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December 10, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Seven Tips To Stay Sober This Holiday Season

December 10, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Here are some sobering statistics. According to a survey of 1000 Americans, 47 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women binge drink more on New Year’s Eve than during any other holiday. In a study done by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, though they were fully aware that they were being monitored, over 450,000 DUI offenders still drank 33 per cent more between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Why is it so hard to stay sober during the holidays? [More]

November 26, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Transgender College Students Four Times More Likely To Experience Mental Health Problems

November 26, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent study on gender minority mental health in the U.S. gathered information from a national survey on college campuses among undergraduate and graduate students. “I have been conducting transgender health research for more than a decade,” study author Sari Reisner told us. “Routine collection of gender identity data as a population demographic is vital to public health. The disparities seen in this study offers an example of why these data are so urgently needed.” [More]

October 15, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Premenopausal Women At Higher Risk Of Developing Depression Following Childbirth

October 15, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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The average age of women giving birth is on the rise. Most countries participating in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) experienced a two to four-year increase in the mean age of women giving birth. At the same time, adolescent fertility rates remain high in low and middle-income countries. A new study published in the Journal of Psychiatry Investigation examined the impact of age at childbirth on the maternal mental health of premenopausal women in Korea. [More]

September 24, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Older Parents Don't Have To Worry About Their Age Negatively Affecting Their Children's Behavior

September 24, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at whether the age of parents at the time of their children’s birth could result in behavior problems. Couples who have children at later ages are often counselled about risks of increased maternal age (e.g. Down syndrome) but increasingly a risk has been documented for increased paternal age and autism and schizophrenia. [More]

August 20, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Parents And Teachers Can Stop Bullying This Coming School Year

August 20, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Bullying is something parents worry about throughout the school year. You don't want your cyild to be bullied or have your child do any kind of bullying. Now, a new study, titled, Understanding the relationship between youths’ belonging and bullying behavior: An SEM Model, recently published in the journal of Educational and Child Psychology, showed that school belonging and family belonging have a significant direct and indirect relationship with student bullying behavior. [More]

August 13, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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How A Bunk Bed Might Give Your Kids Depression And Anxiety In Adulthood

August 13, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Over 70 per cent of cases of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in children of all ages involved products regulated by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Ten per cent of TBIs in children aged 0-4 were caused by bunk beds as well as another 10 per cent by stairs, and 10 per cent by floors. In children aged 5-9, the leading causes of TBI are floors and bike accidents. Football, basketball, soccer and bike accidents were the leading causes of TBI in children and adolescents aged 10-14. [More]

July 23, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Why People With The Same Mental Illness React Differently To The Same Antidepressant

July 23, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Why is it that antidepressants, in particular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), don’t work on nearly 30 per cent of people with major depressive disorder (MDD)? SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants for MDD. Though the cause of MDD is still unknown, researchers have found that it has something to do with the serotonergic circuit in the brain. [More]