Study finds that unit cohesion may mitigate mental health issues from combat exposure

Study finds that unit cohesion may mitigate mental health issues from combat exposure
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Concerns around the mental health of returning service members—particularly those with combat exposure—continues to dominate discussion amongst military and medical professionals.

A range of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicidal ideation, commonly surface in service members post-deployment. Honoring the service members who protect us, then, involves actively seeking to mitigate these effects and to protect them, too.

To this end, the U.S. Department of Defense funded a study to determine the impact of unit cohesion during deployment on post-deployment mental health—and the findings show that taking a more preliminary approach to addressing mental health may be the way forward.

“Our team identified unit cohesion, the shared identity and mutually supportive relationships that develop among members of the same unit, as the key potential factor for reducing the adverse mental health outcomes of combat exposure,” Flynn says.

Using longitudinal survey data

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N.H. health officials warn of COVID-19 exposure at Portsmouth restaurant

Health officials in New Hampshire are warning patrons of a Portsmouth restaurant that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 if they sat at the bar between Sept. 30 and Oct. 4.

Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe has been closed since Wednesday.

On Sunday, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement saying one person with a confirmed case of coronavirus may have infected others who sat at the bar on Sept. 30 between 5 and 9 p.m.; Oct. 1 between 5 and 9 p.m.; Oct. 2 between 5 and 10 p.m.; Oct. 3 between 5 and 10 p.m.; or Oct. 3 between 5 and 9 p.m.

DHHS said it has already notified people who may have come in direct contact with the person, but anyone who who sat at the bar during those days and times are asked to contact DHHS at 603-271-4496 for further guidance.

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Stay-at-home orders cut noise exposure almost in half

Oct. 9 (UPI) — Sometimes, living the quiet life is a choice. Other times, it’s the reality of a global pandemic. New research suggests lockdowns and stay-at-home orders led to a dramatic reduction in noise exposure.

For the study, published Friday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, scientists at the University of Michigan collected noise exposure data from volunteer Apple Watch wearers in Florida, New York, California and Texas.

“Volunteer participants opted to share environmental sound data from their Apple Watch and headphone sound data from their iPhone,” researchers wrote. “Participants for this analysis were chosen from four states which exhibited diverse responses to COVID-19.”

Scientists analyzed more than half-a-million sound exposure measurements from before and during the pandemic.

In locations where governments issued social distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders, average sound exposure dropped three decibels during March and April compared to January and February.

“That is a huge reduction

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Irdai releases exposure draft on color coding of individual products of health insurance



text, whiteboard: All the seven parameters shall be given an equal weightage of 14.28%.


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All the seven parameters shall be given an equal weightage of 14.28%.

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) on Monday came out with the exposure draft on color coding of individual products of health insurance business. This move will enable policyholder to understand the level of complexity while buying the health insurance products.

The insurance regulator stated that to make product choice easier to the customer it is considered important to introduce the system of color coding in respect of all the individual products under the category of health insurance business. The color codes that can be allotted are green, orange and red.

According to the exposure draft, color code green shall signify that the product offered is a simple product, easy to understand and comprehend. Orange color shall signify that the product offered is moderately complex. While the color code red

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After Biden’s Exposure to Trump, His Team Is Cagey on Health Questions

“The combination of the two factors makes Biden a close contact, even if the letter of the law doesn’t consider him one,” Dr. Marr said.

Mr. Biden tested negative for the virus twice on Friday, the Biden campaign said. He was not tested on Saturday and left his home for part of the day, going to a theater to participate in a virtual event and a church to attend Mass. The campaign announced his latest negative test result on Sunday night. Pressed on CNN about the frequency of Mr. Biden’s coronavirus tests, Ms. Sanders said the candidate was “tested before we travel.”

In the coming days, the Biden campaign is aiming to balance health precautions with continued travel in Florida on Monday and in Arizona on Thursday. Yet Mr. Trump’s positive test has plainly injected an extraordinary measure of uncertainty into the race.

“We only have a few weeks left

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Public health officials concerned about potential COVID exposure among evacuated residents of 2 nursing homes

Residents at two east Santa Rosa nursing homes that for months have successfully kept their patients free of COVID-19 were forced to evacuate their residents, sending them to evacuation centers, family homes and other facilities during the Glass fire earlier this week.

The emergency evacuations of those most vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic is raising concerns among health officials of potential exposure to the virus in the community.

Spring Lake Village on Montgomery Drive and Summerfield Healthcare Center on Summerfield Road were both evacuated the night of the fire, their residents sent to several locations, including other nursing facilities, family homes and evacuation centers.

“It is very worrisome that people who had no contact to COVID had to potentially go to situations where they could be exposed to COVID, especially that vulnerable population that we’re trying to really keep safe,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County’s health officer.

Mase said

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Sask Health Authority issues COVID exposure alert for Regina



a close up of a sign: The Saskatchewan Health Authority says anyone who visited the Golden Mile Real Canadian Superstore and the Avonhurst Drive Western Pizza they may have been exposed to COVID-19.


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The Saskatchewan Health Authority says anyone who visited the Golden Mile Real Canadian Superstore and the Avonhurst Drive Western Pizza they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning people who visited two Regina businesses may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

The SHA issued a potential exposure alert for Western Pizza, at 2820 Avonhurst Dr., for Thursday, Sept. 17 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. as well for Friday, Sept. 18 during the same hours.

The Health Authority is also warning patrons of the Real Canadian Superstore, at 3806 Albert St. on the Golden Mile, that they may also have been exposed to COVID-19 on Monday, Sept. 21, between noon and 12:30 p.m.

Read more: Second COVID-19 case confirmed at Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon

In a statement released on Sunday morning, the government agency said an

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Possible coronavirus exposure at Auburn restaurant, health officials say

An employee who worked at the Mesa Grande Taqueria restaurant in Auburn on Sunday, Sept. 20, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Cayuga County officials.

The employee worked from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the restaurant at 100 Genesee St., Auburn.

Anyone who was at the restaurant during that time should monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure. That means the monitoring period lasts through Oct. 4.

The Auburn restaurant will be closed until 11 a.m. Monday, the restaurant posted on its Facebook page:

“We received news late yesterday evening that one of our staff members had a positive Covid-19 test,” the post read. “Due to concerns for our staff and customers’ safety, we will be closed this weekend until we receive further information from the NYS Health Department. We would like to let everyone know that this employee was not in

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services launches SlowCOVIDNC exposure notification app

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday launched a COVID-19 exposure notification app called SlowCOVIDNC. The app will help North Carolinians slow the spread of the virus by alerting them when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

It is completely anonymous and does not collect, store or share personal information or location data.

“At Campus Health, we are excited to have another tool in our toolbox to help protect our students and the community,” Campus Health Executive Director Ken Pittman said. “Everyone can play a role, and downloading this app is one easy step we all can take to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

SlowCOVIDNC, which leverages Google and Apple’s Exposure Notification System, alerts users who have the app if they have been in close contact with an individual who later tests positive for COVID-19. It is voluntary to

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Researchers hypothesize coronavirus immunity from dengue exposure

A new study suggests a mosquito-borne illness called dengue may afford some immunity against coronavirus.

Researchers at Duke University analyzed factors contributing to the spread of coronavirus cases in Brazil, and found an inverse correlation between the percentage of people with antibody levels for dengue fever and COVID-19 cases, growth rate and mortality.

“States in which a large fraction of the population had contracted dengue fever in 2019-2020 reported lower COVID-19 cases and deaths, and took longer to reach exponential community transmission, due to slower SARS-CoV-2 infection growth rates,” study authors wrote.

A new study suggests a mosquito-borne illness called dengue may afford some immunity against coronavirus. (iStock)

A new study suggests a mosquito-borne illness called dengue may afford some immunity against coronavirus. (iStock)

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A similar inverse correlation was also said to be found among countries in Asia and Latin America and islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The findings were released in medRxiv on Monday and

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