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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Popular Japanese ‘Cinderella diet’ creating a storm on social media
02-28-18 Category: Behavioral Health

A popular diet in Japan inspired by the Walt Disney’s cartoon character has taken the social media by storm. The disturbing and highly controversial weight-loss regimen called “Cinderella diet” has caught the fancy of many people worldwide. Aiming for a body mass index (BMI) of 18, the Cinderella weight is officially considered as underweight on […]

Bath salts becoming a larger threat across US
02-27-18 Category: Drug Abuse

In downtown Indianapolis, up to 25 individuals reportedly overdosed on synthetic drugs in a shelter for homeless men in early February 2018. Two individuals were arrested for allegedly providing bath salts or spice, which may have been laced with phenylcyclohexylpiperidine (PCP), to the inmates of the Wheeler Mission homeless shelter. In late February 2018, in […]

Antidepressants do work, says study
02-26-18 Category: Depression

A huge international study has sought to put to rest the debate about whether antidepressants help relieve severe depression in adults. According to the study published recently in the medical journal The Lancet, antidepressants do work, with some showing better results than others. However, researchers pointed out that only one in six individuals with depression […]

Aetna prior-authorization practices come under lens as California begins probe
02-21-18 Category: Mental Health

Aetna’s prior-authorization practices have come under the lens after a former medical director of the insurance company admitted that he never reviewed patients’ medical records when deciding to approve or deny care. In the wake of such blatant violation of laws, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said his department is probing into Aetna’s practices to […]

MDMA treatment for eating disorders in final stage of FDA trials

Recreational drugs like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) are often prescribed for treating mental health problems. And to add to the list is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), a psychoactive substance commonly known as ecstasy, which is being seen as a medication to treat eating disorders. According to researchers, the therapeutic benefits of ecstasy for people with eating disorders […]

Highmark announces new prescription limitations in war against opioids
02-19-18 Category: Addiction

In recent years, various entities that comprise the health care system in the United States have been taking initiatives to restrict prescriptions for opioid painkillers in their fight against the opioid epidemic. Contributing its bit in the war against opioids, Pittsburgh-based health insurer Highmark Inc. recently announced new prescription limitations and program expansions. Starting early […]

Common prescription drugs can double the risk of death by stroke, finds study
02-19-18 Category: Depression

Common prescription drugs used to treat allergies, heart disease and Parkinson’s can increase chances of dying from a stroke. According to a study conducted by scientists from the University of Aberdeen, people using drugs with anticholinergic properties are about 60 percent more vulnerable to stroke. The study team examined the risk of stroke in 22,000 […]

Aetna Practices Latest Example of Unethical Health Industry Practices
02-16-18 Category: Health

By Lise Millay Stevens There is something rotten in Denmark. Maybe it is wafting over from the U.S. health insurance industry. CNN reports that a former Aetna medical director admitted, under oath, that he never looked at patient records prior to approving or denying care, relying instead on the recommendations from nurses at the insurance […]

Contingency management therapy makes addiction treatment easier during pregnancy
02-16-18 Category: Addiction Treatment

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are conditions that lead to a clinically significant impairment caused by the chronic abuse of any form of addictive substance, like alcohol, drugs, etc. Given the adverse impacts of substance abuse, the development of more effective treatment approaches for SUDs has become a critically important public health priority. The contingency management […]

California to face shortage of mental health professionals, says report
02-15-18 Category: Mental Health

California may face a significant shortage of trained mental and behavioral health care professionals in the next one decade, leaving minorities and rural populations underserved, according to a recent report by the Healthforce Center at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). The report found that the Golden State will have 41 percent less psychiatrists than […]