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Anxiety can worsen menopause, says study
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Menopause – the time in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone – often has unpleasant physical symptoms. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, these can include sleep difficulties, hot flashes and mood swings. Various studies have linked menopause with anxiety. According to a study published in the journal […]


Washington city sues Purdue Pharma for pumping drugs into black market
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Large pharmaceutical companies have been receiving bad press lately due to steep price hike of drugs like insulin, essential for patients with diabetes, and EpiPens that contains epinephrine, used for countering a life-threatening allergic reaction. In another related incident, city council members in Everett, Washington, unanimously approved the request of Mayor Ray Stephanson in January […]


Florida legislators call for more mental health funding … but state ranks low
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In the wake of the Jan. 6 Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, a debate has been reignited over firearms and the mentally ill. Not long after the shooting, which left five people dead, Florida’s Democratic state legislators held a press conference in Tallahassee during which they argued for gun control laws and increased mental health funding. […]


Breakthrough in depression and anxiety treatment
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A recent study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry in November 2016, revealed that suppressing one brain protein might spur the growth of neurons in the hippocampus region of the brain, which can help in reducing anxiety and improving depressive disorders. The Finnish researchers conducted the study on mice that lacked a protein called Jun […]


No new antidepressants for another 10 years, say scientists
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Depression is growing at an unprecedented rate. Still, no new medication seems to be surfacing, and according to researchers, this may hold true for another 10 years. The reason is simple: no profit margin. According to the neuroscientist Apryl Pooley, pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to fund research for new antidepressants as financial risks seem to […]


Changes in Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records to help patients with SUDs
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services updated part 2 of the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records, 42 Code, on Jan. 18, 2017, which will allow clinical team professionals to readily share information of patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). The final […]


Understanding the effect of a cancer diagnosis on mental health and addiction
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The National Cancer Institute considers anyone who has undergone or is undergoing cancer treatment a cancer survivor. Going by this definition, 1 in 30 Americans is a cancer survivor. Further, though many survivors get a new lease of life, for many it is a terrible waiting game where their own Damocles sword keeps hanging over […]


Rural America leads nation in opioid abuse
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By now, readers of these pages are aware of America’s opioid crisis. Rather than lay out more disturbing statistics, this article seeks to shed light on at least one aspect of the problem. Despite the fact that drugs have always evoked images of gritty city life, with its shooting alleys and galleries, rural Americans – […]


Fort Lauderdale attacker’s mental problems may not explain shooting
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On Jan. 6, 2017 at 12:55 p.m., at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, passengers near the baggage claim area ran for cover as the sound of gunfire from a semi-automatic handgun filled the air. The shooter, 26-year-old Alaskan resident Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, emptied two magazines, shooting indiscriminately, killing five people and injuring eight others. Around 30 […]


Florida shooting draws attention to mental illness and guns
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On Jan. 6, Esteban Santiago began firing a Walther 9mm semi-automatic pistol in Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International’s Terminal 2 baggage claim. Santiago killed five people and injured six others; an additional 36 people were injured in the panic which ensued after he started shooting. Two months before the shooting, Santiago, an Alaska resident, appeared at the […]


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