A third of kids develop a mental health problem after concussion — ScienceDaily


A third of children and adolescents develop a mental health problem after a concussion, which could persist for several years post-injury, according to a new literature review. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found mental health should be evaluated as part of […]

Wearable glucose monitors shed light on progression of Type 2 diabetes in Hispanic adults — ScienceDaily


In one of the first studies of its kind, medical and engineering researchers have shown wearable devices that continuously monitor blood sugar provide new insights into the progression of Type 2 diabetes among at-risk Hispanic/Latino adults. The findings by researchers from Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) and Rice University are available online this week in […]

Air pollution in the UK is at its LOWEST since records began


Air pollution in the UK is at the lowest since records began, according to official Government statistics.  Three of the most problematic pollutants — nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) — dropped to all-time low levels last year due to lockdown. These pollutants are spewed out in high levels by engines, industry, […]

Mental health suffered for 25% of Chicago kids amid Zoom school


Americans kids’ mental health suffered during pandemic ‘Zoom school,’ with a quarter of children becoming stressed, anxious and angry, a survey of caregivers in Chicago found.  A third of children and teens were lonely, and only a third of students had ‘positive’ peer relationships while confined to interacting with them through screens, caregivers said in […]

Hooked on the ANXIETY pills experts are calling the new VALIUM


Sharon Davies has a simple message for anyone whose GP recommends they start taking the drug pregabalin to deal with anxiety. ‘Don’t,’ she says. ‘Please, just don’t.’ During the two years she spent on the drug, Sharon experienced a range of ‘unbearable’ side-effects, including dizzy spells, mental ‘fuzziness’ and extreme weight gain. Then, in July […]

At least 1,500 people complain that they developed ringing in the ears after their vaccine 


Half the UK population has now had at least one jab against Covid-19 and Public Health England says the vaccines have already saved at least 6,000 lives and stopped many becoming ill. But for all its success, the rollout has raised questions about rare but serious side-effects. The one that’s caught the public eye is the […]

Research shows consuming prebiotic supplements once a day has a positive impact on anxiety levels — ScienceDaily


In a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Surrey investigated whether the daily consumption of a prebiotic food supplement could improve overall wellbeing in a group of 18 to 25 year-olds. The study found that those who received a daily dose of prebiotics improved mental wellbeing by reducing anxiety levels and had […]

the best time trade-offs for children’s health — ScienceDaily


More sleep could offset children’s excess indulgence over the school holidays as new research from the University of South Australia shows that the same decline in body mass index may be achieved by either extra sleep or extra exercise. The striking new finding is part of a study that shows how children can achieve equivalent […]

Risk factor is equivalent to lead exposure, study finds — ScienceDaily


A multidecade study of young adults living in the United Kingdom has found higher rates of mental illness symptoms among those exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants, particularly nitrogen oxides, during childhood and adolescence. Previous studies have identified a link between air pollution and the risk of specific mental disorders, including depression and […]

‘Fat genes that raise the risk of having an eating disorder 


Shocking figures show more than 1.2 million people in the UK are estimated to have an eating disorder, and hospital admissions for those severely affected have risen by more than a third in recent years. Meanwhile, Britain’s leading eating disorder charity, Beat, has reported an 80 per cent surge in calls to its helpline since […]

Study finds green spaces linked to lower racial disparity in COVID infection rates, study finds — ScienceDaily


A higher ratio of green spaces at the county level is associated with a lower racial disparity in coronavirus infection rates, according to a new study. It is the first study to report the significant relationship between the supply of green spaces and reduced disparity in infectious disease rates. The research team included William Sullivan, […]

How safe is it to take Roaccutane?


In December 2003, 22-year-old Jon Medland, from Devon, grew irritated by a collection of angry, red pimples decorating his shoulder blades. Topical creams, prescribed by his dermatologist, added to the annoyance, staining his towels and bed sheets. Worse still, they didn’t work. Eventually, Jon decided to opt for a stronger treatment and asked for a prescription […]

HEALTH NOTES: Surfing the web comes of age in lockdown


HEALTH NOTES: Surfing the web comes of age in lockdown as study finds it boosts mental health of older people By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:01 EDT, 24 April 2021 | Updated: 17:01 EDT, 24 April 2021 Surfing the web boosted the mental health of older people during lockdown. A University of Surrey study found […]

Over 20,000 children fell off the school register


More than 75,000 children are being home schooled this year with over 20,000 children falling off the school roll amid the Covid pandemic.  An estimated 75,668 children and young people are being home educated across England, according to figures gathered on the first school census day of the 2020/21 academic year. This represents an increase of […]

Major study details numerous long-term effects of COVID-19, pointing to massive health burden — ScienceDaily


As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, it has become clear that many survivors — even those who had mild cases — continue to manage a variety of health problems long after the initial infection should have resolved. In what is believed to be the largest comprehensive study of long COVID-19 to date, researchers at Washington […]

Why climate change is driving some to skip having kids — ScienceDaily


When deciding whether to have children, there are many factors to consider: finances, support systems, personal values. For a growing number of people, climate change is also being added to the list of considerations, says a University of Arizona researcher. Sabrina Helm, an associate professor in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in […]

No bounce back for declines in positive emotion — ScienceDaily


Astronauts who spend extended time in space face stressors such as isolation, confinement, lack of privacy, altered light-dark cycles, monotony and separation from family. Interestingly, so do people who work at international research stations in Antarctica, where the extreme environment is characterized by numerous stressors that mirror those present during long-duration space exploration. To better […]

Role of physical, mental health in cognitive impairment — ScienceDaily


A recent study suggests that preserving physical and mental health helps older adults experiencing cognitive impairment stave off declines in cognitive engagement. “We found that declines in physical and mental health were associated with more pronounced cognitive disengagement,” says Shevaun Neupert, corresponding author of the study and a professor of psychology at North Carolina State […]

Is social media use a potentially addictive behavior? Maybe not — ScienceDaily


Frequent use of social media may not amount to the same as addiction, according to research at the University of Strathclyde. The study invited 100 participants to locate specific social media apps on a simulated smartphone screen as quickly and accurately as possible, while ignoring other apps. The participants were varied in the extent and […]

Coronavirus: Lockdown did NOT cause a spike in suicides in England, study finds


England’s first coronavirus lockdown did not lead to a rise in suicides, a study has claimed.   A team of researchers at Manchester University examined official suicide rates in England throughout 2020 and found there was no change in the trend.  They say people may have got through the tough year by checking in with family and […]

Author HORATIO CLARE describes the truth of being sectioned


Those whom the Gods would destroy, the old saying goes, they first make mad. But it wasn’t the Gods who drove me to madness and destruction. It was me, writes Horatio Clare Those whom the Gods would destroy, the old saying goes, they first make mad. But it wasn’t the Gods who drove me to […]

Can financial stress lead to physical pain in later years? Researchers found that early stress can have an impact decades later — ScienceDaily


Financial stress can have an immediate impact on well-being, but can it lead to physical pain nearly 30 years later? The answer is yes, according to new research from University of Georgia scientists. The study, published in Stress & Health, reveals that family financial stress in midlife is associated with a depleted sense of control, […]

Hospitals’ FIVE-YEAR backlog: NHS trusts demand cash and staff


It will take five years for some hospitals to catch up with the backlog of patient care caused by the pandemic, NHS trusts warned yesterday. It is the worst backlog for 20 years, according to NHS Providers, which represents NHS hospitals and mental health, community and ambulance services in England. The worst-hit trusts in England […]

How Big Brother star was released from hospital 12 hours before she died weighing less than 31kg


Tragic Big Brother star Nikki Grahame was the victim of a series of care failures that led to her ‘entirely avoidable’ death from anorexia, those closest to the 38-year-old have claimed. They have also revealed Nikki’s ‘desperate struggle’ to get treatment over the last six months, during which time she was discharged from hospital twice […]

‘Safe’ Z-drug sleeping tablets given to MILLIONS each year are as addictive as Valium


Zopiclone is the so-called ‘safer’ sleeping pill dished out by doctors to millions of Britons each year.  When it was launched in the 1990s, it was touted as a user-friendly alternative to older and notoriously addictive tranquillisers. And in the short-term, zopiclone causes few problems. Indeed, it can be a lifeline to those battling the […]

The NHS failings that cost Nikki Grahame her life


Tragic Big Brother star Nikki Grahame was the victim of a series of NHS care failures that led to her ‘entirely avoidable’ death from anorexia, those closest to the 38-year-old have claimed. They have also revealed Nikki’s ‘desperate struggle’ to get treatment over the last six months, during which time she was discharged from hospital […]

How to gain a sense of well-being, free and online — ScienceDaily


In 2018, when Professor Laurie Santos introduced her course “Psychology and the Good Life,” a class on the science of happiness, it became the most popular in the history of Yale, attracting more than 1,200 undergraduate enrollees that first semester. An online course based on those teachings became a global phenomenon. By latest count, 3.38 […]

Genetic predisposition to schizophrenia may increase risk of psychosis from cannabis use — ScienceDaily


It has been long been known that cannabis users develop psychosis more often than non-users, but what is still not fully clear is whether cannabis actually causes psychosis and, if so, who is most at risk. A new study published in Translational Psychiatry by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and […]

Trendy ‘mindfulness’ programmes can make you more SELFISH, study finds


Trendy ‘mindfulness’ programmes can make you more SELFISH: Meditation increases egotistical behaviours for independent people, study finds Researchers studied how independence altered the response to mindfulness   The practice triggers increased selfishness in independent people It has the opposite effect on team players and leads to more altruistic behaviour   By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline Published: 07:23 EDT, 15 April […]

Fewer Britons are sticking to 10-day self-isolation following a positive test result, survey finds


Fewer Covid-infected Britons are sticking to the 10-day self-isolation rules than two months ago, an official survey suggests. The Office for National Statistics found 82 per cent of those questioned who tested positive said they followed the mandatory quarantine in the six days to March 13.  For comparison, the figure in early February — when […]

ER visits for suicidal behavior declined during the first 8 months of pandemic, Michigan study finds — ScienceDaily


While people may expect suicide rates to rise during a worldwide crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a University of Michigan study suggests the onset of the pandemic and state of emergency executive orders likely did not increase suicide-related behavior in the early months of the outbreak. The report, led by U-M researchers Rachel Bergmans […]

People want to improve mental health by exercising, but stress and anxiety get in the way — ScienceDaily


New research from McMaster University suggests the pandemic has created a paradox where mental health has become both a motivator for and a barrier to physical activity. People want to be active to improve their mental health but find it difficult to exercise due to stress and anxiety, say the researchers who surveyed more than […]

Practicing ‘mindfulness’ in summer camp benefits campers and counselors alike — ScienceDaily


With summer around the corner, a project shows how implementing an evidence-based mindfulness program in a summer camp setting decreases emotional distress in school age children and empowers campers and counselors alike — enhancing camper-counselor relationships. Mindfulness — a state of consciousness that fosters awareness — has the potential to help regulate emotions and behaviors. […]

COVID-19 pandemic may have increased mental health issues within families — ScienceDaily


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, many families found themselves suddenly isolated together at home. A year later, new research has linked this period with a variety of large, detrimental effects on individuals’ and families’ well-being and functioning. The study — led by Penn State researchers — found that in the first months […]

Covid Canada: Outbreak of Brazilian variant defies even strict quarantine hotels


An explosion of cases of the Brazilian coronavirus variant in Canada shows how even strict quarantine hotels cannot completely block troubling strains from crossing borders, experts warned today.  Scientists told MailOnline it was ‘inevitable’ when dealing with highly infectious new variants that they find a way to ‘leak’ out of the isolation scheme – which is […]

Spit samples uncover genetic risk factors for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder — ScienceDaily


Researchers at the University of Calgary and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), in Toronto, have discovered genetic risk factors for OCD that could help pave the way for earlier diagnosis and improved treatment for children and youth. “Our group made the first finding of a genome-wide significant risk gene relevant to childhood OCD,” says […]

Experts are worried that using the Body Mass Index is not a fat lot of good 


During a year of grim statistics, it was one of the grimmest. Launching its £10 million anti-obesity strategy last summer, Public Health England (PHE) warned that being severely obese could increase the chance of death in those who caught Covid-19 by up to 90 per cent. Shedding excess pounds, PHE advised, was one of most […]

Spanking may affect the brain development of a child — ScienceDaily


Spanking may affect a child’s brain development in similar ways to more severe forms of violence, according to a new study led by Harvard researchers. The research, published recently in the journal Child Development, builds on existing studies that show heightened activity in certain regions of the brains of children who experience abuse in response […]

Study shows a slight increase in eating disorders, one of the deadliest psychiatric health concerns — ScienceDaily


A new probe into the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed correlations to six unhealthy eating behaviors, according to a study by the University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. Researchers say the most concerning finding indicates a slight increase or the re-emergence of eating disorders, which kill roughly 10,200 people […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: It’s official: If you’re over 60, you’re HAPPIER than ever! 


What is happiness? It’s one of those questions that’s vexed great minds down the ages, including the Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz, who famously said: ‘Happiness is a warm puppy.’ I hate to contradict one of my favourite philosophers but, thanks to the World Happiness Report, produced every March by the United Nations Development Network, […]

DR MAX PEMBERTON: Line of Duty’s pill popping plot rings scarily true


Along with millions of others, I have been gripped by the latest series of Line Of Duty. Yet while storylines in the hit TV show often stretch cred- ulity, there’s one part that rings horrifyingly true: Detective Inspector Steve Arnott, one of the main characters, is addicted to prescription painkillers. His battle with these medicines […]

EVE SIMMONS: Are these fitness influencer poses the best way to encourage young girls to exercise?


Browsing Amanda Finnie’s Instagram page, I’m not quite sure where to look. In one video, she is posing in a pair of mini-avocado print knickers – and little else. She turns around to give viewers a close-up of her perfectly rounded, exposed buttock which remains on screen for ten seconds. Finnie is an athlete, according […]

Health remedies by Royal appointment: Harry’s ring to improve sleep and Kate’s bug-resistant gloves


Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen wear gloves from Cornelia James, some of which are made from fabric treated with an anti-microbial coating called HeiQ Viroblock Cornelia James Imogen Gloves are seen above We all have our favourite products we rely on for our health needs — and the Royal Family is no […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Stand on one leg to brush your teeth!


My son Daniel revels in it, but for me, that daily shower — or rather, the 40-second blast of pure cold water at the end — is something I rather dread. Of course, the discomfort is momentary, and afterwards I feel alert and ready for the day.  This is one of ten really simple things, […]

Matt Hancock insists UK on track to hit July vaccination target


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE RARE BLOOD CLOTS LINKED TO ASTRAZENECA’S VACCINE?  Only Britons who suffer one of the below symptoms four days post-vaccination need to contact their doctor.  Shortness of breath Chest pain Swollen leg Persistent stomach pain Severe headache Blurred vision Skin bruising beyond the site of injection   Matt Hancock today warned […]

Study in mice shows lasting effects of early-life habits — ScienceDaily


Exercise and a healthy diet in childhood leads to adults with bigger brains and lower levels of anxiety, according to new UC Riverside research in mice. Though diet and exercise are consistently recommended as ways to promote health, this study is the first to examine the long-lasting, combined effects of both factors when they are […]

Doctors eye new drug that could end the monthly agony for women with endometriosis


For tens of thousands of women, a diagnosis of endometriosis means a life of debilitating pain. Despite it affecting one woman in ten in the UK, from teenagers through to middle age, treatment options remain limited.  There is no cure and the available treatments often have significant side-effects, affecting fertility, for example, because they contain […]

Teen reveals she was sectioned and almost died because of an addiction to EXERCISE 


A teenager has revealed how she was sectioned and almost died because of an addiction to exercise. Lisa Fouweather, 19, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was so addicted to working out she ran half marathons before breakfast and hid in the toilet to jog on the spot. She initially hoped to improve her running personal bests […]

Late night snacks may hurt your workplace performance, study finds — ScienceDaily


A recent study finds that unhealthy eating behaviors at night can make people less helpful and more withdrawn the next day at work. “For the first time, we have shown that healthy eating immediately affects our workplace behaviors and performance,” says Seonghee “Sophia” Cho, corresponding author of the study and an assistant professor of psychology […]

My sister was a devoted doctor… but I couldn’t help her heal herself


‘I was 18 months older but my cheeky little sister was the leader,’ says Esther, who is now 31. ‘She was confident and fiercely intelligent, with a smile that lit up a room’. Esther is pictured left while Rebecca is pictured right As children, Esther and Rebecca Marshall were often mistaken for twins.  ‘I was […]

Study finds pandemic lockdowns hit women, black, Hispanic and poor Americans hardest


Pandemic lockdowns hit women, black, Hispanic and poor Americans hardest because they were most likely to lose their jobs, be unable to afford food and suffer mental health problems, study finds Researchers looked at outcomes related to to the COVID-19 pandemic including unemployment; food insufficiency; and default on last month’s rent or mortgage For every 10% […]

For Black runners, every stride comes with a fear they can’t outrun


He wears a brightly colored wool hat in the winter, fearing a dark one could get him mistaken for a ski mask-donning attacker. He throws on a reflective vest to make it clear he’s a runner and not a loiterer. When he sees police officers, he waves emphatically so they can remember him as a […]

Prince Harry says he left royal life because the UK press was ‘destroying’ his mental health


In a rare one-on-one interview in which he discussed the pressures of royal life and his move away from London, Harry told “The Late Late Show” host James Corden that he decided he needed to “get (his) family out of here” and that he preferred the depiction of royal life seen on Netflix show “The […]

The week in 43 photos


Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines


How long will immunity last after getting a Covid-19 vaccine? Vaccine transmission treatment & prevention work/life family What are the side effects of the vaccines? Some vaccine trial volunteers have reported feeling flu-like effects after getting the shots. Don’t freak out if this happens to you, health experts say. “These are immune responses, so if […]

Traumatized and tired, nurses are quitting due to the pandemic


For 10 of her 12 years in nursing, Ellsworth was an indefatigable intensive care nurse. The work energized her, and she felt privileged to witness some of the most important moments of people’s lives, when their worlds shifted for better or worse. Though she did all she could to save them, she also found purpose […]

Family estrangement: Why rifts happen and how to cope with them


McGregor, and the people who write to her, are not alone in their rifts with family members. It’s something they have in common with millions of people. Over a quarter of adults responding to a US survey by the Cornell Family Reconciliation Project reported being estranged from a family member. The representational survey, which is […]

Daniel Prude: Protesters gather in Rochester streets after announcement that no police officers will be charged


Prude, a 41-year-old Black man was having a mental health episode on March 23 when officers handcuffed him, covered his head with a “spit sock” and held him on the ground in a prone position. Prude was taken to a hospital, declared brain dead and died a week later. The protesters, some holding “Black Lives […]

Grand jury votes not to indict officers in Rochester death of Daniel Prude


“Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis and what he needed was compassion, care, and help from trained professionals. Tragically, he received none of those things,” James said in a statement. “We concluded that there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude’s death to warrant presenting the case to a grand jury, […]

Pandemic stress is causing paranoia


“What do you need it for? What are you going to do with it?” my colleague asked me, Zoom eyes wide with fear. “Whoa there,” I wanted to say. There was no need to get concerned. I had simply asked a coworker for a straightforward piece of information that in normal times would have evoked […]

‘Try to honor the loss:’ Why CNN aired a national memorial service for 500,000 lives lost from Covid-19


More than 500,000 Americans dead from Covid. More than 500,000 lives cut short by a pandemic the rest of us will never forget. Journalists are stretching for words and illustrations and imagery to meet the magnitude of the moment. As NPR’s Pien Huang wrote Monday, “Losing half a million lives to this disease was unimaginable […]

How to celebrate Black History Month


Right now, all over the United States, Black families are teaching the next generation of Black youth with intention and care. Black History Month is a time to consciously center and celebrate Black empowerment and achievements, as well as the legacies of strength and struggle against racism. It’s a time to honor the whole of […]

Opinion: Ted Cruz isn’t the only issue in Texas


Nearly a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began bringing death, disease and economic distress to millions of households. But the disaster hasn’t come alone — a host of others have struck the US in the past 12 months. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record for the number of major storms, forcing meteorologists to dip […]

Why Britain’s anti-immigration politicians are opening the doors to thousands of Hong Kongers


Full of bravado and often clad in black, the 21-year-old oversaw a group of 60 combative front-liners who embraced confrontational tactics against the police while demanding greater democracy in the former British colony. Today, he is applying for asylum in the United Kingdom, and separated from his family in Hong Kong where he feels he […]

Orange County Sheriff’s Department releases video from fatal shooting in San Clemente


One of the two deputies involved in the street stop shot 42-year-old Kurt Reinhold after the other deputy shouted, “he’s got my gun.” The deputies were assigned to the department’s Homeless Outreach Team and confronted Reinhold after at least one of the officers believe he jaywalked. The sheriff’s department, in releasing new video, said it […]

How to help and get help


Arts and culture How to give American Guild of Musical Arts Relief Fund: The AGMA is a labor union that represents artists involved in America’s operatic, choral and dance heritages. Their relief fund will support members who have lost opportunities and income during the coronavirus crisis. Broadway Cares: This non-profit helps vulnerable people in the […]

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ isn’t the only must-watch this Black History Month


Amid America’s reckoning on race, streaming platforms are putting Black storytelling front and center. And it’s not just your typical historical aspak like the hit “Roots” or “Selma.” So if there is one change you can make in your streaming selections this year, be intentional in seeking out both the stories of systemic racism and […]

Coping with chronic disease: Q&A with Tessa Miller


Over the next several years, Miller tried dozens of medications, was hospitalized more times than she can remember and required three fecal transplants. She visited gastroenterologists, allergists, oncologists, pain medicine specialists, endocrinologists, gynecologists and neurologists. Her ultimate diagnosis of Crohn’s disease finally explained the “inflammation, ulceration, bleeding, fissures, abscesses, intestinal narrowing and all kinds of […]

Oculus Quest 2 games for exercise: How to get started


(CNN) —   I’m the furthest thing from a “fitness person” there is, and other than a few miles of dog walks per day, I’ve been finding it hard to motivate myself to get moving — especially in the dead of winter and amidst a global pandemic. But for the past few weeks, I’ve been […]

Ankthi dhe depresioni , shumë më të shfaqura gjatë kohës së pandemisë tek adoleshentët


Ne e kemi kuptuar prej kohësh se mjedisi shkollor luan një rol kompleks në zhvillimin e fëmijës. Por pandemia e ka bërë të qartë edhe më shumë se sa vendimtar mund të jetë ai rol për mirëqenien e një fëmije. Në fakt, disa shkolla në Las Vegas po bëjnë presion për të rihapur, pjesërisht, për […]

Amid the verbal barbs, Macron and Turkey’s Erdogan may be ideal foes


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 19:04 Relations between Turkey and France sank to new lows this week as the countries’ heads of state engaged in the latest bout of vitriol that had all the colour and spectacle of a ringside sport. French President Emmanuel Macron has been caught up in a series of verbal spats with […]

ER visits, long waits climb for kids in mental health crisis


When children and teens are overwhelmed with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm, they often wait days in emergency rooms because there aren’t enough psychiatric beds. The problem has only grown worse during the pandemic, reports from parents and professionals suggest. With schools closed, routines disrupted and parents anxious over lost income or uncertain futures, […]

The Swiss Cheese Model of Pandemic Defense


Q. What have we learned since March? A. Distance is the most effective intervention; the virus doesn’t have legs, so if you are physically distant from people, you avoid direct contact and droplets. Then you have to consider inside spaces, which are especially in play during winter or in hotter countries during summer: the bus, […]

Cliff Joseph, Artist, Activist and Therapist, Dies at 98


Cliff Joseph, an artist raised in Harlem who in the 1960s and ’70s led protests against major New York museums to advocate for the inclusion of Black artists, and who later pioneered the practice of multiculturalism in the field of art therapy, died on Nov. 8 in a hospital in Chicago. He was 98. His […]

Many of us are stress eating because of the pandemic.


The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted everyday life, isolated people from friends and family, and spawned an economic crisis. On top of all that, it has also affected people’s mental and physical health. A global survey conducted earlier this year confirms what many have already experienced firsthand: The virus and resulting lockdowns led to dramatic changes […]

Gen Z teens dieting and worrying about weight more than previous generations


Teenagers who dieted and thought they were overweight had greater symptoms of depression than those in previous generations. Credit: dotshock/ Shutterstock The proportion of teenagers who are overweight or obese has risen over the past 30 years. In parallel, there has been an increase in societal focus on weight loss and dieting—namely in the form […]

Remembering Giscard d’Estaing, fighting to ski despite Covid-19 & decoding ‘The Crown’


After France lost former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing to Covid-19 at 94 on Wed., FRANCE 24 took a look back at the “modernist” ex-leader’s life and times. This week, France dropped a controversial measure to curb the filming of police on duty, outlined its vaccine plan and weathered skiers’ dismay at slopes shuttered during the pandemic. […]

Pandemic is driving U.S. surge in cardiac arrests tied to overdose


(HealthDay)—Blame it on the pandemic: For people struggling with drug addiction, 2020 has triggered a big rise in emergency room visits for cardiac arrest tied to drug overdoses, new research shows. The finding was based on data involving 80% of emergency medical services (EMS) “activations” across the United States. It showed “a large-magnitude, national surge […]

Building Emotional Safety Nets for Men


Many boys and men I interviewed for my book assured me they didn’t need support networks, because they had a close friend or two in whom they confided. What these boys and men ultimately sought from male friends wasn’t emotional support; they used what I call “targeted transparency” for solutions to the few, carefully vetted […]

Nine years on, the psychological effects of the Syrian war on school children in Damascus


Almost a decade of civil and military unrest has left Syrian children mentally scarred, angry and traumatized, according to new research. In the largest such survey yet carried out, researchers questioned more than 1,300 secondary school children in the Syrian capital, Damascus, about the impact that nine years of exposure to the conflict has had. […]

Lockdown: Auswirkungen auf Hund & Katz‘


Die Lockdown-Maßnahmen während der COVID-19-Pandemie wirken sich nicht nur auf Menschen aus, sondern beeinflussen auch das Verhalten von Kleintieren wie Hunde und Katzen. Durch die Reduktion von Sozialkontakten ist für viele Menschen der Kontakt zum eigenen Haustier wichtiger denn je. Doch wie ergeht es den Tieren dabei? Wie die Vierbeiner mit den Veränderungen und Einschränkungen […]

Drinking blocks a chemical that promotes attention


Martin Paukert, M.D., of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is studying astroglia cells and how they interact with neurons in the brain. Credit: UT Health San Antonio In a new paper, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science […]

How are older adults coping with the mental health effects of COVID-19?


McLean researchers indicate that older adults may be withstanding the mental health strains of the COVID-19 pandemic better than other age groups. Credit: McLean Hospital Older adults are especially vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic—with higher risks of severe complications and death, and potentially greater difficulties accessing care and adapting to technologies such […]

Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizer can kill, warns analysis of coroners’ reports


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitiser can kill, warns an analysis of two such deaths identified in coroners’ reports, and published in the journal BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. But the public is largely unaware of the potential safety hazards of this form of hand hygiene, which has become commonplace in homes, hospitals, schools, […]

COVID-19 may deepen depression, anxiety, and PTSD among pregnant and postpartum women


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Though childbirth is often anticipated with optimism and enthusiasm, approximately 10 to 20 percent of pregnant individuals also experience mental health challenges during the weeks immediately before and after birth. Depression, anxiety and trauma-related disorders can all be exacerbated by increased stress related to pregnancy and postpartum experiences. But it’s unknown […]

Study finds some primary school-aged children self-harm, as experts call for earlier intervention


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New research reveals that some primary school-aged children have self-harmed, prompting calls for intervention efforts to start earlier. Led by researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and the University of Melbourne, the study assessed more than 1200 children living in Melbourne, Australia, each year from age 8-9 years (wave […]

New study highlights ‘exceptional challenges’ of bereavement during COVID-19 pandemic


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The interim findings of a survey of people bereaved in the UK since March have laid bare the difficulties and distress experienced by those who have lost a loved one this year. The first UK-wide survey exploring bereavement experiences and support was carried out by Cardiff University and the University of […]

New Guidelines Cover Opioid Use After Children’s Surgery


Some adolescents may be particularly at risk for problems with opioids, especially those who have had substance use problems in the past, and those who have mental health problems. With patients at higher risk, Dr. Hadland said, such as those with anxiety or depression or those who have had substance abuse issues, opioids can still […]

Ways to Get Your Kids Moving


As any parent overseeing homeschool knows: Zoom P.E. is hardly a hard-driving Peloton class. It’s more like your kid lying on the floor of the living room doing halfhearted leg-lifts by the light of her laptop. Many students, particularly tweens and teens, are not moving their bodies as much as they are supposed to be […]

France weighs forcing coronavirus-infected patients to isolate


As France seeks to ease its Covid-19 lockdown and stem the virus’s spread, French President Emmanuel Macron this week proposed compelling those infected to isolate from others. His prime minister Jean Castex followed suit and promised draft legislation on the matter soon. Already, though, the prospect of forcing people to fall in line on coronavirus […]

Genetic discovery could lead to better prediction of suicide risk within families


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Every 11 minutes, an American dies by suicide. That’s 132 people a day or more than 48,000 annually. For those left behind, the haunting question is why. One emerging factor is family history. Perhaps the most famous example is Ernest Hemingway’s family. In addition to his own suicide in 1961, the […]

Mental health issues more likely to affect communities of color during the holidays


Credit: CC0 Public Domain For Listiner Martinez, the holiday season never brought feelings of merriment. Coming from an abusive home, she said, she never really celebrated the holidays. Martinez said she tried to move past that feeling when she had children, but sadness around the holidays still lingers. “I typically look forward to when the […]

Aim to exceed weekly recommended physical activity level to offset health harms of prolonged sitting


Credit: CC0 Public Domain New additional research shows that increasing physical activity can counter early death risk linked to long periods of sedentary time The health harms associated with prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in new global guidelines on physical activity and […]

Why coronavirus rules should be about more than just stopping transmission


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The success or failure of coronavirus regulations is often assessed on whether they affect the rate of transmission in the community, and whether or not people comply with them. But what about the ethics behind the measures? With inevitable and complex value judgments at play, responses to COVID-19 have shown how […]

It’s Time for a Digital Detox. (You Know You Need It.)


When is enough enough? Even though the presidential election is over, we’re still doomscrolling through gloomy news about the coronavirus surge. The rest of your daily routine is probably something like mine while stuck at home in the pandemic: Divided among streaming movies on Netflix, watching home improvement videos on YouTube and playing video games. […]

Swiss stabbing suspect ‘linked to jihadism inquiry’


Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 14:15 A woman arrested for a knife attack in a Swiss department store was linked to a 2017 jihadism investigation and spent time in a psychiatric clinic, police said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old was held on Tuesday after allegedly trying to strangle one woman with her bare hands and stabbing another […]

American Medical Association, the nation’s largest group of doctors, deems racism a ‘public health threat’


Credit: CC0 Public Domain As the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten hard-hit minority communities, the nation’s largest association of doctors has passed a policy that recognizes racism as a public health threat. The new policy recognizes racism as a social determinant of health and highlights the health disparities and lack of access to health care […]

French rugby legend Christophe Dominici found dead in park near Paris


Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 19:04Modified: 24/11/2020 – 19:06 Former French rugby international Christophe Dominici has been found dead at the age of 48 in a park near Paris, police said Tuesday. Dominici, who played 67 times for France, was seen by a witness jumping from the roof of a disused building in the Saint-Cloud park, […]

350,000+ women likely missing out on key postnatal check-ups in the UK every year


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Every year more than 350,000 women in the UK may be missing out on key formal health and wellbeing check-ups following the birth of a child, reveals the largest study of its kind, published in the online journal BMJ Open. Teen mums and those living in the most deprived areas of […]

Improve Emergency Care? Pandemic Helps Point the Way


This crowding and its adverse consequences are problems in other countries, too. A 2018 National Bureau of Economic Research working paper examined emergency department wait times in England. Beginning in 2004, a policy penalized hospitals if their emergency departments did not complete treatment for the vast majority of patients within four hours, admitting them to […]