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Spouse Most Likely Source of Elder Abuse

Spouse Most Likely Source of Elder Abuse

Elderly people may be at increased risk of abuse if they're cared for by a spouse, especially if the spouse is coping with his or her own physical or mental health problems, according to a new study.

"Caregiving is stressful, and it breaks down the people that are providing the care -- they wear down," Scott Beach, the study lead author and director of research at University of Pittsburgh's Center for Social and Urban Research, said in a...
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Study: Caesarians Do Not Stop Postnatal Depression

Study: Caesarians Do Not Stop Postnatal Depression

Having a planned caesarian section does not reduce a woman's risk of suffering from postnatal depression, doctors said Friday.

New mothers are as likely to experience depression after giving birth whether they go through labor and a natural delivery or an elective caesarian.

"The method of delivery does not influence your risk of having postnatal depression," said Deirdre Murphy, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Dundee in Scotland....
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What Is eHealth: A Systematic Review of Published Definitions

What Is eHealth: A Systematic Review of Published Definitions

The term eHealth is widely used by many individuals, academic institutions, professional bodies, and funding organizations. It has become an accepted neologism despite the lack of an agreed-upon clear or precise definition. We believe that communication among the many individuals and organizations that use the term could be improved by comprehensive data about the range of meanings encompassed by the term.

Conclusion: The widespread use of the term eHealth suggests that it is an important concept,...
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Bipolar Disorder More Common Among Urban Poor -Study

Bipolar Disorder More Common Among Urban Poor -Study

Bipolar disorder may often go undiagnosed and untreated in the urban poor, with one in 10 found to have the mental illness in a study of one New York clinic published on Tuesday.

The 13-month study at the clinic serving low-income patients found that few reported being diagnosed or treated for the illness.

Bipolar disorder is normally treated with a mood stabilizer such as lithium as well as anti-depressants to counteract the swings from dark moods...
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Yale Researchers to Study Soldiers, Stress

Yale Researchers to Study Soldiers, Stress

Soldiers from the Army's 10th Mountain Division will help Yale University researchers who are studying how prolonged periods of stress affect the brain.

The study will help scientists understand the underlying biology of post-traumatic stress disorder, said Maj. Paul Morrissey, chief of the behavioral health department at Fort Drum, located 90 miles north of Syracuse near the border.

Researchers will use magnetic resonance imaging to obtain detailed images of the brain as they study soldiers who were in...
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Ongoing Care Eases Depression, Saves Money

Ongoing Care Eases Depression, Saves Money

Taking a continuous-care approach to treating people with depression leads to improved outcomes and saves on costs, according to a new report.

In fact, Dr. Kathryn Rost from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, told Reuters Health that "health plans interested in improving the treatment they provide for depression ... need to adopt models that provide care management on an ongoing basis, rather than an acute...
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A Host of Anxiety Drugs, Begat by Valium

A Host of Anxiety Drugs, Begat by Valium (NY Times, free reg. req'd)

Among famous inventors, Leo H. Sternbach may not immediately leap to mind.

But this May in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Sternbach, who is 96, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He holds more than 240 patents, but perhaps his most famous invention, in collaboration with colleagues, is a chemical compound called diazepam, better known by its brand name, Valium.

One of the earliest benzodiazepines, Valium was approved by the Food...
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‘Gonzo’ Godfather Hunter S. Thompson Kills Himself

'Gonzo' Godfather Hunter S. Thompson Kills Himself

Hunter S. Thompson, a renegade journalist whose "gonzo" style threw out any pretense at objectivity and established the hard-living writer as a counter-culture icon, fatally shot himself at his Colorado home on Sunday night, police said. He was 67.

Another senseless death to suicide. Thinking about it yourself? Please check out the suicide project and post your...
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Report Questions Stress Disorder Efforts

Report Questions Stress Disorder Efforts

Congressional investigators are questioning whether the Veterans Affairs Department can adequately help troops who may return from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The agency said that so far it has treated 6,400 veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars for the disorder and that overall, its health care system has provided such services for 244,000...
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Breakthrough in study of schizophrenia announced

Breakthrough in study of schizophrenia announced

Australian researchers announced a breakthrough in the search for the cause of schizophrenia, linking the impaired thought processes involved with the disorder to thinning grey matter in the brain.

Vaughan Carr of the Neuroscience Institute of Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders said the discovery could provide a better understanding of the genetic causes of the illness and eventually lead to improved treatments.

"The importance of this research is that it links together for the first time abnormal brain structure and function...
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