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  1. Can Too Much Sitting Make You Anxious?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who spend much of their day sitting may be more likely to feel anxious, a new review suggests. The findings, researchers said, do not prove that sitting in front of a TV or computer causes anxiety. For one, it's possib

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  2. Social Anxiety? Fermented Foods May Help

    June 18, 2015 -- A diet rich in fermented foods and drinks likely to contain probiotics may help curb social anxiety in young adults, new research suggests. The study points to a promising link. It doesn't prove cause and effect, though, says Matthew Hilimire, PhD, an assistant professor in the depa

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  3. 'Feel Good' Brain Chemical and Social Anxiety

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of the brain chemical serotonin are too high in people with social phobia, rather than too low as previously believed, a new study says. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden conducted brain scans on volunt

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  4. Over 4 Million Workers Have Anxiety Disorders

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that 4.3 million Americans with full-time jobs had an anxiety disorder in the past year. That number represents 3.7 percent of full-time workers aged 18 and older, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse a

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  5. Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers confirmed a long-studied connection between air pollution and cardiovascular health --

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  6. Anxiety May Speed Aging

    Feb. 10, 2015 -- Anxiety disorders might contribute to a certain sign of aging, but treatment may reverse the process, new research suggests. A Dutch study of more than 2,300 people looked at telomeres, which are the DNA at the end of chromosomes. Telomeres shorten with age, so they're considered a

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  7. PTSD May Raise Women's Risk for Diabetes

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with post-traumatic stress disorder seem more likely than others to develop type 2 diabetes, with severe PTSD almost doubling the risk, a new study suggests. The research "brings to attention an unrecognized proble

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  8. Surgery for OCD: Who Will Benefit?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Though most patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be successfully treated with medication and therapy, between 10 percent to 20 percent have a form of the illness that doesn't respond to standard care, expert

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  9. Dealing With Anxiety and Phobias

    Your heart pounds, your palms sweat, and you begin to tremble. These physical reactions to danger put your body on high alert. But if you're gripped with fear when there is little or no real danger, like when you're on a plane taxiing down a runway to take off, the real culprit may be anxiety. "Anxi

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  10. Cortisol May Help Reduce Some Phobias

    March 28, 2011 -- An extra dose of the stress hormone cortisol may help reduce stress-inducing phobias like the fear of heights, a study shows. Cortisol is a hormone released by the brain in response to stress and has long been thought to play a role in memory and learning. In the study, people who

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