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Lower Rates Of Psychological Distress May Be Associated With Moderate Daily Produce Intake In Middle-Aged And Older Adults, Study Indicates

Healio (3/24, Tedesco) reported, “Lower rates of psychological distress were associated with moderate daily intake of fruits and vegetables in middle-aged and older adults,” researchers found after conducting a “cross-sectional, prospective study of 60,404 adults (aged 45 years or older) from Australia using logistic regression models.” The findingswere published online in the BMJ Open.

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— “Daily fruit, vegetable consumption linked with reduced psychological distress, Healio, March 24, 2017.

US Adolescents With Autism May Be Four Times More Likely To Visit An ED Than Teens Without Autism, Researchers Say

HealthDay (3/24, Preidt) reported that adolescents in the US with autism may be “four times more likely to visit an emergency” department (ED) than teens without autism, researchers found. After analyzing “nine years of private insurance health-care claims of 12- to 21-year-olds,” investigators also found that “the proportion of” ED “visits by teens with autism for a mental health crisis rose from 12 percent in 2005 to 22 percent in 2013.” The findings were published in the February issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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— “Teens With Autism More Likely to Land in ER, Study Finds,”Robert Preidt, HealthDay, March 24, 2017.

People With Autism More Likely Than General Population To Die Because Of Injuries, Study Indicates

CNN (3/21, Scutti) reports that research published online in the American Journal of Public Health indicates “preventable injuries often lead to death among people with autism.” The study found that people with autism “are three times more likely than the general population to die because of injuries.” Meanwhile, the study indicates that “for children and young teens with this developmental disability, the numbers are more striking: They are 40 times more likely to die from injury than the general child population.”

HealthDay (3/21, Thompson) reports that the study, which included data on “nearly 1,370 people diagnosed with autism who died between 1999 and 2014,” found that children “with an autism spectrum disorder are 160 times more likely to die from drowning compared with the general pediatric population.”

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— “Children with autism 40 times more likely to die from injury, study says,”Susan Scutti, CNN, March 21, 2017.

Romanian Adoptees Exposed To Institutions Shortly After Birth May Have Increased Risk For Mental And Neurodevelopment Impairment Later In Life Despite Living In Supportive Families, Study Finds

Healio (3/21, Oldt) reports that Romanian “adoptees exposed to institutions shortly after birth had increased risk for mental and neurodevelopmental impairment later in life, despite living in supportive families for more than 20 years,” researchers found after analyzing “data from the English and Romanian Adoptees study, a longitudinal, natural experiment investigation of long-term outcomes of individuals severely deprived from soon after birth to up to 43 months in Romanian institutions before being adopted in the United Kingdom.” The findings were published online Feb. 22 in The Lancet. The author of an accompanying comment observed the “study elegantly support the rule of the earlier the better for improving the caregiving environment for young children whose basic needs are profoundly violated.”

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— “Deprivation prior to adoption negatively affects later mental health, Healio, March 21, 2017.

Addiction To Tanning May Be Related To Other Addictive Behaviors, Study Reveals

Medical Daily (3/23, Delzo) reports that an addiction to tanning may be related to “other addictive behaviors,” researchers found after surveying “499 white, non-Hispanic males and females who had previously tanned indoors or outdoors.” The study revealed that “participants who were tanning dependent were six times as likely to be dependent on alcohol, five times more likely to exhibit ‘exercise addiction,’ and three times as likely to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).” The findings were published online Feb. 21 in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

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— “Tanning Addiction Linked To Alcohol Dependence, Other Addictive Behaviors, Study Finds,” Janissa Delzo, Medical Daily, March 23, 2017.

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