July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
July isMinority Mental Health Awareness Month. This awareness day was named after mental health activist and authorBebe Moore Campbell - and focuses on building awareness about the importance of mental wellness and effective mental health care for minorities. According to research, minorities are less likely to receive a mental health diagnosis, less likely to receive treatment for mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care. More specifically:The percentage ofBlack and Latino children who use ment...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - July 5, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns awareness days mental health minorities Source Type: blogs

The 3 Parts of Your Brain Affected by Trauma
An inside look at the traumatized brain, and how you can start to heal. Approximately 50 percent of the population will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives.1 While reactions to trauma can vary widely, and not everyone will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma can change the brain in some predictable ways that everyone should be aware of, especially if you or someone close to you is struggling to cope after trauma. How Your Childhood Trauma Is Ruining Your Current Relationship With increased awareness, you can seek treatment to address your PTSD symptoms and learn skills that could ac...
Source: World of Psychology - July 3, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Brain and Behavior Disorders PTSD Publishers Trauma YourTango Amygdala Anterior Cingulate Cortex Dr. Jennifer Sweeton Mindfulness Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Prefrontal Cortex Psychotherapy Source Type: blogs

Time to Start Over!
By STEVE FINDLAY The CBO’s analysis of the House and Senate health bills should kill them both—permanently. Republicans should go back to the drawing board and work with Democrats in both the House and Senate to achieve bipartisan fixes to the ACA/Obamacare marketplaces for 2018 and 2019. That is the far and away the best thing to do from a policy and political perspective.   The vast majority of Americans would stand up and cheer. Two polls out this week, for example, add to previous surveys showing deeply low public support for the Republican bills. A USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll found that ju...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Computer Vision Applications in Mental Health: An Interview with Dr. LP Morency
The National of Mental Health estimates that more than 40 million adults in the US experienced some form of mental illness in 2015, 16 million (or almost 7% of the US population) of which experienced at least one major depressive episode. Over their lifetime, almost 30% of US adults will develop an anxiety disorder. This presents a massive load on the healthcare system and requires particularly adept clinicians that can skillfully and quickly diagnose a given mental illness. Even once diagnosed, judging the success of a treatment and gauging how well a patient responds to intervention could be a subjective exercise. In an ...
Source: Medgadget - June 29, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Mohammad Saleh Tags: Exclusive Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: June 24, 2017
I conquered a fear last weekend, y’all. I went whitewater rafting for the first time. It wasn’t a phobia, but the days — and especially hours — leading up to it…well, I was terrified. What if I fall out of the raft? Crack my skull? Get sucked into one of those underwater cave things under some rocks? Fortunately, none of those things happened, and I’m chalking it up to two factors: One, I gave in and trusted my friends (and especially our guide), and two, I gave in and trusted myself. We couldn’t control the whitewater, but we could control ourselves, and we did. Fear and trust ma...
Source: World of Psychology - June 24, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Creativity Health-related Marriage and Divorce Personality Psychology Psychology Around the Net PTSD Relationships Research Stress Columbia University Couples Deanna Kuhn Diet divorced Dr. Michele Biasutti Equine Assisted P Source Type: blogs

Raising Awareness of the Need for Collaborative Care to Treat PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects nearly 8 percent of American adults from all walks of life. Findings from recent studies are inconclusive but suggest that more work is needed to improve and adapt models of care for those living with PTSD. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - June 23, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs

Psychedelic Medicine – New Frontiers in Palliative Care
Exciting new research is revealing that psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin and MDMA, may offer significant benefit for patients struggling at the end of life and those beset by major depressions and treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress.  A conference at the University of Washington School of Law, on October 27, 2017, brings together doctors, scientific researchers, attorneys and ethicists to consider the medical, legal and ethical implications of this evolving research. Confirmed speakers include:Dan Abrahamson, Senior Legal Advisor, Drug Policy Alliance's Office of Legal Affairs, Oakland, CA Ira Byock, M.D., ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 21, 2017 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 6/16 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Danielle Siarri (@innonurse) on the topic of “Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).” As technology continues to evolve, the clinicians’ skill set will need to continue to keep up with the health tech evolution. Virtual reality actually stimulates our senses together in order to create the illusion of reality. Augmented reality (AR) is a blend of virtual reality (VR) and real life. AR users are able to interact wit...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Healthcare HealthCare IT Patients #hcldr #HITsm Topics AHIP Guide Well HC Executive Group Health Plans Source Type: blogs

Returning to work, good or bad?- a very complex question
One of the main reasons returning to work is a priority in many healthcare systems is simply that compensation and off-work benefits is the most costly portion of the bill for people with ill health. This naturally leads to a strong emphasis in most rehabilitation, especially musculoskeletal rehabilitation in New Zealand, to help people return to work as soon as practicable. At times the process can be brutal. In my own case, after 18 months of working part-time due to post-concussion symptoms after a “mild” traumatic brain injury, I had the hard word put on me to get back to my job or I’d be sent to work...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - June 11, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: adiemusfree Tags: Chronic pain Clinical reasoning Research Return to Work biopsychosocial function Health healthcare pain management RTW Therapeutic approaches Source Type: blogs

June is Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Month
In order to bring greater awareness to the issue of posttraumatic stress disorder, June has been designated as PTSD Awareness Month by theNational Center for PTSD (NCPTSD). And the United States Senate has designated June 27th as National PTSD Awareness Day. PTSDis a mental health problem that can occur after an adult or child has been exposed to a traumatic event(s) such as sexual or physical assault, natural or man-made disaster, and war-related combat stress. Symptoms of PTSD include persistent intrusive thoughts and distressing dreams about the traumatic event, triggered emotional responses to ...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - June 11, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns awareness days PTSD Source Type: blogs

Persuing ASCO 2017 - AKA Time for Lorazepam
Photo from ASCO Mediakit. © ASCO/Danny Morton 2017TheAnnual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology was last week. It ’s been my observation over the years that much of the best palliative-oncology and supportive-oncology research is presented at ASCO each year, before it’s actually published (if it ever gets published).  So I always dig through the palliative/EOL/supportive/psychooncology abstracts each year to see what's happening. Below is a gently annotated list of the abstracts that caught my eye the most, for your perusal and edification. Undoubtedly, these are my idiosyncratic...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - June 8, 2017 Category: Palliative Care Tags: ASCO cancer oncology pallonc research research issues rosielle WaPo Source Type: blogs

Erasing the Stigma of Geriatric Anxiety and Learning to Help
View Original Article Here: Erasing the Stigma of Geriatric Anxiety and Learning to Help The effects of anxiety disorders are becoming ever more prevalent in our society. Even with new research shining a light on how many Americans suffer from these varying disorders, we have only begun to scratch the surface. This is especially true when it comes to understanding anxiety in the elderly. Higher rates of loss, increased pain, chronic conditions, and multiple medications can all increase the levels of anxiety in senior citizens. This makes having the discussion about geriatric anxiety a crucial factor in aiding our loved on...
Source: Shield My Senior - May 31, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Vin Tags: Senior Safety Source Type: blogs

Memorial Day thoughts from a physician
Truthfully, I am not from a military family.  Naturally, my grandfathers were in the service, but they didn’t die serving.  Also, my birthday has always fallen on Memorial Day weekend, or near it.  So rather than visiting a cemetery, we usually have a small party.  For some reason, perhaps it’s the political divisiveness in my beloved country, I have been thinking more and more about Memorial Day. To my understanding, Memorial Day is meant to remember those who died while serving.  Veterans Day is to honor the service of all U.S. military veterans.  Sometimes I get caught up in sem...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - May 29, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/shannon-tapia" rel="tag" > Shannon Tapia, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Primary care Source Type: blogs

May e-newsletter: MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge, asking “How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?”
—– Time for SharpBrains’ May e-newsletter, highlighting what’s new in brain health and mental performance, and featuring a very relevant MIT initiative and a thought-provoking study on the “Cognitive Divide.” New thinking MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience? Mental Health Innovation and Dr. Tom Insel: from the NIMH to Google/ Verily Life Sciences to Startup Mindstrong Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright (related slides here) Eight research teams wo...
Source: SharpBrains - May 25, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Monthly eNewsletter Peak Performance Professional Development Technology -google Aira artificial intelligence Brain Health Challenge brain-enhancement Brain-hea Source Type: blogs

Study: Common medication treatments for PTSD can increase the risk of developing dementia
—– Drugs for PTSD linked to increased risk of dementia (The Pharmaceutical Journal): “Certain psychotropic drugs used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increase the risk of developing dementia, including in patients who do not have PTSD but take the drugs for other conditions, study results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society… As expected, a diagnosis of PTSD was found to significantly increase the risk of a dementia diagnosis…the results show that the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, novel antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics increa...
Source: SharpBrains - May 22, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness antidepressants antipsychotics benzodiazepines dementia dementia risk drugs geriatrics medication-treatment post-traumatic-stress-disorder psychotropic psychotropic medication PTSD selec Source Type: blogs

Neural changes after taking psychedelic drugs may reflect “heightened consciousness”
By Emma Young Is there anything psychedelic drugs can’t do? A recent wave of scientific scrutiny has revealed that they can elicit “spiritual” experiences, alleviate end-of-life angst, and perhaps treat depression – and they might achieve at least some of all this by “heightening consciousness”, according to a new paper published in the journal Scientific Reports. A team at the University of Sussex, led by Anil Seth, co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, re-analysed existing magneto-encephalography (MEG) brain imaging data recorded from healthy people wh...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - May 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Brain Cognition Perception Source Type: blogs

The Essential Oil That May Help Fight PTSD
Inhaling the essential oil could help reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything. (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - May 5, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Psychology Source Type: blogs

Recovering from Abuse: Collecting Pebbles
One of the most common things I hear from survivors of psychological abuse is their confusion about why they didn’t notice the red flags sooner in the relationship. It doesn’t matter if the toxic person is a parent, co-worker, friend or love interest, almost all survivors seriously doubt themselves for not seeing the toxicity earlier. Once a survivor’s eyes are opened to the abuse they have endured, they wonder why they didn’t set better boundaries before they found themselves in a world of hurt from the psychological games. Survivors of this type of abuse have their lives completely rocked and thro...
Source: World of Psychology - May 4, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Shannon Thomas, LCSW Tags: Bullying Marriage and Divorce PTSD Relationships Trauma abuse Child Abuse Intimidation Physical Abuse Psychological abuse Psychological Manipulation toxic people Source Type: blogs

The Ketamine Papers: Science, Therapy & Transformation
BY SUNEEL RATAAN The Ketamine Papers serves as an essential window into the rapidly accelerating application of the anesthetic cum party drug ketamine to individuals with disorders such as treatment-resistant depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, the book’s release coincides with other psychedelics, MDMA (aka ‘Ecstasy’) and psilocybin, being cleared for late-phase clinical trials as therapeutic adjuncts for the treatment and – dare we say – cure of those and related disorders, a process that will still take some years. Given what seems to be an increasing explosio...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Ecstasy LSD MDMA Psilocybin PTSD Source Type: blogs

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: For More Than Borderline Personality Disorder
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan in the late 1980’s is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD).  It is now considered the treatment of choice for individuals with characteristics associated with symptoms of BPD such as impulsivity, interpersonal problems, emotion dysregulation, self-harm, and chronic suicidal behaviors. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a type of cognitive therapy that focuses on the balance between acceptance and change. DBT works w...
Source: World of Psychology - April 30, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lianna Tsangarides, LCSW Tags: Addiction Anxiety and Panic Borderline Personality Eating Disorders Psychology Psychotherapy Treatment Borderline Personality Disorder Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dialectical Behavior Therapy Dialectical Behavioral Therapy emotion d Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, May 1st 2017
In this study we demonstrate the use of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-based epigenome editing to alter cell response to inflammatory environments by repressing inflammatory cytokine cell receptors, specifically TNFR1 and IL1R1. This has applications for many inflammatory-driven diseases. It could be applied for arthritis or to therapeutic cells that are being delivered to inflammatory environments that need to be protected from inflammation." In chronic back pain, for example, slipped or herniated discs are a result of damaged tissue when inflammation causes cells to create ...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 30, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Top 5 reasons why doctors lack self-confidence. And how to fix it.
In the podcast below I interview a dear friend and therapist, Sydney Ashland, who shares the top 10 fears that hold doctors back. What prevents us from being the doctors we always imagined? We enter medicine as inspired, intelligent and compassionate humanitarians. Soon, we’re cynical and exhausted. How did all these totally amazing and high-functioning people get screwed up so fast? Attention, medical students and doctors: It’s not your fault. Here’s why you are suffering and what you can do about it. With decades of experience helping people break trauma bonds, overcome destructive thinking patterns and...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - April 26, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/pamela-wible" rel="tag" > Pamela Wible, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Primary care Source Type: blogs

More Evidence for Senescent Cells as a Significant Cause of Osteoarthritis
UNITY Biotechnology has obtained a large amount of venture funding in order to work on senolytic therapies, treatments capable of removing significant numbers of the senescent cells that accumulate with advancing age. Cellular senescence is one of the root cases of aging, as these cells cause inflammation and disruption of tissue structure and function. Enough of them can and will kill you, though the usual mechanism of producing ultimately fatal age-related diseases, assuming that none of the other causes of aging get there first. The UNITY Biotechnology principals initially aim to push senolytics through the regulatory p...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 25, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

What Has Digital Health Ever Done For Us? Well, At Least 60 Things!
I have 60 responses to the pressing question on every skeptic, healthcare-oriented person’s mind: what has digital health ever done for us? I’m sure you remember the scene from one of the most brilliant Monty Python movies ever made: Life of Brian. The insurgent commando plans the abduction of Pilate’s wife in return for all the horrors they had to endure from the Roman Empire. And then they ask the rhetorical question: what have they ever done for them. Apart from sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 25, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design 3d printing AI artificial intelligence augmented reality digital health GC1 genetics genomics Innovation nanotechnology robotics sensors social media virtual reality Source Type: blogs

24 April 2007 – 24 April 2017
I’m feeling some anticipatory trauma, if there is such a thing, as we approach the tenth anniversary of the mishap which would, soon thereafter, take the life of my brother Craig. Maybe it’s a heightened sense of awareness that this sad anniversary is upon us. It was April 24, 2007, his partner Claude’s birthday, when … Continue reading 24 April 2007 – 24 April 2017 (Source: My journey with AIDS)
Source: My journey with AIDS - April 23, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Kenn Tags: biography/autobiography brain trauma Chaplin Memorial Fund (United Theological College) Craig Chaplin family grief post-traumatic stress Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: April 22, 2017
Happy Saturday, sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers mindfulness vs. talk therapy, the physical and mental pros and cons of “frenemies,” the controversial “controlled drinking” treatment for problem drinking, and more. Mindfulness May Rival Talk Therapy For A Variety Of Mental Health Issues: While cognitive behavioral therapy (also known as “talk therapy”) generally is thought of as the gold standard for helping treat a multitude of mental health issues, a recent eight-week study involving group mindfulness reports mindfulness can be similarly effective. Am...
Source: World of Psychology - April 22, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Anxiety and Panic Children and Teens Friends Industrial and Workplace Military Mindfulness Policy and Advocacy Psychology Around the Net Psychotherapy PTSD Recovery Relationships Research Treatment Cogn Source Type: blogs

Do Most Breast Cancer Patients Develop PTSD?
I’m grateful to Traci Pedersen for her March 3, 2016 article “Study Finds Most Breast Cancer Patients Develop PTSD Symptoms,” and to Dr. Grohol for all his efforts to help people heal from trauma. I’d say 99% of breast cancer patients develop PTSD, even though symptoms may be repressed. It would require a remarkable childhood not to do so. First, breast cancer is an immediate life threat. At diagnosis, the brain sets off our fight-flight stress chemicals, then for a minimum of a year or more (the suspense often lasts much longer), it’s like having a gun held to your head 24 x 7. If someo...
Source: World of Psychology - April 20, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kathy Brous Tags: Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Research Trauma Women's Issues Attachment Breast Cancer Negativity Bias Oncology Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Psychological Trauma Traumatic Events Source Type: blogs

Finding More Help for Adults Who Self-Injure
Over time, self-injury itself can become a habitual, nearly addictive behavior, and 8.7 percent of self-injurers are also addicts. Erin Hardy, a Wisconsin-based therapist, found herself in a quandary when an uptick of people who self-injured came to her about five years ago. This was a new area to her practice, so Hardy sought consultation with her colleagues on resources, but they came up empty. An internet search left Hardy with unsatisfactory results. “All the sudden I had this flood of individuals that were engaging in self-harm,” says Hardy. “There is really nothing [online] about self-harm other th...
Source: World of Psychology - April 19, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Publishers The Fix Addiction Adults burning Coping skill Cutting Emotional Pain Erin Hardy hitting Renée Fabian Self Harm self-injure self-injury recovery Stigma Support Group Therapy Source Type: blogs

7 Ways to Boost Your Well-Being That Go Beyond Sleep, Diet and Exercise
We know that getting enough sleep, eating nutrient-rich foods and participating in physical activities (that we actually enjoy) are all vital for our well-being. After all, these make up the foundation of our health, resulting in everything from raising our energy to lowering our blood pressure to alleviating our anxiety. But there are so many other ways we can contribute to our well-being. First, let’s explore what well-being actually means. According to therapist Casey Radle, LPC, well-being is “feeling at peace with oneself and tending to all the many facets of our lives that contribute to that fee...
Source: World of Psychology - April 19, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: General Habits Happiness Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help Stress anxiety Blood Pressure Burnout Calm Carolyn Ferreira Casey Radle Contentment Emotion Exercise Feeling Fulfilling Life joy Lena Aburdene Derhally Pea Source Type: blogs

Integrative Health and U.S. Military Facebook Live Events
Join the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) for Facebook Live: Mind and Body Approaches and Military Personnel and Their Families on April 25, 2017 at 1pm ET. Experts from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences will “discuss mind and body approaches, such as meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques for pain, PTSD, anxiety, and insomnia in the military population.” Visit the NCCIH Live Event page for more information and links to archives of past Facebook Live events in this series such as “Pain and Opioid Management in Veterans” and &ldqu...
Source: BHIC - April 18, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Annette Parde-Maass Tags: Veterans Resources Webinars complementary and integrative health facebook NCCIH social media Source Type: blogs

The Anxiety And Sleeping Drugs Linked to Dementia And Death
Drugs prescribed for anxiety, OCD, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions linked to dementia. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything. (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - April 15, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Psychology Source Type: blogs

This Doctor Says #BoycottUnitedAirlines
NIRAN AL-AGBA, MD Watching events unfold at United Airlines over the last few days have filled me with shock, awe, and horror. As a result of this public relations disaster, their motto “flying the friendly skies” has turned into “not enough seating, prepare for a beating.” America stands as a beacon of freedom from oppression. In my opinion, United Airlines was an iconic American company until last Sunday. That ended Sunday. Much of the backlash was initially a result of the lackluster attempt at an apology from the CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz. Despite three attempts, he still appears rath...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized David Dao Source Type: blogs

5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution
— Hundreds of companies around the globe, now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook,  are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed? To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit, where 200+ participants in 16 countries shared and discussed the latest about neurotech­nolo­gy, brain health and digital health.   Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, a...
Source: SharpBrains - April 12, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Akili Baycrest Brain-health BrainHQ Claritas Mindsciences Click Therapeutics cogmed Cogniciti cognifit digital health Educational Testing Service Elon Musk Facebook Headsp Source Type: blogs

Marijuana, Sleep, and Dreams
The indica vs. sativa debate, continued. [First published July 13, 2015.]Anyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple of times knows that cannabis can alter how you sleep. The effect of cannabis on sleep is even part of the never-ending debate over Cannabis indica vs. Cannabis sativa, the two major species of the marijuana plant. Indica smokers typically report a marijuana high that is body-intensive and often soporific, sometimes leading to the condition aptly known as “couch lock.” Whereas sativa smokers, according to marijuana lore, experience a more cerebral, energetic “head high,” wi...
Source: Addiction Inbox - April 10, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs

Bioterrorism: 10 facts about sarin gas
As the civil war in Syria shows no signs of de-escalating, worrisome evidence points towards the deployment of chemical warfare with banned agents recently, resulting in almost a hundred deaths with more than a quarter of them children. Chlorine and Sarin gas are primarily being implicated. Here are ten facts to know about Sarin gas and how it works. 1. Historically, Sarin was used for bioterrorism by members of Aum Shinrikyo, a radical religious cult group in Japan, in 1994 and 1995 that collectively poisoned 6500 people on the subway. In 1998, Saddam Hussein used it against Iranians and Kurdish people. The Syrian governm...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - April 9, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/tanu-s-pandey" rel="tag" > Tanu S. Pandey, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Emergency Source Type: blogs

Top Virtual Reality Companies in Healthcare
What is the common denominator of behavioral psychology, pain management, medical training, rehabilitation and meditation? The answer is virtual reality. I believe that within a few years, VR will be a game-changer in these areas. Thus, it is high time to enlist the most important VR companies in healthcare. VR is conquering new heigths in terms of healthcare and sales figures Medical VR is an area with fascinating possibilities. It has not just moved the imagination of science-fiction fans, but also clinical researchers and real life medical practitioners. As a doctor, you could assist in the OR without ever lifting a sca...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 5, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Virtual Reality in Medicine future GC1 Healthcare Innovation meditation pain management Personalized medicine psychology rehabilitation VR Source Type: blogs

You Ought to Have a Look: The Catastrophe of Climate Catastrophizing and Fun at the House Science Committee
You Ought to Have a Look is a regular feature from the Center for the Study of Science. While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic. Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary.—This time around You Ought to Have a Look at abrilliant analysis of the profound illogic of “climate catastrophizing” appearing, in all places, in Foreign Affairs, arguably the most important international contributor to precisely just that.Written by the Manhattan Inst...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 3, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Patrick J. Michaels Source Type: blogs

To Overcome Addiction, You Must Address Underlying Trauma
One of the most widely known addiction treatment groups, Alcoholics Anonymous, famously lists twelve steps the addict must take to overcome their addiction. While these steps include everything from admitting you’re powerlessness over the substances you abuse to seeking out people you’ve wronged in the past to make amends, none of the steps mentions acknowledging or coming to terms with a traumatic experience. Some healthcare professionals take a different perspective on addiction recovery. According to a wide body of research over the past 20 years, experiencing a traumatic event as a child or young adult gre...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 3, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: April 1, 2017
Happy April Fool’s, sweet readers! Oh, how I love this day. I love jokes, pranks, tricks — everything designed to make me laugh (as long as it doesn’t hurt others, of course). Not only does it amuse me, but it’s also good for my mental health. Yes, I know, many of you know the drill, but for those of you who don’t, check out the NCBI’s Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review (the abstract is easy reading, I promise). Now, let’s get on with it, shall we? This week we have new about the royal’s latest mental health awareness work, the kinds of t...
Source: World of Psychology - April 1, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Addiction Bullying Celebrities Disorders Eating Disorders Ethics & Morality Happiness Inspiration & Hope Policy and Advocacy Professional Psychology Around the Net Research Self-Esteem Substance Abuse Albin Lee Meldau Bullies Source Type: blogs

Repealed and Misplaced
By KIP SULLIVAN Like Joe, Michael and others, I find myself wondering what, if anything, Trump learned from the demise of the AHCA last Friday. But I’m also wondering what Democrats and other Republicans are thinking. The question I would like to ask all Republicans is: Is it clear to you now that merely saying no to any Democratic proposal to lower the uninsured rate is bad for your party? The question I would like to ask all Democrats who supported the Affordable Care Act is: Is it clear to you now that that the managed care nostrums in the ACA cannot lower costs, and that attempting to lower the uninsured rate wi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized AHCA Freedom Caucus Trump William Kristol Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: March 25, 2017
Happy Saturday, sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net is an interesting mix of information on capital punishment and the severely mentally ill, how we used to think architecture could cure mental illness, why you probably can’t blame stress for gray hair, and more. Off-Label Antidepressant Prescriptions Not Supported by Strong Scientific Evidence: Sometimes, doctors issue “off-label prescriptions” which means they prescribe medications for purposes other than those approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, researchers of a new study published in the BMJ have conclu...
Source: World of Psychology - March 25, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Antidepressant Disorders History of Psychology Industrial and Workplace Medications Narcissism Personality Policy and Advocacy Psychology Around the Net Relationships Research Self-Esteem Self-Help Stress Antidepressants arch Source Type: blogs

MCDES – Pathways to Hope for Moral Injury & Other Invisible Wounds
The Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support (MCDES) is producing an all-day conference on May 5, 2017: "Pathways to Hope for Moral Injury & Other Invisible Wounds." ObjectivesDescribe moral injury and related mental health traumas, e.g., PTSD. Describe how forms of oppression relate to moral injury. Identify and list resources, methods, and strategiesfor recovery through the arts, spiritual counseling, training, storytelling, and ritual processes. Describe public lamentation for processing certain aspects of moral injury such as feelings of sorrow, betrayal, isolation, regret, and shame....
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 24, 2017 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

How an executive order can erase an entire childhood
Having recently returned from a medical mission to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, I have become consumed with advocating for the rights of the children outside of our borders.  All the while the children I have spent the last five years caring for have been fighting for themselves in this changing political climate. As a pediatrician for an underserved immigrant population, I have seen first hand how a simple signature of an executive order can erase an entire childhood. When the patient histories changed from ear pain and fever to suicide attempts and PTSD I knew I could no longer stay silent.  How can I sl...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 19, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/henna-qureshi" rel="tag" > Henna Qureshi, DO < /a > Tags: Physician Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

When PTSD Strikes the Parents of Addicts
Autumn didn’t realize she had PTSD when she found her daughter near death on the floor. She realized it when she tried to kill her daughter’s dealer. “I think back to what I did and it’s so irrational. It sickens me.” Autumn (requested first name only) knows the exact moment she developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from her daughter’s drug addiction. It wasn’t heading upstairs to where her son and daughter shared a room, and seeing her daughter Sara* near death, lying on the carpet and making a rasping, gurgling noise. Autumn’s son had been lying in bed, trying to ...
Source: World of Psychology - March 7, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Addiction Disorders Family Parenting PTSD Publishers Substance Abuse The Fix Trauma addicts Drug Addiction Drug Users Drugs Maggie Ethridge Parents parents of addicts Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Rage Suffering Source Type: blogs

The 7 Best Blogs on Anxiety
This article breaks down what it means to feel stressed versus depressed. Stress will signal changes that need to be made that are specific, such as lack of sleep or unhappiness at your job, where as depression hangs around longer than little ‘spells’ like stress, and is usually triggered by something or feels like it just pops out of nowhere. http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/health/emotional-health/depression/depressed-or-just-stressed.aspx Feeling powerless in our current world is a commonality we all share. However, some people develop real anxieties and fears based on the unpredictability of our future...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Larissa Gomes Tags: featured health and fitness psychology self improvement anxiety best depression blogs pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Heart Month: Disruptive Woman Dr. Bernadette Melnyk Shares Her Story
This post was originally published by the Women’s Heart Alliance on February 10. When people ask how I became interested in health and wellness, I have to tell them about the tragedy that forever changed my life. My mom had a stroke right in front of me and died when I was home alone with her at age 15. She had a history of headaches and saw her family physician one week before she died. My mom was diagnosed with high blood pressure and given a prescription for a high blood pressure medication that my dad found in her purse after she died. As you can imagine, this traumatic event had a major impact and left me s...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Health Health Professions Health Reform Wellness Women Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 172
Welcome to the 172nd edition of Research and Reviews in the Fastlane. R&R in the Fastlane is a free resource that harnesses the power of social media to allow some of the best and brightest emergency medicine and critical care clinicians from all over the world tell us what they think is worth reading from the published literature. This edition contains 5 recommended reads. The R&R Editorial Team includes Jeremy Fried, Nudrat Rashid,  Justin Morgenstern and, of course, Chris Nickson. Find more R&R in the Fastlane reviews in the R&R Archive, read more about the R&R proj...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - February 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeremy Fried Tags: Airway Emergency Medicine Intensive Care R&R in the FASTLANE EBM Education recommendations research and reviews Source Type: blogs