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Loneliness and Social Isolation Can be a Concern at Any Age

Social isolation and loneliness are common and concerning, and not just for older adults, according to a new international survey from Kaiser Family Foundation and The Economist. Overall more than one in five adults in the U.S. reported that they often or always feel lonely, feel they lack companionship or feel left out or isolated from others. Among adults 18 to 49, 24 percent reported experiencing loneliness compared to 20 percent of adults 50 and over. People with mental illness were much more likely to feel lonely (47 percent).

Cardiovascular Health and Brain Heath: Lifelong Connection

Two studies published in August in JAMA highlight and clarify the connection between heart health and brain health, especially the risk of dementia. They add to the evidence supporting promotion of cardiovascular health in adults of all ages to help lower the risk of dementia and cognitive decline and provide more support for adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Eating Disorders in Teens: Tips for Parents

Eating disorders involve persistent eating behaviors that are harmful to a person’s physical and mental health. Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, can also negatively impact a person’s relationships and daily activities

Self-Talk: Are there Potential Benefits of Talking to Yourself?

Most of us talk to ourselves occasionally, some more than others. “We all have an internal monologue that we engage in from time to time; an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections,” notes researcher Jason S. Moser, Ph.D., with Michigan State University. But is talking to yourself a good thing? Can it actually be beneficial? It may depend on how you do it.

Volunteers Helping to Ease Stress in the Emergency Room

An estimated one in eight emergency room visits involves a mental health and/or substance use condition, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. All too often when people go to emergency rooms with psychiatric conditions they end up waiting much longer than people with other health concerns.