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May 3, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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First Study Of Its Kind Looks At Changes In The Brain Over Time Of Young People At High Risk Of Bipolar Disorder

May 3, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry looked at longitudinal changes in structural connectivity in young people at a high genetic risk for bipolar disorder. “Bipolar disorder is characterized by severe and impairing swings of mood, varying from the chaos and impaired judgment of mania to the slowed thinking and suicidal despair of depression,” study author Philip Mitchell told us. “It is a very strongly genetic condition, with close relatives of someone with this condition having ten times the population risk of developing this.” [More]

April 19, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Naps Can Help Preschool Children Learn Their Letters

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

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at the effects of napping on preschool children’s learning of letter-sound mappings. The research was carried out by faculty of the Macquarie University in Australia, the University of Oxford, the University of York and the University of Sheffield. “We know that letter-sound learning is essential for early reading acquisition, so we want to explore factors that may help with learning this skill,” study author Dr. Hua-Chen Wang told us. “Sleep has been found to enhance learning. As such, this study looks at whether there's a nap for learning letter-sound associations.” [More]

April 5, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Missed Work And Alcohol Use Disorder

April 5, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PubMed looked at the association between workplace absenteeism and alcohol use disorder from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. “The goal of our study was to estimate the relationship between lost work time (missed workdays) and alcohol use disorder among full time workers in the US,” study author Laura Bierut told us. “We used a large nationally representative US database to study this issue.” [More]

March 29, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Syrian Refugee Females Reported Higher Stress Than Males According To New Study

March 29, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health looked at the displacement and isolation of Syrian refugees in Texas. “We initiated a study in the Houston-based Syrian refugee population to examine their post-migratory living conditions, trauma susceptibility and resiliency to gain understanding of their physical and mental well-being,” study author Samina Salim told us. Salim is an associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy. [More]

March 22, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Light Exposure Affect Our Health?

March 22, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS Biology looked at recommendations for daytime, evening, and nighttime indoor light exposure to best support physiology, sleep, and wakefulness in healthy adults. “It has been known for some time that our daily patterns of light exposure exert important influences on health and well-being by regulating our internal body clock, cycles of hormone release, night-time sleep and daytime alertness,” study author Timothy Brown told us. [More]

March 15, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Perinatal Mental Illness Rates Tripled During Pandemic

March 15, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study says perinatal mental illness rates have tripled during the pandemic. The study looked at the experiences of 670 women in the U.S. between February and July 2020. The women completed an online survey that contained the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Researchers found that one in three women screened positive for postpartum depression and one in five had major depressive symptoms. [More]