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Study finds childhood stress impacts adult health

A 45-year study of nearly 7,000 people born in a single week in Great Britain in 1958 found psychological distress in childhood — even when conditions improved in adulthood — was associated with higher risk for heart disease and diabetes later in life. The study, published today in the Journal of the American College of [...]

Study highlights women’s distress at lack of interest in sex

A qualitative study from a team of researchers at Monash University (Melbourne) has sought to understand the personal impact of loss of sexual interest on women and the expectations of women seeking treatment for their problem. This is the first study to consider the real-life situation of women seeking treatment at a clinic; previous studies [...]

National University study looks at chronic disease – psychiatric distress link

Mental disorders and chronic diseases have been reported to independently affect half of the US population. The objective of this study was to evaluate interactions between chronic disease and psychiatric distress. Researchers analyzed data from 39,954 participants in the 2009 California Health Interview Survey who reported psychological distress and impairment as well as one or [...]

Does The Affordable Care Act cause psychological distress among US adults?

The Affordable Care Act, dubbed ‘ObamaCare’, has proven to be one of the most controversial legislative acts of the Obama presidency. New research, published in Stress & Health explores the psychological relationship between patients and health insurance coverage, finding that adults with private or no health insurance coverage experience lower levels of psychological distress than [...]

Defibrillator Patients Need Education, Psychological Support

Improved patient education and ongoing psychological support will help people cope with the psychological distress of having an implanted defibrillator, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. The statement, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, is a comprehensive review of the psychosocial and quality of life for people who receive [...]