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Depression in late teens linked to high school drop out

Depression - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:48

Older teens struggling with depression are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school as peers without that mental illness or those who recovered from a bout of depression earlier in life, Canadian researchers say. Understanding that current or recent depression raises dropout risk may encourage schools to put a higher priority on mental health services, the study team writes in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Categories: Depression

USC researchers develop method to ensure human rights in public health services

Preventive Medicine - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:36

When measuring the success of public health work -- from immunizations to family planning services -- experts rely on sets of standardized indicators. But these indicators often neglect the voices and human rights of people who use the services, according to USC researchers.

Why We Get Depressed At The Holidays, And How To Deal

Anxiety - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:32

While images of love and joy fill storefronts, TV screens and magazine pages, for many people, the reality of the holidays isn't so cheerful. Between stressful end-of-year deadlines, family dysfunction and loss, poor eating and drinking habits, and increasingly cold and dark winter days, it's easy for the holiday season to feel not-so-merry and bright.

Exercise for depression, dementia and anxiety

Depression - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:27

Many studies show that infrequent physical activity increases the risk of developing depressed mood. Physical exercise increases the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and may enhance neural plasticity and new synapse formation.

Categories: Depression

Loneliness Is a Killer. Why Don't We Talk About It?

Alcoholism - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:13

" Loneliness is a killer," a friend recently wrote to me. We've all felt it, but we don't like to admit it.

Categories: Alcoholism

Now Online: 12/24 TLC

Alcoholism - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:13

The Christmas season can be a hard time for addicts and their families. Seasonal stresses, often compounded by the ghosts of traumatic holidays past, can raise tensions even for those with years of sobriety.

Categories: Alcoholism

Genes start mutating soon after life begins, study finds

Smoking - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:12

Hundreds of minor genetic mutations start to form in the cells of an embryo soon after conception, researchers have discovered. Hundreds of minor genetic mutations start to form in the cells of an embryo soon after conception, researchers have discovered.

Categories: Smoking

Maryland's Relaxed Medical Marijuana Policy Offers Safe Alternative to Opioids

Chronic Pain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:50

Last Friday, Maryland dispensaries began administering their first sales of medical marijuana. According to the Washington Post , over two hundred aspiring customers lined up outside of Potomac Holistics, Rockville's first medical dispensary, on opening day for a chance to go home with the various cannabis elixirs, tablets, and flowers included in the dispensaries' long-awaited shipment.

Categories: Chronic Pain

Nighttime NYC: 12-Step Groups Squeezed for Space

Alcoholism - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:50

As church attendance continues to decline, many 12-step groups that meet in New York church basements and rectories after business hours have had to close or move when the churches sold off property or raised the rents to cover the church's own expenses. Four people sat around the long table at the Murray Hill Beginners Al-Anon meeting, a support group for families and friends of alcoholics.

Categories: Alcoholism

The complex brain choreography of split-second decisions

Alcoholism - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:50

Researchers have found that a split-second decision to change an action once it has already started involves lightning-speed choreography in not just one brain region - as previously thought - but several. If you don't make your altered decision within 100 milliseconds, it may be too late to put it into action.

Categories: Alcoholism

Can Telemedicine Successfully Treat Addiction?

Alcoholism - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:50

Drug and alcohol addiction is a mounting problem all over the world. In the United States, 12 percent of Americans suffer from some form of drug addiction, according to addiction recovery firm Resurgence Behavioral Health .

Categories: Alcoholism

Coping with Bipolar Disorder & Depression Around the Holidays

Depression - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:40

The holidays bring a special challenge to people who live with bipolar disorder or depression . The challenge is a combination of the increased stress that the holiday season often brings along with the symptoms - such as mania or depression - of these disorders.

Categories: Depression

Is prescribing drugs 'off label' bad medicine?

Bipolar Disorder - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:09

A woman, let's call her Sarah, is a young actor looking to make her debut at a major theatre. She is fit and healthy, but gets nervous on opening nights and can't sleep.

Categories: Bipolar Disorder

Reason why smoking rates in Bury are higher than national average

Smoking - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:31

The smoking prevalence in Bury is 19.1 per cent compared to a national average of 15.5 per cent. Cllr Catherine Preston said: "Smoking rates in Bury have always been worse than England and this is not surprising as smoking rates are associated with deprivation and Bury has higher than the national average levels of deprivation."

Categories: Smoking

Maharashtra replaces Goa in lowest tobacco smoking prevalence: Global Adult Tobacco Survey

Smoking - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:31

Maharashtra has replaced Goa in lowest prevalence of tobacco smoking, a 2016-17 Global Adult Tobacco Survey has found. The survey was done on 74,037 people in country, including 3,141 from Maharashtra.

Categories: Smoking

Seven tips for party phobics: how to get through the festive season

Anxiety - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:30

If you are scared of socialising, unsure of yourself in large groups and anxious about making small talk with strangers, then these tips from psychologists should help ease you into the festive season. You may even enjoy yourself If you hate parties, the festive season can be more hellish than happy, so how do you manage when you can't avoid being social? Experts provide pointers to navigate through party times safely, comfortably - and even have some fun.

Alcohol-abuse drug Antabuse kills cancer cells

Alcoholism - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:56

A new study in Nature by an international team including researchers from Karolinska Institutet, reports that the alcohol-abuse drug Antabuse is effective against cancer. The study also identifies a potential mechanism of action for the anti-tumour effect.

Categories: Alcoholism

Mike Portnoy Thinks Internet Trolls Played A Role In Chester Bennington's Suicide [News]

Depression - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:54

Mike Portnoy lashed out at online trolls following the suicide of 23-year old porn star August Ames, who hung herself after being attacked via Twitter for saying she does not want to work with male pornstars who had done gay porn due to fear of STD.

Categories: Depression

a Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do ita

Smoking - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:38

The New Year is rapidly approaching. Many people make resolutions at this time, stopping smoking being one of the most popular ones.

Categories: Smoking

Magnetic resonance imaging analysis of brain function in patients with irritable bowel syndrome

Anxiety - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:37

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common functional disease of the gastrointestinal tract. The current study aimed to examine the association between visceral hypersensitivity in IBS and cortical activation using functional magnetic resonance imaging , and to elucidate the role of psychological factors in the pathogenesis of IBS.

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