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‘Blue Mind’ explores the calming effect that water has on people [WashingtonPost.com]

When we step away from our high-stressed lives and step into nature, we get a shift. Physiologically, our brains and bodies change. We relax, and the quality of our thought changes. A different brain network activates. That brain network is available for a…

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Added by Samantha Sangenito on July 30, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Stress of Toxic Relationships: A Risk Factor for Heart Disease in Women [EverydayHealth.com]

Similar to the stressful life events analysis, when the authors accounted for all of the traditional risk factors, women who experienced high levels of social strain were still five times more likely to develop coronary artery disease and six times more likely to experience a stroke.…

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Improved parenting may fortify low-income kids against poverty effects [LATimes.com]

For children growing up in poverty, the seeds of poor health in adulthood appear to be sown early. But a nurturing parent may be able to foster a child's resilience to such conditions as allergies, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, says a new study.

[For more of this story, written by Melissa Healy, go to …

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Healthy School Lunches Get Thumbs Up From Students [Consumer.Healthday.com]

Elementary school students seem to be satisfied with the healthier school lunches being offered to them, according to a new study of school officials.

New meal standards -- issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- went into effect in the fall of 2012. At the time, there was concern that kids would stop buying lunch, or throw away most of their food. But the new…

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When the Caregivers Need Healing [NYTimes.com]

All parents endure stress, but studies show that parents of children with developmental disabilities, like autism, experience depression and anxiety far more often. Struggling to obtain crucial support services, the financial strain of paying for various therapies, the relentless worry over everything from wandering to the future — all of it can be…

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When the Bough Breaks [DMagazine.com]

Writer Jamie Thompson follows a child abuse investigation in Dallas, Texas from beginning to end. 

Sergeant Brenda Nichols had already worked 14 hours, investigated the death of one baby, juggled three priority cases, and reviewed dozens of others. She had been home a half hour when her phone rang again with an…

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Too Stressed To Meditate?

Buddhist psychology claims there are three primary feelings, or sensations, which meditation can help access:

  1. Pleasant
  2. Painful
  3. Neutral

Arising from these primary feelings are our reactions to them, the so-called secondary emotions. For example, we feel desire or joy in reaction to pleasant feelings, anger or fear in response to painful feelings, and boredom or apathy towards neutral…

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Added by Laura K Kerr, PhD on July 29, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

SAMHSA Strategic Plan

SAMHSA is asking for feedback of its strategic plan, of which one part is an emphasis on "Trauma and Justice."

Read the plan and comment at http://store.samhsa.gov/leadingchange/feedback/

Added by Cris Cannon on July 29, 2014 at 12:18pm — No Comments

What is Climate Change Doing to Our Mental Health? [Grist.org]

About a year ago, I started wondering about the impact of climate change on mental health. After all, depression is already the second leading cause of disability around the world, depression can be kicked off by stress, and watching the ocean inch up to your doorstep or seeing drought destroy your crops and take away your livelihood can be pretty…

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Added by Samantha Sangenito on July 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

70 Percent Of Child Sex Trafficking Victims Are Sold Online: Study [HuffingtonPost.com]

In 2014, buying a child for sex online can be just as easy as selling your old couch or posting an updated resume.

Astonishing statistics dug up by Thorn, an agency that studies technology's role in sex trafficking, found that sites like Craigslist are often used as tools for conducting business within the industry. Incredibly, 70 percent of child sex…

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Many Parents Believe That Their Obese Children Are In Good Health (Study) [HuffingtonPost.com]

Nearly 1 in 3 parents whose children were referred to an obesity clinic did not perceive their child's weight as a health problem, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that 31 percent of parents of obese or overweight children considered their child's health to be excellent or very good, and 28 percent of parents did not view their child's weight as a…

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House clears child abuse prevention bill [TheHill.com]

The House on Monday cleared legislation to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act for the president's signature.

Passed by voice vote, the measure, S. 1799, would authorize $15 million annually through fiscal 2018 for child abuse prevention programs, including grants to train attorney prosecuting cases and develop investigations.

"S.…

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Why Are Politicians Ignoring This Maternal Health Act? [HuffingtonPost.com]

Maternal deaths are on the rise in the United States and it seems like no one gives a damn.

The statistics are startling. Out of 180 countries, the United States ranks 60th in maternal deaths. This means 59 countries are better at keeping new mothers alive than we are. 86,000 women in the U.S. suffer complications during pregnancy and…

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Added by Samantha Sangenito on July 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Meet The Sexual Assault Adviser Top U.S. Colleges Have On Speed Dial [BuzzFeed.com]

Last month, the 19-year-old student at the heart of a New York Times campus sexual assault exposé received an unusual email from a stranger.



Brett Sokolow wrote to the alleged assault victim, Anna, that he had been engaged by her school to act “as of counsel” in connection to the Title IX complaint filed on Anna’s behalf with the U.S.…

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Mechanism by Which Child Abuse Influences Adult Health Identified [PsychCentral.com]

A new study demonstrates that childhood abuse affects the way genes are activated, thereby influencing a child’s long-term development.

Previous studies focused on how a particular child’s individual characteristics and genetics interacted with that child’s experiences in an effort to understand how health problems emerge.

In the…

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Added by Samantha Sangenito on July 29, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Experts warn rash of suicides by first responders in Canada is a red flag [GlobalNews.CA]

Mackenzie says this latest string of suicides is worrisome and Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais agrees.

“When people ask what keeps you up at night, that is one of the things,” Blais said. “We should not be afraid to talk about the challenges. We shouldn’t be afraid to go and seek the necessary help.”

Chief Blais…

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Added by Samantha Sangenito on July 29, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Harm Reduction Made Me a Much Better Family Therapist [Substance.com]

As an abstinence-based therapist, I assumed that failure and frustration came with the territory. When I adopted the values and strategies of harm reduction, I was finally able to offer my clients real help.

The philosophy of harm reduction is based on our knowledge that human beings engage in behaviors that carry risks.…

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Who Cares? People with Mental Illness Overwhelm US Justice System [PsychCentral.com]

Perhaps because it’s a state issue, people don’t realize this change has happened slowly but systematically over the past two decades. It’s seemingly accelerated in recent years, as state funding for public mental health treatment has dried up.

But there’s ultimately a price to pay for this not caring. And it’s a much higher cost…

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Men Can Be Just as "Maternal" As Women, According to Neuroscience [NewRepublic.com]

Occasionally, scientific research comes up with banal findings that should nonetheless stop us in our tracks. For example, researchers recently published a study showing that a father’s brain will change its hormonal outputs and neural activity depending on his parenting duties. The conclusion of the research is, in…

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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health, NPR.org

Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.

But of course, humans don't always behave rationally. Sometimes people will go to great…

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