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Month: June 2013

Teens, Younger Kids Can Get PTSD, Too

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a sometimes debilitating mental health condition that appears in the weeks following an overwhelmingly stressful life event. At one point, this disorder belonged to a larger group of conditions called anxiety disorders; it now belongs to a group of conditions called trauma- and stressor-related disorders. While most people probably associate …

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Righteous Obsession: Can You Go Too Far in Recovery?

Coming out of rehab and filled with ideas about how to embark on a life that is clean and sober is an ideal situation. For many newcomers to sobriety, however, the reality is something a bit less clear-cut. For one thing, there is bound to be a lot of doubt and confusion, uncertainty over what …

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Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Attacks on Ashley Judd Show Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Alive and Well

Politics can be a tough game, especial in high-profile seats in Congress where the stakes are high and political advisors will do anything to get their candidate in office or do anything to keep their opponents out. Sex scandals are usually the top issues that can bring a campaign to a halt quickly, but recently, …

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Tanning Addiction a New Form of Substance Abuse

Indoor tanning is a term that describes skin tanning achieved through use of equipment such as sun lamps, tanning booths, or tanning beds. Numerous studies have linked this practice to increased risks for developing several form of dangerous or deadly cancer. Despite growing public awareness of these risks, large numbers of people in the United …

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Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Dies of Drug Overdose at 34

One half of the ‘90s rap duo Kris Kross, Chris Kelly, has died at age 34. Paramedics found Kelly at home the day after he took heroin and cocaine, in an unresponsive state, and took him to the hospital. He died just an hour and a half later. The star’s sudden death has left his …

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Addiction Treatment to Gain Big Boost Under Obamacare

Health care is a controversial and complex issue, especially now as political wrangling is hitting full tilt in states that are reluctant to accept Medicaid expansion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Today, only one penny of every dollar that is spent on health care will go to assist a person facing debilitating …

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Calorie-Restricted Diets Delay Brain Aging

In recent years, there has been much discussion and debate about the supposed ability of calorie-restricted diets to improve health and extend lifespan. Unfortunately this idea can be hard to evaluate scientifically, since carrying out a controlled study in human beings to chart the lifetime health effects of reduced caloric intake would require decades of …

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Wake-Up Call for Parents: One in Four Teens Has Abused Prescription Meds

New survey results released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org find  that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once  – a 33 percent increase over the last five years. The study is actually the 24th annual survey used by the organization to track and research drug use in this …

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Taste of Beer, Without Effect From Alcohol, Affects Brain’s Pleasure Sensors

Researchers have found that simply tasting beer, absent of its alcoholic effects, can affect the brain’s pleasure sensors. A recent test involving 50 participants who were given small samples of a sports drink and beer proved that a neurotransmitter triggered by alcohol and other drugs was triggered simply by the taste of beer. Recipients of …

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Rare Alpine Bacteria Called ‘Holy Grail’ in Research on Alcohol Addition

For many individuals who struggle with alcohol addiction, the techniques offered in cognitive behavioral therapy or other types of therapy-based treatment are useful and effective at recovering from alcohol addiction. For others, however, the cravings for alcohol are so intense that attempts at recovery are short-lived and frustrating. Now a team of researchers at the …

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