Youth Mental Health Hospitalization Rates Rose in 2020

Mental health hospitalization rates rose for Canadian children and youth between ages 5 and 24 years in 2020, despite a slight decrease in the overall number of hospital visits, according to new data. Hospitalizations for eating disorders increased significantly, rising nearly 60% for girls between ages 10 and 17 years. “One of the key questions … Read more

Running to the Top: Exercise and Mental Health

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! We’ve probably been given this advice or know of others who have been given this advice time and time again… to eat healthier, and more important, to exercise. While exercise is not necessarily the cure-all for the world’s infections and diseases, it plays an important role in … Read more

Has the Anti-Benzodiazepine Backlash Gone Too Far?

When benzodiazepines were first introduced, they were greeted with enthusiasm. Librium came first, in 1960, followed by Valium in 1962, and they were seen as an improvement over barbiturates for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. From 1968 to 1982, Valium (diazepam) was the No. 1-selling US pharmaceutical: 2.3 billion tablets of Valium were … Read more

Patients With Heart Failure May Need Psychological Treatment

Depression and other psychosocial risk factors can foster the onset of heart failure and exacerbate its course. The significance of this connection is often underestimated, however. A position paper by the European Association of Preventive Cardiology therefore recommends that psychosocial risk factors be more integrated into the treatment of patients with chronic heart failure. “Patients … Read more

Exercise Provides Twice the CV Benefit in Anxiety, Depression

Meeting guideline-recommended exercise targets is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in everyone, but the benefits may be particularly clear for people with anxiety and depression, a new analysis suggests. In a study of more than 50,000 adult patients with or without CVD or risk factors who were followed for a median … Read more

High-Intensity Exercise Helps Patients With Anxiety Quit Smoking

DENVER ― High-intensity exercise may help patients with anxiety quit smoking, new research shows. Results from a randomized study of 150 participants reporting symptoms of anxiety showed that among daily smokers who received a personalized, high-intensity aerobic intervention, rates of smoking abstinence were nearly twice as great as for those who received a lower-intensity exercise … Read more

Women Have Made Strides in Medicine, but There Are Miles to Go

As a female physician, I was excited that March was recognized as International Women’s Month. Reflecting back on the day, I was happy about the strides the medical community has made in regards to including women and treating women as equals. As the only woman in my residency class, it is clear that the medical … Read more

Resistance Exercise May Be Best Workout for a Good Night’s Sleep

A randomized trial suggests resistance exercise promotes better sleep than other workouts among inactive adults, particularly those who are poor sleepers. Angelique Brillenthin “We thought resistance exercise would be somewhere in the same neighborhood as aerobic exercise or that maybe combined exercise would be a little bit better but, no, it was consistently resistance exercise, … Read more

A Breath of Fresh Air

I recently came across an article in my newsfeed about nature prescriptions. You’ve probably received at least one prescription, given a prescription, or known someone who has received a prescription for a medication, but it’s less likely that you’ve known someone who has received a nature prescription — or perhaps that’s just me. When I … Read more

Healthy Gut Tied to Better Cognition

A healthy, diverse gut microbiome is associated with better cognitive function in middle age, new research suggests. Investigators cognitive conducted testing and analyzed stool samples in close to 600 adults and found that beta-diversity, which is a between-person measure of gut microbial community composition, was associated with cognitive scores. Three specific bacterial genera showed a … Read more