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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.”
Systematic Evaluation of State Policy Interventions Targeting the US Opioid Epidemic; As insurers end grace period for COVID-19 hospital costs, study estimates potential bills; Report on mass shootings from the Columbia University database.
Women who use marijuana while trying to conceive may have reduced pregnancy chances; Prosocial concern yields higher vaccination rates in sparser areas where people believe that their behavior will have more impact; Environmental health research suggests there is a connection between prenatal trauma and DNA mutation
Brain activity formed during episodic memory formation are compared to future experiences; A natural experiment highlights the importance of paying attention to circadian rhythms; Increase in convenience stores in the food environment was associated with increase in BMI in children