(HealthDay News) — Spending for Florida Medicaid enrollees with depression increased considerably from 1996 to 2005, according to a study published in the December issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Catherine A. Fullerton, M.D., M.P.H., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues assessed longitudinal trends in health service utilization, spending, and quality of care for depression, among Florida Medicaid enrollees (aged 18 to 64 years), between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 2006. Mental health care expenditures, including inpatient, outpatient, and medication spending were assessed after adjusting for inflation and case mix, and quality-of-care measured, were evaluated.
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(HealthDay News) — Vigorous exercise offers more of a mood boost than less strenuous exercise, a new study finds.
U.K. researchers compared 11 sedentary people who did moderate and high-intensity exercise. Their mood was assessed before, during, immediately following, and 20 minutes after they did the workouts.
The participants’ moods were more negative during and immediately after high-intensity exercise, compared to when they did the less strenuous exercise or no exercise. However, their mood 20 minutes after doing the vigorous workout was much better compared to before the workout.
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(HealthDay News) — First-grade classrooms with poor environments — not enough resources, teachers who feel disrespected by colleagues — have been linked to a higher number of mental health problems in students, according to a new study.
The study doesn’t prove that classrooms that face more challenges directly cause mental health problems in kids. However, “being in a classroom with a lack of resources might adversely impact children’s mental health because children are frustrated or disheartened by their surroundings,” said study lead author Melissa A. Milkie, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland.
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(HealthDay News) — Women who undergo an abortion don’t seem to face a greatly increased risk of mental health problems after having the procedure, a new study suggests.
Trine Munk-Olsen, lead author of the study published in the Jan. 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, said she was “not surprised by [the] findings,” given that they mirror previous research on the subject.
“Most well-made studies in the field of abortion and mental health show that having an abortion is not associated with an increased risk of having a psychiatric episode,” she said.
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