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Layperson can reduce pregnant women’s depression as well as mental health professional

Perinatal depression has soared during the pandemic. But many mental health professionals are overwhelmed and can’t take on new clients. Good news comes from a new Northwestern Medicine study finding paraprofessionals generated similar reductions in depressive symptoms as mental health professionals when delivering a group-based cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention. The study findings are based on adding […]

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COVID-19 telemonitoring program helps reduce hospital admissions and ER visits

The rapid upscaling of a telemonitoring program in which health care providers performed daily telemedicine check-ins on COVID-19 patients faced a unique set of challenges. How these were resolved, and early outcomes, are reported in the peer-reviewed journal Telemedicine and e-Health. “Kaiser Permanente’s Virtual Home Care Program (VHCP) was able to rapidly establish a telemedicine-based […]

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Mindfulness training does not reduce migraine frequency: study

(HealthDay)—Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) does not improve migraine frequency more than headache education, according to a study published online Dec. 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., M.P.H., from Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and colleagues randomly assigned 89 adults (92 percent female) who experienced four to 20 migraine days […]

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UK to reduce virus quarantine for travellers

Britain said Friday it is to cut its period of self-isolation from 14 to 10 days for travellers arriving from overseas and people who come into contact with positive coronavirus cases. The chief medics for the four nations of the UK said in a joint statement they were “confident” in the changes “after reviewing the […]

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Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?

  TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 — Women with asthma may suffer fewer severe symptom attacks if they are on birth control pills, a large new study suggests. The study of more than 83,000 women with asthma found that those who used birth control pills for at least three years tended to have fewer severe flare-ups. […]