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Health & Wellness
May 30, 2024

Adolescent moods improve during smartphone use

According to a new study, adolescents report better moods when using their smartphones than when not using them, and that their moods improved while they were using their phones.

Teen girl staring at her mobile in her room
Health & Wellness
August 16, 2023

Study finds teens, young adults benefit from clinician advice about safe social media use

Teens and young adults who received a brief social media counseling session during a health care visit remembered the lessons and reported safer online behavior six months later, according to a large new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

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Health & Wellness
March 2, 2023

New Osher Center for Integrative Health launches at UW–Madison

After more than a year of planning and development, the University of Wisconsin Integrative Health program officially opened the Osher Center for Integrative Health at University of Wisconsin‒Madison.

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Science & Technology
March 8, 2022

UW researchers examine whether virtual reality can help teens regulate emotions

Cutting-edge research at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is studying whether a new virtual reality video game can help teens self-regulate breathing and improve their mental health.

Honors & Awards
September 18, 2020

Sue Wenker receives Joan M. Mills and Distinguished Educator awards

Health & Wellness
January 3, 2020

Inflammation predicts response to anti-depression medication

Children and teens with bipolar depression responded better to an antipsychotic medicine if they had increased markers of inflammation in their blood, a new University of Wisconsin–Madison study shows.

Science & Technology
August 15, 2019

Changing a single molecule in the brain can alleviate anxiety

A new study shows, for the first time in primates, that altering one particular molecule in a specific brain region can change “dispositional anxiety,” the tendency to perceive many situations as threatening. The finding provides hope for new strategies focused on intervening early in life to treat people at risk for anxiety disorders, depression, and related substance abuse.

Science & Technology
December 12, 2018

UW study: Inherited brain pathway underlies the risk for anxiety and depression

In studies of young rhesus monkeys, researchers from the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry have discovered brain pathways that underlie children’s vulnerability to develop anxiety and depression later in life.

Health & Wellness
September 5, 2018

Mental health in pregnancy may affect development of newborns’ brains

Many factors can influence the development of a baby during pregnancy and after birth, but until recently, researchers knew little about the relationship between an expectant mother’s mental health and the subsequent development of her baby after birth.

Science & Technology
September 1, 2018

UW to test using MDMA in treatment of severe PTSD

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will take part in a multisite Food and Drug Administration-approved Phase III trial investigating MDMA as an adjunct to psychotherapy for the treatment of severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Health & Wellness
July 3, 2018

Exercise and meditation appear to reduce common colds and flu

Training in mindfulness meditation or exercise may protect against the common cold and influenza, according to research results from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Health & Wellness
February 9, 2018

UW Carbone study: Caregiver spouses of cancer patients suffer untreated depression

A new study from the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center highlights a troubling disparity in cancer care: the depressed spouses of cancer patients are 33 percent less likely to receive adequate treatment for depression than are patients whose spouses don’t have cancer. In rural areas, it’s even worse: Couples who live in rural areas are 72 percent less likely to receive recommended care for depression (including medication and talk therapy) than the depressed spouses of those without cancer.