee said families may want to establish some communication "ground rules" prior to gatherings. These rules might include:

* Using only "I" statements when speaking.
* Instead of blaming someone, ask questions to gain understanding.
* Family members shouldn't be allowed to interrupt each other.
* Engage in "generous listening," instead of using listening as a chance to "reload" during a disagreement.
* Relatives should take a deep breath and a pause in conversation when they feel they're getting excited or angry in response to each other. Count to three and try to understand what could support the action of the other person. For example, they may feel their action is logical. Understanding this may lead to a meaningful question instead of a counterattack.

SOURCES: University of New Hampshire, news release, Dec. 3, 2009 Published on: December 19, 2009