Link Between Diet And Depression Confirmed Among Islanders

We have long suspected a link between diet and depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. A study out of Australia reinforces that belief. It also shines a light on the damage highly-processed fast food can do to human mental health.

Will Teen Cannabis Use Impair Cognitive Development?

The relationship between teen cannabis use and cognitive impairment has been studied frequently. One question has been whether the cognitive impairment is causal or consequential to the cannabis use. A study out of Canada sought to answer that question and find out what effects teen cannabis use has on cognition.

Does Emotional Trauma Increase Sports Injury Risk?

Athletes, especially top-level athletes, know that competitive play carries a risk of injury. The risks can be mitigated with proper physical training. But what about the lasting damage from physical or sexual abuse? Can those scars increase the risk of injury, too?

Alcohol Consumption, Aging And Cognitive Function

It has been pretty widely accepted that cognitive ability declines as we age. If you ask most people, including most doctors, if alcohol consumption is good for cognitive function, they’d likely say no. But are they right? Does alcohol consumption speed age-related cognitive decline?

On Solitude And The Opinions Of Others

Most Americans avoid solitude. We crave contact and approval from others. But there are things we can only gain from being alone. There’s something revelatory about being alone for an extended period. We learn things about ourselves that we simply can’t when surrounded by others.

Risk Factors And Prevention Of Substance Abuse Disorder

In 2019, over 67,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Nearly 15 million abused alcohol regularly. Substance abuse isn’t going away. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse. But can we predict who will have a substance abuse disorder? Can we use such information to tailor prevention strategies that work?

Social Connection Protects Against Depression

Doctors and researchers have studied depression for many years. Dozens of risk factors and behaviors that influence the condition have been discovered. Many of those factors and behaviors are modifiable. Now, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have narrowed that field down to a key few modifiable factors.

Stress In Older Adults During COVID-19 Coronavirus Lockdowns

Social distancing and government-imposed lockdowns may help mitigate the spread and death rate from COVID-19 coronavirus. However, these same measures may be adding stress to the lives of a vulnerable population, older Americans. Many are finding new tools (some good, some not so good) to manage that stress.