ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
CANCER
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
CAREGIVING
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Tiniest Babies Carry Biggest Costs
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
Compound in Berries May Lessen Sun Damage
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Eating your way to Good Health
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
FITNESS
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
Maximize Your Run
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
It Pays to Eat Less as You Age
Sun, Smoke, Extra Weight Add Years to Skin
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
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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