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Sensor data from wearable devices can complement conventional symptom screening for COVID-19; Low levels of choline in pregnant Black American women is associated with higher levels of stress and an increased risk of later mental health problems for their children; Vaping may serve as a gateway to cigarette smoking in teens
Study reveals differences in functional connectivity during language processing that could be detected as early as 3 months of age; Study suggests that childhood violence exposure is associated with adolescent neural network sparsity; Greater number of local cases, which indicates a higher risk, may be associated with an increased willingness to get vaccinated
Results provide insight for public health policymakers fighting COVID-19; A smartphone application based on acceptance and commitment therapy was more efficacious for smoking cessation than one based on us clinical practice guidelines; Childhood insomnia symptoms are highly persistent, with disparities occurring early in childhood that are associated with sex, racial/ethnic background, and socioeconomic status.
Historical redlining linked to premature births, lower birth weight babies, and perinatal mortality; Researchers estimate the rate of HPV vaccine usage among adolescents in the United States; The second born child may be more adversely affected cognitively than the first-born child in families with disabled children.
States that were slow to implement stay-at-home orders saw a 5-to-6% increase in Covid-19 mortality risk for each day delayed; Seniors who retain their sensory function may have a lower risk of dementia; Experiences of racism are associated with lower subjective cognitive function among African American women
Task functional MRI measurements—good for understanding the average human brain but may not be reliable for predicting individual differences; Exposure to neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage during childhood was associated with differential DNA methylation at age 18 years in genes involved in inflammation, exposure to tobacco smoke, and metabolism of toxic air pollutants; Researchers used two prospective longitudinal studies to quantify the impact of a healthy lifestyle on the risk of Alzheimer dementia
More diversity in daily experiences may increase happiness and well-being; False memories may be the result of the brain updating poorly formed memories with incorrect information; Personal accounts of childhood abuse are more correlated with psychopathology than with official records
Evaluating the risk of school violence using natural language processing and machine learning; Children can “catch” their parents’ hidden emotions through synchronization of physiological responses; A risk-prediction model using patient electronic health records may help predict suicide risk in diverse populations
Human mobility restrictions limited the spread of COVID-19 in China; Vaping can change the oral microbiome and promote infection; Researchers wake unconscious monkeys through brain stimulation
Environmental conditions during childhood impact gene transcription, resulting in health issues during adulthood; The opioid epidemic toll likely higher than originally reported; Patient age may bias cardiac health care