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October 4, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At SNAP Work Requirements In The US And Increased Mental Health Care

October 4, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Health Services Research looked at whether Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements in the U.S. increased mental health care use. “We wanted to determine whether imposing work requirement policies on SNAP (food stamp) enrollees increased their levels of depression and anxiety,” study author Lindsay Allen told us. [More]

September 20, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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People With High Job Insecurity Three Times More Likely To Suffer From Anxiety And Depression

September 20, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Science Direct looked at how different dimensions of precarious employment affects mental health. “This is a study that analyzes the relationship between job insecurity and mental health in a Spanish territory (the Basque Country),” study author Erika Valero told us. “Considering the importance of paid work as a social determinant of health, we expected that also in our context, this problem could be related to mental health.” [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 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]

July 26, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Dogs Reduce Stress Levels In School Children?

July 26, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS ONE looked at whether dogs can reduce stress levels in school children. “Our research is the first to demonstrate the mediating effects of dog-assisted interventions on stress levels in school children over the school term and in both, children with and without special educational needs,” study author Kerstin Meints told us. [More]

July 19, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Important Is Childhood Play In Safeguarding Mental Health?

July 19, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development looked at the evidence for protective effects of peer play during the early years. “We were hoping to find out whether early play experiences with other children are important for later mental health and wellbeing,” study author Jenny Louise Gibson told us. “We think that play with others protects against future mental health challenges because it is a natural way for children to develop the cognitive and emotional maturity they need to build up a strong social network.” [More]