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LGBTQ group criticizes Johns Hopkins over psychologists' views

Mental Health - 5 hours 38 min ago

The country's largest advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has crticized Johns Hopkins Medicine in its latest health index for not taking a tough stance on the controversial views of two of its psychologists who believe there is virtually no scientific evidence that people are born gay or transgender. The Human Rights Campaign deducted 25 points from the medical institution's final score under the "responsible citizenship" clause.

Duterte to enforce smoking ban in all public places in PH

Smoking - 8 hours 20 min ago

President Duterte announced on Wednesday about the upcoming anti-smoking regulation after admitting enduring low oxygen level arising from his old cigarette habit. "In the coming months we will be implementing a no smoking law in the Philippines," the President said during his visit to Oriental Mindoro.

Categories: Smoking

Research consortium develops evidence-based diagnostic model for mental illness

Mental Health - 10 hours 4 min ago

"We can make further advances in research into the causes and treatments of these disorders if we have an evidence-based system with known patterns of correlation among these symptoms." A consortium of psychologists and psychiatrists has developed a new, evidence-based alternative to the mental health field's long-established diagnostic tools for the classification, treatment and research of mental disorders, according to a UB psychologist who is one of the co-authors of a paper that explains the groundbreaking approach.

Gatewood, Edgemere faithful rail against Oklahoma City school closures

ADHD News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 23:51

Parents and teachers turned out in large numbers Tuesday night to voice their displeasure with a plan to close two popular elementary schools in uptown Oklahoma City. At 90-year-old Gatewood Elementary, an estimated 250 people filled the school's 3-year-old gym looking for answers.

Categories: ADHD

Medical Directors' Report Recommends Training More Psychiatrists and Expanding Telepsychiatry

Mental Health - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:10

Today, the National Council for Behavioral Health's Medical Director Institute released recommendations to ensure there are enough psychiatrists to treat the people who need help. The need for an adequate psychiatric workforce has never been greater than it is now.

Vapor shop owners and doctors go head-to-head during hearing to raise smoking age to 21

Smoking - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:34

Doctors, vapor shop owners and parents gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to testify on a bill that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. "This is a step in the right direction," said Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, a doctor who is championing the effort in House. Along with preventive education, Zerwas argued that a smoking age of 21 could put a dent in teenage tobacco use.

Categories: Smoking

Medicaid's Role in the Delivery and Payment of Substance Use Disorder Services in Montana

Alcoholism - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:34

The State of Montana is grappling with a serious and growing public health problem in substance use disorders -including alcoholism, methamphetamine use and opioid abuse and overdose-as well as the related, profound economic and social consequences of these conditions. Montanans have particularly high rates of alcohol dependence and abuse, and more than 90 percent of those with alcohol or drug problems do not receive treatment.

Categories: Alcoholism

A legacy left to help save others

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:36

The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan is expanding its anti-bullying campaign "be nice." to Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

Categories: Depression

A growing debate: Is vaping hazardous? U.S. health officials say the...

Smoking - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:23

Mitchell Baker who works at the Vapour Place a vaping shop in Bedminster, exhales vapor produced by an e-cigarette on December 30, 2016 in Bristol, England. WELLINGTON, Fla.

Categories: Smoking

Cracking the brain's genetic code to prevent neurological and psychiatric diseases

ADHD News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:23

The network will provide data from 800 scientists and the brain diseases they study, which are represented on this map in different colors. Credit: USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute An international network of neurologists, geneticists and researchers led by the Keck School of Medicine of USC is cracking the human genetic code so that one day people could check their "brain health" in the same way they screen their cholesterol level.

Categories: ADHD

News 30 mins ago 11:39 a.m.Consumer Reports: new ads for Contrave weight loss pill

Alcoholism - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:27

Contrave is the combination of two older drugs - the antidepressant bupropion and the addiction-treatment drug naltrexone. Its ads say the drug works on the brain to reduce hunger and control cravings.

Categories: Alcoholism

Vermont bill to raise smoking age dealt major blow

Smoking - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:59

Vermont state senators narrowly voted against a bill that would increase the legal age for using tobacco in Vermont to 21. The Senate voted 15-14 to table the bill last Friday. Lead sponsor of the bill, Democratic Sen. Alison Clarkson, said the Senate may decide to reintroduce the bill, but they will have to find more votes.

Categories: Smoking

Vaping, smoking and youth: Alberta's medical officer of health weighs in

Smoking - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:59

The introduction of e-cigarettes has rocked the foundation of the tobacco industry and has led to a new set of health issues for the Alberta government. Alberta medical officer of health Dr. Brent Friesen spoke to the Calgary Journal to discuss e-cigarettes, tobacco and their impacts on young people in Alberta.

Categories: Smoking

Letter: Alcohol problems

Alcoholism - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:50

I am appalled at the Republican majority on the House Finance Committee. They decided on March 20 to reject the governor's recommendation to increase funding of the Alcohol Fund by 3.4 percent and the next day voted to repeal the Alcohol Fund.

Categories: Alcoholism

Messaging Can Prompt Use of Video Games for Depression

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:36

New research finds that messaging can help to inspire people to play video games that are designed to relieve depression . The study expands on the relatively new concept of using video games and "brain training" as an effective treatment for depression.

Categories: Depression

Self enforce the smoking ban on BTPD property

Smoking - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:27

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And when on Bourbonnais Township Park District property, do as the rules dictate.

Categories: Smoking

Analysing the way children sleep could help us to understand autism

ADHD News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:27

On average, humans spend roughly a third of their lives asleep . This might sound like quite a long time, but sleep has been shown to be vital for "normal" human functioning.

Categories: ADHD

Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn't Work

Drug Addiction - Scientific American - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:00
New research suggests it doesn’t help—and it may hurt—to rely on a formula to predict the risk of a suicide

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Categories: , Addiction

'There is hope': Mental health service co-ordinator opens up

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 09:06

ORDINATOR for Oxfordshire Mind has spoken out about his own recovery from the brink of suicide, reminding sufferers there is 'always hope'. David Bryceland, 50, runs the charity's Benefits for Better Mental Health service for people with mental health difficulties navigating the benefits system.

Categories: Depression

'King George Square - the ashtray of the CBD': Petitioners want smoking ban

Smoking - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 08:58

A push for smokers to be banned from King George Square, the "ashtray of the CBD", has not been met with support from Brisbane City Council. A 35-signature petition calling for the smoking ban was first presented at the March 21 Lifestyle and Community Service Committee and brought forward for debate in the chamber on Tuesday.

Categories: Smoking

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