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Dog Ownership Has Positive Effect on Mental Health

A study led by the University of Western Australia has found a positive correlation between mental health benefits and dog ownership. Cui et al examined the longitudinal effect of dog ownership and dog walking on mental health. Mental health disorders are a common problem worldwide, contributing to 14%...

Protecting Teens’ Mental Health Is a Wise Investment

As kids settle into college life, parents and teachers need to be on the lookout for signs of anxiety and depression and be ready to step in to help. My son graduated from high school this summer and now attends college in Savannah, Ga., studying architecture....

Smoking may increase risk of mental health problems – Study

Researchers find link between tobacco cigarettes and depression and schizophrenia The researchers focused on 378 genetic variants that have previously been linked to whether people start smoking. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA Smoking tobacco cigarettes could increase the risk of mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia, research suggests. It...

Biodiversity may benefit mental health by affecting gut bacteria

New research in mice suggests that exposure to a biodiverse soil may improve mental health by raising levels of a bacterium with anxiety-relieving effects. Exposure to biodiversity may have anxiety-relieving effects by altering our gut bacteria, new research in rodents suggests. Intuitively, we know that living in...

Are Mental Health Disorder Rates in Youth Really Increasing?

According to a recently released report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), U.S. suicide rates have been climbing, with a 30% increase from 2000 to 2016 for all age groups. In this report, researchers expressed particular concern for adolescents due to increases in their social...