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UAB physician calls for better education, legislation to help patients with opioid abuse

UAB physician calls for better education, legislation to help patients with opioid abuse

The U.S. opioid epidemic has evolved so much in the last four years that current federal policy responses risk diminishing returns in saving human lives, according to a new peer-reviewed perspective by University of Alabama at Birmingham Associate Professor of Preventive medicine Stefan Kertesz, M.D. His perspective was published online in the addiction journal Substance Abuse. [More]
Suicide deaths among White Mountain Apache members drop by nearly 40%, research finds

Suicide deaths among White Mountain Apache members drop by nearly 40%, research finds

Deaths by suicide among the White Mountain Apache in Arizona dropped by nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2012 compared to the previous six-year period, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the tribe finds. [More]
Individual cognitive therapy effective in relieving PTSD symptoms in active-duty military members

Individual cognitive therapy effective in relieving PTSD symptoms in active-duty military members

Although both group and individual therapy can ease post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in active-duty military service members, individual therapy relieved PTSD symptoms better and quicker, according to a study led by a Duke University School of Medicine researcher. [More]
Study reveals new insights into drug-caused deaths among health care professionals

Study reveals new insights into drug-caused deaths among health care professionals

An Australian-first study conducted by Monash University has found that from 2003-2013 nearly five deaths per 1000 employed Australian health care professionals were caused by drugs, with a significant association between specific professions and drug type. [More]
Negative family emotions and strains may lead adolescents to deviant behavior

Negative family emotions and strains may lead adolescents to deviant behavior

Chances are good that youngsters growing up around family members who gamble will also start doing so to release the strains of daily living. [More]
Penn study shows breathing-based meditation can help alleviate severe depression

Penn study shows breathing-based meditation can help alleviate severe depression

A breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments, reports a new study published today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Quitting smoking during addiction treatment may improve recovery rates in teens

Quitting smoking during addiction treatment may improve recovery rates in teens

A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher has found that addiction treatment results improved when teens in a residential program stopped smoking. [More]
New research finds increasing prevalence of clinical depression among adolescents

New research finds increasing prevalence of clinical depression among adolescents

The rate of adolescents reporting a recent bout of clinical depression grew by 37 percent over the decade ending in 2014, with one in six girls reporting an episode in the past year, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. [More]
Experts' ability to predict suicidal thoughts and behaviors has not improved, review reveals

Experts' ability to predict suicidal thoughts and behaviors has not improved, review reveals

Experts' ability to predict if someone will attempt to take his or her own life is no better than chance and has not significantly improved over the last 50 years, according to a comprehensive review of suicide research published by the American Psychological Association. [More]
Preventive interventions for adolescent alcohol and drug use may need to begin in early childhood

Preventive interventions for adolescent alcohol and drug use may need to begin in early childhood

Research from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions suggests the approach to preventing alcohol and drug use by some adolescents should begin in early childhood. [More]
Study shows how comorbid mental health conditions can impact child's care in hospital

Study shows how comorbid mental health conditions can impact child's care in hospital

Children hospitalized for medical or surgical procedures who have an existing mental health condition stay in the hospital longer than children without these conditions. [More]
Sex differences in gray matter reductions may underlie risk of substance abuse in adolescents with bipolar disorder

Sex differences in gray matter reductions may underlie risk of substance abuse in adolescents with bipolar disorder

A new study has found that adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders if they have lower gray matter volume in the brain, a clue that can help in the design of better methods for early detection and more targeted prevention and treatment. [More]
Penn researchers develop pilot program to train library staff into community health specialists

Penn researchers develop pilot program to train library staff into community health specialists

Libraries are uniquely positioned to address public health needs in underserved populations, according to findings from a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Free Library of Philadelphia in this month's issue of Health Affairs. [More]
Telephone-based intervention holds potential to help military members struggling with alcohol abuse

Telephone-based intervention holds potential to help military members struggling with alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse is pervasive in the military, where a culture of heavy drinking and the stress of deployment lead many soldiers down a troubled path. [More]
Living arrangements of children born to parents with serious mental illness differ from general population

Living arrangements of children born to parents with serious mental illness differ from general population

Serious mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia has been shown to affect relationships and parenting capabilities. [More]
High resting heart rate and blood pressure predict increased risk for later mental health disorders

High resting heart rate and blood pressure predict increased risk for later mental health disorders

A high resting heart rate and blood pressure in youth predict an increased susceptibility for anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder later in life, reveals an extensive study conducted by the University of Helsinki and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. [More]
Study shows more than 50% of Americans suffer from multiple health challenges

Study shows more than 50% of Americans suffer from multiple health challenges

With the future of US healthcare likely to rest on the next presidency, a new study from Psychology, Health & Medicine highlights just how complex the medical needs of many Americans now are. [More]
BMC opens new opioid urgent care center to treat patients with substance use disorders

BMC opens new opioid urgent care center to treat patients with substance use disorders

Boston Medical Center, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission, has launched a new opioid urgent care center to give patients with substance use disorders rapid access to a full continuum of treatment services. [More]
Wayne State receives NIH grant to study use of opioid addiction drug to fight relapse in recovering addicts

Wayne State receives NIH grant to study use of opioid addiction drug to fight relapse in recovering addicts

A team led by Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher Mark Greenwald, Ph.D., will use a four-year, $2,279,723 competitively renewed grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health to explore whether the opioid addiction treatment medication buprenorphine can decrease the magnitude and/or duration of responses to stressors faced by recovering addicts. [More]
Children who experience family, environmental stressors more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD

Children who experience family, environmental stressors more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD

Children who experience family and environmental stressors, and traumatic experiences, such as poverty, mental illness and exposure to violence, are more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to new research by investigators at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, titled "Associations Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and ADHD Diagnosis and Severity," published in Academic Pediatrics. [More]
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