Reduced screen time for young highly recommended for well-being

Too much time spent on gaming, smartphones and watching television is linked to heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as age 2, according to a new study. Even after only one hour of screen time daily, children and teens may begin to have less curiosity, lower self-control, less emotional stability and a greater inability […]

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Gender inequality could be driving the deaths of girls under five

Levels of gender inequality across the world are associated with disproportionate death rates among girls under five years old, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London. The analysis of data from 195 countries suggests that the unequal treatment of females in society could be interfering with the natural biological advantage they have over males for survival. […]

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Plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check

A predominantly plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check, not least because of its potential impact on mood, suggests a systematic review of the available evidence, published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. This diet is associated with improved psychological wellbeing, a reduction in some of the known risk factors […]

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Team identifies new brain region that suppresses fear

A study conducted at Texas A&M University has identified a new area in the brain involved in inhibiting fear, a discovery that holds potential for clinical interventions in patients with psychiatric diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The article was published in Nature Communications on Oct. 30. Dr. Stephen Maren, University Distinguished Professor of psychological and brain sciences and […]

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Nova Scotia woman says medical coverage abruptly stopped by community services

Imagine being unable to find work for over a decade, due to a degenerative illness that leaves you in constant pain and reliant on the use of a wheelchair. For one Nova Scotia woman, that’s been the reality. The key to her survival, she says, was medical coverage through the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services Pharmacare program. “I really […]

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Community Health Worker Intervention Beneficial

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 — A standardized community health worker (CHW)-delivered intervention, Individual Management for Patient-Centered Targets, improves patient-perceived quality of care and reduces hospitalizations for low-income patients with chronic diseases, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Shreya Kangovi, M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues recruited 592 patients from three […]

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Novel technique can potentially improve success of ovarian cancer treatment, study reveals

Novel Technique Can Potentially Improve Success of Ovarian Cancer Treatment, Study Reveals Instead of destroying a tumour’s blood supply, a first-ever University of Guelph study has proven that opening up the vessels is potentially more effective when it comes to fighting ovarian cancer. This is because open vessels provide a clear pathway for treatment to attack the tumour. “There hasn’t […]

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'Parents are playing their part in this too' – How childhood is shrinking and anxiety is rising

It’s a sign of the times that in today’s schools, building emotional resilience and giving children the skills to cope with the pressures of modern life are as much a part of the junior cycle curriculum as English and maths. The 60,000 first years who entered post-primary schools around the country last year were the first to have well-being written […]

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