Team links screen time and pandemic mental health risks at college

New research identifies factors associated with higher risk for negative mental health effects for college students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laura Oleniacz - NC State • futurity
Jan. 13, 2021 ~8 min

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Mindfulness can improve mental health and wellbeing – but unlikely to work for everyone

Mindfulness courses can reduce anxiety, depression and stress and increase mental wellbeing within most but not all non-clinical settings, say a team of

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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You’re not alone in eating more comfort food during COVID

A new survey shows that food-secure people didn't change their diets much, but many are turning to more comfort food than usual.

Brad Buck-Florida • futurity
Jan. 6, 2021 ~6 min

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How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021

One medication-free technique uses your emotions to release stress.

Laurel Mellin, Associate Professor Emeritus of Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Customers drive grocery store worker distress during pandemic

Grocery store workers report experiencing severe levels of mental distress during COVID-19. Customers are one major cause.

Lori Harwood-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~10 min

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Top 10 parental worries for kids during COVID

Cyberbullying, depression, and unhealthy habits rank in the top worries parents have for their kids, but there are racial differences in the lists, too.

Beata Mostafavi-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 21, 2020 ~9 min

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New antidepressants can lift depression and suicidal thoughts fast, but don’t expect magic cures

Drugs like ketamine can relieve depression symptoms, including suicidal thoughts, within hours, but they also carry risks that patients need to understand.

Nicholas Mischel, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; Director, Interventional Psychiatry and Neuromodulation Research Program, Wayne State University • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~8 min

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COVID-19 fear is driving up gun sales

Stress due to COVID-19 and uncertainty about the future are prompting people, including essential workers, to purchase guns, a new study shows.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here's what the research shows

Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.

Janet M. Gibson, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Grinnell College • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Dementia risk may be higher for lesbian, gay, bi adults

On average, older lesbian, gay, and bi adults were more likely to fall into categories for mild cognitive impairment or early dementia, research finds.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~5 min

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