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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]

September 13, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Could High-Frequency Ultrasound Help Treat Depression?

September 13, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the NeuroReport for Rapid Communication of Neuroscience Research looked at high-frequency ultrasound exposure and whether it could improve depressive-like behavior in an olfactory bulbectomized rat model of depression. “It is well known that whole-body exposure to high frequency ultrasound increases brain activity in humans,” study author Akiyoshi Saitoh. “However, little is known about its impact and associated mechanisms on emotional states like depression. In the present study, we demonstrated the anti-depressant effects of ultrasound exposure in a rodent model of depression.” [More]

June 28, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

June 28, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Scientific Reports looked at the epidemiology of accelerometer-based sleep parameters in US school-aged children and adults. “The study is about the age, gender and racial distribution of objectively measured sleep parameters in the US population,” study author William V. McCall told us. [More]

June 21, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Could COVID Conspiracy Theories Be Causing An Increase In Depression And Anxiety?

June 21, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Frontiers of Psychiatry looked at whether conspiratorial beliefs about the COVID-19 pandemic post a mental health risk and the relationship between conspiracy thinking and symptoms of anxiety and depression among Polish adults. “My research looks at the relationship between the severity of belief in false information about COVID-19 and the severity of symptoms of anxiety and depression,” study author Pawel Debski told us. [More]

June 7, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Is COVID Resulting In New Psychiatric Diagnoses Months After Infection?

June 7, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study out of Oregon State University looked at the risk of psychiatric diagnoses in the months after a COVID-19 infection. “Previous work during earlier parts of the pandemic reported a high risk of new mental health conditions occurring following COVID infection,” study author Lauren Chan told us. “This study was intended to determine if that risk still exists for patients in the US including patient data until Fall of 2021.” [More]