Frequent green space visits associated with lower use of certain prescription drugs

UH researchers investigate how traumatic experiences affect mental and physical health of migrants

Frequent visits to urban green spaces, such as parks and community gardens in Finland, rather than the amount, or views of them from home, may be linked to lower use of certain prescription meds, suggests research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The observed associations between frequent green space visits and lower use of … Read more

ADHD found to be more predictive of poor mental health outcomes in adults

Adults with high levels of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are more likely to experience anxiety and depression than adults with high levels of autistic traits, according to new research led by psychologists at the University of Bath in the UK. This study is the first to show that ADHD is more predictive of poor … Read more

Newly revised classification tool for standardized diagnostic reporting of melanocytic lesions

Fujifilm announces asset purchase agreement with Inspirata, Inc. to acquire the company’s digital pathology business

With the growing number of skin biopsies performed annually for suspected melanoma, a simple, easily understood standardized classification system for melanocytic lesions is increasingly important to aid pathologists and clinicians who examine millions of tissue samples each year and to alleviate patient confusion and anxiety. Skin biopsies, particularly those suspicious for melanoma, are some of … Read more

Study highlights the transition in the U.S. mental health system from in-person to virtual care

Telehealth services for common mental health problems surged 16 to 20 fold during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than making up for a drop in in-person care that occurred during the period for a number of conditions, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Examining the experiences of more than 5 million … Read more

What is the long-term cognitive impact of COVID-19, and what are its predictors?

Study: Predictors of Cognitive Dysfunction One-Year Post COVID-19. Image Credit: Ink Drop/Shutterstock

In a recently published article in Neuropsychologyscientists have described demographic and clinical predictors of cognitive dysfunction and self-perceived cognitive difficulties in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) survivors one-year after infection. Study: Predictors of Cognitive Dysfunction One-Year Post COVID-19. Image Credit: Ink Drop/Shutterstock background Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative pathogen of COVID-19, has … Read more

What was the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental well-being of university students?

Study: Mental Health Symptoms of University Students 15 Months After the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in France. Image Credit: Kzenon/Shutterstock

In a recent study published in JAMA Network Open, researchers evaluated changes in the mental health status of university-attending students in France 15.0 months post-commencement of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. Study: Mental Health Symptoms of University Students 15 Months After the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in France. Image Credit: … Read more

Study links sugary drinks to male hair loss

Study: The Association between Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Male Pattern Hair Loss in Young Men. Image Credit: Landscapemania / Shutterstock

Male pattern hair loss (MPHL) is a non-scarring and progressive form of hair loss. The age of onset of MPHL has been decreasing while its incidence has been increasing. Several studies have established the link between western-style dietary intake and MPHL. A new Nutrients A journal study explored the association between sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption … Read more

New Bio Ware device provides better results when used alongside exposure therapy for PTSD

New Bio Ware device provides better results when used alongside exposure therapy for PTSD

Sights, smells and sounds of everyday life can supply the triggers that take someone with PTSD right back to the scarring scene they’re trying to forget. With PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, a honking horn, a crowded coffeehouse or a sharp scent can bring back traumatic memories that can raise the heart rate, increase muscle … Read more

SILVER Study provides insight into the challenges presented by COVID-19 to older New Yorkers

ICAP at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has released results from Round Two of the SILVER Study, providing insight into the challenges presented by COVID-19 to older adults living at home in New York City. The results reveal a range of key issues – from mental health effects to access to reliable information … Read more

Mental health chatbots can effectively engage people with depression, study shows

Clinician scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have found that mental health chatbots are able to effectively engage people with depression in empathetic conversations and assist in the treatment of their symptoms. Chatbots or conversational agents are computer programs that simulate human conversations. They are increasingly used in healthcare, for example, to help … Read more