Vital local services are collapsing say council staff in UNISON survey
Local government spending cuts have left councils across the UK unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk, says UNISON today (Monday). A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that eight in ten (79%) council workers have no confidence in the future of local services, and half (50%) are thinking of leaving their jobs for less stressful work elsewhere. The survey – of 21,000 local government employees working across all services – reveals that two-thirds (67%) say residents don’t receive help and support...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 17, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Heather Hampson Tags: Press release 2018 local local government Source Type: news

Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor ’ s Office
Gaming disorder is being recognized for the first time by the World Health Organization. But of the few treatment options available, most are uninsured and unproven. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TIFFANY HSU Tags: Computer and Video Games Mental Health and Disorders Addiction (Psychology) Therapy and Rehabilitation World Health Organization Source Type: news

Computer game addiction: 'I spend 20 plus hours a week gaming'
The World Health Organisation lists gaming addiction as a mental health condition for the first time. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Book Review: The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques
Managing anxiety symptoms with medication can be effective, but is not always a great long-term solution. Anxiety happens for a variety of reasons. It may be experienced when there are too many stressors making someone feel overwhelmed with no change in sight. Or it may be a matter of cutting down on caffeine intake. Unfortunately, not knowing the cause or fix for anxiety typically tends to make people more anxious. In The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It, Margaret Wehrenberg acknowledges the complexity of managing anxiety and offers...
Source: Psych Central - June 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tina Arnoldi Tags: Anti-anxiety Book Reviews General Happiness Healthy Living Mindfulness Neuroscience Self-Help Anxiety Management help for anxiety Source Type: news

Extraction method of driver's mental component based on empirical mode decomposition and approximate entropy statistic characteristic in vehicle running state - Zhao SF, Guo W, Zhang C.
In the driver fatigue monitoring technology, the essence is to capture and analyze the driver behavior information, such as eyes, face, heart, and EEG activity during driving. However, ECG and EEG monitoring are limited by the installation electrodes and a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Borderline personality features in students: the predicting role of traumatic experiences and aggressive traits - Sajjadi SF, Riyahi H, Behbuei S.
This study aimed to determine the relationship between early trau... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Paramedic Chiefs of Canada hold National Leadership Summit 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada
The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and their colleagues from across the country gathered in Edmonton, Alberta, June 13-15 to set the stage for the future direction of paramedic systems in Canada. The leadership summit, hosted by Alberta Health Services, focused on key areas such as: systematic improvement, leadership capacity, mental health in the first responder community and leadership competencies developing the paramedic of the future. Thursday's opening keynote was presented by football legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons, founder of the Pinball Clemons Foundation, an organization that empowers youth through...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Paramedic Chiefs of Canada hold National Leadership Summit 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada
The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and their colleagues from across the country gathered in Edmonton, Alberta, June 13-15 to set the stage for the future direction of paramedic systems in Canada. The leadership summit, hosted by Alberta Health Services, focused on key areas such as: systematic improvement, leadership capacity, mental health in the first responder community and leadership competencies developing the paramedic of the future. Thursday's opening keynote was presented by football legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons, founder of the Pinball Clemons Foundation, an organization that empowers youth through...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Parkland mom: 'Shooter may as well have just shot us'
The family of one of the 17 people killed in the massacre at a Florida high school is suing to obtain mental health records of shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients at Risk for Self-Harm Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients at Risk for Self-Harm
People with this painful condition that affects the spine are at higher risk of harming themselves, a large study confirms; however, the mental health effects of the disease are often ignored.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

DBSA Continues Its Outreach Efforts with GMR Funding
 The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has received additional funding from the GMR to continue efforts to support youth living in medically underserved areas with a mental health condition. The How to Maximize Your Health Insurance Benefits program is designed to reach out to professional youth influencers, such as social workers, librarians and school personnel through a 4-hour workshop that provides continuing education credits. This program builds upon last year’s award, Improving Health Information Literacy and Access to Mental Health Care.  (Source: The Cornflower)
Source: The Cornflower - June 15, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Jacqueline Leskovec Tags: Consumer Health Funding News from the Region Success Stories Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Source Type: news

Victim's family suing for school shooting suspect's records
The family of one of the 17 people killed in the Valentine's Day massacre at a Florida high school is suing to obtain mental health records of shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: June 15, 2018
[Image from unsplash.com]From Cytosorbents opening a new U.S. manufacturing facility to DyAnsys received FDA clearance for a wearable to treat opioid withdrawals, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Cytosorbents opens new U.S. manufacturing facility CytoSorbents announced in a June 12 press release that it has opened a new manufacturing facility in Monmouth Junction, N.J. with the company’s ISO 13485:2003 certification. The new facility is expected to quadruple production capacity and will accelerate margin expansion and drive operating profitability. Cy...
Source: Mass Device - June 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Contract Manufacturing Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Implants mHealth (Mobile Health) Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Orthopedics Regulatory/Compliance Spinal Surgical Centinel Spine LLC CytoS Source Type: news

Researchers Assert Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy No Better Than Placebo Surgery
No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)
Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter - June 15, 2018 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: CME Article Source Type: news

7 apps to support your mental health and mindfulness
Look no further than your phone for tools to help manage mental health. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Why can you have a missed period on birth control?
A person can miss a period while taking birth control pills for many reasons. The pills contain several hormones that affect the menstrual cycle, and stress levels and other issues can play a role. In this article, learn about how the pills work, and seven factors that can cause a person on the pill to miss a period. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Women's Health / Gynecology Source Type: news

HHS Makes $350 Million Available to Fight the Opioid Crisis in Community Health Centers Nationwide
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $350 million in new funding through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services funding opportunity. This funding will allow community health centers to invest in personnel and one-time infrastructure enhancements to address immediate barriers to implementing or expanding substance use disorder and mental health services. Applications are due July 16, 2018. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 15, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Announces $930 Million Funding Opportunity to Combat the Opioid Crisis
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants. These grants will be awarded to states and territories to support ongoing efforts to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorder. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 15, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a Survey of State Underage Drinking Prevention Policies and Practices to provide input for the state-by-state report on prevention and enforcement activities related to underage drinking component of the Annual Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking. This survey will be sent to each state and to Washington, DC. Comments will be accepted through July 16, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 15, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Critical plant gene takes unexpected detour that could boost biofuel yields
(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function -- produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets.But for Wellington Muchero, Meng Xie and their colleagues, this enzyme does more than advertised. They had run a series of experiments on poplar plants that consistently revealed mutations in a structure of the life-sustaining enzyme that was not previously known to exist. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 15, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

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The Commonwealth Fund has put out it's most recent Scorecard on State Health System Performance. Key findings include: deaths of despair surge, premature deaths are on the rise, gaps in mental health care are pervasive, and widespread gains have been made in health care access.          (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom - June 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

General taxation still best way to generate NHS funds
Experts explore financial models to fund health Related items fromOnMedica Expert Panel proposes ring-fenced tax solely for NHS and social care Cancer strategies failed to improve one-year survival Health Foundation sets out reasons for more NHS investment GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse NHS is failing patients with mental health problems (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'I'm a hormonal mess but it's worth it'
Crippling endometriosis led Katy to voluntarily go into menopause to give her reproductive system a break. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sex and Drugs Decline Among Teens, but Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Grow
The C.D.C. ’ s biannual survey of U.S. high school students also showed increases in bullying and declines in condom use. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JAN HOFFMAN Tags: Teenagers and Adolescence Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Depression (Mental) Sex Condoms Suicides and Suicide Attempts Source Type: news

Digital brain biomarker startup raises $15M in Series B funding
Mindstrong Health, a company that uses phone activity to measure mental health and behavior, has just closed a $15 million Series B funding round.   This newest backing brings the startups total financing to $29 million, and will be used to scale the business and advance commercial deployments with partners in the healthcare industry. Mindstrong is backed by ARCH Venture Partners, Berggruen Holdings, Bezos Expeditions, Decheng Capital, Fore site Capital, Optum Ventures, and One Mind Brain Health Impact Fund. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

U.S. teens are taking fewer risks with their health, though drinking and unsafe sex are still common
The school year is over, and public health officials have issued a report card for America ’s high school students.On the whole, the marks are good. Fewer U.S. teens are having sex or using illicit drugs. (There ’s no mention of rock-and-roll.) They’re also less likely to drink and drive, smoke... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - June 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Paws and play: gene treatment helps rats with spinal cord injury regain their nerve
Hopes for injured humans and larger animals as groundbreaking gene therapy helps mend damaged nerves on the spine of rodents by dissolving scar tissueRats with spinal cord injuries have regained the use of their paws after being given a groundbreaking gene therapy that helps to mend damaged nerves in the spine.The new therapy works by dissolving the dense scar tissue that forms a thick barrier between severed nerves when the spinal column is broken.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Neuroscience Genetics Biology Medical research Source Type: news

Estimating mental health impacts of alcohol's harms from other drinkers: using propensity scoring methods with national cross-sectional data from the U.S - Karriker-Jaffe KJ, Li L, Greenfield TK.
BACKGROUND& AIMS: Alcohol's harms to others (AHTO) may cause substantial distress, particularly when harms are perpetrated by close others. One challenge to identifying causal impacts is that people harmed by drinkers differ in many ways from those not so... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The effectiveness of using neurofeedback in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder: a systematic review - Panisch LS, Hai AH.
Neurofeedback is an innovative treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is readily accessible to mental health therapists. As a widespread mental health concern with potentially devastating long-term consequences on psychosocial functioning... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

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Source: Pediatric Health Associates - June 14, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Horizontal or vertical: which way to integrate? Approaches to community services integration and consequences for emergency hospital activity
This report explores the impact this choice had on the level and growth in emergency hospital use in older people and considers the wider implications for the NHS as it develops new models of care and integrated care systems (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OmniVision Sees Its Future in Medtech Clearly
Tazeeb Gunja holds up a case containing a dot the size of a period at OmniVision’s booth during MD&M East. This “dot” is a highly functional imaging technology created by OmniVision to be used in medical devices. “We plan to make some even smaller,” Gunja, who serves as principal market and development manager at OmniVision. The Santa Clara, CA-based company had a full display at MD&M East, showcasing its technology as it seeks to increase its market share in the medical device industry. The company, which was founded in 1995, revealed two new partnerships that could help give it a str...
Source: MDDI - June 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Imaging Electronics Source Type: news

Evelyn Beckley: ‘a shining example of hard-working NHS support staff ’
UNISON member Evelyn Beckley was recognised with the award for ‘operational services excellence’ at a special NHS event on Tuesday  night to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush generation. She is a patient affairs officer at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust, and her work was recognised at the Windrush Awards ceremony in Manchester, organised by NHS England to celebrate diversity in the NHS and to mark the health service’s 70th birthday next month. Fittingly, Evelyn’s award came in the category sponsored by her union. UNISON head of health Sara Gorton was at the “very...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News black members health care NHS NHS England nhs70 one team one team for patient care support staff Windrush Source Type: news

Report: Apple files patent for blood pressure monitor
Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) has submitted a patent application for a wearable blood pressure monitoring cuff, according to a recent report from The Verge. The application, submitted two years ago, shows a wearable cuff equipped with sensors intended to measure blood pressure, according to the report. The device could come in a similar package to the current Apple Watches on the market, as the patent application mentions a possible touchscreen face and Bluetooth connectivity, The Verge reports. The tech in the patent is similar to other blood pressure monitoring devices, according to the report, but given Apple’s cont...
Source: Mass Device - June 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Diagnostics Apple Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How do birth control pills affect menopause?
The use of birth control pills, or hormonal contraceptives, can mask some of the symptoms of menopause. This can make it difficult for a person to know if they are going through menopause. In this article, we answer some common questions about how birth control pills can affect the symptoms of menopause. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Menopause Source Type: news

Nigeria:Psychiatrists Brainstorm On Innovative Treatment Options for Mental Disorders
[Guardian] Worried that clinicians use trial and error of evidenced- based medicines in treatment of mental illness in Nigeria, private individuals are taking the initiative in moving the sector forward. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

6 easy rituals that can help protect your mental health, starting now
Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain's deaths have heightened the attention to mental health. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

When the Bully Is a Doctor
Bullying among health care workers is far more common than we acknowledge. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKKAEL A. SEKERES, M.D. Tags: Bullies Surgery and Surgeons Careers and Professions Nursing and Nurses Workplace Environment Depression (Mental) Doctors Source Type: news

Angola:Luanda - Governor Assures FAA Staff Assistance to Patients
[ANGOP] Cazenga -The governor of Luanda province Adriano Mendes de Carvalho called for calm and patience to the residents in need of health assistance, assuring that nurses belonging to the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) will provide care to the patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

5 easy rituals that can totally change your mental health, starting now
Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain's deaths have heightened the attention to mental health. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Childhood Cancer Impacts Mental Health
Title: Childhood Cancer Impacts Mental HealthCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - June 14, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

South Africa:Mental Health Scandal - Claimants Receive Payouts
[News24Wire] The Gauteng government has paid out R159 460 000 to the claimants of the Life Esidimeni arbitration, it said on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Study finds behavioral-related youth hospitalizations complicated by suicidality
(Case Western Reserve University) A recent study published in American Psychiatric Association's Psychiatric Services journal found previous research on youth hospitalizations associated with behavioral and mental disorders failed to adequately consider children exhibiting suicidality or self-harm. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Both depression and obesity are on the rise – coincidence? These conditions are linked in many ways
(Natural News) Depression and obesity are both alarming matters. Depression victimizes the mental health, while obesity damages the physical body. Imagine how it can ruin a person diagnosed with both. Recent statistics showed a significant increase in the number of people suffering either from depression or obesity, and experts believe there is a link between... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental health patients report poorer hospital experiences
Discharge arrangements also below par, finds survey Related items fromOnMedica NHS is failing patients with mental health problems ‘No improvement’ in community mental health care Mental health needs better management in criminal justice system Mental health funding gap widens further BMA unveils ‘blind spot’ in mental healthcare (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Childhood Cancer Impacts Mental Health
(Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer)
Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer - June 14, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Science News » Delay in HIV Treatment Associated with Brain Atrophy
People infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, known as HIV, display reductions in brain volume compared with people who are not infected with HIV, but now an NIMH-funded study has shed light on the course of this deterioration and shows that antiretroviral treatment started in the first few years of infection may stop these brain changes. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - June 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Men and women with rheumatoid arthritis 'may need different types of support'
AnArthritis Research UK-funded study has found that men and women living withrheumatoid arthritis may respond to different types of support to help them manage the everyday impact the condition has on their lives. The research underlines the fact that many men are struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, and suggests that some men may respond better to different support. A significant proportion of men struggle to manage their condition Researchers at the University of the West of England surveyed 295 English men about their experiences of living with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as 232 women. The study, led by Dr Caroline F...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 13, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Book Review: Anxiety Relief for Kids
Many parents look for books that offer guidance and understanding about psychological problems their children may be experiencing. Mental health professionals also frequently recommend such books to families receiving counseling and other therapeutic services. Unfortunately, parent-advice books are often poor quality, difficult to understand, and not informed by contemporary evidence-based practices. I am happy to say that Anxiety Relief for Kids is not one of those books. Rather, it is an exceptionally well written and practical resource that actually does what its title says. Author Bridget Flynn Walker is a psychologist...
Source: Psych Central - June 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Book Reviews Tags: Anxiety Book Reviews Children and Teens Family Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Panic Disorder Parenting Self-Help Social Phobia Source Type: news

APA: Suicide Prevention Should Be a Public Health Priority
WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 -- Suicide prevention needs to be a public health priority, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA calls for a multifaceted approach that includes increasing access to mental health screenings and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news