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US Navy launches study to determine if surfing can alleviate PTSD symptoms
03-15-18 Category: Therapy, Trauma

The sound of the waves has long been associated with soothing one’s mind. But there isn’t sufficient scientific evidence to support this claim. Now, the Navy has launched a $1 million research project to find out if surfing has any therapeutic benefits which could be harnessed to treat military personnel struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder […]


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UN warns member states against legalization of recreational marijuana
03-14-18 Category: Marijuana

The United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has expressed concern over the widespread legalization of recreational marijuana in many countries. In its 2017 annual report, the INCB has warned its member countries that have legalized marijuana, saying it is a clear violation of the UN’s 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The INCB, which […]


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Role of urine test in contingency management therapy
03-12-18 Category: Drug Abuse, Treatment

Contingency management, a behavioral therapy used for treating substance abuse, encourages behavioral changes like abstinence from alcohol and drugs by providing stimulus like control and positive reinforcement to meet the treatment goals. To reinforce abstinence from addictive substances, various drug-screening procedures are used and the goal is to detect all the instances of target drug. […]


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NYC’s first lady and Sacramento Mayor discuss mental health initiatives

In a recent meeting of the Center for American Progress (CAP), New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg discussed several strategies to boost mental health care in the real world. McCray, wife of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, spoke about how mental health problems affected her family, especially her daughter […]


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VA comes up with new initiative to help veterans with mental illness

After having fought in multiple wars during different eras to protect the nation, American veterans often struggle with a variety of emotional and behavioral health problems and most of them fail to receive the required treatment due to cracks in the system. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), approximately 20 veterans commit suicide […]


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Opioid overdoses up by 30 percent as US drug crisis deteriorates
03-08-18 Category: Opioid

The opioid crisis is getting worse in the United States, with the latest data showing a big jump in emergency room (ER) visits due to overdoses. According to the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of opioid overdoses in the country rose by approximately 30 percent in 2017, […]


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Treating patients of bipolar disorder with lithium linked to lowest risk of re-hospitalization
03-05-18 Category: Behavioral Health

People with bipolar disorder face the lowest risk of re-hospitalization if they receive lithium treatment, according to a recent study by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The study, published recently in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, examined the risk of re-hospitalization in over 18,000 patients in Finland who were earlier admitted to hospital for […]


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Justice Department supports ‘high-stakes lawsuit’ against opioid drug makers
03-01-18 Category: Opioid

With an eye on combating the opioid crisis, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has declared that the Department of Justice will provide full support to the hundreds of lawsuits filed by various cities and counties across the country against drug makers for their alleged role in fueling the epidemic. On Feb. 27, 2018, Sessions announced […]

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