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Mental Health Disorders and Children

July 13, 2021

Children may develop mental illnesses just as adults do, but the symptoms may be difficult to pick up. This results in unnecessary treatment delays in many cases. Signs of a mental disorder often mimic the behavior of an upset child who is completely normal. This may hinder its recognition, as parents feel that the behavior…

Little to no increase in association between adolescents’ mental health problems and digital tech

February 2, 2021

With the explosion in digital entertainment options over the past several decades and the more recent restrictions on outdoor and in-person social activities, parents may worry that excessive engagement with digital technology could have long-term effects on their children’s mental health. A new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, however, found little evidence for…

Genetic effects of Chernobyl radiation

January 30, 2021

In two landmark studies, researchers have used cutting-edge genomic tools to investigate the potential health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, a known carcinogen, from the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. One study found no evidence that radiation exposure to parents resulted in new genetic changes being passed from…

Placebo Effect May Explain Benefits of Psychedelic Microdosing

January 29, 2021

Key Takeaways Microdosing is the practice of consuming low, sub-hallucinogenic doses of a psychedelic drug and is said to positively impact mood, focus and creativity. A recent placebo-controlled study examined the experience of microdosing and suggests that these anecdotal benefits can be explained by the placebo effect. Psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and…

1 in 5 People with High Blood Pressure Are Taking Meds That Can Make It Worse

January 27, 2021

Nearly 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure take medications that could be worsening their blood pressure levels. Researchers say doctors need to pay more attention to what medications people take. Even simple lifestyle changes, like diet and exercise, can help drastically improve people’s blood pressure levels. Nearly 1 in 5 adults with high…

How Are Most Kids With Autism Doing? Really Well, Research Confirms

January 24, 2021

Here’s some good news to kick off World Autism Day and the start of autism awareness month: New research shows that most children with autism are “doing well” by the time they’re in middle childhood—at least by certain measurements. The study, which was published in JAMA Open on March 29, followed more than 270 children who were…

Lots of People Give Up on New Year’s Resolutions, and That’s Okay

January 21, 2021

 Most people abandon New Year’s resolutions within the first month and then make the same resolutions all over again the following year, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.1 Researchers surveyed nearly 200 people in the U.K. and Australia over a two-month period around the start of the…

Large Scale Study Finds Little Difference Between Male and Female Brains

January 19, 2021

With normalized sayings like men are from Mars, women are from Venus, we’re led to believe there are inherent psychological differences between the sexes. We accept notions like boys will be boys and that women are automatically more nurturing, but a recent meta-synthesis of three decades worth of research, published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews1 entitled…

Resolve Conflict by Day’s End For Long-Lasting Benefits, Study Says

January 15, 2021

During the pandemic, couples, roommates, and other household members have been living in tighter quarters without time or space away from one another—circumstances that inevitably breed conflict and stress. A survey of Verywell readers showed that some couples managed to capitalize on the time they were stuck together in 2020 to make improvements on their…

Cancer Treatment and food-related myths debunked

January 10, 2021

“For individuals with a cancer diagnosis, a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy and consistent body weight still apply and improves treatment outcomes. It’s less about good food and bad food and more about the quality of what you’re eating,” says Maya Ram, a clinical dietitian at Sinai Health’s Christopher Sharp Cancer Centre. “Often patients ask about dietary tips they’ve…