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An Intersection Of Race, Masculinity, And Mental Health
On a cloudy fall day, not unlike this one, my friend Roman sat across from me in the living room of his small apartment, his face swollen with anger, despondence, and anger. He oscillated between exploding with a dozen different emotions at once, and seemingly feeling nothing. He called me after my many failed attempts at getting through to him for the past two weeks. We are both usually very busy with our professional aspirations, but when he didn t respo ...
Huffington Post - Sun. Oct 9
Why Are We Still Making A Mockery Of Mental Illness?
With the emergence of fall comes the promise of Halloween and all things pumpkin spice, festive, and spooky. It s no surprise that the people behind the scenes of Knott s Berry Farm carefully curated a new attraction to cater to this season an attraction to entertain a crowd of consumers who enjoy being spooked. An attraction that, in its essence, uses the idea of mental illness to create fright, interest, amusement, and -- let s be honest -- monetary prof ...
Huffington Post - Sun. Oct 9
What High Functioning Anxiety Really Feels Like
A person with high functioning anxiety can look calm on the surface, but underneath that practiced veneer, their thoughts are churning.
Huffington Post - Sun. Oct 9
Speedy bacteria detector could help prevent foodborne illnesses
This news release was issued on 21-Sept-2016 It seems like almost every week another food product is being recalled because of contamination. One of the more common culprits is a pathogenic strain of E. coli . To help prevent illnesses caused by this bacteria in food or water, researchers have developed a new nanosensor to rapidly detect its presence. The study appears in the journal ACS Infectious Diseases . Millions of illnesses and more than 1,000 death ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Vaccinating babies without vaccinating babies
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Scientists have long understood that mother s milk provides immune protection against some infectious agents through the transfer of antibodies, a process referred to as passive immunity. A research team at the University of California, Riverside now shows that mother s milk also contributes to the development of the baby s own immune system by a process the team calls maternal educational immunity. Specific maternal immune cells in the ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Using satellite images to better target vaccination
Satellite images that capture short-term changes in population size in communities in the developing world can help vaccination campaigns achieve more complete coverage to help prevent and control disease outbreaks. A team of researchers led by Penn State scientists have combined satellite imagery, vaccination records, and measles case reports to illustrate how using predictable population fluctuations can help to improve vaccination coverage -- a vital fa ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Chicken korma, Eton mess and a genetic variant provide clues to our food choices
People who carry variants in a particular gene have an increased preference for high fat food, but a decreased preference for sugary foods. This work has provided insights into why we make particular food choices, with potential implications for our understanding of obesity. This is one of the first studies to show a direct link between food preference and specific genetic variants in humans. Most people find high fat, high sugar foods particularly appetis ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Make an October weight resolution
You probably weigh less this week than you ll weigh any week over the entire year If you re an average American, your weight starts to rise from this week on. The culprit The holiday season--Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year s. Research findings just published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that the weight you gain in the next 3 months can take over 5 months to lose. From their analysis of the weight patterns of nearly 3,000 ind ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Nighttime hot flashes may spark mild depression
Washington, DC--A woman s perception that she is experiencing a high number of nighttime hot flashes can trigger mild symptoms of depression during menopause, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism . Menopause occurs when a woman s ovaries stop producing estrogen and other hormones, and her menstrual periods stop, according to the Hormone Health Network. The transition takes place graduall ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Developing brain regions in children hardest hit by sleep deprivation
Sleep is vital for humans. If adults remain awake for longer than usual, the brain responds with an increased need for deep sleep. This is measured in the form of slow wave activity using electroencephalography EEG . In adults, these deep-sleep waves are most pronounced in the prefrontal cortex - the brain region which plans and controls actions, solves problems and is involved in the working memory. Sleep deprivation in children increases deep sleep in po ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Jetlag is given the swerve by adjusting meal times on the ground, find researc...
Long-haul cabin crew can ease symptoms of jetlag by regulating meal times on their days off. Traditionally cabin crew rely on sleep strategies sleeping in a dark room, avoiding caffeine before bedtime etc to alleviate jet-lag, but these do not reset body clocks. More research could be done into whether the timing of meals and their content has a similar positive effect on jet-lag. A study published today in the journal Psychology and Health has found that ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
What Twitter behavior accompanies mental health crises?
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association indicates that there were two specific types of heightened Twitter discussions in 2014 related to mental health expected increases in response to planned behavioral health events and unexpected increases in response to unanticipated events. To date, no studies have analyzed communication on Twitter about mental health, particularly depression and suicide. The patterns of T ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
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