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Research Shows Value of Mental Health Training for Teachers in India

Could offering just three days of child mental health training to primary school teachers in a rural area of India help improve teachers’ mental health literacy and address students’ mental health needs?     

Author Tayler Shaw | Publish Date April 16, 2024
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Patient Care    Community    Mental Health   

Jet Lag: How to Combat the Travel Condition That Disrupts Circadian Rhythm

We’ve all had the familiar experience of feeling groggy, irritable, and maybe even ill, when traveling across multiple time zones. While jet lag can be common for any traveler, sleep experts say it’s mostly temporary and can be alleviated through good sleep habits and some extra travel preparation.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date March 22, 2024
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Research    Community    Mental Health    Cannabis

Studying the Relationship Between Cannabis Use and Psychosis in Young Adults 

As director of the Program for Early Assessment, Care, and Study (PEACS), a University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry clinic that focuses on young people at risk of psychotic disorders, Michelle West, PhD, has seen the effects — good and bad — that cannabis can have on teens and adolescents who are showing signs of psychosis, a condition defined as “a cluster of symptoms that involve difficulties knowing what is real and what is not real.” 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 15, 2024
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Patient Care    Community    Mental Health    Pediatrics    Firearm Injury Prevention    Gun Violence Prevention

CU Psychiatry Researchers Develop Framework to Aid Pediatricians Addressing Trauma from Mass Shootings

Most pediatricians don’t provide direct care for a physical injury following a mass shooting, but they often see the effects of those traumatic events land in their office.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 12, 2024
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Community    Mental Health

Daylight & Depression: A Look at Seasonal Affective Disorder

With daylight waning, temperatures dropping, and snow starting to fall, winter is just around the corner. Each winter, approximately 5% of the U.S. adult population experiences a sharp downturn of mood known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or seasonal depression.

Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date November 03, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Mental Health

National Suicide Prevention Week Helps to Break the Stigma Around Mental Health

As one of the leading causes of death in the United States, suicide has likely touched the lives of many people in some way. For nearly 50 years, National Suicide Prevention Week has served to raise awareness of this critical issue, increase empathy and knowledge, and break the stigma around mental health.

Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date September 11, 2023
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Community    Mental Health

Why Some Swifties Report ‘Concert Amnesia’ After Attending the Eras Tour

It’s a concert that many will want to remember forever, but some Eras Tour attendees say that they can’t recall parts of the three-hour jam-packed show orchestrated by pop star Taylor Swift. Even though they were there, singing along at the top of their lungs and recording songs on their phones, some memories seem to have disappeared.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date July 13, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Mental Health

Social Media Growth Gives Rise to Mental Health Self-Diagnoses

In many ways, the increased awareness that social media have brought to mental health is positive – people are more willing to name and discuss feelings and experiences that had long been locked away in silence and, sometimes, shame.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 09, 2023
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Community    Mental Health    Medicine

Risk of Moral Injury May Be Increased Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which held that the U.S. Constitution does not confer the right to an abortion, health care providers across the United States immediately began adapting to a continually shifting health care landscape.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 09, 2023
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Research    Mental Health    Child & Adolescent

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlighted Significant Rates of Anxiety and Depression Among Adolescents

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, adolescent mental health in the United States was a growing and far-reaching concern.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 20, 2023
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Community    Mental Health

Avoiding Stress and Sadness During the Holidays

Despite their reputation as the happiest season of all, filled with family, presents, and peaceful evenings by the fireplace, the holidays, for many, also are accompanied by stress, depression, and anxiety.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 01, 2022
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Research    Community    Awareness    Mental Health   

Creative Arts Therapy May Reduce Stress and Turnover Among Health Care Professionals

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many health care professionals admit they felt tired. Despite doing work they love, the days could be long or frustrating or very, very disheartening.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 28, 2022
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Community    Mental Health

Missy Franklin Shares Mental Health Struggles At Johnson Depression Center Luncheon

When it comes to mental health, it is essential to be vulnerable, to speak out about your struggles, and to practice self-care.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 29, 2021
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Early Win for Preemptive Stents on Vulnerable Coronary Plaque

news outlet9News
Publish DateApril 09, 2024

The concept of using stents to seal off non-flow-limiting vulnerable plaques, before they have a chance to rupture, worked out in the first major trial testing this provocative idea.

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Pregnant women report increased COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy during omicron wave

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Publish DateApril 09, 2024

“As of July 29, 2023, Vaccine Safety Datalink surveillance found just 16.2% of pregnant people aged 18 to 49 years had received a COVID-19 booster vaccine, with only 8.3% of Black pregnant people and 9.6% of Latino pregnant people vaccinated during pregnancy,” Joshua T. B. Williams, assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Ambulatory Care Services at Denver Health and Hospitals, and colleagues wrote.

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Doctors take on dental duties to reach low-income and uninsured patients

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Publish DateApril 09, 2024

Pediatrician Patricia Braun and her team saw roughly 100 children at a community health clinic on a recent Monday. They gave flu shots and treatments for illnesses like ear infections.

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Best Physical Therapy Programs

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Publish DateApril 09, 2024

To become a physical therapist, students must first master areas of science such as biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise physiology and anatomy. These are the top schools to train physical therapists at the doctorate level (DPT). The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Physical Therapy Program is ranked #11.

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