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Recent studies quantify the effect of the COVID pandemic on health care workers' sleep patterns and the potential damaging consequences of sleep disturbance on their mental health; The authors conduct a cross-national, longitudinal comparison of midlife mental and physical health to see if this changing cohort trend is universal or country specific; Researchers establish evidence for adapting physician-patient communication strategy based on patient health literacy level
Homicide is a leading cause of death during pregnancy and the postpartum period in the U.S.; Researchers explore the associations between social isolation and the biological markers of inflammation among older adults; COVID-19 forced a shift from healthy feeding practices by parents of young children
Study sheds light on how early-life abuse can alter maturation of brain's emotion circuitry; Research seeks to have more effective interventions for increasing physical activity using personalized fitness tracker messaging; Scientists’ pinpoint personality traits that increase your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Decreased rate of domestic violence police reports during the stay-at-home order, especially in Black majority communities, may be due to underreporting and reductions in resource availability; Social consumption of alcohol decreased in young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, however non-social alcohol increased; Lonely flies, like many humans, eat more and sleep less
Wild hyena populations demonstrate connections between early social experiences and stress resilience through DNA methylation; Study shows mental health, support, not just substance misuse key in parental neglect.
A high level of screen time could have a negative impact on children who were born extremely premature; Behavioral interventions that are problem-focused and oriented toward peer role modeling could have a beneficial impact; An infant's gut microbiome could contain clues to help monitor and support healthy neurological development
Sperm transcriptional state associated with paternal transmission of stress phenotypes in mice; Medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) decrease risk of overdose death and improve outcomes are underutilized by women that are of reproductive age. This study aimed to provide a qualitative description these women's experiences of seeking an appointment for medications for OUD; Researchers demonstrate the utility of using computer simulations to predict language recovery in bilingual stroke patients
Two brain networks are working when we imagine the future- one creates the new event while the other evaluates whether it’s positive or negative; Rural Black communities and food insecurity predict higher positivity Covid-19 testing rates; Mobile app diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Longitudinal data on brain health in older Mexican Americans shows that metabolic dysfunction modifies the influence of traffic-related air pollution and noise exposure on late-life dementia and cognitive impairment; Cell phone data was linked to school visits and COVID-19 diagnoses to better understand if there is a strong connection between school exposure and household transmission; Researchers find genes, corresponding proteins that may lead to new depression treatments
Animal models show the long-term behavioral and cell-type specific molecular effects in the brain’s reward system following early life stress. Eviction during a pregnancy may lead to poorer birth outcomes for newborns. “A 4-y college degree is increasingly the key to good jobs and, ultimately, to good lives in an ever-more meritocratic and unequal society. The bachelor’s degree (BA) is increasingly dividing Americans; the one-third with a BA or more live longer and more prosperous lives, while the two-thirds without face rising mortality and declining prospects. We construct a time series, from 1990 to 2018, of a summary of each year’s mortality rates and expected years lived from 25 to 75 at the fixed mortality rates of that year.”