Monday, June 18, 2007

migraine news roundup 35

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For so many of us, being chronically ill means missing too much work and sacrificing vacations. But if you can find a way to take even a little time to yourself, this can enhance your ability to be productive at work.

aHow taking a vacation can help your career

Welcome news. The mental & emotional needs of our soldiers are not being met.

aArmy plans to hire more psychiatrists

The new hiring, which she said could begin immediately, is part of a wider plan of action the Army has laid out to improve health care to wounded or ill veterans and their families. It also comes as the Defense Department completes a wider mental health study — the latest in a series over recent months that has found services for troops have been inadequate.

Surveys of troops in Iraq have shown that 15 percent to 20 percent of Army soldiers have signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress, which can cause flashbacks of traumatic combat experiences and other severe reactions.

It can be hard not to be stressed out when you're being pulled in 10 different directions and feeling as though you are always behind because of illness. But researchers suspect stress can affect more than your general mood.

aStressed-out types at risk for memory problems
People who are often stressed out or depressed are far more likely to develop memory problems than those with sunnier dispositions, U.S. researchers said Monday in a finding that sheds light on early predictors of Alzheimer's disease.

They said those who most often are anxious or depressed were 40 times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, a form of memory loss that is often a transitional stage between normal aging and dementia.

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