Emergency department visits for attempted suicides rose globally among youth during pandemic

Even though pediatric emergency department visits decreased greatly overall during the COVID-19 pandemic, a newly published study led out of the University of Calgary shows there was also a sharp increase in emergency department visits for attempted suicide and suicide ideation among children and adolescents in that same period of social isolation. Dr. Sheri Madigan, a clinical psychologist in the […]

Skilled nursing facilities continued to provide high quality care for those hospitalized during the pandemic

Older adults who entered skilled nursing facilities (SNF) for care after hospitalizations after the pandemic received rehabilitation care comparable to the levels of care that were provided pre-pandemic, according to research published in the JAMA Health Forum. Despite exceptional challenges during the pandemic, SNFs provided post-acute rehabilitation with only a modest decline in intensity, said the researchers. This suggests that SNFs […]

COVID-19 pandemic increased rates and severity of depression, whether people were infected or not

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted just about every part of people’s lives. Quarantining, social distancing, societal disruptions and an ever-shifting, uncertain landscape of rules and restrictions and variants created stress and isolation that impacted the mental health of millions of Americans. Now, in a new study of nearly 136,000 patients from Intermountain Health in Salt Lake City, researchers found that depressive […]

Spike in obesity among pre-schoolers during pandemic

A new study, published in the European Journal of Public Health based on data from 25,049 children aged three to five, shows an increase in obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new paper is authored by Anton Holmgren, research associate in paediatrics at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and Anna Fält, researcher in child health and parenthood at Uppsala University. Previous […]

New research shows pandemic’s toll on frontline healthcare workers

For frontline healthcare workers, the mental health impact from the pandemic is extending beyond career burnout.  Much of the attention on the mental toll suffered by frontline workers has focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). New research from a collaboration between Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh reveals that even those who are not formally diagnosed as suffering from […]

500,000 missed out on blood pressure lowering drugs during pandemic

Nearly half a million people missed out on starting medication to lower their blood pressure during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre at Health Data Research UK published today in Nature Medicine [1]. The researchers say that thousands of people could suffer an avoidable heart attack or stroke due to delays […]

Survey finds demand for cosmetic surgery, driven by women under 45, surged after the pandemic

After the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new national survey called the Inaugural ASPS Insights and Trends Report: Cosmetic Surgery 2022 finds many Americans are now investing in themselves through cosmetic procedures, despite an uncertain economy. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons polled member surgeons nationwide and found more than three-quarters of cosmetic-focused plastic surgery practices are seeing more business than before the pandemic, with […]

How did the early COVID-19 pandemic affect cancer survivors?

Recent research indicates that during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proportion of working-aged U.S. adults without health insurance did not change despite increases in unemployment, and the prevalence of unhealthy behaviors decreased. The findings, which were published by Wiley online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, pertained to individuals with and without a history of cancer. […]

Financial and sleeping difficulties are key mental health risk indicators in university students

A new study of student wellbeing during the pandemic by the University of Warwick has identified worsened financial situation and sleep difficulties as key indicators of individuals at higher risk of developing mental health issues. The findings will be valuable to higher education institutions in identifying those students at higher risk of developing mental health issues, and will help to […]

Did Covid-19 increase childhood diabetes rates?

Scientists have worried since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic that the virus, and the societal response to the outbreak, could have knock-on effects on health. One of the areas receiving a great deal of attention in recent months has been the potential for the pandemic to impact diabetes rates among children. The number of children with diabetes has grown […]