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July 12, 2022
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Does Repeated Exposure To Hurricanes Cause Mental Health Distress?

July 12, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in JAMA looked at the association between repeated exposure to hurricanes and mental health in Florida residents. “Our study sought to examine the relationship between exposure to catastrophic hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and both mental health and functional impairment (e.g., work and social functioning),” study author Dana Rose Garfin told us. [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]

January 11, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Stigma Of Mental Illness

January 11, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in JAMA Network looked at trends in public stigma of mental illness in the United States. “The National Stigma Studies are designed to monitor the cultural climate surrounding mental illness and addiction,” study author Bernice A. Pescosolido told us. “This involves not only what people understand, what they can recognize as a problem, what they might do about it (or advise others to do), but also the prejudice and potential discrimination that individuals, families and certain groups face if they have mental health issues.” [More]

August 24, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Does Being Transgender Put You At Greater Risk For Heart Issues?

August 24, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent scientific statement by the American Heart Association published in the AHA Journal covered the topic of cardiovascular health in people who are transgender and gender diverse. “Our statement is about looking at people's health in the context of the world in which we live,” Writing Committee Chair, Carl G Streed told us. “It's about moving beyond blaming individuals for their health and looking at what is actually causing health disparities." [More]

August 10, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Impulse Buying Behavior

August 10, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS ONE looked at how state-trait interactions in regulatory focus determines impulse buying behavior. “Our study looks at how a basic motivational theory (regulatory focus theory) can be applied to the phenomenon of impulse buying,” study author Anand Krishna told us. “Regulatory focus differentiates between a promotion focus, in which people are motivated by achieving potential gains or growth goals, and a prevention focus, in which people are motivated by avoiding losses or achieving security goals.” [More]

June 8, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Can Rats Tell Us About Cocaine Addiction?

June 8, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Neuropharmacology looked at whether a sensation-seeking trait confers a dormant susceptibility to addiction through intermittent cocaine self-administration in rats. The advantage of studying this phenomenon in rats is that researchers can examine what is different about the brains of high- versus low- sensation-seeking rats. This will help identify new targets for medications designed to treat cocaine use disorder. [More]