LGBTQ people urgently need specialist mental health support, but it is lacking

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a significant rise in demand for mental health support. LGBTQ people are especially in need of this support, as research suggests that their mental health may be disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Mental health charities offering specialist care for LGBTQ people have already seen an increase in demand for their services. However, this specialist […]

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Is it safe to form a COVID-19 ‘support bubble’ with friends?

Is it safe to form a COVID-19 “support bubble” with friends? Yes, if done correctly. Support bubbles, also known as quarantine pods, may help fend off loneliness and anxiety after months of social distancing. The idea, which originated in New Zealand, calls for two people or households to agree to socialize in person only with each other to limit the […]

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How to prioritize healthy behaviors to support kids’ physical and mental health

As cities and states across the country enact phased guidelines to re-open, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, encourages parents and caregivers to consider the same concept for re-prioritizing healthy routines that influence both immediate and long-term health. “During this unprecedented time, parents and caregivers have been the primary […]

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Elders in Rwanda need leaders’ support to face old age, study finds

Rwanda’s Government should investigate how leaders can honor and support older people who – despite making a valuable contribution to society across their lifetimes – face intense poverty in old age due to lack of water, food and health care, according to a new report. Rwandan elders seek a retirement as mentors, cultivators, neighbors and citizens, but face growing old […]

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Mental health program helps teens recognise and support peers at risk

A novel mental health program improves teenagers’ ability to recognise and support friends who might be at risk of suicide, according to new research. University of Melbourne researchers have evaluated the impact of teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) – a universal mental health literacy program for high school students in Years 10-12—as an intervention to improve peer support towards […]

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AMA, AHA support refresher training for measuring blood pressure

(HealthDay)—Health care professionals (HCPs) should receive consistent and frequent training in measuring blood pressure (BP), according to a report prepared for the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association and released Nov. 18. Telephone interviews were conducted among 32 U.S. HCPs who work at a primary care location providing blood pressure measurement services to patients. Based on emerging themes, […]

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You're Wired to Support Your Favorite Sports Team—Even When They Suck

SAY YOU have a team. Could be a football team or a basketball team or a baseball team, but it’s your team, and it’s been your team for as long as you can remember. For me, those teams have always been the Knicks and the Jets—for the guy pictured above, it’s all about the Mets—and for fans of this New […]

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Database to support infectious disease research

A new database PathoPhenoDB facilitates the search for associations between infectious diseases, the pathogens that cause them, the resulting clinical signs and symptoms, and the drugs that can treat them. It also contains information on the proteins and genetic changes that can make pathogens resistant to treatment with certain drugs. Developed by researchers at KAUST in collaboration with the University […]

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