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How have stay-at-home mandates affected mental health?

Although the United Nations warned that a mental health crisis was approaching back in May, new studies have showed the decrease in its harmful effects as individuals adjust to their new routines.

Prof. Dolores Albarracín, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. Bita Fayaz Farkhad, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology, have used internet search data and Google Trends to analyze the current mental health forecast. They found increased searches of words like “boredom,” “loneliness,” “worry,” and “sadness” during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also found that stay-at-home orders correlated with decreased searches for the terms “antidepressants” and “suicide.” They speculate that, due to stay-at-home orders, individuals experienced greater flexibility in how to spend their days and have increased time spent with family.

Read more at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/how-do-stay-at-home-mandates-impact-mental-health#Studying-the-intensity-of-the-impact

The presence of allergic reactions as a result of the Pfizer vaccine.

The CDC and FDA first reported the presence of allergic reactions on December 11, 2020. The report prompted many people in the general population to wonder, Does taking the vaccine outweigh the risks involved?

The main source of concern was the development of Anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction that some people have after exposure to particular foods or medications (including vaccines). Side effects of the condition include difficulty breathing and swallowing, as well as an increased heart rate. Researchers estimate a rate of 11.1 cases of anaphylaxis for every million first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC is still advocating that the benefits outweigh any side effects, "Mortality from COVID-19 in populations at high risk is substantial, and treatment options are limited. Widespread vaccination against COVID-19 with highly effective vaccines represents an important tool in efforts to control the pandemic."

Read more at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/covid-19-allergic-reactions-to-pfizer-vaccine-are-rare

How gut bacteria is being used to protect nerve cells

A new study into mice has found an unidentified type of astrocyte, a star shaped brain cell that may have a role in fighing the inflammation and deterioration of nerve cells.

This finding of research in animals might lead to the development of probiotics that help reduce inflammation in people with neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS) According to Dr. Francisco Quintana, this is the first known instance of astrocytes preventing inflammation. It should be emphasized that their work on astrocytes and inflammation remains at an early stage, focusing on animal models of human disease. .

Read more at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/gut-bacteria-instruct-brain-cells-to-fight-inflammation