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Four Underage Drinking Laws Reduce Fatal Accidents

A study to be published in the July 2009 edition of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, has identified four underage drinking laws that have led to a reduction in alcohol-related fatal crashes.  The laws regulate underage possession and purchase, use-and-lose driver license penalties, and zero tolerance. All state currently have set the minimum legal drinking …

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Task Force Recommends Depression Screening for Teens

A recent piece in USA Today highlighted the importance of screening teens and tweens for depression. According to government-appointed experts serving on the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 18 should be routinely screened for major depression by their primary care doctor. The same government-appointed group announced in 2002 that there …

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Parent Company of Promises Treatment Centers Announces Corporate Name that Reflects Comprehensive Treatment Philosophy

Promises Behavioral Health aims to become the premiere behavioral healthcare company that will fill the current gaps in available treatment and offer a high-quality continuum of care to meet clients’ behavioral healthcare needs. Los Angeles, CA April 27, 2009 — Promises Behavioral Health is the new name officially adopted by the behavioral health company founded …

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Growing Mental Health Issues Threatening Public Library Systems

The advancements in technology, including the Internet, pose a threat to certain traditions and infrastructures. While libraries face a future of uncertainty, recent research has found that people with untreated severe mental illnesses may pose a greater risk to the future of America’s public libraries. Medical News Today reported on a new study that surveyed …

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Acupuncture Proving Effective When Combined with Addiction Treatments

There are number of drug treatments available and some claim to be more effective than others. Now, an alternative form of treatment is gaining more attention. Acupuncture detox therapy is receiving a positive response in some areas, highlighting there may be opportunity in this space for increased studies into the effectiveness of this approach. A …

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Depression Links to Increased Risk of Heart Failure

Depression often gives people the impression that those suffering from the condition are just sad. The reality is much darker than that, as these individuals can feel helpless, emotionally empty, and even suicidal. Now, a new study announced in Yahoo! News finds that depression can increase the risk of heart failure. According to Heidi May, …

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Texas Fighting Against the Mix of Alcohol and Driving

While the mere consumption of alcohol is not in and of itself wrong, failure to set a limit and drive under the influence certainly can lead to poor decisions, erratic driving,  and even death. Now, the state of Texas is taking a stand. Considering Texas was second only to California in 2007 in traffic fatalities …

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Research Suggests Alcohol More Damaging than Marijuana

In the countless national campaigns that stress to students the importance of staying away from drugs and alcohol, the younger generation is led to believe that both categories are inherently bad and have the same adverse effects. Instead, recent Clinical EEG and Neuroscience news suggests that alcohol is far more damaging than marijuana when measuring …

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