ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
CANCER
Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
CAREGIVING
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
DIET, NUTRITION
Leafy Greens Top Risky Food List
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Pollution Particles Impair Blood Vessel Function
Heavy Traffic Can Be Heartbreaking
EYE CARE, VISION
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
FITNESS
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Heavy Alcohol Use Linked to Cancer
Why Am I So Tired? Could It Be Low Thyroid?
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
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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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