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Postpartum depression may last longer than once thought, sleep could be an emotional equalizer, and PPE shortages still a concern. Plus, voting ends in a week—what you should know.
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Postpartum depression symptoms could last longer than thought
Postpartum depression symptoms could be experienced up to three years after giving birth, according to a new study. Scientists assessed depression symptoms in 4,866 U.S. women at four months, one year, two years, and three years after they gave birth.
What they found is that at each checkpoint, moderate levels of postpartum depression was experienced by 10% or less of the women. However, one-quarter of the women reported high levels of depressive symptoms at some point in the three years after giving birth. What’s more: Women with underlying conditions such as mood disorders and gestational diabetes were more likely to experience symptoms throughout the three years.
Currently, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that women be screened for depression periodically up to six months after birth, but extending that to at least two years postpartum may be beneficial, the authors suggest.
To see the silver lining of any situation: sleep
Research out of the University of British Columbia suggests that how much you sleep could determine how you react to the events around you.
Researchers interviewed 1,982 Americans between the ages of 33-84 for eight days about the amount of sleep they had the previous night, as well as their daily stressors, positive events, and how these events affected them.
What they found is that the amount of sleep from the prior night was linked to how positively the subject was affected by the day’s events, but not the negative. Imagine how this might play out after a particularly difficult shift. Having a shorter-than-usual night of sleep could mean the difference between taking stock of the good and the bad, or just seeing the bad without finding any good.
In addition, nights with less-than-normal hours of sleep meant events that would normally be seen as positive were not enjoyed as much.This study is just one in a series that examined how sleep affects our situational outlook. Read more here.
There are exactly seven days to vote in the presidential election. If you’re voting by mail, you might want to deliver it in person. Voting advocates are telling Americans who still wish to vote by mail that it is probably too late, reports Bloomberg. Cuts by the Trump administration have slowed first-class mail across the country. Voters are being told to avoid relying on the U.S. Postal Service altogether, and instead deliver their ballots in person at drop boxes.
If you have a mail-in ballot and haven’t mailed it yet, check with your local board of elections to find out the best way to turn it in.
And, in more voting news: Nearly 65 million people have voted either by mail or early voting as of this writing. That’s 46.9% of the total votes cast in the 2016 presidential election. There’s still 7 days to get your vote in.
ONE BIG NUMBER
The number of nursing home residents at risk for Covid-19 because their facility has less than a week’s worth of one or more types of PPE, according to a report from the nonprofit U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Frontier Group. This represents about 17% of the estimated 1.3 million people with long-term medical issues or short-term rehabilitation residing in the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes. The same report found that one in five nursing homes has PPE shortages of some sort.
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