New articles in the GANM Library - Mental health, reopening schools, and diabetes

Apr 21, 2021

Dear GANM community,


In this week’s edition of the GANM Research Library Brief we would like to share three articles centering around the topics of psychological well-being in children, schools reopening, and diabetes complications.



Raviv, T., Warren, C. M., Washburn, J. J., et al. (2021). Caregiver perceptions of children’s psychological well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. JAMA Network Open, 4(4):e2111103. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.11103


Recently researchers asked the question of whether the COVID-19 pandemic and stressor exposure were associated with caregivers’ perceptions of mental well-being in children. In this survey-based study there were approximately 32,000 caregivers, each a caregiver of public-school student. Results showed a significantly higher rate of mental health concerns compared t that f positive adjustment due to the pandemic. Overall, these data suggest that COVID-19 is have a negative impact on children as well as the perceptions their caregivers have. This requires immediate intervention in a multi-systems approach. 



Somekh, I., Boker, L. K., Shohat, T., Pettoello-Mantovani, M., Simões, E. A. F., & Somekh, E. (2021). Comparison of COVID-19 incidence rates before and after school reopening in Israel. JAMA Network Open, 4(4):e217105. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.7105


In the country of Israel public schools reopen in September of 2020. What came next was a surge of COVID-19 cases which then lead to a closure 14 days later in addition a nationwide lockdown. Schools then reopened in November 2020. In this article, the authors examined the dynamics in infection rates in children aged 0-19. The results showed children 0-9 years old had the lowest incidence rates. This age grouping also had a significantly lower during the initial surge in September 2020 as well. Overall, the findings suggest children 0-9 did not contribute to the surges in COVID-19 and thus resuming school for this age group may be safe. 



Quemba-Mesa, M. P., Camargo-Rosas, M. R., González-Jimenez, N. M.(2021). Creencias frente al embarazo y enfermedadeIntervenciones educativas para la prevención del pie diabé- tico. Rev. cienc. cuidad, 18(1):66-80.


El pie diabético es una de las complicaciones mas grandes y comunes a raíz de la Diabetes Mellitus. El articulo de esta semana se enfoca en la investigación de distintos métodos para poder prevenir y aumentar el auto cuidado del pie diabético. Los autores encontraron que, al usar diferentes intervenciones educativas correctamente, el autocuidado de las personas con pie diabético mejoró y también lograron la prevención de ello. Ojalá disfruten del articulo de esta semana y pueden aprender un poco mas sobre las distintas intervenciones disponibles para disminuir las complicaciones del pie diabético en los pacientes con Diabetes Mellitus.



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