It’s been ten years since the Nowak debacle, and NASA hasn’t forgotten about mental health. Last year, scientists working for the Human Research Program at NASA released their latest evidence report on mental health in space flight. Read more.
Mind & Body
“Integrated health care” has become a mantra among mental health professionals, and for good reason. Understanding the relationship between physical and mental health, and coordinating the care of each, is vitally important. The stakes are high: one study has found that average life expectancy of men and women with schizophrenia is 15 years shorter and 12 years shorter, respectively, than the average for those who do not have the disease.
Pregnant women having lower levels of an anti-anxiety hormone in their second trimester had an increased chance of developing postpartum depression, a study has shown. Read more.
More than 16 million U.S. adults report having a major episode of depression within the last year, according to figures from the National Institutes of Health. While a number of factors are at play when considering who’s at risk, a new field of study called nutritional psychiatry looks at how diet can impact mental health. Read more
New research shows the value of effectively managing depression among those undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery. Read more.
To put the current epidemic of deaths into perspective, the Nixon White House panicked when heroin-addicted soldiers back from Vietnam brought the overdose death rate to 1.5 per 100k in 1973-1975. The current opioid death rate is 10.3 per 100k without the fentanyl statistics of 2016 counted yet.
We need to put an end to wellsplaining. Not just because this handy tip completely dismisses the severity of someone’s mental illness (medication can help, therapy is often necessary, and running isn’t always enough to ‘fix’ things), but because I know that, in some small way, the person saying it is right.
On Monday, a group of social workers and doctors will try to do their part for other moms in a similar situation by opening the doors of the Motherhood Center of New York, a non-medical facility in Kips Bay providing new and expecting moms a range of supportive services. Read more.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups say women regularly face barriers to accessing healthcare and can have poor experiences when they do. Read more.
Much like a clock on the wall, our cells have their own 24-hour timeline. When they’re in sync, our body clock may act as a protective barrier against mental and physical illnesses. But throw in some jet lag, a night shift or a bout of insomnia, and suddenly the clock’s hands are spinning out of Read more
Being bullied during childhood might have lifelong health effects related to chronic stress exposure, including an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes in adulthood, a study has showed. Read more.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on approaches to improve pediatric care. Through the RFI, CMS is specifically seeking input on approaches to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care for children and youth enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Read more
A new study investigates the impact of depression on heart disease over a long period of time, and finds the psychological disorder to increase mortality risk.
Collectively, depression, anxiety and mood disorders have the greatest impact on Americans’ health of any condition, according to claims data from more than 40 million Blue Cross Blue Shield members.
Mental health conditions contribute to increased cancer care-related costs for breast and prostate cancer patients
A new analysis of data finds that mood and adjustment disorders such as anxiety and depression were strong predictors of the annual number of outpatient visits, hospital admissions, and number of days in the hospital for patients with breast and prostate cancer.
People with mild heart disease are more likely to say they have poorer health, anxiety and a negative outlook than people in the general population, a new study suggests.
Depression is almost twice as likely to affect women than men. Difficulty in sleeping, loss of appetite and fatigue are the most common symptoms, but another lesser-known risk is a higher chance of heart attack.
Old age is often characterised by poor health due to isolation, morbidities and disabilities in carrying out activities of daily living leading to depression. A new study offers a comprehensive analysis of depression among the old in South Africa.
Women with schizophrenia have nearly a twofold increased risk for breast cancer compared to their counterparts without schizophrenia, new research suggests.
Research suggests that a combination of nutrition and mental, social and physical activities may have a greater impact with regard to maintaining and improving brain health than any single activity. Volunteering, caring for others and pursuing hobbies may benefit the brains of older adults.
A growing awareness of addiction and mental illness as diseases often found in the same person, coupled with new efforts to ensure treatments are covered by insurance has in recent years led to a flood of people nationwide seeking treatment for behavioral health issues. Read more…
Abuse of cocaine, alcohol and pills was the patient’s obvious problem, but at its root was undiagnosed ADHD
Abuse of cocaine, alcohol and pills was the patient’s obvious problem, but at its root was undiagnosed ADHD. Read more…
A new study investigates the relationship between the time of onset of mental and physical health diagnoses in adolescents. The results of the national cohort study indicate that some mental health diagnoses may be risk factors for certain physical diseases. Results also suggest that some physical diseases may put adolescents at risk for mental health Read more
Regular practise of Kundalini Yoga can potentially help improve the health and psychological well being of children as well as the workforce in residential care homes, a study has found.
All of us who have experienced a “nervous stomach” under periods of stress suspect that there is a link between our gut and our mood.
Some had spent their young lives battling depression, dyslexia and bipolar disorder. But as they contorted their bodies and quieted their minds, their symptoms subsided.
People with a history of incarceration are typically much sicker than the general population. Studies done primarily in Ohio and Texas have found that more than 8 in 10 returning prisoners have a chronic medical condition, from addiction to asthma.