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January 21, 2021
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The Bond Between the Homeless And Their Dogs.

January 21, 2021 09:11 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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It has been asserted that one of the reasons that many individuals view those who are homeless with disdain is so that the observer can feel better about him/herself. These particular people, with no knowledge of the road that led to homelessness, assume that anyone without a sheltered residence is damaged and “less than”. They, can,(the judges) then, flatter themselves that they are substantial and first-rate. [More]

January 19, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Helping Diabetes Patients Reduce Their Risk Of Dementia

January 19, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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The findings of a new study on diabetes and dementia were presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The results of the study may be able to help reduce the risk of dementia in diabetic patients with poor glycemic control. “Our study looks at the link between diabetes and the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases,” study author Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales told us. "We would like to better understand the link between diabetes but also glycemic control with dementia risk and whether these associations are explained by existing risk factors such as being obese, a smoker or having existing heart diseases or other chronic diseases.” [More]

January 18, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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COVID-19 Made Mental Health Appointments Virtual, Many Patients Want It To Stay That Way

January 18, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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A year ago, trying to get patients at Michigan Medicine to agree to telehealth for their mental health appointments was a challenge. The academic medical centre associated with the University of Michigan had only 26 video appointments in a six month period compared with 30 thousand in person visits. COVID-19 changed all that. [More]

January 12, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Some People More Vulnerable To Alcohol Addiction Than Others?

January 12, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Researchers examined 190 young adults and followed them for ten years. They were directly tested on their response to alcohol vs. placebo beverage in initial testing sessions and then they returned five and ten years later to a laboratory in Chicago to undergo identical re-examination testing. “We flew people in from all over the country (and the world!) to come back for their returning sessions,” study author Andrea King told us. “We also conducted regular follow-up interviews semi-annually in that period. I am grateful the participants were so connected to the study, as 99% of those still living continued to participate over the decade.” [More]

January 8, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Smartphones Are Bad For You… or Maybe Not

January 8, 2021 09:25 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Smartphone use is vilified for negatively impacting mental health but a study from Technology, Mind, and Behavior indicates smartphones are not be so bad after all. The authors suggest that screen time is not a predictor of negative mental health symptoms. Instead it’s worries about phone use that’s the problem. [More]

January 1, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ Communities

January 1, 2021 08:57 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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COVID-19 has affected all communities in some way, economically, physically,and mentally. New data released by the HRC and PSB research found that “LGBTQ people are more likely to have experienced a cut in work hours, are more likely to feel that their personal finances are in worse shape and are more likely to be taking steps to actively prepare for the virus.” [More]