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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.

Breastfeeding Diet and Weight Loss Infant's Health
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Infant gut microbes have their own circadian rhythm, and diet has little impact on how the microbiome assembles      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Infant gut microbiomes oscillate with a circadian rhythm, even when they are cultivated outside of the body. Researchers report that the rhythm is detectable as early as 2 weeks after birth but becomes more pronounced with age. The finding comes from a randomized controlled trial that also showed that diet has less impact on the development and composition of the infant microbiome than previously thought.

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.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health Nutrition Today's Healthcare
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Infant health suffered during baby formula shortage      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A survey by UC Davis researchers shows the U.S. baby formula shortage in 2022 led 81% of parents to switch brands or types, causing health effects for babies.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health
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Breastfeeding after COVID-19 booster can give babies antibodies      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A recently published study that shows lactating mothers who get the COVID-19 booster pass along the antibodies to their children via their breast milk -- and potentially protect babies too young to receive the vaccine.

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.

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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.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health Today's Healthcare
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Study on extremely preterm infants provides important healthcare knowledge      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Infants born extremely prematurely need to get enrichment as an addition to breast milk. But does it make any difference whether the enrichment is made from breast milk or cow's milk when it comes to the risk of severe complications in children?

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Breastfeeding alters infant gut in ways that boost brain development, may improve test scores      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Breastfeeding, even partially alongside formula feeding, changes the chemical makeup -- or metabolome -- of an infant's gut in ways that positively influence brain development and may boost test scores years later, suggests new research.  

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Mothers need more 'exclusive breastfeeding' support      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is proven to protect both mother and child health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 2015 and 2021, 48% of mothers exclusively breastfed, meaning that their babies were not given any other food or liquids. However, this figure is based on data collected from surveys which report what a child was given in the previous 24 hours. A research team has found that this '24-hour recall' method overestimates exclusive breastfeeding by about six times compared to a 'since-birth recall' method.

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.

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How pre- and postnatal B-12 vitamins improve breast milk vitamin B-12 levels, which supports infant brain development      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

According to a new study B-12 vitamins increase the presence of the micronutrient in mothers' breast milk, which is especially helpful in countries where it can be difficult to eat what is needed for the body to produce B-12 naturally.