Mental illness

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How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

The FDA Just Made It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it had approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The new version will make it easier to administer and less intimidating than the previously approved injectable form. Sold under the brand name Narcan, the drug has been … Continue reading

Virginia Just Became The First State To End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Last week, Virginia became the first state in the country to end chronic veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in a press release. The milestone declaration means that every veteran in the state has housing, except for those were offered shelter but declined, according to the federal government’s definition. By streamlining resources and having the … Continue reading

Climate Change Could Force 100 Million More People Into Poverty By 2030, World Bank Warns

If countries fail to develop and sustain policies that mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide a safety net for the world’s poor, global warming will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new World Bank report warns. The report, titled “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on … Continue reading

Recent Campus Shootings In Texas And Arizona Exemplify The Dangers Of ‘Campus Carry’ Laws

Just days after the October shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman, and nine injured at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, two more students were killed and four others left injured in two separate shooting incidents on college campuses in Texas and Arizona. The circumstances of the shootings differ: While the Oregon shooter went … Continue reading

“Body Integrity Identity Disorder”: The Bizarre Condition That Drove A Woman To Blind Herself With Drain Cleaner

A North Carolina woman has purposely blinded herself with the help of a psychologist due to a rare condition that causes a person to long  to be disabled, according to the Huffington Post. Jewel Shuping, 30, had her psychologist pour drain cleaner in her eyes and over the course of several months, she fulfilled a … Continue reading

How Stress Can Raise Your Risk Of Developing Alzheimer’s

Chronic stress has been shown to increase the risk of a number of negative health outcomes, including heart disease, cancer and dementia. The means by which stress contributes to the development of these conditions, however, aren’t as clear. But now, researchers from the University of Florida may have an answer to the question of how … Continue reading

This Simple Strategy Could Prevent Suicide In Bullied Teens

We already know that physical education and athletic programs in schools are an important way to promote student fitness and fight childhood obesity. But all that moving around may also confer significant mental health benefits, according to a new study that shows regular exercise may help buffer bullied teens against suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Using … Continue reading

CVS Is Making It Easier To Access A Lifesaving Anti-Overdose Drug Without A Prescription

CVS pharmacy on Wednesday expanded a program that allows people to buy the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone—also known as Narcan—without a prescription at its pharmacies in a total of 14 states, in an effort to help combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claims more than 20,000 lives each year to accidental overdoses. … Continue reading

Study Shows 96% Of Former NFL Players Have Degenerative Brain Disease

Player safety concerns have shaken the National Football League in recent years as a growing body of evidence has linked head injuries suffered on the field with major long-term health issues. Even with new rules aimed at reducing the risk of serious head trauma, injuries are still commonplace: It’s only a few weeks into the … Continue reading

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