Alert 125: Well-Being News Review
- November 24, 2019
- / Dr. Peter Breggin
- / frequent-alerts
Here is a review of recent
"35 minutes a day of physical activity may protect against new episodes […] In a paper published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, the team reported that individuals who engaged in at least several hours of exercise each week were less likely to be diagnosed with a new episode of depression..."
"Any amount of running is linked to a significantly lower risk of death from any cause, finds a pooled analysis of the available evidence, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. If more people took up running — and they wouldn’t have to run far or fast — there would likely be substantial improvements in population health and longevity, conclude the researchers."
"This study found an association between increased screen-based media use, compared with the AAP guidelines, and lower microstructural integrity of brain white matter tracts supporting language and emergent literacy skills in prekindergarten children."
"The study, published in Nature, found that not sleeping enough can lead to changes in the brain that are linked to higher levels of anxiety."
Research is rapidly illuminating the critical role of sleep in mental health, from your mental states the following day to possibly preventing long-term major neurological diseases. Just a few weeks agothat during deep sleep the brain sweeps out toxins that accumulate during the day, which may be essential for preventing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. ~ Ian
"It’s no surprise that technology can have a negative impact on relationships. But David Schramm, Utah State University assistant professor and Extension family life specialist, is particularly interested in how technology interferes with two of the most important spaces for interaction and connection – in the bed and at the table."
"A team of researchers led by scientists from the University of Bristol in the UK has added weight to growing evidence that smoking can have a negative effect on mental health."
"When compared with an untreated depressed group, antidepressant exposure was associated with adverse outcomes at birth."
"The world's top published happiness researchers were asked to rank the most effective and feasible strategies to happiness. Here's the list, though most of the results aren't shocking."
"In Illinois, it’s legal for school employees to seclude students in a separate space — to put them in “isolated timeout” — if the students pose a safety threat to themselves or others. Yet every school day, workers isolate children for reasons that violate the law."
Two studies were published last week demonstrating that levels of Prozac found in natural waterways from human waste are sufficient to impair the behavior of fish.
"Fluoxetine exposure altered the swimming behavior of larvae, as shown by the reduction of the distance traveled by treated larvae in response to an external stimulus."
"Psychoactive pollutants such as antidepressants, are increasingly detected in the environment and have long been shown to disrupt the behaviour of non-target species."
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