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Released: 1-Jul-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Study Highlights Heavy Mental Health Burden of COVID-19 for ‘Shielders’
University of Bath

Research from a new study suggests that health anxiety among the clinically vulnerable groups who shielded at home has risen since the first pandemic wave, despite developments in viral treatment and the roll-out of the vaccination programme.

Released: 1-Jul-2022 12:30 PM EDT
Adolescents More Vulnerable to Cannabis Addiction but Not Other Mental Health Risks
University College London

Adolescents are over three times more vulnerable to developing a cannabis addiction than adults, but may not be at increased risk of other mental health problems related to the drug, finds a new study led by UCL and King’s College London researchers.

Released: 30-Jun-2022 5:35 PM EDT
Sleep Triggered by Stress Can Help Mice Cope with Later Anxiety
Imperial College London

Stress boosts a kind of sleep in mice that subsequently relieves anxiety, according to new research that also pinpoints the mechanism responsible.

Released: 29-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Study: Robots Driving U.S. Co-Workers to Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues
University of Pittsburgh

A University of Pittsburgh study suggests that while American workers who work alongside industrial robots are less likely to suffer physical injury, they are more likely to suffer from adverse mental health effects — and even more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.

Released: 29-Jun-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Most New Jersey Parents Support Depression Screening in Schools, But They Have Some Concerns
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A majority — more than 75 percent — of New Jersey parents of middle and high school students recognize the benefits of screening and early detection of depression risk in adolescents but many express concerns about potential unintended consequences of screening, according to a survey of New Jersey parents and guardians of children ages 12 to 18.

Newswise: Study Reveals the Job Problems Contributing to Physician Suicide
Released: 29-Jun-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Study Reveals the Job Problems Contributing to Physician Suicide
University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health study identifies the main job stressors contributing to physician suicides.

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Released: 29-Jun-2022 12:00 PM EDT
AACN Rounds with Leadership: Moving Beyond the Pandemic
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Responding to COVID-19 has had a transformative impact on what we teach, how we teach, and how we practice. Nursing programs moved quickly to adapt curriculum to ensure that graduating nurses at all levels are better prepared to respond to current and future public health emergencies.

Released: 29-Jun-2022 10:45 AM EDT
When More Is More: Identifying Cognitive Impairments with Multiple Drawing Tasks
University of Tsukuba

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba find that combining different drawing tasks improves accuracy when identifying people with cognitive impairments based on their drawing behaviors.

Newswise: Fish Oil Appears to Ease Post-Operative Delirium in Pre-Clinical Studies
Released: 29-Jun-2022 10:30 AM EDT
Fish Oil Appears to Ease Post-Operative Delirium in Pre-Clinical Studies
Duke Health

Fish oil triglycerides appear to be effective at reducing instances of inflammation in the brain and preventing post-surgical delirium in mice and tissue engineered human models, according to Duke Health and Duke Biomedical Engineering researchers.

22-Jun-2022 9:00 AM EDT
The COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Depression Among Young Adults, Particularly Women
Research Society on Alcoholism

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on many people’s lives. Emerging adults may have been particular impacted, given their transition from adolescence to adulthood during such a time of upheaval, with their educational and career aspirations thrown into disarray. A new study has found that the risk for depression tripled among young people – particularly younger women – during the pandemic, and that this risk persisted into 2021.

Released: 28-Jun-2022 4:00 PM EDT
How the Pandemic and Social Distancing Have Changed Our Perception of Time
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

Brazilian researchers surveyed 900 volunteers via an online platform for five months. Most reported feeling that time passed more slowly during home confinement in the early months of the pandemic, associating this perception with feelings of loneliness.

Released: 28-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Association Between Children Conceived via Infertility Treatments and Education and Mental Health Outcomes
University College London

Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction (MAR) fare better at school but are slightly more likely to have mental health problems by their late teens, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of Helsinki.

Released: 28-Jun-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Children’s Mental Health Visits to Emergency Departments Increased During COVID-19 Pandemic
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

In the Chicago area, pediatric mental health Emergency Department (ED) visits increased 27 percent at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a 4 percent increase monthly through February 2021, according to a study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago published in the journal Academic Pediatrics. The authors found increased ED visits for suicide, self-injury and disruptive behaviors, as well as higher admission rates for these children.

21-Jun-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Text Messaging Can Help Reduce Hazardous Drinking Among Older Adults
Research Society on Alcoholism

Older adults – those more than 50 years of age – who consume alcohol beyond healthy drinking guidelines are a growing public health concern. A new study has found that using text messaging can help reduce drinking among this population. These findings will be shared at the 45th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in Orlando, Florida.

21-Jun-2022 9:00 AM EDT
COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders served to decrease adolescent drinking
Research Society on Alcoholism

During the COVID-19 pandemic, policy interventions designed to reduce the virus’ spread included shelter-in-place (SIP) orders and phased “reopenings” of public spaces. Knowing that adult alcohol and substance use generally rose during the pandemic due to factors such as stress, boredom, worsening mental health, and increased alcohol availability, a new study sought to understand the impact of SIPs and reopenings on adolescent alcohol use in California. Analysis shows SIP decreased frequency of alcohol use. Also, compliance with SIP orders was associated with decreased frequency and quantity of use.

22-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Parental Depression Screening Beyond the Postpartum Period has the Potential to Identify Families Needing Support
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Screening both mothers and fathers for depression beyond their child’s first birthday in pediatric offices – the current standard practice – could identify families in need of mental health and other critical resources, according to a Rutgers study.

Released: 27-Jun-2022 1:45 PM EDT
The latest expert commentary on SCOTUS decisions, including the overturn of Roe v. Wade

The latest expert commentary and research on SCOTUS decisions, including the overturn of Roe v. Wade

Newswise: UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building Opens to Patients
Released: 27-Jun-2022 11:00 AM EDT
UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building Opens to Patients
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

UCSF is welcoming its first patients to the Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building, a one-of-a-kind treatment center that aims to redefine mental health services and make a bold statement against stigma.

23-Jun-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Study Shows Link Between Cyberbullying and Suicidality in Early Adolescence
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Young adolescents who are targets of cyberbullying are more likely to report suicidal thoughts and attempts, an association that goes above and beyond the link between suicidality and traditional offline bullying.

19-Jun-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Trauma History and Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain Combine to Make Women More Vulnerable to Alcohol Use Disorders
Research Society on Alcoholism

Prior research has demonstrated greater addiction vulnerability in women; for example, women advance from casual substance use to addiction at a faster rate, experience more severe withdrawal symptoms, exhibit higher rates of relapse, and have less treatment success than men. A new study shows that biobehavioral interactions in alcohol use disorders (AUDs) among women are cyclical in nature: women’s greater risk of personal histories of trauma coupled with a greater vulnerability to alcohol-related brain deficits can lead to more severe AUD effects.

Released: 24-Jun-2022 2:25 PM EDT
Top 4 Gun Violence Experts List

Checkout Newswise list of top four Gun Control/Gun Violence Experts from leading universities, colleges and institutions, spreading awareness about gun violence.

Released: 24-Jun-2022 9:40 AM EDT
Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Most Known Biological Pathways in the Brain, Researchers Find
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Researchers conducted a systematic assessment of more than 200,000 scientific publications to understand the breadth and diversity of biological pathways that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease by research over the last 30 years.

Released: 23-Jun-2022 10:20 AM EDT
University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Plans Significant Enhancements to Pediatric Emergency Department to Meet Escalating Youth Mental Health Needs
University of Maryland Medical Center

University of Maryland Children's Hospital Continues to Add or Enhance Existing Services for Children and their Families in Psychiatric Crisis.

17-Jun-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Fewer Youth Attempt Suicide in States with Hate Crime Laws
American Psychological Association (APA)

When states enact hate crime laws that protect LGBTQ populations, the rate of suicide attempts among high school students drops significantly, and not just among sexual and gender minority students, but among heterosexual students as well, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

21-Jun-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Journaling Improves Medical Students’ Study Habits, Physical and Mental Health
American Physiological Society (APS)

Journaling helped medical students improve their study habits, as well as their physical and mental health and self-confidence, according to a study from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.

Newswise: Arts Summer Program Offers Creative Outlet for Individuals with Aphasia
Released: 21-Jun-2022 1:50 PM EDT
Arts Summer Program Offers Creative Outlet for Individuals with Aphasia
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

June is Aphasia Awareness Month and the members of the Summer Aphasia Arts Program held a concert, theatrical performance and an art exhibit after honing their artistic skills over two weeks.

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Released: 21-Jun-2022 1:00 PM EDT
Who Benefits From Brain Training, and Why?
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., June 21, 2022 — If you are skilled at playing puzzles on your smartphone or tablet, what does it say about how fast you learn new puzzles, or more broadly, how well can you focus in school or at work? In the language of psychologists, does “near transfer” predict “far transfer”? A team of psychologists from the University of California, Irvine and the University of California, Riverside reports in Nature Human Behavior that people who show near transfer are more likely to show far transfer.

Newswise: Sports, Not Screens: The Key to Happier, Healthier Children
Released: 20-Jun-2022 9:05 PM EDT
Sports, Not Screens: The Key to Happier, Healthier Children
University of South Australia

Whether it’s sports practice, music lessons or a casual catch up with friends, when children are involved in after-school activities, they’re more likely to feel happier and healthier than their counterparts who are glued to a screen.

Newswise: UTEP to Offer New Doctoral Degree in Occupational Therapy
Released: 20-Jun-2022 4:00 PM EDT
UTEP to Offer New Doctoral Degree in Occupational Therapy
University of Texas at El Paso

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a new doctoral degree in occupational therapy (OTD) at The University of Texas at El Paso. The OTD is the highest level of academic preparation that an entry-level occupational therapist can obtain. It is expected to be the required degree program to enter the occupational therapy profession in the coming years.

Newswise: Nearly 3 in 10 Americans Affected by Insomnia, and Many are Self Medicating
Released: 20-Jun-2022 10:45 AM EDT
Nearly 3 in 10 Americans Affected by Insomnia, and Many are Self Medicating
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

Nearly 3 in 10 Americans (28%) say insomnia has a negative impact on their daily lives, according to a new survey from the AASM. On June 21, Insomnia Awareness Night will drive awareness about chronic insomnia and discuss healthy ways to treat it.

Newswise: Training Virtually Can Reduce Psychosocial Stress and Anxiety
Released: 17-Jun-2022 4:25 PM EDT
Training Virtually Can Reduce Psychosocial Stress and Anxiety
Tohoku University

Previous research has described how virtual training produces acute cognitive and neural benefits. Building on those results, a new study suggests that a similar virtual training can also reduce psychosocial stress and anxiety.

Released: 16-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Research: Online Yoga Reduces Stress, Improves Well-Being
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

In this age of remote work, virtual meetings, and telemedicine visits, add yoga to the list of things you can do effectively without leaving home.

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Released: 16-Jun-2022 12:00 PM EDT
UCI-Led Study Links Repeated Hurricane Exposure to Adverse Psychological Symptoms
University of California, Irvine

Repeated exposure to hurricanes, whether direct, indirect or media-based, is linked to adverse psychological symptoms and may be associated with increased mental health problems, according to a first-of-its kind study led by University of California, Irvine researchers.

Newswise: Ageism and Health: Study Shows Close Links
14-Jun-2022 8:35 AM EDT
Ageism and Health: Study Shows Close Links
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly all older adults have experienced some form of ageism in their everyday lives, a new study finds -- whether it’s seeing ageist messages and images on television or the internet, encountering people who imply that they’re less capable just because they’re older, or believing stereotypes about aging.

Newswise: Suicides Less Common in States That Passed Medicaid Expansion
13-Jun-2022 5:30 PM EDT
Suicides Less Common in States That Passed Medicaid Expansion
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that although there have been steady increases in the number of people nationwide who die by suicide, such increases have slowed in states that have implemented Medicaid expansion.

Newswise: No Peers, No Beers: WVU Research Shows Youth Substance Use Declined During the COVID-19 Pandemic
13-Jun-2022 8:00 AM EDT
No Peers, No Beers: WVU Research Shows Youth Substance Use Declined During the COVID-19 Pandemic
West Virginia University

With stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, youth spent more time at home with family and were more isolated from in-person interaction with peers. Largely due to this social isolation from peers, substance use among youth declined, according to researchers at the WVU School of Public Health.

Released: 15-Jun-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Majority of Children Who Have Contact with the Child Welfare System Flourish in Adulthood
University of Toronto

Most research on children involved with the child welfare system focuses on the negative consequences, such as depression and suicide.

Released: 14-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Suicide Rates Didn’t Increase During Pandemic
Stellenbosch University

Many people, including mental health experts, anticipated a dramatic increase in suicide rates following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Released: 14-Jun-2022 3:15 PM EDT
"Yes, optimists live longer" and more research news on Aging for media

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Aging channel on Newswise, a free source for journalists.

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Released: 14-Jun-2022 8:05 AM EDT
When Reality Fails: What to Know About Psychosis
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

More awareness of the symptoms of psychosis, and the availability of treatment, could mean more young people with psychosis get care quickly. And that can make a big difference in their immediate mental health and their long-term futures.

Released: 13-Jun-2022 12:40 PM EDT
Increased Overdose and Mental Health Risks Persist Two Years After Opioid Dose Reduction
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

A new UC Davis Health study suggests that the increased rates of overdose and mental health crisis observed during the first year after opioid dose tapering persist through the second year. The study was published in JAMA Network Open.

Newswise: Suicidal Thoughts, Behaviors Linked to Hormone-Sensitive Brain Disorder
Released: 13-Jun-2022 12:15 PM EDT
Suicidal Thoughts, Behaviors Linked to Hormone-Sensitive Brain Disorder
University of Illinois Chicago

A global study published in BMC Psychiatry reports that 34% of people with premenstrual dysphoric disorder have attempted suicide. The findings offer the strongest scientific evidence to date that the disorder is likely an independent contributor to suicidal thoughts and actions.

Released: 13-Jun-2022 10:55 AM EDT
Brain Differences in Pain Modulation in People with Self-Injury Behaviour
Karolinska Institute

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden might have found an explanation for why people with self-injury behaviour generally feel less pain than others.

7-Jun-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Cost of Mental Health Disorders Linked with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Almost $6 Billion in 2021
Endocrine Society

The cost of mental health disorders associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – depression, anxiety and eating disorders – reached almost $6 billion in 2021, according to a new study presented Monday, June 13 at ENDO 2022, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

Newswise: Transgender College Students Report Higher Rates of Sleep, Mental Health Concerns
Released: 10-Jun-2022 1:55 PM EDT
Transgender College Students Report Higher Rates of Sleep, Mental Health Concerns
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Transgender individuals are more likely to experience discrimination, isolation, and lack of social support. This, along with negative psychosocial challenges, such as being denied access to gender-neutral restrooms, combined with being a college student, and you have what associate professor of neurology, Shelley Hershner M.D., calls “a perfect storm” that can contribute to sleep disorders and other mental health concerns.

Released: 8-Jun-2022 4:20 PM EDT
A new study shows benefits to dispatching mental health specialists in nonviolent 911 emergencies
Stanford University

As U.S. cities rethink the role of law enforcement in nonviolent 911 emergencies, new Stanford research uncovers the strongest evidence yet that dispatching mental health professionals instead of police officers in some instances can have significant benefits.

3-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Social Isolation May Impact Brain Volume in Regions Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Social isolation is linked to lower brain volume in areas related to cognition and a higher risk of dementia, according to research published in the June 8, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that social isolation was linked to a 26% increased risk of dementia, separately from risk factors like depression and loneliness.

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