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Methamphetamine, MDMA Use May Raise Risk For Depressive Symptoms In Adolescents.

MedWire (4/27, Grasmo) reports, “Adolescents who use methamphetamine or methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) are at risk for developing subsequent depressive symptoms,” according to a study published online April 19 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. After following some 3,880 Canadian secondary-school children for five years, researchers found that “both MDMA and methamphetamine use significantly increased the likelihood for having elevated depressive symptoms in the following year (odds ratio [OR]=1.7 and 1.6, respectively).” What’s more, “individuals who used both MDMA and methamphetamine, but not those who used just one of the drugs, were significantly more likely than nonusers to report elevated depressive symptoms the following year (OR=1.9).”

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— “Methamphetamine, MDMA use increases risk for depressive symptoms,”Ingrid Grasmo , MedWire News, April 27, 2012.

Survey: Children Suffering From Autism Often Victims Of Bullying.

HealthDay (4/27, Goodwin) reports that “nearly two-thirds of US children with an autism spectrum disorder have been bullied at some point — according to a recent survey of nearly 1,200 parents by the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Interactive Autism Network.” The story quotes Connie Anderson, community scientific liaison for the Interactive Autism Network, saying, “Part of the reason the children are so vulnerable is that the heart of autism is a social disability. It’s really hard for them to read the social world, to interpret what’s going on, to make an appropriate response, something most people do naturally.” Bullying is said to reach its height in grades 5-8.

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— “Battling the Bullying of an Autistic Child,”Jenifer Goodwin , HealthDay, April 26, 2012.

CDC Says Millions Of Americans Do Not Get Enough Sleep.

ABC World News (4/26, story 8, 0:35, Sawyer) reported, “The Centers for Disease Control announced today a staggering number of Americans, 30% of us, are not getting enough sleep.”

NBC Nightly News (4/26, story 6, 1:45, Guthrie) reported that according to the CDC’s Dr. Ileana Arias, “Unfortunately, what we found is that about a third of working adults get only six or fewer hours every day of sleep.” NBC News chief science correspondent Robert Bazell, said, “Among health care workers, just over half said they don’t sleep enough. For those in the transportation and delivery business, it was 70%.”

MSNBC /MyHealthNewsDaily (4/27, Rowan) reports, “When the results were broken down by age group, the findings showed people in the middle of their working years were most likely to report less than six hours of sleep a night: about 32 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 64, compared with 26.5 percent of those ages 18-29, and 21.7 percent of those 65 and older.” Meanwhile, “there were also differences among races. Black workers (38.9 percent) and Asian workers (33.2 percent) were significantly more likely to report short sleeps than white workers (28.6 percent) or Hispanic workers (28.8 percent), the report said.”

HealthDay (4/27, Reinberg) reports, “About 44 percent of night shift workers get too little sleep, compared to about 29 percent of people working the day shift.”

WebMD (4/27, Mann) reports, “Others who are not getting enough sleep include people who hold down more than one job, widows, divorcees, or recently separated partners.” These “findings are based on data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey.” The report is published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The Minneapolis Star Tribune (4/27, Peifer) “Health Check” blog also covers the story.

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— “One-third of US workers don’t get enough sleep,”Karen Rowan , MyHealthNewsDaily, April 27 , 2012.

First Episode Of BD May Severely Affect College-Age Adults.

On its front page, the Boston Globe (4/27, A1, Landergan) reports that the first episode of bipolar disorder (BD) in young adults may be triggered by “the late nights, flexible schedule, and socialization of college, with more than 50 percent of all cases starting between the ages of 15 and 25, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.” Even though some institutions of higher education do offer “a variety of services for afflicted students,” many “believe the help is not enough. They say that these young people can feel a deep stigma if others find out about their disorder and that few of the students’ peers have a real understanding of their affliction.” The Globe points out that medications taken for BD may cause weight gain and other side effects that are distressing for young adults. The Globe also explains how BD makes it difficult, albeit not impossible, for students to finish their course of study.

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— “College students vulnerable to bipolar disorder,”Katherine Landergan , The Boston Globe, April 27, 2012.

Parents’ Emotional Support May Help LGB People Have Better Long-Term Health.

HealthDay (4/14, Preidt) reports, “Receiving emotional support and acceptance from parents benefits the long-term health of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults,” according to a study published in the Journal of Homosexuality. Investigators found that “about three-quarters of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults aged 18 to 64 surveyed in Massachusetts said they had revealed their sexual orientation to their parents, typically when they were about 25 years old.” The story adds, “Rates of mental health and substance-abuse problems were significantly lower among those who received support from their parents than among those who felt rejected, the study found.”

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— “Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds,” Robert Preidt , HealthDay, April 13, 2012.

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