ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
High Birth Weight Doubles Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
CANCER
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
CAREGIVING
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet Helps Protect Aging Brain
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Successful Weight Loss Shows Unique Brain Patterns
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Topical Drugs May Pollute Waterways
Pregnant Rural Women More at Risk
Chemical in Plastics May Cause Fertility Problems
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
FITNESS
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Hidden Salt in Diet Haunts Many With Heart Failure
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
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
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
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How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On

With pressures from the economic hard times, dysfunctional families and countless other factors, the holidays can contribute to emotional stress and depression.

But there are ways to cope with the various scenarios that people experience at this time of year, according to Dr. Laura Miller, director of women's mental health in the psychiatry department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

For instance, she suggests:

If seasonal depression gets worse in fall and winter ...

* A therapeutic light box, which provides powerful light beyond what you can come up with yourself, might help in the morning. A doctor can help obtain one.
* Exercise can also make you feel better.

If you're busy and stressed out ...

* Take time for fun activities such as walking, meditating, exercising and hanging out with friends.
* Consider buying prepared foods instead of trying to make everything yourself.
* In general, reduce the number of activities that are more stressful than joyful.

If you can't afford the gifts you'd like to give ...

* Remember that people who care about you will be more interested in the fact that you thought of them than in the cost of your gift. Find a poem someone would enjoy and frame it. Or, bake something special for someone.

If you get anxious at social gatherings ...

* Self-help workbooks can help you develop skills to conquer social anxiety. Start now, though; don't wait until the day of the event.

If you've lost a loved one, and the holidays are especially tough ...

* Find a way to remember your loved one. Play the person's favorite music, for instance, or visit his or her grave, making sure to bring along family or friends who can help you cope.

SOURCES: Brigham and Women's Hospital, news release, Dec. 1, 2009 Published on: December 12, 2009