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The connection between smartwatches and health anxiety: Does this technology actually make us more stressed out?

Smartwatches have exploded in popularity, especially among Millennials and younger Gen-Xers: Companies like Garmin, Apple, and Fitbit all offer wearables that come loaded with features. Heavily marketed features of smartwatches include heart rate and stress monitoring, as well as blood O2 readings.  While vital sign readings can be useful from…

Anxious parents and resilient kids: A guide for stopping the cycle of parental anxiety

The mental health of parents can influence their children environmentally as well as genetically.  When kids are feeling anxious, it may be time to look at what fearful, overcautious parents are teaching children about themselves.  Anxiety is a natural part of life, but anxious parents can model healthy coping strategies…

Children of depressed parents suffer inadvertent effects—these mental health interventions can help

The children of depressed parents could be at an increased risk of developing depression or other mental health disorders. Our external environment, in addition to our parent’s own experience with mental health conditions, may set into motion subtle shifts in our genetics; one allele, in particular, might leave kids vulnerable…

Study suggests that researching your symptoms online almost always delivers inaccurate diagnoses and medical advice

A new study published in The Medical Journal of Australia suggests that online symptom checkers only provide accurate diagnoses 1/3 of the time. A team of researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) evaluated the accuracy of 36 different symptom checkers, inputting symptoms of 48 different “patients.” They pulled clinical information…

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