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Teen girls suicide attempts up dramatically in pandemic: study

Teen girls suicide attempts up dramatically in pandemic: study

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts by teenage girls rose significantly last year compared to 2019, highlighting the mental health impact of the pandemic. “By early May 2020, ED visit counts for suspected suicide attempts began increasing among …

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New mothers negatively impacted by COVID-19 pandemic policies

New mothers negatively impacted by COVID-19 pandemic policies

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Giving birth can be a joyous, yet stressful experience in the best of times—but what happens when a global public health crisis is thrown into the mix? McGill University and the University of Toronto researchers examined the effects certain pandemic policies have had on the mental health of Canadian women who …

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New research highlights effects of social isolation and loneliness on veterans during pandemic

New research highlights effects of social isolation and loneliness on veterans during pandemic

The research assessed the effect of some of SSAFA’s wellbeing interventions with former service personnel. Credit: SSAFA New research published this week by the Armed Forces charity SSAFA conducted by the University of Bath highlights the positive impact of wellbeing interventions for veterans. It finds that beneficiaries’ interactions with SSAFA volunteers and employees during the …

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The effects of the pandemic on people living with dementia

The effects of the pandemic on people living with dementia

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Dr. Katya Numbers from the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has posed unique risks to people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dr. Numbers’ research has revealed people living with dementia have a relatively high risk of contracting severe COVID-19 and are also at risk of …

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Why standard ways of valuing health were set aside during the pandemic

Why standard ways of valuing health were set aside during the pandemic

QALYs are often used to assess the value of medicines and other interventions to improve health. Credit: sfam_photo/Shutterstock Governments around the world initially responded to COVID-19 according to the single most important aim: saving lives. But as the pandemic continued, affecting both health and finances, questions started arising as to what the right focus should …

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Experts call for new standards for diagnostic tests to address problems during pandemic

Experts call for new standards for diagnostic tests to address problems during pandemic

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) has today published its review of the statistical evidence needed to assure the performance of future diagnostic tests, so we are better prepared for future pandemics. The RSS Working Group on Diagnostic Tests, which is co-chaired by University of Birmingham’s Professor Jon Deeks, is calling on …

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Study: Spread of Misinformation About Face Masks and COVID-19 by Automated Software on Facebook. Image Credit: Zigres / Shutterstock

Social media ‘bots’ continue to spread misinformation on mask wearing amid COVID-19 pandemic

While not a new problem, the spread of misinformation throughout the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has exploded on almost every social media platform. Recently, a group of researchers analyzed conversations on public Facebook groups to explored automated misinformation on mask wearing. The team published their findings as a research letter in the JAMA Internal …

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Poll finds risky drinking patterns in older adults during pandemic

Poll finds risky drinking patterns in older adults during pandemic

Key findings from a poll of people ages 50 to 80 about alcohol use in 2020, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: University of Michigan As many older adults get back to normal life across the United States thanks to high rates of vaccination and lower COVID-19 activity, a new poll suggests many should watch …

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Study reveals changes in cigarette smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic

Study reveals changes in cigarette smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Last year, people who smoked had a variety of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, with some increasing their smoking to help them cope and others quitting to potentially lessen their vulnerability to COVID-19. That’s the finding of new research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and conducted by investigators …

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