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Toxic stress in LGBTQIA+ communities: How Ball culture heals

Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond — an author, mentor, and the founder and CEO of Wise Chipmunk, an education and research firm — speaks about the healing effect of Ball culture in LGBTQIA+ communities in this op-ed feature for Medical News Today. In recent years, researchers have made strides in understanding stress and its effects on the

What is COVID-19 anxiety syndrome?

As lockdowns and restrictions ease in various locations, some people find it extremely challenging to reacclimate to “normal” life. As the pandemic recedes, some consider this phenomenon as the next emerging mental health crisis. Over a year has passed since SARS-CoV-2 began to spread across the world. Its appearance, which first caused mild concern, soon

What does loneliness look like in the brain?

Brain images from people experiencing loneliness show distinct features within certain neural regions, suggesting that those who feel lonely may be able to fill their desire for human connection by imagining social contexts and interactions. Human connection is a key factor in people’s physical and mental health. However, the impacts of COVID-19 and the need

Cynical hostility might lead to cardiovascular disease

In today’s turbulent political climate, hostility is becoming an increasingly familiar part of everyday life. This negative environment not only makes it uncomfortable to socialize, but prolonged, cynical hostility may pose a serious health issue. According to a Baylor University-led study that appeared in the September 2020 issue of Psychophysiology, cynical hostility may cause an

Unwanted thoughts are easier to control when rested

A study finds sleep deprivation makes unwelcome thoughts occur more frequently and makes them harder to manage. It’s not uncommon for unwelcome thoughts to cross a person’s mind now and again. According to psychologist Marcus Harrington of the Department of Psychology at the University of York in the United Kingdom, “For most people, thought intrusions

The superwoman role: Physical and mental health impacts on Black women

Medical News Today has interviewed Prof. Cheryl Giscombé, an expert on stress-related health disparities among African Americans, about a source of pressure that many African-American women experience: the obligation to project an image of strength or that of fulfilling a ‘superwoman’ role. In 2010, Prof. Cheryl Giscombé, Ph.D., published a paper entitled Superwoman Schema: African

Racial minorities experience higher COVID-19-related discrimination

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, marginalized racial groups and those who wore face masks reported an increase in discrimination from people who thought they might have the virus. The online survey of people living in the United States suggests that between March and April 2020, the percentage of people who experienced discrimination related to COVID-19

Link between dementia and repetitive negative thinking identified

A new study has identified a possible link between negative repetitive thinking and the key signs of dementia. New research has suggested a link between the key signs of dementia, the buildup of proteins in the brain and cognitive decline, and repetitive negative thinking (RNT). The research, published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, lays