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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]

December 21, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Link Between Stress Hormones And Heart Disease

December 21, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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New research presented at the 59th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting looked at the link between an increased risk of heart disease and stress hormone sensitivity. The study has been published in the Journal of Hormone Research in Paediatrics. “In clinical practice, healthy subjects are characterized by differences in glucocorticoid sensitivity that may influence the therapeutic outcome and any adverse effects of synthetic glucocorticoids,” study author Nicolas C. Nicolaides told us. “Thus, it would be very helpful for clinicians to have a fast and accurate methodology that would enable the classification of individuals based on their tissue sensitivity to glucocorticoids." [More]

October 26, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Study Uses The Hippocampus Of A Mouse To Help Explain Stress In Humans

October 26, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Behavioural Brain Research looked at how chronic vicarious social defeat stress (cVSDS) attenuates newborn neuronal cell survival in a mouse hippocampus. “In the current research, we examined influences of psychological stress on the adult hippocampal neurogenesis, which is assumed to be inseparably connected to the depressive states,” study author Akiyoshi Saitoh told us. [More]

September 30, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Here's Why Stress May Actually Be A Useful Tool Rather Than An Obstacle

September 30, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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You feel it ahead of a big exam. Your stomach churns before a job interview. Your heart races before you board a plane. Stress is something everyone is likely to experience at some point. But stress doesn’t have to be an obstacle. In fact, it can be a useful tool. A recent study from the University of Rochester found that re-evaluating perceptions of stress can improve mental health, wellbeing and ultimately, success. [More]

September 14, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Students' Emotions Tied To Their Achievements?

September 14, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology looked at whether emotional diversity is associated with better student engagement and achievement. “Our study explored whether students who have varied emotional experiences would also be more engaged and achieve better in school,” study author Cherry Frondozo told us. “We adapted a measure of diversity from ecology to examine the link between the diversity of emotional experiences and achievement.” [More]