Easy accessibility of firearms risky for youth with mental health problems

Easy accessibility of firearms risky for youth with mental health problems

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2014, firearm injuries contributed to 63.7 percent suicides and 32.8 homicides. It also reported that in 2015, firearms were the most common method of suicide among American males. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), it was also the most common form of suicide among females      (33.4 percent) in the same year and accounted for nearly 50 percent of total suicides (22,018). Read more

Maternal smoking during pregnancy inflicts burdensome neurodevelopmental disorders

Maternal smoking during pregnancy inflicts burdensome neurodevelopmental disorders

Pregnancy is one of the most critical phases that determines the overall well-being of the child. Any indulgence in high-risk practices like smoking and drinking can inflict irreversible damages on the unborn child. Such habits also sow the seeds of some of the genetic diseases or birth defects. In many cases, women have also witnessed the traumatic death of their babies due to the development of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Sleep deprivation can affect the mind in various ways

Sleep deprivation can affect the mind in various ways

In the current hectic life, a large number of medical practitioners and medical experts are recognizing sleep as an essential ingredient for the public health. This is particularly because snoozing the alarm button has become a regular morning habit for many people. Although it may be a tempting and adventurous idea to be awake until late in the night, it may increase the risk of developing serious mental health issues like anxiety, depression, etc. Read more

Study finds no link between smoking during pregnancy and mental disorders in offspring

Study finds no link between smoking during pregnancy and mental disorders in offspring

The negative impact of smoking on the physical health of an individual is a medical fact and its impact on the mental well-being of babies of expecting mothers who smoke has also been recorded. In fact smoking by expectant mothers has been linked to various mental disorders by past research. One of the previous studies drew a link between maternal smoking during pregnancy and mental disorders such as bipolar disorder in the offspring, who were at twice the risk of suffering from the problem. Read more

Weight lifting may have mental health benefits

Weight lifting may have mental health benefits

Regular exercise is known to be an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. It not only helps people in maintaining their shape and weight, but also lowers the risk of developing various diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, etc. Moreover, exercise plays a pivotal role in improving one’s cardiovascular health and bone density.

Exercise also assists in sustaining a sense of mental well-being. In fact, it is hailed as a powerful antidepressant that comes without the baggage of side effects witnessed in the case of the common antidepressants.   Read more