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In early 2021, racial and ethnic minorities had higher rates of depression and anxiety than white people, even after controlling for various factors — ScienceDaily

Racial and ethnic minorities bore a disproportionate mental health burden during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Andrew Chan of Harvard Medical School, Tim Spector of King’s College London, and colleagues. Previous research has established that minorities have borne a disproportionate COVID-19 burden, […]

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Unintended benefit of pandemic policy to shield homeless people from COVID-19 — ScienceDaily

In the first year of the pandemic, San Francisco and other communities in California offered private hotel rooms, three meals a day and on-site medical services to homeless people who were at risk of getting severe COVID-19. The aim was to stop the spread of the virus among a highly vulnerable group, but the policy […]

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‘These work requirements harm people with no measurable benefit to the economy’ — ScienceDaily

Being exposed to work requirements in order to receive nutrition benefits from the U.S. government significantly increased mental health care use for depression and anxiety, a new Northwestern University study has found. The policy’s negative effects occurred much sooner for women than men. This is the first study to look at how work requirements associated […]

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Theory suggests that lack of perceived safety may impact the health of people in marginalized communities more than exposure to discriminatory events — ScienceDaily

Where do you feel safe? And with whom? Where are the spaces in your life where you can truly relax, let your guard down, and not feel like a threat might be lurking? Over the course of human history, such safety is relatively rare. And for people in marginalized communities, it can be very hard […]

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Road injuries are killing young people, and it’s hardly slowing down — ScienceDaily

New research led by UNSW Sydney reveals traffic-related fatalities and injuries are the biggest killers of young people worldwide – causing more deaths than communicable and non-communicable diseases or self-harm. The findings are published todayin The Lancet Public Health in thefirst global analysis of transport and unintended injury-related morbidity and mortality of young people aged […]

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More young people begin recreational cannabis use illegally in states that legalize it — ScienceDaily

Once a state legalizes recreational cannabis, residents are more likely to start using it, including those too young to do so legally, report researchers at University of California San Diego. The findings, published online in the May 26, 2022 issue of Addiction, counter claims that legalization does not increase cannabis use, particularly among youth. The […]

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Geoengineering could return risk of malaria for one billion people — ScienceDaily

Geoengineering the climate would have massive repercussions for the health of billions of people at risk of malaria who live in tropical countries, according to a new finding by scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center and colleagues. The study appeared April 20, 2022, in Nature Communications. This is the first assessment of how geoengineering the […]