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Staying Healthy Today's Healthcare
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Drug limits dangerous reactions to allergy-triggering foods, Stanford Medicine-led study of kids finds      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A drug that binds to allergy-causing antibodies can protect children from dangerous reactions to accidentally eating allergy-triggering foods, a new study found.

Birth Defects Nutrition Pregnancy and Childbirth Staying Healthy
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Pregnant women should avoid ultraprocessed, fast foods, experts urge      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Research shows that phthalates, a class of chemicals associated with plastics, can shed from the wrapping, packaging and even from plastic gloves worn by food handlers into food. Once consumed during pregnancy, the chemicals can get into the bloodstream, through the placenta and then into the fetal bloodstream. The chemical can cause oxidative stress and an inflammatory cascade within the fetus, researchers noted. Previous literature has indicated that exposure to phthalates during pregnancy can increase the risk of low birth weight, preterm birth and child mental health conditions such as autism and ADHD.

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.

Depression Stress
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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.

Stress
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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.

Chronic Illness Diet and Weight Loss Fitness Obesity Staying Healthy
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The more the merrier: Research shows online interventions with social support help middle-aged adults with obesity lose weight      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Obesity is a problem in the United States. In fact, 42.5% of U.S. adults aged 20 and over have the disease. Not only is obesity the nation's second leading cause of preventable death (behind only smoking cigarettes), it also leads to other serious health issues, including an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea and liver disease. The disease and its side effects impose a significant financial burden on America's health care system.

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.

Obesity Staying Healthy
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Obesity linked to detection of blood cancer precursor      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Individuals with obesity are more likely to have monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), a benign blood condition that often precedes multiple myeloma, according to new research.

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.

Children's Health Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Participants in school-based gardening and food programs benefit from lasting impacts on dietary behaviors      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

To encourage fruit and vegetable consumption among youth, experiential food education programs such as gardening and cooking lessons have increased across both community and school settings. A recent research article revealed how this early learning positively influenced food decisions as children grew older.

Diet and Weight Loss Nutrition Obesity Staying Healthy
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Low-carbohydrate diets emphasizing healthy, plant-based sources associated with slower long-term weight gain      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Low-carbohydrate diets comprised mostly of plant-based proteins and fats with healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains were associated with slower long-term weight gain than low-carbohydrate diets comprised mostly of animal proteins and fats with unhealthy carbohydrates like refined starches, according to a new study.

Staying Healthy
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Strong connections found between vaccine hesitancy and support for vaccinating pets      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Study findings raise the stakes for public health efforts to improve attitudes about vaccination rates across the board.

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.

Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Fitness Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Survey finds Americans struggle to maintain healthy habits during the holiday season      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration but many Americans admit the endless flurry of activities make it difficult to eat healthy, exercise and get adequate rest, according to a new survey.

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?

Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Are healthy foods automatically sustainable, too?      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Perceptions about sustainability and healthy food choices are closely linked, a new study shows.

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.

Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Fitness Healthy Aging Staying Healthy
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Poor work performance among Japanese employees strongly associated with insufficient sleep      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

This study examined the association between work performance and lifestyle habits among Japanese employees. The results revealed that insufficient sleep was the predominant factor affecting work performance in men and women, followed by lack of regular exercise and eating late-evening meals. Furthermore, the study indicated that men were more likely to exhibit lifestyle habits that impacted work performance than women.