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  • Japanese raisin tree flavonoid shown to ease the effects of alcohol

    By: Rachael On: 02-05-2016 Category: Alcohol Rehab, Health, Health and Wellness, medicine, Treatment
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    The Japanese raisin tree grows primarily in Asia, though recently it started invading Brazil. The scientific name for the tree is hovenia dulcis, and its seeds and fruit contain an interesting flavonoid compound called dihydromyricetin (DHM). Traditional Eastern medicine has used this substance throughout the ages to reduce the effects of alcohol overconsumption, such as…

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  • The high cost of not treating mental illness

    By: Rachael On: 02-04-2016 Category: Crime, Dual Diagnosis Treatment, Finances, legislation, Mental Health Treatment
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    Between 2009 and 2011, states cumulatively cut more than $1.8 billion from their budgets for services for children and adults living with mental illness. However, untreated mental illnesses in the U.S. cost more than $100 billion a year in lost productivity alone. When one examines the full picture of mental health, failing to treat mental…

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  • Not just a fad: The health benefits of yoga

    By: Rachael On: 02-03-2016 Category: Anxiety Treatment, Behavioral Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Stress, Therapy, Treatment
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    Keeping her eyes steady on her reflection in the mirror as she plants her hands firmly on her yoga mat, she inverts her body to form the perfect headstand in a hot yoga room all while focusing on her deep breathing technique. Arm inversions and headstands are only two of the hundreds of yoga poses…

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  • First aid for mental health

    By: Rachael On: 02-03-2016 Category: Awareness, Emotions, Mental Health Treatment, Mental Illness
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    Quick question: Do you know basic first aid? Most people can’t set fractures, perform CPR or even provide the Heimlich maneuver, but they know enough to do basic first aid, like elevate bleeding injuries above the heart or put ice on a sprain. A Good Samaritan stops the bleeding, talks to the person if it’s…

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  • How to break bad news to someone with depression

    By: Rachael On: 02-02-2016 Category: Behavioral Health, communication, Depression Rehab, Emotions
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    How to break bad news to someone with depression

    Delivering bad news to a loved one is hard enough when that person doesn’t have depression. With someone who does, you might worry that the bad news will set the person off, making the depression even worse. You might even worry that the person will become actively suicidal. Relax. It will be all right. If…

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  • Flying high: Substance abuse among public transportation workers

    By: Rachael On: 02-01-2016 Category: Substance Abuse
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    David Hans Arntson, a former captain with Alaska Airlines, was arrested last Wednesday for piloting commercial flights while intoxicated on multiple occasions. Two separate breathalyzer tests indicated blood alcohol levels of 0.134 percent and 0.142 percent, compared to the acceptable level of 0.10. “Those in command of passenger jets, or any other form of public…

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  • The United Kingdom suggests stricter alcohol consumption guidelines

    By: Rachael On: 02-01-2016 Category: Alcohol Rehab, Health and Wellness
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    The United Kingdom updated its alcohol consumption guidelines in January 2016, enforcing the strictest regulations on alcohol consumption worldwide. The previous alcohol consumption guidelines were published in 1995 and stated that women should not consume more than 14 units of alcohol per week whereas men should not consume more than 21 units of alcohol per…

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  • Super Bowl domestic violence rates – an urban legend

    By: Rachael On: 01-29-2016 Category: Trauma
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    Everyone knows domestic violence rates increase on Super Bowl Sunday right? Wrong. During the 1990s, reporters began quoting statistics about Super Bowl Sunday being the most dangerous day of the year for women in abusive relationships. It was said that due to the combination of alcohol and the aggression generated by watching football, men who…

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  • Eating disorders and athletes: Purging to make weight in boxing, wrestling and other sports

    By: Rachael On: 01-29-2016 Category: Behavioral Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    In many fighting sports — for instance, wrestling or boxing — athletes are divided into weight classes. Weight classes are used to make sure that opponents are equally matched in terms of heaviness so that neither opponent has a weight-based advantage. Unfortunately, the use of weight classes often encourages athletes to perform something known as…

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  • Eating disorders and athletes: Bulimia, body image and ballet

    By: Rachael On: 01-28-2016 Category: Behavioral Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    Most people have a prototypical image of a ballet dancer. Tall. Flat-chested. Thin. For ballet dancers, being thin is not merely an act of vanity — it’s an essential career move. Often, the best roles go to the thinnest dancers. Young girls are discouraged from entering ballet if they’re “too curvy,” and ballet dancers are…

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