Month: June 2016

Ketamine to treat depression: A new study highlights the effects of “special K”

“Depression is the second most expensive health problem that we face worldwide, but this fact is not very well known because there is a stigma attached to depression and people don’t like to talk about it. About 17 percent of Americans will be treated for depression at some point in their lives, but there are …

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The potentially fatal trend of abusing Imodium

A cast study on two fatalities caused by overconsumption of Imodium reveals a recent and strange trend in drug addiction: An increasing number of opioid addicts are resorting to abusing the over-the-counter antidiarrheal medication, with potentially lethal results.   Case report Overdose #1: A 39-year-old man in recovery for opioid addiction stopped using his buprenorphine …

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Bringing awareness to juvenile arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), formally known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood and the etiology is unknown to date. This childhood arthritis is highlighted by joint swelling, fevers, and a salmon-pink skin rash. The arthritis must be present for at least six weeks before a diagnosis …

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Poverty physically linked to depression

Why do some people in the same family get sick and others do not? Until recently, scientists explained that such differences were attributable to either nature (genes) or nurture (environment), or some indescribable combination of both. And, for the most part, that explanation is still correct, except for the indescribable part. That part is now …

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Some psychiatrists worry about a new, chewable ADHD drug

Is the latest ADHD drug a new, enticing drug of abuse? Or is it simply another way to help children who are coping with a stressful disorder? Adzenys XR-ODT is a drug that combines d- and l-amphetamine, two central nervous system stimulants that can help mitigate the symptoms associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). …

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Understanding genetics, mental health and that 'It Didn't Start With You'

He grew up never understanding that when mom disappeared for three months, it was because she was in rehab again. When he was old enough to understand, he started to notice other signs: the hidden “water” bottles, mom’s weird behavior that started in the afternoon, the intense fights between his parents that seemingly took place …

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Are siblings more at risk for developing dual diagnosis?

U.S. children are more likely to grow up in a household with a sibling than with a father, according to a study shared by the National Institutes of Health. It also explains, “Unlike friendships, sibling relationships are nonelective, they usually imply a life-long bond, and the sibling role structure encompasses both egalitarian and complementary elements.” …

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When illness isn’t mental: The psychology of the thyroid

Parents are almost trained to notice these things. A sudden change in school performance. A loss of interest in activities. Changes in temperament, including anger, irritability and depression. A teen who suddenly becomes withdrawn. Eating habits becoming different for no reason. Problems concentrating and forgetfulness. These symptoms get noticed, because among others identified by the …

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Spanking and other physical punishment harm children’s mental health

Spanking has been widely used as a form of physical punishment for child misbehavior, particularly by parents in the United States. Although the acceptance of spanking and other forms of physical punishment has decreased over the past several decades, it is still commonly used as an approach to punish and reduce the frequency of child …

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