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September 6, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Exercise And The Risk of Dementia

September 6, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology looked at physical and mental activity, disease susceptibility, and risk of dementia. “In the present study, we aimed to assess the associations between physical and mental activity and the subsequent risk of dementia,” study author Huan Song told us. “We further hoped to explore whether such associations would differ for individuals with different susceptibility to dementia.” [More]

August 31, 2022
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Having A Partner Better For Avoiding Loneliness In Pandemic Than Having Children

August 31, 2022 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Having a partner was more beneficial at avoiding loneliness during the first wave of COVID-19 than having children. Research published in the European Journal of Ageing found that whilst those without children and those without a partner were more likely to be lonely, those without a partner underwent a notable shift in their loneliness in the early stages of the pandemic. [More]

August 30, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Gendered Equity And Justice In The Planning Of Parks

August 30, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the National Library of Medicine looked at gender and sex differences in urban greenness’ mental health benefits. “Our study examines articles that investigate the relationship between mental health outcomes and urban greenness with a deeper look into gender and sex differences associated with them as well as how gender and sex are used in environmental health literature,” study author Marta-Beatriz Fernandez Nunez told us. [More]

August 23, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study First Of Its Kind To Find Long Term Effects Of Oxycodone On Adult Behaviors

August 23, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the American Society for Microbiology Journal looked at the long-term effects of developmental exposure to oxycodone on gut microbiota and the relationship to adult behaviors and metabolism. “In this study, we sought to determine whether exposure of mouse moms to a widely prescribed and abuse opioid drug, oxycodone, would lead to longstanding effects on the bacteria in the gut and whether such changes might be associated with behavioral and metabolic alterations also seen in these adult sons and daughters,” study author Cheryl S. Rosenfeld told us. [More]

August 16, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Reducing Immigrant Stress With Culturally-Tailored Preventative Behavior Intervention

August 16, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study in the works published in the BMJ Open is looking at community-engaged mental health promotion intervention with Bhutanese people resettled in Western Massachusetts. The current research project will be among the first to adapt and pilot test the feasibility and acceptability of a family-based, community-led, culturally tailored, integrated preventative behavior intervention to reduce immigrant stress. The study will lay the basis for a clinical trial with a large, adequately powered sample. If effective, this community-engaged intervention may be applied more widely to other immigrants and the general population. [More]

August 9, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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What's The Long-Term Risk Of Mental Health Crisis After Opioid Tapering?

August 9, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in JAMA looked at the long-term risk of overdose or mental health crisis after opioid dose tapering. “We have published results showing that opioid tapering after long-term stable dosing was associated with overdose and mental health crisis events during a one-year follow-up period,” study author Joshua J. Fenton told us. “We wanted to assess the longer-term outcomes associated with tapering.” [More]

August 2, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Did The Pandemic Affect Substance Use In Youth?

August 2, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Current Psychiatry Reports looked at substance use among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The study investigates the question of whether or not substance use has increased or decreased in the youth population during the pandemic,” study author Hannah M. Layman told us. “There are many reasons why both are possible (for example: increasing due to coping strategies or decreasing due to increased time with family). Our study aimed to analyze existing literature to best answer this question. I personally was unsure of what we might find.” [More]