Counseling Reduces Cancer Recurrence, Says New Study

Breast cancer patients, two years after receiving diagnosis, have quadrupled their positive thoughts regarding the changes their bodies have gone through due to their illness, according to a new study.

Survivors who attended mentoring or counseling services designed specifically for cancer patients were found to have even more positive life changes. This particular study examined 160 women (all either had been diagnosed with stage 2 or 3 breast cancer) and were all treated in the Columbus area.

All the survivors who participated were part of the Immunity and stress Breast Cancer Program that looked into how effective counseling and intervention programs, designed by OSU, to help cancer patients handle the hurdles of their conditions and if counseling lowered the recurrence risks.

Previous research by the program had shown such programs did in fact reduce such risks.

New Study Finds Watching College Football Socially May Be Mental Health Boon

College football fans may get a boost in their self-esteem when a team wins a game. The boost could last up to two days, according to new research. While the loosing side may see a decrease in mood, they won’t suffer any self-esteem loss. Both sides may see benefits when they watch games with friends.

The study examined 174 students from OSU and Michigan State after an essential game that took place 21 Nov. 2019. Michigan bested OSU 17-14 in this contest.

The participants were asked many questions about their mental health and relaxation activities. The wide range of questions kept students from suspecting the purpose of the study. Before game time, both sides were rated similarly on self-esteem. Sunday after the game Michigan students rated much higher on self-esteem, and this went up even higher when they were tested Monday. The Buckeye students had very little measurable difference.

The study found that students on both sides experienced the most positive results if they experienced the game as a social activity, regardless of victory or loss.

 

Engineering Professor to Be Honored by NAE

The first female Buckeye, an engineering professor, will become a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, will be one of eighty-six people to receive the Nation Academy of Engineering honor this year. The Academy honored Grejner-Brzezinska’s for her contributions in geodetic science and sat nav technology—including innovations integrating it with AI.

Beyond being the first female member of the NAE, she is only the 13th faculty member of Ohio State to be honored.

Membership in the NAE is one of the highest honors an engineer can be granted and are only received by those who have made stupendous achievements in engineering research, practical application or education. Those who are honored are pioneers in the fields who make significant advancements in both theory and implementation of new engineering.

Grejner-Brzezinska’s initial work helped create a more reliable GPS navigation. This body of work eventually lead to the GPS we enjoy in our smartphones today. More Recently her teams and she have created new navigation systems that leverage AI and image-based technology and do not rely on global positioning satellites alone.

 

OSU Researchers Find One Culprit of Honeybee Deaths

It is almost the time of year for another large annual migration of honeybees to California. New studies are hoping to help prevent the undue deaths of the bees and their offspring while they are on their out of state visit.

Each winter, professional beekeepers from around the nation stack hive upon hive on trucks destined for the Golden State, where February coaxes forward the sweet-smelling, pink and white blossoms of the Central Valley’s almond trees.

If you weren’t aware, it is standard practice of professional beekeepers to stack their hives on trucks and take them all over the country to help pollinate various crops. The Golden State’s almond orchards are one of those destinations.

These Almond farmers rent as many as one and a half million honeybee colonies a year—at a cost of three hundred million dollars. And with out these million dollar bees there would be no almonds. Native bees aren’t up to the task of pollinating all of the trees as California crops account for eighty percent of the world’s almond crop.

So, what’s the issue? Many of the traveling bee’s larva died while in California and until now know one knew why. Whole colonies were dying and in 2014 some 5% of larva died.

Researchers found that a combination of common chemicals used in the almond orchards was at the center of the problem. Some combinations decreased survival rates by as much as sixty percent.

Wexner Medical Center STAR Program Awarded Grant

 

A grant over 2 million dollars will go to help crime victims and will support additional mental health resources at OSU.

The Attorney General presented the grant the Wexner Medical Center STAR Program (Stress, Trauma and Resilience). The recovery center, to be named after the program, is using the 2.1 million dollars to hire more clinical staff who manage cases, provide therapy and help patients manage medication for trauma patients.

Of those staff members some will help students coming to the OSU Office of Student Life for their consultation and counseling services.

There is already one CCS caseworker available. Another therapist will start in the next month or so. Grant funding will cover just one year, but the program directors are working tirelessly to ensure the grant is renewed annually and eventually will make the program self sufficient.

 

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