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April 30, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Benefits Of Brain-Gut Photobiomodulation

April 30, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders looked at how brain–gut photobiomodulation restores cognitive alterations in chronically stressed mice through the regulation of Sirt1 and neuroinflammation. “The study deals with how photobiomodulation using multiple modes of emission (Laser diode, IR LED and Red LED) in different tissues at the same time (gut-brain) exerts beneficial effects in a model of depression induced by chronic stress,” study author Albert Giralt Torroella told us. [More]

January 31, 2024
by Elizabeth Pratt

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People Recall Moments After A Distressing Event Better Than What Happens Before

January 31, 2024 23:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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People remember moments immediately after a distressing episode with more clarity than the moment preceding the distressing event. Research investigating memory and trauma published in Cognition and Emotion could help inform the approach to treating PTSD, assist clinicians in combating memory loss in Alzheimer’s and even improve evaluation of eyewitness testimonies. [More]

January 30, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Did The Pandemic Affect Women's Decisions On Pregnancy?

January 30, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in BMC Public Health looked at married women’s decisions to delay childbearing, as well as loneliness, severe psychological distress, and suicidal ideation under crisis during the pandemic. “This study intended to find out how pregnancy decisions affect the well-being of women,” study author Midori Matsushima told us. “We used the COVID-19 pandemic as a natural experiment that affected the population as a whole.” [More]

January 2, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Much Do The Holidays Stress You Out? A Lot According To A New Survey

January 2, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new survey was recently released by the American Heart Association regarding health habits during the holidays. The survey found that nearly 80 per cent of people overlook their health needs during the holidays. “The survey is about the general trends and attitudes U.S. adults have about stress during the holiday season,” Dr. Glenn Levine told us. Dr. Levine is a volunteer medical expert from the American Heart Association. [More]

December 19, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Case For Screening Black Pregnant People For Depression, Anxiety, and Stress

December 19, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PubMed looked at the case for screening and evidence-based intervention in pregnant Black people to detect depression, anxiety, and stress. “As part of a larger randomized clinical trial to determine whether a newly created cognitive-behavioral skills building intervention is effective in improving the mental health of pregnant people of color, we screened Black pregnant women for anxiety, depression, and stress,” study author Susan Gennaro RN, PhD, FAAN told us. [More]

November 28, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Does Bullying Cause Headaches In Teens?

November 28, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Neurology looked at the association between peer victimization, gender diversity, mental health, and recurrent headaches in adolescents. “In this study, we wanted to try and understand if bullying and being gender diverse are associated with frequent headaches in teens,” study author Serena L. Orr told us. “Although some past studies have looked at the relationship between bullying and headaches, they have not adequately controlled for other risk factors associated with both of these, including mental health, age, and sex." [More]

November 14, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Do Certain American Neighborhoods Cause Black Teens More Stress?

November 14, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Youth and Society looked at the influence of the neighborhood environment on stress among Black American adolescents. “My study uses this scoping review method to explore what is known about various aspects of the neighborhood environment and how these aspects contribute to stress among Black children and youth aged 10-18 years old. We were hoping to identify specific characteristics of the neighborhood environment and home in on how these characteristics have contributed to stressors among Black children and youth – with the goal of brainstorming some strategies for resolving this relationship," study author Dr. Melissa L. Villodas told us. [More]

November 7, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Stereotypes of Adolescents

November 7, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development Perspectives looked at the stereotypes of adolescents including the cultural differences, consequences, and intervention. “My study focuses on synthesizing recent research concerning stereotypes of adolescence,” study author Yang Qu told us. “I employ an interdisciplinary approach, combining developmental psychology, cultural psychology, and neuroscience to explore this topic comprehensively.” [More]

October 10, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Delves Into Brain Synapses And Childhood Mental Health

October 10, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Immunity looked whether there was a potential link between early life stress and the onset of mental disorders. “Individuals who suffer childhood abuse/neglect are much more likely to develop mental diseases, including depression and schizophrenia,” study author Wok-Suk Chung told us. “Additionally, stress has been shown to elicit a decrease in the number of excitatory synaptic connections in the brain and impair their functions. However, the underlying mechanism by which early life stress induces synaptic and behavioral symptoms later in life have been unclear.” [More]