Health

Canadian Attawapiskat First Nation suicide emergency

An indigenous community in northern Canada has declared a state of emergency after 11 people attempted to take their own lives in one day. The Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario saw 28 suicide attempts in March and more than 100 since last September, Canadian media said, with one person… Source: Canadian Attawapiskat First Nation suicide emergency – BBC News Read More »

Italian doctor may have found surprisingly simple cure for Multiple Sclerosis

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An Italian doctor has been getting dramatic results with a new type of treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, which affects up to 2.5 million people worldwide. In an initial study, Dr. Paolo Zamb… Source: Italian doctor may have found surprisingly simple cure for Multiple Sclerosis – Private Health Care Read More »

Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime

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People who misuse drugs are often jailed – the US has 25% of the world’s prisoners. But learning-based treatment would work much better. Since entering recovery 28 years ago, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about the conundrum of addiction. The most commonly accepted definition – the one used in psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual… Source: Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime | Maia Szalavitz | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation

Five years after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still picking up the pieces. Japanese authorities have activated a large subterranean “ice wall” in a desperate attempt to stop radiation that’s been leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for five years… Source: ‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation Read More »

Tony Bates: We have the power to help those in a dark place

Suicide’s ripple effect touches us all, but a kind word can aid someone in need. The strength of the human spirit is phenomenal – on a good day. On a bad day, the human spirit can be vulnerable. And when we’re vulnerable, we are profoundly shaped by what happens around us… Source: Tony Bates: We have the power to help those in a dark place Read More »

Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age

Access to alcohol would be drastically reduced under a radical rethink of liquor laws, taxes and sales being urged by one of the country’s most influential groups of doctors. The blood-alcohol limit for all drivers would decrease from .05 to .02 and then to zero, while the legal drinking age would rise and governments would further restrict the trading hours of licensed premises and bottle… Source: Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age Read More »

Smoking during pregnancy alters baby’s DNA

Pregnant mothers who smoke chemically alter the DNA in their unborn babies, mirroring patterns seen in adult tobacco users, scientists have discovered. In one of the largest studies of its kind, international researchers analysed the DNA of more than 6000 mothers from around the world and their newborn children. Mothers were questioned about their smoking habits and the results showed that children of the 13 per cent of women who smoked daily throughout most of their pregnancy had DNA modified ... Read More »

CDC Chief: Zika is coming. To fully protect Americans we must have the funds we need

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention we’ve learned to expect the unexpected the unexpected – but the ongoing Zika outbreak has caused dangers from a mosquito bite no one imagined: birth defects. It’s been more than 50 years since we’ve seen a birth defect linked to a virus – and never before have we… Source: CDC Chief: Zika is coming. To fully protect Americans we must have the funds we need | Fox News Read More »

A New Mental Health System? Interview with Jim van Os

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With one of the highest mental health spending rates in Europe, the Netherlands is undergoing a dramatic rethinking of how to provide mental healthcare, a rethinking now gaining momentum throughout the region. In a recent interview with Dr. van Os on Madness Radio — one of the most prestigious scientists in the world, in the top 1% of most-cited researchers, and… Source: A New Mental Health System? Interview with Jim van Os – Mad In America Read More »

Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk

Syria and Colombia serve as an example of the consequences more than 87 million children face for growing up in conflict zones… Source: LatinAmerican Post – Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk Read More »

Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’

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Speaking at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, the US president committed to tackling heroin and prescription opioid epidemic with prevention and treatment. Barack Obama committed Tuesday to take on America’s growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic by devoting resources to prevention and treatment, rather than to the “war on drugs” policies of… Source: Barack Obama: ‘drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal problem’ | US news | The Guardian Read More »

Reborn

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We have always been told there is no recovery from persistent vegetative state – doctors can only make a sufferer’s last days as painless as possible. But is that really the truth? Steve Boggan The Guardian Across three continents, severely brain-damaged patients are awake and talking after taking … a sleeping pill. And no one is more baffled than the GP who made the breakthrough. Steve Boggan witnesses these ‘strange and… Reborn… Read More »