ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
CANCER
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
CAREGIVING
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Antioxidant-Rich Foods Lose Nutritional Luster Over Time
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
MEN'S HEALTH
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Countdown to Hair Loss
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Drink Away Dementia?
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
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Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- When dealing with financial worries, some women may actually overspend to try to cheer themselves up, a British survey shows.

The poll of 700 women found that 79 percent said they'd go on a shopping spree to give themselves an emotional boost. About 40 percent listed "depression" and 60 percent listed "feeling a bit low" as reasons to go shopping and overspend. Many of the women said shopping has the power to make them feel better.

"This type of spending, or compensatory consumption, serves as a way of regulating intense emotions," survey author Professor Karen Pine, of the University of Hertfordshire, said in a university news release.

Pine explained that the ability to regulate emotions is crucial for mental and physical well-being, and people find a number of ways to do this, including drugs and alcohol. Shopping is a method widely used by women.

"If shopping is an emotional habit for women, they may feel the need to keep spending despite the economic downturn. Or, perhaps worse still, if they can't spend, we might see an increase in mental health problems such as anxiety and depression," Pine said.

But the survey found that shopping isn't an emotional balm for all women. About 25 percent of survey respondents said they suffered feelings of regret, guilt or shame after buying something in the week prior to the survey, and 70 percent had worried about money during that time.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers tips on how to cope with stress.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Hertfordshire, news release, May 21, 2009

Last Updated: May 21, 2009

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