Science Says 'Hug It Out'

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hugs. Everyone knows they feel good, but new research shows they really can take the edge off of interpersonal conflicts. Assessing more than 400 adults, scientists found that getting a hug on the day of a conflict was linked to smaller drops in positive emotions and a smaller…

Acne's Stigma Can Take a Big Mental Toll

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The impact of acne is more than skin-deep, and often disrupts sleep and well-being, scientists have found. Researchers in Ireland report that perceived social stigma diminishes quality of life for many who have acne — especially girls and women. “We know from previous research that many acne sufferers…

Could Diet Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Like the human gut, the breast gland has a “microbiome” that’s influenced by diet, new animal research suggests. Although the findings are preliminary, scientists hope their work might someday improve the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. “Being able to shift the breast microbiome through diet may offer…

Pregnancy Complications Tied to More Menopausal Hot Flashes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tough pregnancies might translate into tough times during menopause, new research suggests. Women who developed complications during pregnancy — including dangerously high blood pressure (“preeclampsia”) and gestational diabetes — were more likely to experience more hot flashes during menopause, the researchers found. “This study further underscores the importance…