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Young adults fight anxiety

An increasing number of young adults are suffering from ‘anxiety overload’, warns a charity. A survey of 2,000 adults showed that 66 per cent agreed to feeling stressed or anxious at least once a week. Nearly a third said that they did not tell anyone about their worries, raising the need to teach young people ‘coping strategies’, said Rethink.

Money worries topped the list of reasons behind the increasing anxiety rates with 45 per cent of the respondents agreeing. It was followed that concerns about job prospects with 33 per cent and 29 per cent worried about pressures from school or university. In the survey, women seemed to be most badly affected.

One in three agreed to suffering from frequent anxiety, compared with one in 10 men.
The YouGov poll of 2,000 adults, 250 of whom were aged 18-24, found 33 per cent of young women felt stressed or anxious most days or every day. Some said they would seek advice or support from a partner or friend, but almost one third say they kept stress and anxiety to themselves.

Lamb plant may cure osteoporosis
The fabled ‘vegetable lamb’ plant — once believed to bear fruit that ripened into a living baby sheep — has shown promise in treating osteoporosis, say researchers. In the 16th and 17th centuries, some of the world’s most celebrated scientists believed the plant Cibotium barmoetz fruited into a newly born lamb, which then grazed on nearby grass and weeds.

During the study, Young Ho Kim and colleagues isolated compounds from C barmoetz and showed that they blocked formation of bone-destroying osteoclasts in up to 97 per cent of the cells in laboratory cultures without harmful effects on other cells.

ADHD medication makes kids suicidal
The use of ADHD drugs is turning children as young as five into psychotics, a new study has revealed. Many of them have attempted suicide or are severely depressed while on the controversial drugs. According to reports from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, at least 30 children have had severe psychotic episodes and wanted to kill themselves.
The number of serious reactions to ADHD drugs has doubled in three years, up to 827.

However, the true extent of the side-effects is unknown, with many doctors and parents under-reporting the impact. Child experts have cast doubts on the use of heavy stimulants. They believe that the drugs, including the failed adult anti-depressant Strattera, could be masking true psychological problems of children.

Malaria: Children most vulnerable
Children as young as five and teenagers are at an increased risk of developing life-threatening malaria, says a new study. Lead researcher Abdisalan M Noor, from the Kenyan Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and the University of Oxford, said as an unintended consequence of attempting to achieve the targets of the Abuja declaration and Millennium Development Goals, children and adolescents over five are being put at risk.

“5-19 years olds are a particularly important group for two reasons,” said Noor.
“Firstly, they represent a large fraction of the population in most developing African communities,” he said.

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