Health

8:30am

Fri April 4, 2014
Mental Health

For A Diagnosis Of Both Mental Illness And A Disability There Are Gaps In The System

Alex Meredith, 29, draws at the family home in Littleton, Colo., Feb. 17, 2014. Meredith was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He also displayed symptoms of mental illness.
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5:14pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:05 am

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley speaks to reporters April 2 regarding the second shooting in five years on the Fort Hood Army post in Texas.
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With the Army's disclosure that Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he went on a shooting rampage Wednesday, there were once again questions about whether the Army could have prevented the violence at Fort Hood.

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2:29pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Growing Evidence That A Party Drug Can Help Severe Depression

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:41 pm

Clubgoers prize Special K's hallucinogenic experience, but scientists like it better as a depression treatment.
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Teens call it "Special K," a club drug that produces hallucinatory, out-of-body effects. But evidence is mounting that it's also a fast-acting treatment for patients with severe depression.

The latest study shows that ketamine, an FDA-approved anesthetic, can act in a matter of days for some people who don't respond to traditional antidepressants. Those drugs don't work for 40 percent of patients.

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1:25pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

A Pill For Grass Allergies May Replace Shots For Some

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 1:47 pm

Could this be the end of grass and gesundheit?
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Later this spring, allergy sufferers will have access to a new form of help: a pill that can replace allergy shots. But the pill works only for grass allergies, and it's not clear how much it's going to cost.

The Food and Drug Administration just approved Oralair, the first sublingual allergy immunotherapy tablet for use in the United States. That's how regulators describe a pill that you stick under your tongue to tamp down your immune system.

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8:20am

Thu April 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Good Day Sunshine: Could Morning Light Help Keep Us Lean?

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 1:46 pm

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Exposure to morning light, whether it's pure sunlight or bright indoor lighting, is associated with leaner body weights, researchers say.

The findings fit with a growing body of evidence that suggests keeping our internal body clocks synchronized with the natural light-dark cycle is beneficial to our health and our waistlines.

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