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August 17, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?

August 17, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology looked at sex differences in specific aspects of two animal tests of anxiety-like behavior. “We studied male and female rodent models to better understand sex differences in biological responses related to anxiety,” study author Thatiane De Oliveira Sergio told us. “We used procedures that let us measure a lot of different aspects of the anxiety behavior.” [More]

August 3, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Methods Of Relaxation To Reduce Stress For Healthcare Workers

August 3, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Occupational Health looked at physical relaxation for occupational stress in healthcare workers in a systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. "Our study evaluates various physical methods of relaxation (yoga, massage therapy, progressive muscle relaxation, and stretching exercises) on their effectiveness in reducing work-related stress in healthcare workers,” study author Michael Zhang told us. [More]

May 31, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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COVID-19 Negatively Impacts Mental Health Of Residents And Staff Of Nursing Homes

May 31, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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COVID-19 has had a significant mental health impact on both residents and staff members in aged care facilities. Research published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found those working or residing in aged care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing high levels of stress and negative mental health impacts. [More]

May 14, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Avoiding All Stress Isn’t a Good Idea

May 14, 2021 08:07 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent article on APA PsycNet examined how we regulate stress responses. The authors found that “ altering second-level valuation systems—shifting the valuation of stress from “is bad for me” to “can be good for me”—fundamentally changes the overarching goal of stress regulation from reducing stress to optimizing stress responses to achieve valued goals.” However, we live in a culture that tends to view all stress as negative. Can we change the narrative about stress? [More]

March 23, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Maternal Stress and Preterm Birth

March 23, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, looked at how maternal stress triggers preterm birth. “Our study focused on uncovering the cellular mechanisms underlying preterm birth triggered by maternal stress,” study lead author and co-principal investigator, Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli told us. [More]

February 16, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Increasing Suffering Of People With Serious Psychological Distress

February 16, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published the Journal of Preventative Medicine looked at psychological distress in the United States before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first longitudinal study of psychological distress during the pandemic in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, serious psychological distress includes mental health problems severe enough to require treatment and cause moderate to serious impairment in one’s daily life in the areas of schooling, social relationships, and work environments. [More]