Consuming Fruit and Vegetables and Exercising Can Make You Happier” – This research is the first to assess the causation of how happiness, the consumption of fruit and vegetables and exercising are related, rather than generalising a correlation.  It found that it is the consumption of fruit and vegetables and exercising that makes people happy and not the other way round.  This info may provide helpful behavioral info for your clients/patients – or for your own well-being. From: NeuroscienceNews.com

Increasing use of behavioral care helps patients recover faster from surgery” – this post reviews a growing body of evidence about perioperative behavioral pain therapy’s effectiveness, particularly for pain reduction, but also psychological distress and medication abuse. The challenges of providing in-person, individualized behavioral services in a surgical program are reviewed.  The benefits of an online approach are discussed.  From: MedicalXPress.com

Perturbations in Gut Microbiota Composition in Psychiatric Disorders” –  a review and meta-analysis of 59 case-control studies found that gut microbiota ‘perturbations” were associated with a “transdiagnostic pattern. ” The findings were associated with depletion of certain anti-inflammatory butyrate-producing bacteria and an enrichment of pro-inflammatory bacteria in depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety. These findings fit with genetic and inflammatory marker studies, and support the transdiagnostic dimensional model of psychiatric disorders by highlighting the gut microbiota as an additional dimensional component. From: JAMANetwork.com, JAMA Psychiatry

Infants exposed to domestic violence have poorer cognitive development” – Infants coming from homes with domestic violence often go on to have worse academic outcomes in school due to neurodevelopmental lags and a higher risk for a variety of health issues, including gastrointestinal distress, trouble eating and sleeping, as well as stress and illness.  On the other hand, infants coming from homes with “multiple father figures” (who may be able to provide more support for the household with food, housing, childcare, finances) do better.  From: ScienceDaily.com

Six stages of engagement in ADHD treatment revealed in new, diverse study”  based on the experiences of parents throughout the various stages that families navigate from diagnosis through the treatment process, and also the interplay between themselves, their families, communities and the systems serving their child, including healthcare and education.  But, family/parents and their providers may be at different stages, leading to “stage mismatch” and barriers to progress in therapy.  From: ScienceDaily.com

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