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Hepatitis C on the Rise in Young Drug Users

Hepatitis C on the Rise in Young Drug Users

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that attacks the liver, leads to inflammation and can be deadly.  Public knowledge concerning hepatitis C is much lower than other transmittable diseases, such as HIV (Mayo Clinic Staff). Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco recently released six new guidelines for preventing hepatitis C in young drug users. Since 1997, UCSF has been conducting a study of young drug users, particularly those who inject drugs, called “U Find Out”, … Read entire article »

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Should Physicians Screen Every Patient for Alcohol Misuse?

Should Physicians Screen Every Patient for Alcohol Misuse?

  Risky drinking can cause problems for individuals in both their personal and professional lives, as well as potentially lead to the development of alcohol dependence or alcoholism. This kind of drinking is also responsible certain preventable illnesses and deaths. In a recently concluded analysis of studies concerning risky drinking and intervention methods, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force determined that primary care physicians should screen their adult patients for alcohol misuse, as well as provide … Read entire article »

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Boston Mayoral Candidate Proposes Recovery Services Office to Treat Addiction

  There are many problems politicians hope to fix when running for office; candidates in all levels of politics hope to make changes that will help solve societal woes. These “fixes” can range from mental health to public transportation and everywhere in between; but we don’t often see candidates harp on the growing problem of substance addiction in our country. That is, except for Martin Walsh, a mayoral candidate in Boston, who is seeking to make it easier for alcoholics and addicts to receive the help they need; he proposes forming an Office of Recovery Services devoted to helping those in need to navigate the system and get treatment (Ryan). For Walsh, this is not only a political move but a very personal quest. Walsh is a recovering alcoholic with 18 years … Read entire article »

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Judge Orders Probe Into California Prisons’ Mental Health Facilities

Judge Orders Probe Into California Prisons’ Mental Health Facilities

  California’s prison systems have been plagued by substandard care for mentally ill inmates for years. Since 2006, the prison systems have been under federal oversight due to the inordinately large number of inmate deaths resulting from medical malpractice or neglect (CaliforniaHealthline). On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered an in-depth investigation into the conditions at prison-based facilities for the mentally ill run by the California Department of State Hospitals. 18 years ago, treatment for mentally … Read entire article »

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Accepting my Chaos

Accepting my Chaos

  About 14 months ago, in May 2012, I decided to enter a residential treatment center for a variety of emotional issues – extreme emotional dysregulation, chaotic interpersonal relationships, and an unstable sense of self, to name a few. My life before treatment was quite a kerfuffle, and my ability to function in society was dismal at best. While I was aware that I needed the intensive help of acute care, I also did not want … Read entire article »

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Brain Scans May Help Identify Who Would Benefit From Psychotherapy, Antidepressants

Brain Scans May Help Identify Who Would Benefit From Psychotherapy, Antidepressants

  In terms of treating depression, there has been a longstanding debate amongst professionals over whether medication or talk therapy is the better treatment for this painful mental condition. Until now, there hasn’t been much evidence in hard science to determine which could work better for someone who’s diagnosed with depression. For the first time, a study from Emory University suggests that brain imaging could be used to determine who would benefit the most from what … Read entire article »

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Chew Your Way Back to Cheerful

Chew Your Way Back to Cheerful

  Scientists have long suspected that chewing gum can effectively reduce stress, relieve tension and lower depression. However, a scientific study has not been done in this area—until recently! In the last several years, a handful of studies have concluded that chewing gum is beneficial for a bevy of reasons. One of the studies looked at 30 patients suffering from mild to moderate depression. They were administered either medication along with chewing gum or medication alone. After … Read entire article »

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Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

  A little over a year ago, I was desperately fighting an addiction to IV use of heroin. My fate seemed bleak. My family members had accepted the reality that at any moment they could receive “the call” — the call that I had overdosed and was dead. I had already overdosed, while using alone one grimly beautiful summer afternoon, but was found in time by my ex-boyfriend to be resuscitated. Many are not so lucky.  … Read entire article »

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Gaining Independence in Recovery

Gaining Independence in Recovery

  This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the 2013 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. It was my mom’s idea for the two of us to go. She doesn’t have a diagnosed mental disorder, but I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder five years ago, and my family recognized that I was having mental health issues ten years ago. My mom, along with my family, … Read entire article »

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New Hope for PTSD Sufferers

New Hope for PTSD Sufferers

  There may be new hope for patients who suffer from a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). New research done at New York University Langone Medical Center suggests the development of a pharmaceutical treatment effective for PTSD is possible. This may help to shift the treatment protocol for PTSD patients In the first study of its kind, brain imaging power was harnessed to highlight the connection between the number of cannabinoid receptors in the brain … Read entire article »

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