If people facing an acute stress situation receive social support from a “human” avatar, behind which there is (or is at least perceived to be) a real person, this works just as well as social support from a real person. Such is the main finding of a study led by Anna Felnhofer and Oswald Kothgassner […]Continue Reading ...
It’s time to strengthen support for the 28% of people who provide care for an aging family member, friend or neighbor in Canada, argues an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Our ability to support informal caregiving remains one of Canada’s most pressing health care and societal issues,” says Dr. Nathan Stall, associate editor, […]Continue Reading ...
Building a circle of trusted adults around a suicidal teen, to support them during vulnerable times, may have long-term effects that reduce their risk of dying young, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Michigan tracked deaths among hundreds of young adults who were hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts during their teen […]Continue Reading ...
Support Group Leaders Support Groups Support Groups are critical to service delivery in the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc. (MGFA). These groups provide support, education, and mutual aid. Please see below to find a support groups in your area. Don’t see a Support Group near you? MGFA offers patient-to-patient phone support […]Continue Reading ...
At the launch of the autumn flu season and amid a rash of weather-related disasters affecting many states, nine in 10 registered voters (89%) believe public health departments play an important role in the health of their community, according to a new poll released today by the de Beaumont Foundation. Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, […]Continue Reading ...
Smoke inhalation, pneumonia, and combat-related trauma are just a few causes of acute respiratory distress syndrome – a condition where the lungs fill with fluid, and is too often fatal. To help these critically ill patients, doctors use extracorporeal life support – a cardiopulmonary bypass system that artificially re-oxygenates blood when the lungs are too […]Continue Reading ...
Providing “targeted” social support to other people in need activates regions of the brain involved in parental care- which may help researchers understand the positive health effects of social ties, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published in the Lippincott […]Continue Reading ...
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 — It’s easy to roll your eyes at the latest news nugget about someone trying to take an “emotional support animal” onto a plane, even though it’s too big or out of control. There’s the large emotional support peacock that was denied a seat aboard a United Airlines flight in January, […]Continue Reading ...
Women aged 50-79 who believed they had more social support were less likely to die during the course of the study, according to a new study led by Dr. Nancy Freeborne, adjunct professor in George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services. Published in Menopause this week, Freeborne and her colleagues at multiple institutions […]Continue Reading ...
Caring for someone with dementia is one of the most challenging caring roles in today’s society. A new Health and Social Care in the Community study has explored the support and social networks of family carers of people with dementia towards the end of life and the role of the internet in supporting them. In […]Continue Reading ...
School can be overwhelming, especially medical school. But Stanford Medicine offers many different forms of mental health support, including a peer-to-peer support program for medical students called Ears 4 Peers. To learn more, I spoke with Dina Wang-Kraus, MD, a Stanford psychiatry and behavioral sciences resident and co-founder of the program. What inspired you to […]Continue Reading ...
Most Canadian smokers are in favor of novel policies to reduce tobacco use, according to a national survey by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC) at the University of Waterloo. Responding to the Canadian government’s commitment to reduce tobacco use to less than five per cent of the population by 2035, the ITC […]Continue Reading ...
As people with cancer use social media to find and develop support systems, a new study looks at YouTube content to determine what kinds of videos elicit an empathetic response from viewers. Researchers have pinpointed several qualities among video diaries that garner the most support from commenters. The study and how it can be applied […]Continue Reading ...
Two Texas-based nonprofits, Candlelighters of El Paso and the Light and Salt Association, have been named the recipients of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2018 Survivor Circle grants. Each organization will receive a $10,000 grant to aid their cancer support programs and will be recognized at an award ceremony on October 23 during […]Continue Reading ...
August 14, 2018 New research illuminates how some men and boys who are contemplating suicide are finding emotional support in an unexpected place: Reddit. Sometimes referred to as the “front page of the Internet,” Reddit is a social news aggregation and discussion website that’s especially popular among young adult males. The website includes several topic-specific […]Continue Reading ...
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