E.R. costs for mentally ill soar, and hospitals seek a better way

27 December 2013
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In answer to Mr. Lyons’s questions, the man, wearing a red shirt that dwarfed his thin frame, said he was bipolar, schizophrenic and homeless. He was looking for help because he did not think his prescribed medication was working. In the past, paramedics would have taken the man to the closest hospital emergency room — most likely the nearby WakeMed Health and Hospitals, one of the largest centers in the region. But instead, under a pilot program, paramedics ushered him through the doors of Holly Hill Hospital, a commercial psychiatric facility. “He doesn’t have a medical complaint, he’s...

Therapy used to treat vets with PTSD helps teen rape victims

27 December 2013
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After exposure therapy, 83 percent no longer had a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. They fared much better than girls who got only supportive counseling: 54 percent in that group no longer had PTSD after treatment. Girls who got exposure therapy also had much better scores on measures of depression and daily functioning than girls who got conventional counseling. It is common to think that offering comforting words and encouraging traumatized youngsters to forget their ordeals is protecting them, but that’s “not doing them any favors,” said Edna Foa, a University of Pennsylvania...

Impulsive personality linked to food addiction

27 December 2013
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People with an impulsive personality may be more likely to have a food addiction, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Georgia.  Furthermore, those with higher levels of food addiction are more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI). The study found that people exhibiting impulsive behavior weren’t necessarily overweight, but impulsivity was linked to a compulsive relationship with food and, as a result, less healthy weight. Food addiction has been compared to addictive drug use.  Studies have linked the dopamine release that occurs after tasting delicious food...

Why families fight during the holidays

27 December 2013
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Study focuses on habits of sedentary older women

27 December 2013
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What happens in the brain after a concussion

19 December 2013
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Taking HIV prevention pill may not encourage risky sex

19 December 2013
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CHICAGO (Reuters) – Taking a pill as a preventive measure against HIV infection may not encourage people at high risk for the disease to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a new U.S. study meant to address fears about its use. The research, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS ONE, builds on the 2010 landmark study that found Gilead Sciences Inc’s Truvada – a pill already used widely to treat the human immunodeficiency virus – was more than 90 percent effective at preventing HIV infections among test subjects who took the drug as prescribed....

Attractive adolescents benefit from ‘beauty bias’ across ethnicities

19 December 2013
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If it seems like some people have it all, it’s probably because they do. For some time now, researchers have known that attractive people tend to fare better than others in the workplace – first hired, better paid, more frequently promoted, last fired. But recent research suggests that “not all of the wage gap can be attributed to discrimination at the time of hiring and promoting,” explains Rachel Gordon, a sociology professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “Some of that is because of earlier attainment,” she told Fox News Latino. In other words, looks-based discrimination...

Stress gene linked to heart attacks

19 December 2013
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18 December 2013 Last updated at 20:31 ET By Helen Briggs BBC News About one in 10 people have a genetic change linked to being more sensitive to stress A stress gene has been linked to having a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or heart disease. Heart patients with the genetic change had a 38% increased risk of heart attack or death, say US researchers. Personalised medicine may lead to better targeting of psychological or drug treatment to those most at risk, they report...

To make science real, kids want more fun

17 December 2013
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Enlarge image i Hands-on science activities like making bubble mitts at the Mission Science Workshop teach students about things like surface tension. Justin Jach/Courtesy of Mission Science Workshop Hands-on science activities like making bubble mitts at the Mission Science Workshop teach students about things like surface tension. Justin Jach/Courtesy of Mission Science Workshop Are American kids being adequately prepared in the sciences to compete in a highly competitive, global high-tech workforce? A majority of American parents say no, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...

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