Homepage Round-Up: Positive Adolescent Family Relationships Protects Against Adulthood Depression; Aligning Care with Patients’ Priorities Improves Outcomes; and More

Here are the top stories covered by DocWire News this week in the Homepage section. In this week’s edition of the round-up: having a positive relationship with your family as an adolescent promotes good mental health as an adult; patient priority care is linked to improved outcomes; people tend to eat more when dining with friends and family; and former NFL wide receiver Percy Harvin battled anxiety disorder and used marijuana everyday as his therapy.

The findings of a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggest that positive adolescent family relationships are linked to better mental health from early adolescence to midlife. In this study, researchers assessed data on 18,185 adolescent participants (8,952 male and 9,233 female) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. According to the results of the study, individuals who experienced positive family relationships as adolescents had notably lower levels of depressive symptoms from early adolescence to midlife than did those who experienced less positive adolescent family relationships, and this was observed among both males and females. The study authors wrote in their conclusion that: “Interventions in early family life to foster healthy mental development throughout the life course appear to be important.”

The findings of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggest that patient priorities care (PPC) may be linked to reduced treatment burden and unwanted health care compared to usual care (UC). In this non-randomized clinical trial, researchers recruited 366 patients (64.2% female, 95.6% white) comprised of 163 adults aged 65 or older who had three or more chronic conditions and were cared for by 10 primary care practitioners (PCPs) who were PPC trained, as well as 203 similar patients who received UC from seven PCPs who were untrained in PPC. According to the results, the research authors wrote that: “this study’s findings suggest that aligning care with patients’ priorities may improve outcomes for patients with multiple chronic conditions.”

The findings of a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that people tend to eat more when dining with friends and/or family than alone. To conduct this study, researchers searched the databases PsychInfo, Embase, Medline, and Social Sciences Citation Index and identified 42 studies. According to the results of the study, the researchers observed significant evidence that people select and eat more when eating with friends, compared with when they eat alone.

Former National Football League (NFL) wide receiver Percy Harvin revealed in a Bleacher Report interview that he played every game of his career high on marijuana to cope with anxiety disorder. “There is not a game that I played in that I wasn’t high,” Harvin told the Bleacher Report’s Master Tesfatsion in an “Untold Stories” interview.