Serious Pediatric Mental Health Issues in Kids Has Increase in the Last Decade.
Between 2009 and 2019, the number of children hospitalized for mental health-related issues in the United States increased 26%. During the same time frame, the rate of attempted suicide, suicidal ideation, and self-injury aRead More
Depression May Be Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease.
Among a group of 1,028 adults whom researchers monitored for more than five years, those with more severe anxiety and/or depressive symptoms were more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, even after adjusting for traditional risk factors. Journal of Affective Disorders, May 2023Read More
Poor Sleep Late in Pregnancy Linked to Postpartum Depression.
A systematic review that included ten studies concluded that poor sleep in the weeks prior to giving birth is associated with a 2.71 times increased risk for postpartum depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, April 2023Read More
Breathing Exercises May Hasten Concussion Recovery
In this study, researchers recruited 30 teenagers with concussion symptoms lasting longer than one month to participate in a breathing exercise intervention with or without aerobic exercise and found that the combination of breathing and aerobic exercise contributed to a speedier recovery. American Academy of Neurology, April 2023Read More
Access to Nature May Help Cut Stress.
According to a study that looked at the health outcomes of more than 40,000 older adults, living within a half-mile of either green outdoor spaces or water reduces the risk of serious psychological distress by 17%. American Academy of Neurology, April 2023Read More
Alcohol May Speed Alzheimer’s Progression
In a recent study, researchers observed that mice at elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease experienced faster increases in brain atrophy and amyloid plaque build-up if they consumed the human equivalent of 1-2 alcoholic drinks a day for about ten years. The findings suggest that alcohol consumption may be a modifiable risk factor for Alzheimer’s, though…Read More
A Healthy Lifestyle May Reduce Depression Risk
Using data from the UK Biobank study, researchers calculate that living a healthy lifestyle (not smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly) may decrease an individual’s risk for depression over the following fifteen years by more than 50%. Journal of Affective Disorders, February 2023Read More
Child Maltreatment Linked to Multiple Mental Health Problems.
An analysis of 34 studies found that maltreatment during childhood is associated with small increases in the risk for depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide attempts, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and conduct problems. American Journal of Psychiatry, January 2023Read More
Cancer Increases Suicide Risk
Researchers report that the risk of suicide increases seven- fold in the six months following cancer diagnosis and remains 26% higher than the general population over time. Study author Dr. Xuesong Han adds, “Our findings highlight the importance of timely symptom management and targeted interventions or suicide prevention in individuals with cancer.” JAMA Network Open,…Read More
Osteoporosis May Raise Cognitive Impairment Risk.
Following a review of data from eight studies that included more than 130,000 participants, researchers report that individuals with osteoporosis may have a two-times increased risk for cognitive impairment.Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, March 2023Read More