Teen social networks linked to adult depression

Teens who have a larger number of friends may be less likely to suffer from depression later in life, especially women, a new MSU research study has found.

For female adolescents, popularity can lead to increased depression during the teen years, but can provide lasting benefits of fewer depressive symptoms later in life. Teens who reported fewer friends show higher rates of depression in adulthood, found Molly Copeland (pictured left), assistant professor of sociology, who co- authored the article “The Long Arm of Social Integration: Gender, Adolescent Social Networks, and Adult Depressive Symptom Trajectories” with lead author Christina Kamis, a sociology doctoral candidate at Duke University. It was published Sept. 14 in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

“Adolescence (is) a sensitive period of early life when structural facets of social relationships can have lasting mental health consequences,” wrote Copeland.

Overall, the study found for both men and

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‘Madrasati’ platform linked to Microsoft

Saudi Gazette report


The Ministry of Education is currently working with Microsoft through a link between the “Madrasati” platform and the Microsoft program “365”, the Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh disclosed during a meeting with the media recently.

Al-Sheikh added that the Ministry of Education has worked on accomplishing the “My School” (Madrasati) platform, which serves over six million male and female students and their parents, and 525,000 people in education posts.

The platform has various features such as visual communication; and uploading assignments, enrichment materials, recorded lessons, tests, and examinations, among others.

This is in addition to a “Dashboard” for follow-up and evaluation for all administrative levels and uses, he said.

The minister stressed that the platform was completed in record time by national capabilities.

During a meeting with the media, the minister of education announced that 92 percent of male and female students have joined

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Is higher COVID-19 mortality in Black adults linked to essential work?

A new study finds that performing many low paid but essential jobs puts people at higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. It also finds that Black people in the United States are more likely to have these higher risk jobs. This could expose them disproportionately to a higher risk of infection.

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Black people in the U.S. who perform essential work may have a higher risk of mortality from COVID-19.

The research, which took place at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, reveals that non-Hispanic Black people were more likely than non-Hispanic white people to hold occupations considered essential, meaning that they continued to work during state lockdowns.

The team collected data on COVID-19 deaths between April 9 and April 24, 2020. At that time, a total of 35 states and the District of Columbia published the number of deaths by racial group.

This analysis adds to

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