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Performance improvement program helps doctors better manage depression, report researchers

Depression is a common and potentially disabling condition that can be difficult to treat. One in three US adults will experience a major depressive episode during their lifetime, yet a quarter of patients are undiagnosed, and fewer than half of those who are diagnosed receive…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 22, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Presentations from the Social Determinants of Health Symposium at Portland State University

In February 2014, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions along with the Social Determinants of Health Initiative at Portland State University hosted a Research to Action Symposium focused on the complex social and economic systems responsible for health inequities, including adverse childhood experiences. I did a presentation on…

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Added by Angela Wilson Ursery on July 22, 2014 at 1:51am — 4 Comments

FEMA Wants to House Migrant Children in Empty Big Box Stores [NewRepublic.com]

...Because the number of children from Central America recently arriving without parents or immigration papers has far surpassed predictions (doubling each year since 2011), the pre-existing detention shelters, mostly along the southern border, are packed to the gills: There is not nearly enough…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 9:10pm — 2 Comments

How Does Nurture Affect Our Nature?

One of the effects of adverse childhood experiences is on our genes, which can be turned on and off by trauma. ACEsConnection member Dr. Mark Erickson -- psychiatrist and director of Tele-Behavioral Health at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 7:57pm — 1 Comment

Do No Harm Trauma-focused courts address the roots of family problems—and the traumatic impact of court itself.

Interview by SONIA DIAZ

I grew up hurt and scared. The trauma I went…

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Added by Tina Marie Hahn, MD, FAAP on July 21, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Prevention of Traumatic Stress in Mothers of Preterms: 6-Month Outcomes

Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder are a well-recognized phenomenon in mothers of preterm infants, with implications for maternal health and infant outcomes. This randomized controlled trial evaluated 6-month outcomes from a…

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Added by Tina Marie Hahn, MD, FAAP on July 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Reducing Distress in Mothers of Children With Autism and Other Disabilities: A Randomized Trial

Compared with other parents, mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder or other neurodevelopmental disabilities experience more stress, illness, and psychiatric problems. Although the cumulative stress and disease burden of these mothers is exceptionally high, and associated with poorer…

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Added by Tina Marie Hahn, MD, FAAP on July 21, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Domestic abuse shelters emerge from shadows

Domestic abuse shelters, often tucked away in the protective privacy of an obscure neighborhood, have begun moving out of the shadows with more public profiles aimed at generating more community support and better access for victims.

Domestic…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 12:16pm — No Comments

With federal help, Midtown mental health clinic treats body and mind

[Photo: Regina H. Boone]

The clinic was barely open but the tiny waiting room already was full: Three cases of diabetes — two entangled with hepatitis C — and at least one case each of of hypertension, obesity and a dangerously thickened heart muscle.

Most worrisome, though,…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Researchers find epigenetic tie to neuropsychiatric disorders

Dysfunction in dopamine signaling profoundly changes the activity level of about 2,000 genes in the brain's prefrontal cortex and may be an underlying cause of certain complex neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, according to UC Irvine scientists.

This epigenetic alteration of…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Most of Us Still Don’t Get It: Addiction Is a Learning Disorder

Sex, food, shopping, the Internet, video games—all of these activities are being studied by neuroscientists, which frequently leads to headlines like “Oreos May Be As Addictive As Cocaine” and “…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

To change attitudes, don't argue —— agree, extremely

What if the best way to change minds isn't to tell people why they're wrong, but to tell them why they're right? Scientists tried this recently and discovered that agreeing with people can be a surprisingly powerful way to shake up strongly held beliefs.

Researchers found that showing people extreme…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Dallas-area imams publicly condemn domestic violence [Dallasnews.com]

[Imam Zia Sheikh delivers sermon on Friday. Photo: Louis DeLuca]

The men pack into the mosque — their feet bare, their heads covered with white prayer caps — and sit down on the carpet in untidy rows for afternoon prayer. A man wearing black scrubs. Little boys who cling to their fathers’…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Experts urge new discipline combining benefits of neuroscience and psychology treatments

[Image credit: David Parkins]

When a patient talks with a psychological therapist, what changes occur in the patient's brain that relieve mental disorders? UCLA psychology professor Michelle Craske says the honest answer is that we don't know. But, according to Craske and two colleagues, we…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

In the past year, my first in a prestigious Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature, I have often felt conspicuous as a writer of color. I have felt a responsibility to speak up when race is discussed, but I have also resented this responsibility. Lately, I have found myself burying my head.…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Working Mom Arrested for Letting Her 9-Year-Old Play Alone at Park

In South Carolina, a 46-year-old black woman has been arrested for letting her daughter play in a nearby park while trying to earn a living. "The mother, Debra Harrell, has been booked for unlawful conduct towards a child," a local TV station…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 21, 2014 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Tennessee Arrests First Mother Under Its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law



At the beginning of July, 26-year-old Mallory Loyola gave birth…

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Added by Tina Marie Hahn, MD, FAAP on July 20, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Sexual Abuse may put Girls at Greater Risk of Heart Problems later in Life

"THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged women who were sexually abused as children may be more likely to develop early signs of heart disease, a new study suggests.…

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Added by Tina Marie Hahn, MD, FAAP on July 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The New Face of Hunger [NationalGeographic.com]

Chances are good that if you picture what hunger looks like, you don’t summon an image of someone like Christina Dreier: white, married, clothed, and housed, even a bit overweight. The image of hunger in America today differs markedly from Depression-era images…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Exercise, Relaxation Can Reduce Social Anxiety

Researchers from Queen’s University have found that exercise and relaxation practices can help people with social anxiety disorders view the world more positively.

Adam Heenan, a Ph.D. candidate, discovered exercise and relaxation activities like yoga can literally change the way people perceive the…

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Added by Jane Stevens on July 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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