ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
CANCER
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
DIET, NUTRITION
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
Heavy Traffic Can Be Heartbreaking
EYE CARE, VISION
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Deployment Takes Toll on Army Wives
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
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
'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
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Music May Temper Pain in Preemies
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Drink Away Dementia?
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
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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