ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Brazilian Mint Tea Naturally Good for Pain Relief
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
CANCER
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
CAREGIVING
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Atkins Diet Tougher on Heart After Weight Loss
Imagine Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
Bed Bugs Bring No Disease Danger
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
FITNESS
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
Eat Light - Live Longer
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
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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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