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Study: Older Adults At Risk For Opioids And Suicide
New research by Assistant Professor Keith Chan of the University at Albany School of Social Welfare finds while there is a higher risk for suicide in older and younger adults who misuse opioids, the prevalence in older adults is particularly concerning.
The findings were recently published in the Journal of Opioid Management.
Chan and his team used weighted logistic regression analyses to examine the relationship between nonmedical prescription opioid use (NMPOU) over the past year with suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts. The results were separated by age group.
Findings from his study came from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which includes a nationally-representative cohort of 38,136 adults 18 and older.
School of Social Welfare Dean Lynn Warner said, “Dr. Chan’s research adds to the evidence abo
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Major Study Finds One In Five Children Have Mental Health Problems
One in five Ontario children and youth suffer from a mental disorder, but less than one-third have had contact with a mental health care provider, says the Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS).
Although those overall results echo a similar study from 1983, the new study found a much larger proportion of children and youth with a disorder had contact with other health providers and in other settings, most often through schools.
The new study, called the 2014 OCHS for when data collection started, found that the patterns of prevalence among different sexes and age groups have changed.
Hyperactivity disorder in boys four to 11 years old jumped dramatically from nine to 16 percent, but there has been a substantial drop in disruptive behaviour among males 12 to 16 years old from 10 to 3 percent. There has been a steep increase in anxiety and depression among both male and female youth from 9
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10 Tips For Keeping The Stress Down
Exercising and eating right are certainly primary components of wellness. But don’t underestimate the importance of keeping stress down. High stress really can interfere with your healthy eating and workout routines.
“Wellness is about more than just eating healthy. It’s the eating properly and exercising, but it’s also about stress reduction. It’s all of those things that have an impact on us every single day. It all plays a role,” says Adriane Kozlovsky, MS, RD, LDN, a clinical dietitian at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital. “Stress can have as much of a negative impact as eating high-fat foods or not exercising and being sedentary.”
Try these 10 tips for lowering stress and staying in a happier mood:
Plan a trip (even if you don’t end up taking it)
Arranging a nice getaway is something to look forward to. Even if the trip never happens for whatever reason, the planning
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For Busy Medical Students, Two-Hour Meditation Study May Be Just As Beneficial As Longer Course
For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a Rutgers study finds.
The study, conducted by researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is published in the journal Medical Science Educator. The researchers say many medical students would like to use meditation to avoid burnout and provide better medical care, but are daunted by the prospect of making time for a daily meditation routine.
“What we found should encourage even the busiest medical students and physicians,” said lead author Periel Shapiro, an MD candidate at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “There are shorter, sustainable ways to bring meditation into your life, and they can help you reduce stress and depression and improve your medical study and practice