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November 2, 2020
by Kimberly Lucey

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Meditation and Yoga May Reduce Chronic Pain

November 2, 2020 05:25 by Kimberly Lucey  [About the Author]

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Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, a condition that has contributed to the opioid epidemic in the United States for the past three decades, costing the country billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives. Now, a groundbreaking new study is showing yoga, meditation, and other forms of mindfulness-based stress reductions may help patients manage that pain. [More]

May 12, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Scientific Pursuit Of Human Consciousness

May 12, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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For centuries, spiritual gurus and scientists alike have been trying to answer the age old question of human consciousness: What is it? Where is it? Does it even exist? Now, a team of scientific researchers from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have discovered what they believe could be the area of the brain involved in generating consciousness. The study, titled: The claustrum coordinates cortical slow-wave activity, was published in the Journal of Nature Neuroscience. Researchers set out to elucidate the function of a mysterious brain region called the claustrum. [More]

April 21, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can You Improve Your Mental Health By Eating Healthier?

April 21, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent review published in the Journal of European Neuropsychopharmacology looked at nutritional psychiatry and whether mental health can be improved by what you eat. The popular press often provide advice to the general public about recommendations on how to improve one’s mental health by changing what we eat – specific diets, supplements or foods. A group of researchers wanted to set the record straight and explain in an informed balanced manner, the actual data behind common claims and misconceptions. [More]

April 3, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Up to Two-Thirds of Mentally Ill Inmates Could be Released

April 3, 2020 07:30 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A new report by RAND showed that Los Angeles county could potentially divert up to two-thirds of their mentally ill inmates out of jails and into community-based treatment services. Diversion programs benefit individuals by giving them patient centered care while easing the burden on the jail system. But an increase in people with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system and the shortage of beds in outside mental health facilities make this a tough transition. [More]

February 11, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can An Apple A Day Keep Depression Away?

February 11, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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You are what you eat or so the saying goes. But is it true? A new review published in the Journal of European Neuropsychopharmacology looked at nutritional psychiatry and what the research says about mental health and the food we consume. While there is data that shows an association between mental health and nutrition, research is lacking when it comes to causality. [More]

December 27, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Predicting Loneliness with FitBit Data

December 27, 2019 14:55 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study in JMIR found that data from Fitbit and smartphone devices could help identify college students experiencing loneliness. The results suggest “fine-grained behavioral features” from mobile and wearable devices can distinguish between high and low levels of loneliness. Students [More]

November 1, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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An Alternative Approach to Gender Identity Conversion Therapy

November 1, 2019 08:09 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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In a recent survey of 27,715 transgender adults in JAMA Psychiatry, gender identity conversion efforts (GICE) were associated with higher odds of attempted suicide and severe psychological distress. Many jurisdictions ban this practice and several professional organizations oppose it because they recognize the adverse mental health outcomes seen in those who experienced these efforts. [More]