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Chronic Diseases May Be Tied to Mental Health Problems

The difficulties of chronic disease can affect many areas of life — perhaps even mental health, suggests a new study.

Air Pollution May Play Role in Autism

Past research has posed many theories about factors that could influence autism in children, and the authors of a new study may have found one more. Children born in areas of high pollution may be more likely to have the disorder, the new study suggests.

Parkinson’s Rx May Trigger Impulse Control Disorders

Dopamine receptor agonists are medicines used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Patients who take them, however, may find themselves having trouble with impulse control.

Effects of Drinking on Blood Pressure Varied in Young Adults

Drinking too much alcohol is known to cause health problems like liver disease and high blood pressure in adults. But a new study found that the effect of drinking on high blood pressure in young people may depend on their gender.

Women May Be More Prone to Post-Heart Attack Depression

A heart attack can be a stressful event, even to the point that it can affect mental health. This may be especially true for women, say the authors of a new study.

Physical Activity May Combat Depression

People who exercise may have fewer symptoms of depression, new research suggests. But depressed patients may find it difficult to motivate themselves to work out.

High Blood Pressure May Prompt Mental Decline

High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 US adults and is tied to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and other serious conditions, reports the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). But high blood pressure in midlife may also forecast mental decline later.

Exercise Early May Not Prevent Depression in Adolescents Later

Exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on symptoms of depression. But these mental health benefits may not be the same in young people as in others.

Millions of Medical Conditions Tied to Smoking

Many past studies have shown that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy and can cause illnesses like COPD and cancer. Now, a new study has highlighted the extent of these illnesses caused by tobacco.

Alcohol Often Involved in ER Visits for Prescription Abuse

Alcohol and prescription medications can both be safe in moderation or as prescribed by a doctor. But their abuse and misuse can be dangerous or even deadly, says a new study.