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A lone cyclist rides past the University of Toronto campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

For university students, COVID-19 stress creates perfect conditions for mental health crises

University students had high rates of mental health issues before the pandemic. The additional stressors of COVID-19 and social isolation will make them even more vulnerable over the winter.
Stress about the coronavirus pandemic can actually increase your risk of infection, but exercise can alleviate the immune system’s stress response. Above, a lone jogger in Ottawa, on March 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Anxiety about coronavirus can increase the risk of infection — but exercise can help

The immune system can respond to stress in ways that harm health. But there's a stress-buster that can help keep you calm and healthy: exercise.
African Americans have worse health outcomes and die earlier than whites. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Study: Racism shortens lives and hurts health of blacks by promoting genes that lead to inflammation and illness

The recent death of Elijah Cummings at age 68 underscores a disturbing statistic: black men die, on average, five years younger than white men. A study shows racism's effects on gene activity.
New suicide data indicates that years of record bloodshed in Mexico have traumatized residents in places where the violence is most concentrated. Reuters/Jorge Lopez

Rising suicides in Mexico expose the mental health toll of living with extreme, chronic violence

Ciudad Juárez, on the US-Mexico border, has suffered high levels of deadly violence for over a decade. New suicide data reveals the severe mental health impacts of living with chronic violence.
The threat of Centrelink debt is one more stressor on already vulnerable people. from www.shutterstock.com

Centrelink debt debacle is bad policy for mental health

The controversial Centrelink debt recovery system is bad news for the mental health of the disadvantaged and vulnerable people it targets.
Stressed woman at computer. Via Shutterstock. From www.shuttterstock.com

Stressed by election results? Try neuroscience

This election season has brought more anger and name-calling than any in recent history, and it has affected many of us. Here are some ways you can ward off some of the stress associated with it.
More young Australians face the daunting task of trying to live a ‘normal’ life while dealing with the after-effects of cancer. Greg Raines/Unsplash

Life interrupted: young people need help moving forward after cancer

If you’re an Australian teenager or young adult diagnosed with cancer, there’s good news: overall survival rates are good and getting better. But what can you expect from life after cancer treatment?
Prolonged periods of stress can aid in the spread of cancer. from shutterstock.com

Chronic stress effects help cancer spread, researchers find

Chronic stress accelerates cancer growth in mice, according to a new study, pointing to potential treatment targets to slow the progression of cancer to other organs.

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