ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
CANCER
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
CAREGIVING
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
EYE CARE, VISION
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
FITNESS
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Health Gains From Lowered Smoking Rates in Jeopardy
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture 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