ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
CANCER
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
CAREGIVING
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
DIABETES
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
Greenhouse Gases Hazardous to Your Health
Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
FITNESS
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Run for Your Life
Go To Work But Skip The Car
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Optimism May Boost Immune System
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
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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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