New parents’ brains shrink; COVID boosters and open wings

New parents’ brains shrink — and that’s okay

The Parents’ brains for the first time seem to shrink after the birth of their child.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to new research by the Gregorio Marañón Institute for Health Research in Madrid, Spain, and the University of Southern California. The study was published on September 4 in cerebral cortex.

The research compared MRI scans of new fathers and a control group of childless men and found a reduction in cortical gray matter.

Reshaping the brain: The researchers found that new parents showed remodeling in parts of the brain linked to social cognition and theory of mind.

Not what you think: Consolidation and reorganization in the brain simplify the social processing area so that new parents become more efficient, develop parenting skills, and form a bond with the new child, researchers said.

Reasons to get Omicron Booster

Do you have to get the new booster Against an Omicron variant of COVID-19?

F said. Berry Wilson, MD, MSCE, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Clinical and Translational Research Accelerator at Yale University, commenting on Medscape, there are good reasons for doing so, and a few of them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an Omicron booster for everyone over 12 years of age who is at least two months out of the original series of vaccines or the most recent booster dose and is at least 90 days away from a COVID-19 infection.

Get Booster #1: Wilson argued that if everyone got it, it would lead to fewer safe harbors for the coronavirus to jump into and maintain its existence and more mutation, regardless of the effect of the booster on the individual.

Get Booster #2: The booster may not protect against the current wave of coronavirus, but it may protect against the next variant, which is likely more related to Omicron BA.4/BA.5 than to any other variant.

don’t understand it: We don’t know how well people are protected, Wilson said. The available shot is not a BA.1 enhancer, which increases the production of neutralizing anti-Omicron antibodies. Instead, it is the BA.4/BA.5 enhancer, which has only been shown to work in mice.

Open psychiatry wards are getting a lot of attention

Many hospitals have been established in Spain Psychological wards with open doors and higher access.

Trials in the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland and Germany found that new forms of hospitalization led to a reduction in contentious events; self-injurious behavior restrictive measures, such as isolation, mechanical restraints, and chemical restrictions; and coercive drugs.

This goes against the common wisdom that keeping doors closed prevents suicide, self-harm, and escape. Research suggests that patients who are isolated from mental disorders may end up with higher levels of social impairment.

Access to the least restrictive form of mental health care is one of the ten core principles listed in a 1996 reference document from the World Health Organization.

Respect for the patient: “The open wards model is built on the idea of ​​respect for the patient and his independence. In addition, it calls for a reduction in coercive measures,” said Ignacio García Cabeza, psychiatrist and coordinator of the Department of Psychiatry at Madrid’s General Gregorio Marañón University. hospital.

Quantum leap: The use of open wards constitutes a paradigm shift in hospitalization towards individual-centered psychiatry. The goal is to prepare the person to live in harmony with and participate in the usual environment as everyone else in society would.

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