How parents can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of teen mental health problems

Toria Herd, Penn State and Sarah A. Font, Penn State More than 44% of teens reported persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness in the first half of 2021, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The early 2022 report, which was based on an online survey, also found that nearlyContinue reading “How parents can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of teen mental health problems”

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Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit

Kristen Lucken, Brandeis University Summer vacations are coming to an end – though not everyone took one. Under federal law, U.S. companies aren’t required to offer a single paid vacation day, compared to the at least 20 required in the European Union. About 1 in 4 U.S. workers don’t receive any, and even among thoseContinue reading “Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit”

Ray’s Ramblings 11-7-2022

Tuning out from tv and internet media and going fishing, camping, walking in the woods, and spending time with family and friends is what we all need to do. Put behind us all the politics, opinions, and conspiracy theories behind us for a while. Time to return to real life, interacting with people and enjoyingContinue reading “Ray’s Ramblings 11-7-2022”

Alzheimer’s might not be primarily a brain disease. A new theory suggests it’s an autoimmune condition.

Donald Weaver, University of Toronto https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/alzheimer-s-might-not-be-primarily-a-brain-disease–a-new-theory-suggests-it-s-an-autoimmune-condition- The pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an increasingly competitive and contentious quest with recent years witnessing several important controversies. In July 2022, Science magazine reported that a key 2006 research paper, published in the prestigious journal Nature, which identified a subtype of brain protein calledContinue reading “Alzheimer’s might not be primarily a brain disease. A new theory suggests it’s an autoimmune condition.”

Diet can influence mood, behavior and more – a neuroscientist explains

Monica Dus, University of Michigan During the long seafaring voyages of the 15th and 16th centuries, a period known as the Age of Discovery, sailors reported experiencing visions of sublime foods and verdant fields. The discovery that these were nothing more than hallucinations after months at sea was agonizing. Some sailors wept in longing; othersContinue reading “Diet can influence mood, behavior and more – a neuroscientist explains”

Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit

Kristen Lucken, Brandeis University Summer vacations are coming to an end – though not everyone took one. Under federal law, U.S. companies aren’t required to offer a single paid vacation day, compared to the at least 20 required in the European Union. About 1 in 4 U.S. workers don’t receive any, and even among thoseContinue reading “Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit”

Health and Safety Priorities as the Weather Warms Up

(NewsUSA) – Who hasn’t heard of the “Freshman 15”? According to Nick Rizzo at RunRepeat, “the ‘quarantine 15’ is the new ‘freshman 15.’” It refers to the excess weight gain that people experience during long bouts of isolation, stress, and reduced physical activity. Every person around the globe has been touched by the stress ofContinue reading “Health and Safety Priorities as the Weather Warms Up”

Want to do something good for your health? Try being generous

Ashley Whillans, University of British Columbia Every day, we are confronted with choices about how to spend our money. Whether it’s thinking about picking up the tab at a group lunch or when a charity calls asking for a donation, we are faced with the decision to behave generously or not. Research suggests that spendingContinue reading “Want to do something good for your health? Try being generous”

Why mental health treatment is not an easy solution to violence

Sarah L. Desmarais, North Carolina State University In the wake of mass shootings and other tragedies, a frequent refrain is: Why don’t we get those dangerous people off the streets? And, just as frequently, people suggest that mental health treatment is the answer. Yet, for two main reasons, mental health treatment is not an easyContinue reading “Why mental health treatment is not an easy solution to violence”

What’s the 411 on the new 988 hotline? 5 questions answered about a national mental health service

Derek Lee, The Ohio State University Beginning July 16, 2022, people struggling with mental health crises can now call 988, a new number focused on providing lifesaving suicide prevention and crisis services. But 988 is not just a shorter, easier-to-remember replacement for the current suicide hotline. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission also established theContinue reading “What’s the 411 on the new 988 hotline? 5 questions answered about a national mental health service”