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*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Study Finds.

Teaching is a stressful job. Just in case you weren’t convinced about that, a recent poll finds teaching is tied with nursing as the most stressful job in the United States. While it isn’t exactly breaking news that teaching can be stressful, a new study is adding an entirely new dimension to the problem of the country’s perpetually exhausted and stressed out educators.

Researchers from the University of Missouri say that stress felt by teachers can have a “trickle-down effect” on their students. This unfortunately can lead to more disruptive behavior and more disciplinary measures, like suspensions.

The original idea for this study comes from Jennifer Lloyd, a high school English teacher by day and graduate student at UM by night. Lloyd noticed that her students often picked up on how she was feeling on a particularly stressful day and changed their own actions and attitudes accordingly.

“If I come into class from a rough meeting or a stressful morning and I bring those feelings into the classroom environment, the kids notice,” Lloyd explains in a university release. “Sometimes they will give that negative energy right back to me, and we all end up having a bad day.”

The teacher’s experiences inspired her sister Colleen Eddy, a doctoral student at the MU College of Education, to investigate the relationship between teacher stress and student behavior. Together with a group of colleagues, Eddy passed out teacher surveys and held classroom observation sessions in nine local Missouri elementary schools.

That research reveals a compelling trend. When a teacher is feeling extra stressed out and emotionally exhausted, their students are more likely to be suspended or disciplined.

Source: Study Finds

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Study Finds.

A recent poll of 2,000 people across the United States finds a resurgence of COVID-19 is a top fear among most this winter.

The OnePoll survey reveals that seven in 10 Americans think this may be their most challenging winter ever. Over half (52%) say the coronavirus pandemic is the main cause of their anxieties during the quarantine. A third of respondents add that the 2020 presidential election is also stressing them out. Job insecurity, problems with remote learning, and issues with working from home all made the list of 2020 stressors.

The poll, commissioned by HomeServe, adds a majority of the country is fearful of more COVID restrictions before the year ends. Three in four Americans are worried coronavirus cases will surge again this winter. Another seven in 10 fear their state will impose another shelter-in-place order.

All this is leading to 67 percent saying they’re concerned the pandemic will spoil their holiday cheer.

Usually, around this time, Americans are making out their Black Friday shopping lists. This year, the poll finds many respondents are stocking up on home goods for a possible holiday season in quarantine.

Nearly half (45%) are loading up on face masks and protective coverings. Almost the same amount say they’re buying extra toilet paper, towels, and tissues to ride out the winter indoors. Just under four in 10 Americans are also using the fall to restock their pantries with canned goods and their medicine cabinets with vitamins and medications.

Source: Study Finds

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on MedicalXpress.

Nearly one-third of students who reported misusing prescription opioids as high school seniors between 1997 and 2000, but did not have a history of medical use, later used heroin by age 35, according to a University of Michigan study.

The research also found that 21% of seniors in the same period, who misused prescription opioids and later received an opioid prescription, went on to use heroin by age 35, said lead researcher Sean Esteban McCabe, professor, and director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health at the U-M School of Nursing.

Researchers focused on 25 cohorts of high school seniors between 1976 and 2000, following them from age 18 to age 35. They used data from 11,012 individuals from the national Monitoring the Future study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Unlike earlier cohorts, individuals from the 1997-2000 cohorts who reported prescription opioid misuse had a dramatically increased risk for later heroin use, compared to students who didn't misuse prescription opioids. The 1997-2000 cohorts included 1,059 individuals.

The researchers were surprised by the large uptick in heroin use among the more recent cohorts, and the findings partially explain why opioid overdoses have skyrocketed.

Source: MedicalXpress