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Wasted lives: Overcoming alcohol addiction, surviving the holiday season

Alcoholism - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:15

Alcohol is the biggest addiction crisis on the rise in British Columbia and it can wreak havoc on the lives of those it touches. An estimated one in every 20 Canadians who drinks is dependent on alcohol, according to the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Categories: Alcoholism

What You Need To Know About Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder

Depression - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:24

Authorities suspect that the Jamaican-born, New York-based businessman committed suicide. Hawthorne's professional legacy is robust.

Categories: Depression

Feeling guilty about drinking? Well, ask the saints

Alcoholism - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:59

Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking's harmful effects. Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time? As a historical theologian , I researched the role that pious Christians played in developing and producing alcohol.

Categories: Alcoholism

Review Your Portfolio in 3 Easy Steps

Preventive Medicine - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:19

In a long-running bull market, investors can be forgiven for a tendency to "set it and forget it" when it comes to their portfolio. But good investing hygiene demands regular checkups and some doctoring here and there-call it preventive medicine for your financial future.

Dangling a carrot for patients to take healthy steps: Does it work?

Smoking - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:16

Over the summer, her doctor's office, part of Vantage Medical Group, promised her a $25 Target gift card if she got the exam. Alexander, who's insured through Medi-Cal, California's version of the Medicaid program for lower-income people, said that helped motivate her to make a new appointment - and keep it.

Categories: Smoking

Former asst. principal filmed screaming at teen pro-life activists says he's been harassed

Anxiety - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:16

Zach Ruff, left, the Downingtown assistant principal who was fired after his confrontation with teen abortion protesters outside his school last spring, talks about the day that it happened and the school districtA*s response, as he sits along side his husband, Ron Logan, right, in Downingtown, PA, on Tuesday December 5, 2017. MICHAEL BRYANT/ Staff Photographer MICHAEL BRYANT/ Staff Photographer Zach  Ruff says he doesn't remember much of what he said in April when he yelled and cursed at and mocked teen abortion protesters at Downingtown STEM Academy.

Novel pilot study to probe chronic pain

Chronic Pain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:58

The spinal fluid of 30 people suffering from severe chronic pain will be analysed in a pilot study aimed at finding new treatments. The spinal fluid of patients with chronic pain will be examined by a team of Australian researchers as part of a novel pilot study in the hope it could lead to new, more effective treatments.

Categories: Chronic Pain

Mom links Purdue student's suicide to antibiotic

Depression - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:32

A mother is speaking out after she says her son dropped out of school and committed suicide after taking a popularly prescribed antibiotic. Heather McCarthy says her son Shay never experienced mental health issues until a doctor prescribed Levaquin as a preventative following a simple surgery.

Categories: Depression

Govt. 2018 anti-smoking budget similar to this year's level

Smoking - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:18

The government's 2018 anti-smoking budget has been set at a level similar to this year as parliament has reinstated a previously cut amount, the welfare ministry said Friday. According to the 2018 budget bill passed by the National Assembly on Wednesday, the 2018 budget for anti-smoking programs stands at 143.8 billion won , down slightly from this year's 146.8 billion won.

Categories: Smoking

New University of Calgary program aims to help students with ADHD

ADHD News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:17

WATCH: A new program at the University of Calgary aims to help first and second-year students with ADHD adjust to life on campus. Joel Senick explains why those with the disorder believe it will be a critical tool for their success.

Categories: ADHD

International study: Older Kiwis' drinking patterns in spotlight

Alcoholism - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:55

The report found older men drank more often than older women and there wasn't a lot of difference between Maori and non-Maori drinkers aged over 50. Photo/File Non-Maori men aged 50 or over are bigger drinkers than Maori men in the same age bracket, a new study on the drinking patterns of older Kiwis has revealed. Between 1950 and 2013, the global population of older adults increased by 400 per cent [from 202 million to 841 million].

Categories: Alcoholism

The Neuro Bureau ADHD-200 Preprocessed repository.

ADHD News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:09

In 2011, the "ADHD-200 Global Competition" was held with the aim of identifying biomarkers of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder from resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging and structural MRI data collected on 973 individuals. Statisticians and computer scientists were potentially the most qualified for the machine learning aspect of the competition, but generally lacked the specialized skills to implement the necessary steps of data preparation for rs-fMRI.

Categories: ADHD

Peterhead FC tackling suicide and depression risks

Depression - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:25

A Scottish football club is putting its players and officials through suicide prevention training in a project which it is hoped could be adopted by other teams around the country, BBC Scotland can reveal. Peterhead's Aaron Norris, 19, said he struggled after being signed for Aberdeen FC as a youngster, only to be let go as a teenager.

Categories: Depression

Texas Now Casting: Hispanic and Latinx Models Wanted for San Antonio Anti-Smoking Campaign

Smoking - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:06

Quitxt is a text-messaging service that aims to help people quit smoking. The service is run through The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, an organization dedicated to improving health in South Texas.

Categories: Smoking

Your favorite bar could empty out if Horry County bans smoking

Smoking - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:06

A proposed Horry County ordinance to ban smoking in all public buildings including bars and restaurants could hurt local businesses. "That would kill me," said Magoos owner James Mulvanerton, whose bar sits just across the Waccamaw River outside of Myrtle Beach.

Categories: Smoking

International collaboration could reduce smoking prevalence, MU researchers find

Smoking - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:06

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 80 percent of the world's more than 1 billion smokers live in low-and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is the heaviest. Despite the high smoking rates in these countries, little research has been completed comparing smoking rates across countries with different economies.

Categories: Smoking

Special needs kids get wishes granted by Santa

ADHD News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:05

An airplane hanger at the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport was turned into the North Pole on Thursday. Dozens of special needs children had the opportunity to meet Santa and forget about being sick.

Categories: ADHD

Simple evaluation could help choose therapy or medication for anxiety treatment

Mental Health - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:40

A short, simple evaluation can help doctors determine whether a patient with anxiety will respond best to medication or talk therapy, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that by measuring a patient's error-related negativity, or ERN, they can determine whether or not a patient is an ideal candidate for cognitive behavioral therapy.

Older Kiwis are heavy drinkers

Alcoholism - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:37

Drinking alcohol becomes more dangerous in later life, but a new report released today by the Health Promotion Agency shows that older New Zealanders are drinking more often and in a more harmful manner than older adults in many other countries. An international team funded by the HPA and led by researchers from Massey University's Health, Work and Retirement Longitudinal Study and the University of Auckland's Centre for Addiction Research used data from studies of ageing from around the world to compare alcohol use patterns.

Categories: Alcoholism

Smartphone Application for the Analysis of Prosodic Features in...

Bipolar Disorder - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:36

Smartphone Application for the Analysis of Prosodic Features in Running Speech with a Focus on Bipolar Disorders: System Performance Evaluation and Case Study Bipolar disorder is one of the most common mood disorders characterized by large and invalidating mood swings. Several projects focus on the development of decision support systems that monitor and advise patients, as well as clinicians.

Categories: Bipolar Disorder

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