ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Cane Use May Cut Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis
CANCER
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
CAREGIVING
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Antioxidants Abound in Cereals, Popcorn, Whole-Grain Snacks
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure May Damage DNA
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Laugh and the World Understands
Simple Holistic Approach to Fight the Common Cold
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
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
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
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
A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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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