COVID-19 has made Americans lonelier than ever – here’s how AI can help

AI chatbots can provide mental health support for people who are isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laken Brooks, Doctoral Student of English, University of Florida • conversation
Feb. 12, 2021 ~8 min

They don't come as pills, but try these 6 underprescribed lifestyle medicines for a better, longer life

Lifestyle medicine targets the root of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Experts explain why everyone should embrace these free prescriptions for good health.

Michael Parkinson, Senior Medical Director of Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan & Workpartners, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~10 min

Astronauts are experts in isolation, here's what they can teach us

We can look to astronauts’ experiences for tips to improve our own situation during lockdown.

Nathan Smith, Research Fellow Psychology, Security and Trust, University of Manchester • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

Intimate partner violence has increased during pandemic, emerging evidence suggests

Calls for help to domestic violence shelters have risen during the pandemic, as risk factors for the escalation of violence have gone up. It may be time to implement new strategies to help.

H. Colleen Sinclair, Associate Professor of Social Psychology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Is the Covid vaccine safe for me? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about the Pfizer vaccine for coronavirus.

Nov. 13, 2020 ~1 min

Sick of COVID-19? Here's why you might have pandemic fatigue

It's draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.

Jay Maddock, Professor of Public Health, Texas A&M University • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Dementia deaths rise during the summer of COVID, leading to concern

New statistics show that people with dementia have been particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

A radical nature-based agenda would help society overcome the psychological effects of coronavirus

Why structured contact with nature, rolled out with government support, will go a long way to solving the psychological distress of coronavirus.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~8 min

Loneliness doubled for older adults early in pandemic

Staying close to home reduces COVID-19 risk for older adults, but feelings of loneliness can set in. Neighbors, healthy habits, and technology can help.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min