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Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Study shows heightened sensitivity to PTSD in autism      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study shows that a mild stress is enough to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mouse models of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers demonstrated that the two disorders share a reciprocal relationship, identifying a predisposition to PTSD in ASD, and discovering that core autism traits are worsened when traumatic memories are formed.

Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress Today's Healthcare
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Physical activity reduces stress-related brain activity to lower cardiovascular disease risk      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Over a ten-year period, biobank participants who met recommended levels of physical activity had a 23% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and the protective effects were even more pronounced in individuals with depression.

Chronic Illness Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Study finds increased anxiety and PTSD among people who remained in Ukraine      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers conducted a survey to understand how the mental health of displaced Ukrainians has been affected by the ongoing war. Their findings describe high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and generalized anxiety among both refugees and people displaced within Ukraine.

Child Development Children's Health Mental Health Research Stress Today's Healthcare
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AI model can accurately assess PTSD in postpartum women      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

By analyzing the narratives of women who experienced traumatic childbirth and women with non-complicated childbirth, researchers created an AI model that can accurately identify those at risk of childbirth-related PTSD.

Birth Control Diabetes Pregnancy and Childbirth Today's Healthcare
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Miscarriages linked to health risks in later pregnancies      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers analyzed 52 studies involving more than 4 million pregnancies across 22 countries to investigate the health impacts of miscarriage, abortion and recurrent pregnancy loss (more than two miscarriages in succession) on subsequent pregnancies. The study found different health risks for each group.

Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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How fear unfolds inside our brains      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The stress-induced mechanisms that cause our brain to produce feelings of fear in the absence of threats -- such as in PTSD -- have been mostly a mystery. Now, neurobiologists have identified the changes in brain biochemistry and mapped the neural circuitry that cause generalized fear experiences.

Chronic Illness Mental Health Research Stress
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It's not just you: Young people look, feel older when they're stressed      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study finds younger adults look and feel older on stressful days -- but only on days when they also feel they have relatively less control over their own lives.

Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Link between adversity, psychiatric and cognitive decline      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists have been examining the relationship between childhood adversity, and psychiatric decline as well as adult adversity and psychiatric and cognitive decline.

Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Stress influences brain and psyche via immune system      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Chronic stress affects the immune system and the brain. Researchers now show that a particular enzyme found in cells of the immune system enters the brain under stress. In mice, it causes them to withdraw and avoid social contact. This newly discovered connection between body and mind in stress-related mental illnesses could lead to new treatments for depression.

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When a stressful situation is perceived as a threat, health and wellbeing suffer      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

People experience more health and wellbeing issues when they feel overwhelmed by stressful situations rather than seeing them as a challenge, a new study finds.

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Researchers discover a new role for a protein that helps form memories      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers discovered a new function for a common protein in the brain -- a development that sheds new light on the mysteries of the mind and holds promising implications for the treatment of memory loss and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Parenting Psychology Research Stress
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Relationships with caring adults provide a buffer against depression, anxiety, regardless of adverse childhood experiences      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study sought to identify factors that would bolster resilience for marginalized and minoritized youth, using data from the Boricua Youth Study, a longitudinal study following three generations of families over 20 years in both Puerto Rico and the South Bronx, New York.

Birth Control Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth Today's Healthcare
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Higher infant mortality rates associated with restrictive abortion laws, study finds      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research provides evidence that U.S. states with the most restrictive abortion laws saw 16 percent more infant deaths in 2014-2018 than in states offering access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

Children's Health Chronic Illness Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Psychotherapy effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple traumatic events, meta-study finds      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following exposure to multiple traumatic events. This is shown by a meta-study by an international research team.

Chronic Illness Healthy Aging Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Stress, via inflammation, is linked to metabolic syndrome      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study has found that stress, through its propensity to drive up inflammation in the body, is linked to metabolic syndrome -- leading researchers to suggest that cheap and relatively easy stress-management techniques may be one way to help improve biological health outcomes.

Birth Control Healthy Aging
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Genetic mutations that promote reproduction tend to shorten human lifespan, study shows      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study based on a review of genetic and health information from more than 276,000 people finds strong support for a decades-old evolutionary theory that sought to explain aging and senescence.  

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Mental Health Research Parenting Pregnancy and Childbirth Psychology Research Stress
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Discrimination during pregnancy may alter circuits in infants' brains      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Racial discrimination and bias are painful realities and increasingly recognized as detrimental to the health of adults and children. These stressful experiences also appear to be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy, altering the strength of infants' brain circuits, according to a new study.

Psychology Research Stress
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Distinct brain activity triggered by memories of trauma      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

It is well known that people who have lived through traumatic events like sexual assault, domestic abuse, or violent combat can experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including terrifying flashbacks, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the incident. But what exactly happens in the brains of PTSD patients as they recall these traumatic events? Are they remembered the same way as, say, the loss of a beloved pet -- or, for that matter, a relaxing walk on the beach?

Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress Today's Healthcare
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Mindfulness-based intervention shows promise for PTSD in cardiac arrest survivors      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A novel pilot study incorporating mindfulness into exposure therapy shows promise for reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress in cardiac arrest survivors. One in three survivors of cardiac arrest survivors develop PTSD,  increasing their risk of mortality, yet no specific treatment has been developed for this population.  

Child Development Children's Health Depression Infant's Health Mental Health Research Pregnancy and Childbirth Psychology Research Stress
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Discrimination during pregnancy can affect infant's brain circuitry      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Experiences of discrimination and acculturation are known to have a detrimental effect on a person's health. For pregnant women, these painful experiences can also affect the brain circuitry of their children, a new study finds. These effects, the researchers say, are separate from those caused by general stress and depression. The study was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.