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November 10, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Emergency Doctors Have A Very High Need For Recovery According To New Study

November 10, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the BMJ Open looked at the need for recovery amongst emergency physicians in the UK and Ireland. “Our study is about using a tool called the Need for Recovery scale (NFR) to understand the physical and psychological impact of shift work in emergency departments in the UK and Ireland,” study author Laura Cottey told us. [More]

November 6, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Mental Health Decline Possible For Those In States That Back Losing Nominee in Election

November 6, 2020 13:49 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Americans living in a state that favours the losing candidate of the US Presidential election might experience a decline in their mental health. A study from researchers at UC San Francisco and Duke University used data from 500 thousand people during the 2016 Presidential election to examine mental health indicators. Americans who lived in states that favoured Hillary Clinton experienced an extra half-day of poor mental health on average during the month after the election. [More]

November 3, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Pregnancy Weight And Its Effect On Fetal Brain Development

November 3, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry looked at maternal prenatal body mass index (BMI) and human fetal brain development. “Given knowledge that the physical well-being of a mother during pregnancy is important for the long-term brain health of her child, we sought to discover whether and how maternal body mass index may relate brain development in the womb,” senior study author, Dr. Moriah E. Thomason told us. [More]

November 2, 2020
by Kimberly Lucey

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Meditation and Yoga May Reduce Chronic Pain

November 2, 2020 05:25 by Kimberly Lucey  [About the Author]

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Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, a condition that has contributed to the opioid epidemic in the United States for the past three decades, costing the country billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives. Now, a groundbreaking new study is showing yoga, meditation, and other forms of mindfulness-based stress reductions may help patients manage that pain. [More]

October 31, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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The "Love Hormone" Oxytocin Can Cause Antisocial Behavior

October 31, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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The “love hormone” oxytocin can occasionally have anti-social effects depending on where in the brain it is created. Oxytocin, a hormone that can regulate prosocial behaviors like trust, bonding and empathy has also been demonstrated to play a role in anti-social behaviors like envy, anxiety and reduction in cooperation. How the hormone could have such opposing roles has long remained a mystery, but researchers from UC Davis have uncovered how this might happen. [More]

October 27, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Children Getting Adequate Mental Health Treatment?

October 27, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study looked at the treatment of insured children (average age 12) after they experience a first mental health episode. Most of these children were experiencing anxiety or depression. “We looked at the treatment of these children received in the three months after the incident and focused on whether they had received any follow-up care in that interval, whether they received any therapy, and the types of drugs they received if they received drugs,” study author Janet Currie told us. [More]