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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]

January 2, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Much Do The Holidays Stress You Out? A Lot According To A New Survey

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

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A new survey was recently released by the American Heart Association regarding health habits during the holidays. The survey found that nearly 80 per cent of people overlook their health needs during the holidays. “The survey is about the general trends and attitudes U.S. adults have about stress during the holiday season,” Dr. Glenn Levine told us. Dr. Levine is a volunteer medical expert from the American Heart Association. [More]

December 5, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Exploring The Brain For More Clues In The Treatment Of Depression

December 5, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent review in the Journal of Trends in Pharmacological Sciences was written by four scientists from different universities -- Dr. Bernhard Luscher from Penn State University, Dr. Jamie Maguire from Tufts University, Dr. Uwe Rudolph from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. Etienne Sibille from the University of Toronto -- who have a longstanding interest in the role that GABAA receptors play in the brain, specifically for the development and therapy of depression. [More]

November 14, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Do Certain American Neighborhoods Cause Black Teens More Stress?

November 14, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Youth and Society looked at the influence of the neighborhood environment on stress among Black American adolescents. “My study uses this scoping review method to explore what is known about various aspects of the neighborhood environment and how these aspects contribute to stress among Black children and youth aged 10-18 years old. We were hoping to identify specific characteristics of the neighborhood environment and home in on how these characteristics have contributed to stressors among Black children and youth – with the goal of brainstorming some strategies for resolving this relationship," study author Dr. Melissa L. Villodas told us. [More]

October 31, 2023
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Pandemic Firearm Buyers Have Higher Rates Of Mental Health Problems

October 31, 2023 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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People who bought firearms at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic have higher rates of mental health problems and political extremism. Research published in PLOS One found those who bought firearms during the pandemic had higher rates of self harm, suicidal thoughts and intimate partner violence when compared with those who don’t own firearms or other firearms owners who bought firearms outside the height of the pandemic. [More]

September 26, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Our Perception Of Sleep

September 26, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Emotion looked at the influence of sleep on subjective well-being through an experience sampling study. “In the study we wanted to find out, how various indicators of sleep influence well-being on the next day. We were hoping to find multiple associations between sleep and well-being,” study author Dr. Anita Lenneis, from the University of Warwick’s Department of Psychology, told us. “We pre-registered our ideas of how the results would look like in advance.” [More]

August 22, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looked At How Often Patients With Dementia Visited The Emergency Room

August 22, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in JAMA Neurology looked at the characteristics of emergency department visits among older adults with dementia. “This study provides the first estimates of how often older adults with dementia utilize emergency services and the main reasons that drive such care,” study author Lauren Gerlach told us. “We anticipated that patients with dementia would utilize emergency services frequently but were unaware of what the main drivers of care were.” [More]

August 15, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Gay, Lesbian And Bisexual Groups Report Worse Physical And Mental Health

August 15, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Sex Research looked at bisexual people’s health experience in primary care in English. “The study was part of a larger study where we used data from the General Practice Patient Survey (GPPS) from England across a few years to track whether disclosing/reporting of sexuality had changed over the years,” study author Carrie Llewellyn told us. “We found from this part of the study that reporting of being straight (heterosexual) was declining year on year and hence identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual was increasing.” [More]