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March 8, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Important Is Greenspace Around Hospitals When It Comes To The Health Of Patients?

March 8, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Health Environments Research and Design Journal looked at hospital greenspaces and the impacts on wayfinding and spatial experience. The study was an explorative experiment using immersive virtual environment techniques. “The study compares people’s performances and spatial experiences during hospital wayfinding in two scenarios: the virtual hospital with window views of nature and greenspaces, and the virtual hospital without window views,” study author Shan Jiang told us. [More]

March 1, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Shows Mental Health Is A Stronger Predictor Of Dementia Than Physical Health

March 1, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in JAMA looked at longitudinal associations of mental disorders with dementia, a 30-year analysis of 1.7 million New Zealand citizens. “This study is about links between mental health and dementia,” study author Barry J. Milne told us. “We wanted to investigate whether there are associations between a range of mental health disorders and subsequent dementia, and whether associations are apparent for both early- and late-onset dementia.” [More]

January 26, 2022
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Stigma Towards Depression Decreases, But Stigma Towards Alcohol Dependence On The Rise

January 26, 2022 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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For the first time since nation-wide data has been recorded, stigma towards those with depression has dropped significantly. A study from Indiana University found that stigma associated with depression has dropped to a record low, but stigma surrounding other mental illnesses has either remained the same, or increased. [More]

December 16, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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US Suicide Rate Falls During Pandemic

December 16, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Despite global upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic, suicide rates in the United States fell during 2020. The downward trend in suicide rates mirrors what occurred in the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918-1920. But researchers are warning that challenges still remain in addressing the impacts of COVID-19 among disadvantaged communities. [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]

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]