Source: The Authors/ Pexels Copyright: The Authors/ Pexels URL: https://www.jmir.org/2021/10/e27298 License: Licensed by JMIR October 12, 2021 Contact: Laura Bailey, 734-647-1848, baileylm@umich.edu Mindful Breathing for Pain Control: Like Yin and Yang ANN ARBOR—It has long been known that meditative mindful breathing helps with various health conditions, including pain. To that end, researchers at the University of Michigan compared two types of meditative breathing––traditional mindful breathing and virtual reality, 3D-guided mindful breathing––to reduce pain. They found that each type of breathing lessened pain by modulating the somatosensory cortex, a region of the brain responsible for processing pain, but each used different mechanisms, said Alexandre DaSilva, associateRead More →

Source: Adobe Stock Copyright: Prostock-studio URL: https://stock.adobe.com/ca/images/pregnancy-apps-concept-expectant-woman-using-cellphone/305497970?prev_url=detail License: Licensed by JMIR COVID-19 Restrictions Linked with Elevated Stress in New Moms and Moms-to-Be By: Asher Jones Pregnant women and new mothers in Pennsylvania felt more stressed during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in early 2020 than before the pandemic, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh (hereinafter referred to as “Pitt”), which analyzed participants’ real-time stress levels with an innovative smartphone app. Unlike other studies that investigated stress in women who are pregnant or have given birth during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pitt researchers had access to participants’ stress data from before the virus startedRead More →

Source: Unsplash Copyright: Kate Torline URL: https://unsplash.com/photos/VeiqoYAEeis License: Licensed by JMIR A new study aims to fill a critical research gap on effective, culturally sensitive approaches to smoking cessation among transgender and gender expansive individuals. By Alina Ladyzhensky, University of Pennsylvania While rates of cigarette smoking among adults in the United States have declined significantly over the last several decades, tobacco use disparities remain among some population groups and disproportionately affect members of vulnerable communities. One such group is transgender and gender expansive (TGE) adults, who are twice as likely to smoke cigarettes than cisgender individuals. While research suggests that, given appropriate resources and opportunities,Read More →

Source:PickPik Copyright:PickPik URL: https://www.pickpik.com/man-tablet-technology-work-hands-business-83183 License:Public Domain (CC0) A new web-based intervention to help reduce and prevent repeat self-harm has been designed by researchers alongside those with lived experience. The intervention was tested by a national sample of 514 people who had self-harmed to find out what they thought of it and whether they believed it could help them. The research, which has been published today in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, reveals that the intervention, which has previously been found to be effective, is liked by those with lived experience of self-harm. Therefore, it is likely to be accepted and used widely, researchers believe. TheRead More →

Source: Freepik Copyright: pressfoto URL: https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/schoolboy-with-laptop-his-desk_863190.htm#page=1&query=kids%20laptop%20school&position=21 License: Licensed by JMIR September 7, 2021 The world is increasingly surfing the web to access a wide range of goods and services, and food is no exception. In 2020, web-based food ordering platforms were used by almost 1 billion people across the world. The wide reach of these systems provides a tremendous opportunity to deliver public health interventions, and new research by the University of Newcastle published today in the Journal of Medical Internet Research has investigated the potential of these systems to improve food choices among primary school children. School canteens are the most common take-away foodRead More →

Source: Image created by the Authors Copyright: The Authors URL: https://publichealth.jmir.org/2021/8/e29029/ License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Using Social Media, UC Davis Research Identifies Stressors by Hannah Stevens and Karen Nikos-Rose August 27, 2021 While a life-altering pandemic has caused a substantial uptick in anxiety and depression symptoms among adults and children alike, LGBTQ+ youth have turned to peers in anonymous web-based discussion forums for support. New research from the University of California, Davis, suggests these LGBTQ+ teenagers—who already experience disproportionate levels of psychological adversity—exhibited increased anxiety on the popular r/LGBTeens subreddit throughout 2020 and the start of 2021. With physical isolation leading to an increase inRead More →

Source: Unsplash Copyright: freestocks URL: https://unsplash.com/photos/HAIPJ8PyeL8 License: Licensed by JMIR UC Davis Study Points Out Need to Consider Future Public Health Responses by Hannah Stevens and Karen Nikos-Rose July 19, 2021 Although people in early 2020 hoarded toilet paper, washed their hands incessantly, and wouldn’t leave home, 11 months later, the public pushed the envelope on COVID-19 safety precautions and ignored warnings, a new University of California, Davis, study suggests. Researchers in the Department of Communication examined people’s reactions and expressions of anxiety about news articles on Twitter. Additionally, they investigated reactions to fear-inducing health news over time, despite the steadily rising COVID-19 death toll, said Hannah Stevens,Read More →