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August 16, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Reducing Immigrant Stress With Culturally-Tailored Preventative Behavior Intervention

August 16, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study in the works published in the BMJ Open is looking at community-engaged mental health promotion intervention with Bhutanese people resettled in Western Massachusetts. The current research project will be among the first to adapt and pilot test the feasibility and acceptability of a family-based, community-led, culturally tailored, integrated preventative behavior intervention to reduce immigrant stress. The study will lay the basis for a clinical trial with a large, adequately powered sample. If effective, this community-engaged intervention may be applied more widely to other immigrants and the general population. [More]

August 9, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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What's The Long-Term Risk Of Mental Health Crisis After Opioid Tapering?

August 9, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in JAMA looked at the long-term risk of overdose or mental health crisis after opioid dose tapering. “We have published results showing that opioid tapering after long-term stable dosing was associated with overdose and mental health crisis events during a one-year follow-up period,” study author Joshua J. Fenton told us. “We wanted to assess the longer-term outcomes associated with tapering.” [More]

August 2, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Did The Pandemic Affect Substance Use In Youth?

August 2, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Current Psychiatry Reports looked at substance use among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The study investigates the question of whether or not substance use has increased or decreased in the youth population during the pandemic,” study author Hannah M. Layman told us. “There are many reasons why both are possible (for example: increasing due to coping strategies or decreasing due to increased time with family). Our study aimed to analyze existing literature to best answer this question. I personally was unsure of what we might find.” [More]

July 26, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Dogs Reduce Stress Levels In School Children?

July 26, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS ONE looked at whether dogs can reduce stress levels in school children. “Our research is the first to demonstrate the mediating effects of dog-assisted interventions on stress levels in school children over the school term and in both, children with and without special educational needs,” study author Kerstin Meints told us. [More]

June 14, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At COVID-19 Behavioral Affects Among Adolescents

June 14, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new two-year longitudinal study published in the BMJ looked at lifestyle risk behaviors among adolescents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our study focused on the ‘Big 6’ health behaviors among adolescents, being physical activity, diet, sleep, recreational screen time, alcohol use and smoking, given these are key predictors of both short- and long-term health and wellbeing,” lead author Dr. Lauren Gardner from the University of Sydney’s Matilda Centre told us. [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]

February 8, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Does Having A Dog Help You Cope Better During The Pandemic?

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

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A new study published in PLOS One looked at depression, anxiety, and happiness in dog owners and potential dog owners during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. “Our study is about the role dogs may have played on owners’ psychological wellbeing when most of the USA was under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” study author Francois Martin told us. “We wanted to know if dog owners would show less signs of depression and anxiety, and if they would report a greater sense of wellbeing.” [More]

February 1, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Survey Asks Children How They Feel About Climate Change

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

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A new study published in the Lancet Planetary Health Journal looked at a global survey on climate anxiety in children and young people and their beliefs about government responses to climate change. “We know from smaller studies that young people around the world experience climate anxiety and we also know that young people can feel betrayed by those in power who are failing to act on the climate crisis,” study author Elizabeth Marks told us. “However, large scale research was lacking and we wanted to know how widespread these experiences are.” [More]

January 18, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Teen Writes Book About Anxiety For Fellow Teens

January 18, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Carter Weinstein is a freshman at Georgetown University and the author of Conquering Fear: One Teen's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety. Weinstein believes so many teens have anxiety currently because of increasing stress due to the pandemic. “Teens today have an unprecedented amount of stress due to an immense amount of schoolwork, social pressure, and academic competition and college preparation,” Weinstein told us. "Teens are prone to have anxiety already, thus the pandemic (restricting them from seeing their friends, secluding them behind a screen, etc.) has only made matters worse.” [More]