New Book: The First Year Parkinson’s Disease

According to the Parkinson's Action Network, a new case of Parkinson's disease (PD) is diagnosed every nine minutes. This means that there are thousands of people who can benefit from reading Jackie Hunt Christensen's new book, The First Year Parkinson's Disease, An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, released by Marlowe and Company in October. This book contains information about a variety of topics such as symptoms that might be experienced; tests that a doctor might administer; theories about the roles of genetics...
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Sharing Yourself Online: Privacy while Blogging

Sharing Yourself Online: Privacy while Blogging

I just wrote a new article about privacy while blogging, which is something everyone (especially kids and teens) should consider when blogging:


As blogging has become mainstream and students from middle-school on up through college and graduate school have taken to it as quickly as wildfire, some bloggers are getting caught up in privacy concerns. Bloggers tend to think, "Write about it now, worry about it later," believing the catharsis of writing is more important than the responsibility of...
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Head of Psychotherapy Institute Resigns in Dispute With Founder

Head of Psychotherapy Institute Resigns in Dispute With Founder (New York Times)

Only goes to show you that no matter how well-known you become or the contributions you make within your field, you can bet some won't understand and will put business in front of everything else. It's unbelievable what


The executive director of a renowned Upper East Side psychotherapy institute said yesterday that he was resigning amid a bitter and increasingly personal feud with the institute's founder, Dr. Albert Ellis, considered by many...
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Finding Information Online From Peers and Professionals

Finding Information Online From Peers and Professionals (New York Times)

Online self-help support groups are getting national attention, as they should! A quiet phenomenon that have been growing over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are now getting support for medical and mental health concerns through these support groups.


Web sites and mental health support groups, many doctors agree, can provide patients with valuable information about treatments for depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder and other problems. And learning about...
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Kids in car crashes may suffer traumatic stress

Kids in car crashes may suffer traumatic stress

Children involved in motor vehicle crashes may show signs of acute stress disorder, even if they experienced only minor cuts and scratches, new research shows.

"Traffic crashes cause more than injuries for many children and their parents," study author Dr. Flaura K. Winston, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, told Reuters Health.

"While most are resilient, traumatic stress can occur in both children and their parents after crashes," added Winston, the founder and co-director...
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Proposed Bill Would Add Mental Health To Medicare

Proposed Bill Would Add Mental Health To Medicare

A proposed bill would bring marriage and family therapists and licensed counselors under Medicare's coverage.

The proposal has drawn strong opposition from the American Psychiatric Association, which says it would waste government money by increasing spending for marriage counseling or family troubles without improving care for more serious problems like schizophrenia.

"These are the wrong services to cover at the wrong time. There's a huge resource issue," says Tom Leibfried, the association's lobbyist. "Congress is finding...
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Statins may delay effects of Alzheimer’s -study

Statins may delay effects of Alzheimer's -study

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help to delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of dementia in the elderly, French scientists said on Thursday.

In a three-year study involving 342 Alzheimer's patients, they found that the illness did not develop as quickly in sufferers with high cholesterol levels who were given statins as in patients not taking the drugs.

Professor Florence Pasquier, of the University Hospital in Lille, France, said the drugs "may slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease...
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