A new study reveals community gardening helps lower stress and anxiety, and reduces cancer risks. Researchers found those who gardened had elevated fiber intake and increased physical activity.The first-ever randomized controlled trial of community gardening shows it boosts fiber intake and physical activity while decreasing stress and anxiety.Funded by the American Cancer Society, the first-ever, randomized, controlled trial of community gardening found that those who started gardening ate more fiber and got more physical activity—two known ways to reduce risk of cancer and chronic diseases. They also saw their levels of stress and anxiety significantly decrease.

A University of Colorado Boulder study has shown that gardening can improve both physical and mental health.Using an app called Urban Mind, researchers found a direct link between positive mood and seeing or hearing birds.Childhood trauma significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with a mental health disorder later in life. For children who experienced emotional abuse, the most prevalent disorder reported was anxiety. Trauma also increased the risks for psychosis, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Significantly, those who experience trauma during childhood were 15 times more likely to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder later in life.Digging in the dirt and growing your own food can improve your physical and mental health. Get tips before starting a garden.

Feeling Anxious or Blue? Ultra-Processed Foods May Be to Blame

Consuming high amounts of highly processed foods can impact mental health, increasing the risk of anxiety and depression.Corporal punishment increases the risk of developing anxiety and depression in adolescents, researchers report. Additionally, corporal punishment alters brain activity and impacts brain development.Children born to parents who are under 20, or those born to mothers over 35 and fathers over 45 are at increased risk of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder later in life. Older men, researchers report, are at greater risk of having a child with bipolar disorder.A sense of purpose may have health-protective benefits including a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline associated with aging.

47% of patients with a mental health disorder receive a different diagnosis within the first ten years of receiving their initial diagnosis.The vulnerability of those with evening chronotypes to anxiety, PTSD, and related disorders may be mediated by altered fear acquisition.A new study reveals vegetarians are two times more likely to suffer from depression than those who eat meat. While nutrition plays a role in depressive symptoms, researchers say social factors and upset over the treatment of animals contribute to symptoms of depression.A new study links daily eating to mortality risk. Those over 40 who eat one meal a day have a higher mortality risk. Those who skip breakfast are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease-associated death, and those who eat meals less than 4.5 hours apart have increased mortality risks.

New research finds smoking significantly increases the risk of a person developing schizophrenia or depression.Excessive exposure to blue light emitted from modern technology such as cell phones, TVs, and computer screens, impacts our basic cellular function and can accelerate aging, a new study reveals.Older adults who spend their free time embarking on intellectually stimulating activities, such as reading, writing, or making crafts, have a 23% lower risk of developing dementia. Additionally, those who exercise and spend time socializing with family or friends also have a significantly decreased risk of dementia.The more a person stares at themselves while in a virtual meeting, the more their mood decreases, a new study reports.

‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Could Mend a Broken Heart

Oxytocin, a hormone connected with bonding and love, could help to heal damage following a heart attack. Researchers found oxytocin stimulates stem cells from the heart’s outer layer and migrates into the middle layer where it develops into muscle cells that generate heart contractions. This could be used to promote the regeneration of heart cells following a heart attack.The TOB gene plays a significant role in reducing depression, anxiety, and fear in mouse models. The findings could have positive implications for developing new treatments for disorders associated with psychiatric stress.Effective neurochemical changes in the brain of those with social anxiety take different forms after SSRI treatment and cognitive behavioral therapy.Augmenting exposure therapy with ten minutes of aerobic exercise reduces PTSD symptom severity for up to six months after a nine-week course of treatment ends.A small team of medical researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. has found that a cancer patient may have put her cancer into remission by taking cannabis oil and magic mushrooms along with receiving a standard course of chemotherapy. In their paper published in the journal Drug Science, Policy and Law, the group describes their study of the circumstances surrounding the patient and the possible ramifications of her experiences.Passive exercise increases cerebral blood flow and improves executive function, providing the same cognitive benefits as more active exercise.

Demand for mental health treatment has continued to increase as many psychologists report no longer having the capacity to see new patients, according to a new survey by the American Psychological Association.Women who have experienced physical, sexual, or financial abuse face worse menopause symptoms and poorer well-being two decades later.Researchers reveal how patients who received fecal transplants showed improvements in bipolar symptoms, as well as reductions in anxiety and ADHD behaviors. Fecal transplants may help in the treatment of a number of mental health disorders.Traits with the strongest Neanderthal DNA contribution were sleep patterns, smoking habits, and alcohol consumption.

High telehealth availability at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) was associated with better care engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic for patients enrolled in Medicaid who had mental health diagnoses, according to a research letter published online Nov. 15 in JAMA Network Open.A new, non-invasive method for measuring cervical nerve activity offers more personal treatments for PTSD and sepsis.Mice lacking a specific serotonin receptor unlearn fear faster than those with the receptor. The findings open the door to the development of new treatments for PTSD and other disorders associated with fear.Study reveals a 44% reduction in suicidal events, including suicide attempts and self-harm, in depressed patients who took folic acid supplements.Loperamide, a common anti-diarrhea medication, could help treat core symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder. The drug activates the μ-opioid receptor, helping to improve social behaviors.Adding to previous research on the gut-brain axis link to Parkinson’s disease, researchers discovered the gut microbiome is involved with multiple pathways in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s.