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October 20, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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When Fertility Treatments Stop Because Of The Pandemic

October 20, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Infertility is defined as a person not being able to conceive or become pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. About one in six couples in Canada experience infertility. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, about 12 per cent of women aged 15-44 have difficulty becoming pregnant. Mental health struggles can follow a couple’s journey of attempting to become pregnant. Studies have shown that after one year of infertility, a woman is twice as likely to become depressed. Research has also shown that high anxiety can deter a woman’s changes of becoming pregnant. A new study published in PLOS One looked at the psychological impact of fertility treatment suspensions during the COVID-19 pandemic. [More]

October 16, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Improving Telehealth with a Human-Centered Design Approach

October 16, 2020 08:38 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Millions of patients and doctors are using telehealth for the first time and likely will continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Although the end of COVID-19 is not yet in sight, patients continue to need routine medical care. The benefits of technology are beyond what we could have imagined decades ago, but we’re experiencing cognitive overload, brought on by our dependence on technology, bringing a whole new set of health problems. [More]

October 13, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Is The Pandemic Affecting Our Everyday Lives?

October 13, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new survey aims to find out how Germany is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and how the everyday lives of German citizens are being affected. “We therefore analyze their concern about how the coronavirus affects different areas of their life, and how they try to protect themselves against an infection,” study author Dr. Fabian Kirsch told us. [More]

October 6, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Funny Memoir About Travel And Mental Illness Has Lessons For Would-Be Pandemic Travellers

October 6, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new memoir by environmental journalist Jeremy Leon Hance, incorporates travel, humor and mental illness. “I didn’t want to write a book about mental illness that was a downer or defeating, but rather I wanted to tell the story of how people actually live with chronic mental illness day by day, because so many of us do,” author Hance told us. “And sometimes, especially when you’re ten thousand miles from home, chasing endangered species through rainforests, it can be funny. I don’t shy away from some of the dark places our mental health struggles can take us, but try to tell a story of how a person moves forward, even if hesitantly, and does what’s important to them.” [More]

October 2, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Why Many Overshare on Smartphones

October 2, 2020 08:10 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Recent research in the Journal of Marketing found that smartphones enhance “consumer self-disclosure” Results from three large-scale field studies and two controlled experiments show that people self-disclose more when generating content on their smartphones versus personal computers. Reasons could be feelings of comfort with the phone, a tendency to focus on the disclosure task on hand or emotional association with the device. [More]

September 29, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Is The Prevalence Of Illicit Drug Use Among College Students With Disabilities?

September 29, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Disability and Health Journal examined the prevalence of illicit drug use among college students with physical, cognitive, and other disabilities, and their counterparts without disabilities. “Our aim was to investigate whether there were differences in illicit substance use between students with disabilities and their peers without disabilities,” study author Myriam Casseus told us. “Numerous studies have found high rates of substance use among adults with disabilities and young adults/college students. However, there has been little research on drug use among college student with disabilities.” [More]