Go to China and Cuba with APA
APA is sponsoring two professional visits in 2013 to promote
mutual learning, collaboration and exchange:
How much more overall systemic stress
straight men experience than gay men
or bisexual men, according to a study in
Psychosomatic Medicine that measured 87
participants’ allostatic load, a physiological
marker of stress. The researchers suggest this
may be because sexual minority men have
developed better coping mechanisms.
By the numbers
• China, June 15–22. During this trip, participants will meet
with Chinese colleagues in Beijing and Xi’an to explore
philosophies of mental and behavioral health care, theoretical
underpinnings of treatment, integrated care models, behavioral
health emergencies, and other means of support for patients
in China. For more details and to register, see the Professionals
Abroad website at www.professionalsabroad.org and search for
The number of U.S. veterans who commit
suicide every day, according to a study by the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The number is about 20 percent higher than the VA’s
2007 estimate, although veterans constitute a
shrinking percentage of the country’s overall
suicide rate, which the study says has risen
nearly 11 percent between 2007 and 2010.
How many times more likely very
obese girls are to be diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis than girls of normal
weight, suggests a study in Neurology.
• Cuba, Nov. 3–8. On this trip, participants will meet
with Cuban colleagues to discuss major health issues and
psychology’s unique role in health care and health education
in Cuba. The program will include one “mini-conference” day
with presentations and exchange with Cuban psychologists
on research and application topics. For more details and
to register, see the Professionals Abroad website at www.
professionalsabroad.org and search for “Cuba.”
To learn more about APA’s International Learning Partner
Programs, go to www.apa.org/international/outreach/learning-
The reduced risk of dementia among older
adults who are physically fit in midlife, according to a cohort study of more than 19,000 U.S.
adults in the Annals of Internal Medicine that
compared participants who performed in the
top 20 percent of a treadmill test with those in
the bottom 20 percent.