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April 30, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Benefits Of Brain-Gut Photobiomodulation

April 30, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders looked at how brain–gut photobiomodulation restores cognitive alterations in chronically stressed mice through the regulation of Sirt1 and neuroinflammation. “The study deals with how photobiomodulation using multiple modes of emission (Laser diode, IR LED and Red LED) in different tissues at the same time (gut-brain) exerts beneficial effects in a model of depression induced by chronic stress,” study author Albert Giralt Torroella told us. [More]

April 23, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks at Whether AI Can Predict Which Cancer Patients Will See A Psychiatrist

April 23, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Communications Medicine looked at predicting which patients with cancer will see a psychiatrist or counsellor from their initial oncology consultation document using natural language processing. “Our study is about using artificial intelligence to predict which patients with cancer will see a counsellor or psychiatrist,” study author Dr. John-Jose Nunez told us. “We do this by using AI models to read the document an oncologist writes after the first appointment with a patient. The AI is then able to predict which patients will go on to see a psychiatrist or counsellor with accuracy above 70%.” [More]

April 16, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can A Simple Kiwi Improve Your Mood?

April 16, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition looked at the revelations of smartphone survey data concerning the timecourse of changes in mood outcomes following vitamin C or kiwifruit intervention in adults with low vitamin C. “This study analyses secondary outcomes from our main trial (KiwiC for Vitality study) published in 2020,” study author Professor Tamlin Conner of the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago told us. “The secondary outcomes used smartphone surveys of people’s mood every second day throughout the 8-week intervention trial.” [More]

April 2, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Physical Touch Help With Mental Well-Being?

April 2, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new systemic review and multivariate meta-analysis published in the Journal of Nature Human Behaviour looked at the physical and mental health benefits of touch interventions. “Our study is a meta-analysis, meaning that we collected data from all available studies and merged it together, on the effects of touch interventions on health benefits,” study author Julian Packheiser told us. [More]

March 12, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Effect Does Separating Pets Have On Their Owners During Crisis Situations?

March 12, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Taylor & Francis looked at forced separation between people and their companion animals. “The research was about people and pets that shared a human-animal bond and had experienced a crisis situation, such as domestic violence, homelessness and natural disasters,” study author Jasmine Montgomery told us. [More]

February 27, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Wants To Address How We Build Cities That Impact Kids’ Mental Health

February 27, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Cities and Health looked at associations between real-time, self-reported adolescent mental health and urban and architectural design concepts. “First, we designed a walking route (1.7km) with seven stops, and quantified the actual spaces according to a number of features of pedestrian and transit oriented design,” study author Leia Minaker told us. “Next, we took 70 kids between nine and 17 years old on a walk, and had them fill out these surveys at each stop.” [More]

February 20, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At School Lockdown Drills And Exposure To Violence

February 20, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of School Violence looked at assessing the relationship between exposure to violence and perceptions of school safety and emergency preparedness in the context of lockdown drills. “Our study considers the relationship between students’ participation in lockdown drills, their exposure to violence at school, and their perceptions of school safety and emergency preparedness,” study author Jaclyn Schildkraut told us. [More]

January 23, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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Is Less Social Media At Work A Good Thing?

January 23, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Behavior and Information Technology looked at whether less social media use can contribute to more satisfaction, work-engagement and mentally healthy employees. “The study focused on the question how to reduce potential negative effects of social media use on work- and mental health related variables,” study author Dr. Julia Brailovskaia told us. “Based on our previous findings, we hypothesized that the reduction of social media use time will have those positive effects.” [More]

January 16, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Stress Of Parents Of Autistic Children Following October 7th Attack

January 16, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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autistic children in the aftermath of events on October 7th, 2023 in Israel. “Following the unprecedented attacks by Hamas on October 7th, we sought to understand the psychological experience of autistic and non autistic children and their parents,” Dr. Judah Koller of the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem told us. [More]

January 9, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks To Identify Regions In the Brain Where Anxiety-Associated Genes Are Expressed

January 9, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Translational Psychiatry looked at the spatiotemporal expression patterns of anxiety disorder-associated genes. “There are a substantial number of neuroimaging and microstimulation studies that identify neural circuits linked to anxiety as a trait or specific anxious behaviors such as pessimistic decision-making,” study author Kalyani B. Karunakaran told us. [More]