Month: September 2020

Image: Shutterstock India is home to several Christian communities, such as Catholics, Protestants, Lutherans, and Syrians. Christianity was introduced to India by one of Christ’s disciples, St. Thomas, who landed on the Malabar coast of Kerala. According to another tradition, Bartholomew the Apostle, who came on a missionary tour to India, introduced Christianity along the Konkan
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 29 2020 Girls – but not boys – who participate actively in school sports activities in middle childhood show improved behavior and attentiveness in early adolescence, suggests a new Canadian study published in Preventative Medicine. Girls who do regular extracurricular sports between ages 6 and 10 show fewer symptoms of
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Nursery rhymes have been an integral part of our childhood; we all grew up listening to the star’s twinkling and how Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Some rhymes are soothing, whereas some are entertaining and an absolute delight. Singing baby rhymes is an activity that not only engages your
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 28 2020 A common genetic deletion boosts the risk for schizophrenia by 30-fold. Generating nerve cells from people with the deletion has showed Stanford researchers why. When nerve cells aren’t busy exchanging information, they’re supposed to keep quiet. If they’re just popping off at random, like in a noisy classroom,
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 28 2020 New guidelines from WHO recommend a set of psychosocial interventions to promote mental health and prevent mental health conditions among adolescents, aged 10-19 years. The recommendations are based on the results of intervention studies – both universal, delivered to all adolescents; and for selected individuals perceived to be
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 25 2020 New research from the University of Sydney finds that even low levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy can have an impact on a child’s brain development and is associated with greater psychological and behavioral problems in youth including anxiety, depression and poor attention. Published today in the prestigious
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 26 2020 A novel mobile health program created in early 2018 by the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has proven to be an effective model for bringing opioid addiction treatment services directly to marginalized individuals, particularly the homeless, a population that faces the highest risk
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 25 2020 A new drug offers hope for young boys with the progressive neuromuscular disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by potentially offering an alternative to high-dose glucocorticoids that have significant side effects. Interim results from a 24-month clinical trial at Duke Health and other institutions suggest that the drug, vamorolone,
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 25 2020 A Dartmouth-led study, published in the journal Pediatrics, offers new details about pediatric mental health boarding in emergency departments across the country, a problem that has steadily increased in the last 10 years and been made worse by a shortage of psychiatric resources. Boarding refers to the practice
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 25 2020 Fragile gains made to advance women and children’s health are threatened by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19, according to a new report from Every Woman Every Child. Protect the Progress: Rise, Refocus, Recover, 2020 highlights that since the Every Woman Every Child movement was launched 10 years
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 24 2020 A comprehensive search of genetic variation databases has revealed no significant differences across populations and ethnic groups in seven genes associated with viral entry of SARS-CoV-2. African Americans and Latinos in the United States and ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. They are
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