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Broken Leg Syndrome: Why Don’t We Take Meds for Our Mental Health? 

 

For twenty-five years, I’ve had to work through anxiety, depression and all sorts of mental health stuff. What have I learned?

You need the right team to stay healthy. And just like any illness, it will likely start with some sort of medical intervention. But many times, people turn up their nose at the idea of taking medication for mental health.

Then, I ask what happens if you break a leg. This is what I use to help people understand why therapy and meds are often the first line of defense for mental health.

So, let’s say you break your leg.

What’s your first move?

A. Go vegan

B. Walk it off

C. Pray over it

D. Go to the hospital and get it set in a cast.

The answer, of course, is D. You can pray over it too. But what’s the first step? A broken leg is a trauma—treat it as such.

The Root

Tags: Medicine, Mental Health, Portrait, Race, Recovery, Treatment

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21-May-2019


California Senate advances bill to provide abortion pill access for public university students at no cost 

 

The California state Senate passed a piece of legislation on Monday that would require its public university systems — the University of California and California State University — to offer students access to abortion pills at no cost in the early weeks of pregnancy. The initiative would be made possible through privately-funded grants and insurance coverage.


The bill, Senate Bill 24, the College Student Right to Access Act, mandates that student health services clinics at all 34 public university campuses in California provide women access to "abortion by medication techniques" in early pregnancy, according to the bill's text. If passed, the legislation would give $200,000 to each student health center to pay for necessary training and equipment, and an additional $200,000 to set up a 24-hour hotline. The service would come at no cost to the woman seeking an abortion.

"We're going to expand access because that's what we do in California: we lead," said Sen. Connie Leyva, the bill's primary sponsor, in a telephone interview with CBS News on Tuesday. Senate analysis of the proposal notes that according to the National Institutes of Health, "ending a pregnancy with medications is an option for women who are less than ten weeks pregnant and would like to have an abortion at home with a less invasive procedure."

CBS News

Lipslut Is Donating Its Proceeds To Organizations Supporting Reproductive Rights

‘We’re not going to have this’: Nationwide protests of extreme abortion bans draw thousands

Tags: $, Abortion, Activism, Business, Campaign, Choices, Donation, Education, Environment, Govt, Instructional, Keep Abortion Legal, Laws, Politics, Pregnancy, Product, Protection, Support, Treatment, Woman's Rights

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21-May-2019


Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care 

 

Polling by NPR finds that while rural Americans are mostly satisfied with life, there is a strong undercurrent of financial insecurity that can create very serious problems for many people living in rural communities.

The findings come from two surveys NPR has done with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on day-to-day life and health in rural America.

After a major poll we did last fall found that a majority (55%) of rural Americans rate their local economy as only fair or poor, we undertook a second survey early this year to find out more about economic insecurity and health. The poll looked beyond the known factors of job loss and the decades-long flight of young people to more urban areas.

Several findings stand out: A substantial number (40%) of rural Americans struggle with routine medical bills, food and housing. And about half (49%) say they could not afford to pay an unexpected $1,000 expense of any type.

npr

Tags: $, Environment, Health, Inclusion, Policy, Poverty, Responsibility, Safety, Survival, Treatment

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21-May-2019


Restaurant owners furious over Grubhub billing revelations 

 

This is gearing up to be one ugly food fight.

Restaurant owners have been digging into their Grubhub billing records and demanding their money back since reading The Post’s exclusive report Monday about how the food delivery giant has been racking up fees for non-existent orders — potentially for years.

Nicky Perry, owner of two Manhattan hot spots, found 260 questionable charges going back to 2017 after reading The Post’s exposé.

But instead of refunding her money, Grubhub has been giving Perry and other restaurant owners indigestion by offering them limited refunds of 60 or 90 days — unless they happen to be big, powerful chains, sources said.

“They are putting us out of business!” Perry, owner of Tea & Sympathy and A Salt & Battery, fumed to The Post.

NY Post

Tags: $, Business, Delivery, Food, Greed, Investigation, Legal, Restaurant, Service

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21-May-2019


A pastor reportedly gave ‘miracle water’ to Ugandans. It was bleach. 

 

An American pastor has been accused of distributing a poisonous “miracle drink” to thousands of Ugandans, including infants, according to a report by the Guardian.

Robert Baldwin — founder of a Christian nonprofit based in New Jersey — was providing a bogus “miracle cure” to almost 50,000 Ugandans, according to the outlet’s original reporting. In conjunction with Sam Little, a supposed British clairvoyant, Baldwin was promoting the substance as a cure for many diseases, including cancer, malaria and HIV/AIDS.

The cure? Known as “miracle mineral solution,” or MMS, the substance consists of sodium chlorite and citric acid, which combine to create chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleach. The U.S. Embassy in Kampala on Monday condemned the distribution of the substance.

In an interview with NJ Advance Media, Baldwin denied distributing the “cure” and said he had to shut down his operations because of the hate coming his way.

Washington Post

Pakistan Doctor Arrested After 400 Children Test Positive for HIV

Tags: Abuse, Backlash, Children, Disease, Employment, Environment, Health, Inhumanity, Interference, Medical, Medicine, Misrepresentation, Outbreak, Poison, Religion, Safety, Training, Treatment, World

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21-May-2019


"You cannot find a soulmate," relationship expert Belinda Luscombe says 

 

It's well known that love, respect and trust are all crucial components for a strong marriage, but a new book suggests that science plays an important role, too.

Belinda Luscombe, author of "Marriageology: The Art and Science of Staying Together," shared what her research reveals about what can help strengthen a relationship.

One of Luscombe's major findings may come as a surprise: She says you'll never meet your soulmate.

"You cannot find a soulmate," she said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning." "The search for a soulmate is like searching for the only one pair of trousers that would make you happy."

CBS News

Tags: Advice, Love, Opinion, Relationships, Science, Support, Treatment

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21-May-2019


Experts Say Long-Lasting Couples Always Do These 8 Things Together 

 

When you see couples who have been together for years and are still happily in love, you may ask yourself what do they know that everyone else doesn't. The truth is, maintaining a long-lasting relationship isn't easy. Not everyone can do it. But if you want your relationship to last, there are a few key things you and your partner need to do.


First off, it's important to remember that relationships take work. As sex and relationship therapist, Cyndi Darnell tells Bustle, couples who last recognize that relationships are living things that need nourishment. "Relationships are not static monoliths," she says. "Just like a plant or a pet, living things need sustenance to survive. Love alone is not enough, especially when there's no identifiable expression of it on a regular basis."

Long-lasting couples not only love each other, but they also do things each day to show their love. Showing your partner that you care doesn't require anything special or out of the ordinary. It can be as simple as doing a thoughtful act of service or really listening when they have something important to say.

Bustle

Tags: Dating, Environment, List, Mental Health, Relationships, Treatment, World

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20-May-2019


I Was Raised by a Dad With Bipolar Disorder, and Here's What I Want Other Parents to Know 

 

There were a lot of ups and downs growing up with my father. There was the side of my dad that was so full of life. He'd be the center of attention, throwing huge get-togethers at our house and chatting energetically with everyone around him, including his kids. I remember how easily he made people laugh and put them at ease.

Then there was the side of my dad that drove me and my friends to a nearby theme park, quickly became annoyed with everything we said or did, and then fell asleep on a park bench for three hours. On vacations, he would shift from enjoying himself to disappearing from us for long periods at a time. More commonly, he struggled to focus during conversations with his family or his work clients.

Even with my dad's happier moods, there were so many moments, days, months, even years of pain that consumed my childhood. There were a lot of times he was unbearable to be around. I often chose not to invite friends over, afraid he'd have an episode while they were there. As a young girl and even throughout my teenage years, it was really hard to witness my dad's severe mood swings. When he was hyper and joyful, it was contagious — but when his mood changed, I took it so personally, truly feeling as though I must have done or said something to make him act that way.

Popsugar

Tags: Environment, Family, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Portrait, Relationships, Responsibility, Treatment

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20-May-2019


10 foods that sound healthy but really aren’t 

 

When grabbing snacks with words like “fruit,” “veggie,” or “vitamin” in the name, it’s natural to assume these foods will offer us some level of nutrition. (Like, maybe at least some vitamin C… please?) The reality, though, is that a number of foods promoted to the public as healthy are really far from it. To make the best dietary choices, it’s helpful to get savvy about what’s actually doing your body good and what’s just marketing BS. We dug into food labels and chatted with Phoenix-based registered dietitian nutritionist Yaffi Lvovato get the lowdown on 10 supposedly healthy foods to view with a healthy dose of skepticism.

1. “Light” Products

The Ladders

Tags: Diet, Environment, Food, Health, Lifestyle, List, Nature, Safety, Study

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20-May-2019


Stop Brushing Your Teeth With Charcoal Toothpaste 

 

Trendy toothpastes made with charcoal are likely a worse option for your teeth than traditional toothpaste, according to some British dentists. In a new paper, they argue that the claims behind these products, like better whitening, are completely unproven, and that they might even speed along tooth decay and other dental problems.

Charcoal has become a major novelty ingredient to add to whatever consumer product you can think of, whether it’s burger buns or makeup. But it isn’t just a pitch-black look that some companies are marketing; they’re also often claiming that charcoal will clear out toxins, ward off infections, or just plain make you healthier. In the case of charcoal toothpastes, they’re supposed to be better at whitening teeth, cleaning off stains, and preventing bad breath than conventional toothpastes.

But the authors behind this paper, published in the British Dental Journal, argue that the new fad of charcoal toothpastes is essentially bunk. They point to a lack of any supporting evidence showing that these products are somehow better at cleaning and whitening teeth than other modern toothpastes. And there are plenty of reasons to think that they’d be worse.

Gizmodo

This Is What Fish Oil Supplements Actually Do

Tags: Dental, Health, Medical, Product, Safety, Study, Treatment, Vitamins

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17-May-2019


DARPA: This Smart Contact Lens Could Give Soldiers Superpowers 

 

French engineering school IMT Atlantique revealed what it calls “the first stand-alone contact lens with a flexible micro battery” earlier this month.

And, notably, it caught the attention of the U.S. military’s attention: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is reportedly interested in the contact lens to augment troops’ visual capabilities in the field, according to Task and Purpose — meaning the gadget could represent the augmented contact lens that DARPA has spent a decade searching for.

The biggest challenge that IMT Atlantique engineers encountered was to scale down the battery. But thanks to a newly developed flexible micro battery, they found a way to continuously light an LED light source for “several hours,” according to a press release.

Futurism

Tags: Discovery, Eye, Intelligence, Military, Science, Study, Surveillance, Tech, World

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17-May-2019


Suicide Rate For Girls Has Been Rising Faster Than For Boys, Study Finds 

 

The number of people dying by suicide in the U.S. has been rising, and a new study shows that the suicide rate among young teenage girls has been increasing faster than it has for boys of the same age.

Boys are still more likely to take their own lives. But the study published Friday in JAMA Network Open finds that girls are steadily narrowing that gap.

Researchers examined more than 85,000 youth suicides that occurred between 1975 and 2016. Donna Ruch, a researcher at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, who worked on the study, tells NPR that a major shift occurred after 2007.

Researchers found the increase was highest for girls ages 10 to 14, rising by nearly 13% since 2007. While for boys of the same age, it rose by 7%.

"That's where we saw the most significant narrowing of the gender gap," Ruch says.

npr

Tags: Children, Environment, Heritage, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Psychology, Study, Suicide, Support, Treatment, Youth

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17-May-2019


Counties Most At-Risk For Measles Outbreaks Span Across The Country, According To This Eye-Opening Map 

 

At least 10 measles outbreaks have erupted across the United States in 2019, prompting discussions regarding the importance of vaccinations. This pressing topic resurfaced again when, on Tuesday, May 9, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University highlighted the counties most at-risk for measles outbreaks via an eye-opening map. The data-driven graphic reiterates the documented relationship between low-vaccination areas and outbreaks, proving once again that vaccinations are key in preventing the spread of this infectious disease.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University recently teamed up to identify the top counties at-risk for measles outbreaks, using a risk-analysis model that examined international travel and vaccination rates. The results, published in the The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found that areas with high international travel and low-vaccination rates are hotspots for measles outbreaks.

Romper

Who's behind measles vaccines misinformation?...

Tags: Contagion, Disease, Environment, Health, Investigation, Misrepresentation, Nature, Parental Burden, Protection, Reckless, Religion, Safety, Travel, Treatment, Vaccine, Video

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17-May-2019


Pet Dog Fatally Mauled Elderly Woman, Injured Husband In Vicious Attack 

 

A 72-year-old woman died and her 74-year-old husband was injured after being attacked by their pet dog. The incident took place Thursday in southwestern Sydney, Australia.

According to local reports, the dog — a Staffy cross Rhodesian ridgeback — mauled the woman and attacked her husband at their Hornby Street, Wilton, home. The victims were identified as Rosemary and Derek O’Reilly.

Family members told local media 9News that the dog, named Athena, attacked Derek when he stepped in to help his wife. Officials said Rosemary suffered large lacerations to both her arms and puncture wounds to her right shoulder. Her husband also suffered bite marks and lacerations.

Authorities said the dog had already been restrained when paramedics arrived at the scene. They took the two victims to the hospital where Rosemary was declared dead.

IBT

Dog Owners Shouldn't Play Fetch With Sticks: Dog Needs Emergency Surgery After Swallowing Stick

Dog pee on the sidewalk does more than just piss off your neighbors

Tags: Animals, Attack, Breeding, Death, Environment, Health, Injury, Mauling, Nature, Pets, Safety, Seniors, Terraforming, Toys, Training, Violence, World

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17-May-2019


A Catholic Nun Perfectly Explains the Major Hypocrisy of the "Pro-Life" Argument 

 

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."

Popsugar

Tags: Abortion, Children, Choices, Environment, Interview, Lifestyle, Parental Burden, Religion, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Survival, Treatment, World

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17-May-2019




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