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Study finds chocolate seems to temporarily improve blood vessel health

Good news for chocolate lovers.

Scientists have found that eating dark chocolate appears to improve the function of important cells lining the wall of blood vessels for at least three hours.

The study, involving 17 healthy young volunteers who agreed to eat a bar of dark chocolate and then get an ultrasound, found that eating dark chocolate seemed to make the blood vessels more flexible, which helps prevent the hardening of the arteries that leads to heart attacks.

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Psychotherapy By Telephone An Effective Addition To Treatment For Depression

Integrating osychotherapy by telephone into a program for treating depression can significantly improve outcomes, according to a study in the August 25 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Both antidepressant medication and structured psychotherapy have been proven effective, but less than one-third of people with depressive disorders receive effective levels of either treatment, according to background information in the...
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Bush launches controversial mental health plan

Bush launches controversial mental health plan (BMJ)
President Bush announced on 26 July 2004 that his administration has begun implementing the recommendations of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health to "improve mental health services and support for people of all ages with mental illness" through comprehensive screening.

The plan states that schools are in a "key position" to screen the "52 million students and six million adults who work at the schools" and includes recommendations for screening preschool children.

While I'm for more screenings, I...
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Eating Disorders Cost Millions of Dollars for Many U.S. Businesses

Not only are eating disorders dangerous to one's physical and mental health, but they cost companies millions of dollars. The overall medical and mental health costs to businesses in 2001 for all eating disorders combined including anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder (BED) and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS),
totals more than $ billion.

"Statistics show forty percent of women with eating disorders function
poorly at work and one-third are frequently absent from work," said Edward
Cumella, PhD, director of research and education at...
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