N.J. governor signs ban on gay conversion therapy

23 August 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. – Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law on Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, the latest example of the potential 2016 presidential candidate steering a moderate course. The governor said the health risks of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation, as identified by the American Psychological Association, trump concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice. “Government should tread carefully into this area,” he said in the signing note, “and I do so here reluctantly.”...

Deaths of wandering autistic kids prompt action

14 August 2013
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With the death last week of an 11-year-old Minnesota boy, there are now at least 14 children with autism known to have died in the U.S. this year after slipping away from their caregivers. The tragic phenomenon goes by various names – wandering, elopement, bolting – and about half of autistic children are prone to it. Advocacy groups say wandering has led to the deaths of more than 60 children in the past four years. They are working to raise awareness and find more effective preventive measures. All but one of this year’s victims drowned, evidence of a fascination...

Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk

09 August 2013
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Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer’s disease – by keeping glucose at a healthy level. Alzheimer’s is by far the most common form of dementia and it’s long been known that diabetes makes it more likely. The new study tracked blood sugar over time in all sorts of people – with and without diabetes – to see how it affects risk for the mind-robbing disease. The results challenge current...

Book offers rare glimpse of male body dysmorphia

06 August 2013
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NEW YORK – Body dysmorphia, anorexia and bulimia have been studied in women for years, but rare is an account from a man who battled the dangerous, distorted reflection in his mirror. Out this week from Brian Cuban, the middle of two younger brothers of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, is “Shattered Image,” his self-published account of cocaine, alcohol and steroid abuse, a brush with suicide, visits to a psychiatric hospital and three failed marriages. All, he said in a recent interview, stemmed from the “monster” he began seeing in his mirror as a...

Actor spotlights child abuse for UNICEF

01 August 2013
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UNITED NATIONS – Liam Neeson is highlighting violence against children in a video to launch a UNICEF initiative on what the actor calls a largely “invisible” global scourge. The video shows scenes that hint at a child’s suffering: A fallen bicycle in an alleyway, a broken glass in a kitchen. Neeson says in the video: “This is a 15-year-old girl being gang raped … And here a toddler is being hit by his mother for breaking a glass.” Neeson is the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency. UNICEF says in a statement...

Study: web-based psychotherapy as effective as face-to-face consultations

01 August 2013
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According to a new study, web based psychotherapy is an effective way to provide psychological treatment.