Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday Match Ups 11 17 2008

Here are some of the stories that effect us all that I thought you might like.

As with all stories here if you want to see more of that site just go to it's home page as often times I just grab a story of the best interest.
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Novel imaging technique reveals brain abnormalities that may play key role in ADHD

A study published today in the online advance edition of The American Journal of Psychiatry for the first time reveals shape differences in the brains of children with ADHD, which could help pinpoint the specific neural circuits involved in the disorder. Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. and the Johns Hopkins Center for Imaging Science used a new analysis tool, large deformation diffeomorphic mapping (LDDMM), which allowed them to examine the precise shape of the basal ganglia. The study found boys with ADHD had significant shape differences and decreases in overall volume of the basal ganglia compared to their typically developing peers. Girls with ADHD did not have volume or shape differences, suggesting sex strongly influences the disorder's expression.

Source and More:
http://www.physorg.com/news146145219.html
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Researchers find link between nicotine addiction and autism

Scientists have identified a relationship between two proteins in the brain that has links to both nicotine addiction and autism. The finding has led to speculation that existing drugs used to curb nicotine addiction might serve as the basis for potential therapies to alleviate the symptoms of autism.

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http://www.physorg.com/news146145384.html
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Calming Health Anxiety

One of four people with a chronic medical condition such as back pain, heart disease or multiple sclerosis becomes so obsessed and worried about their health problem that they suffer health anxiety.

Left untreated, this preoccupation with their medical problem could spiral into hypochondriasis, according to Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She presented her findings about how to help health anxiety last week at the annual conference of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Orlando, Fl.

“When they become overwhelmed with the condition, they start to seek out either more reassurance, or spend a lot of time on the internet looking for information on their condition, to do everything they can to reduce their worry about the condition,” she said of patients afflicted with health anxiety.

Source and More:
http://psychcentral.com/news/2008/11/17/calming-health-anxiety/3354.html
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Conduct Disorder In Adolescent Girls

Nearly 10 percent of adolescent girls in the United States meet the criteria for conduct disorder, the second most common psychiatric diagnosis among adolescent females.

The diagnosis describes youths who persistently exhibit behaviors that violate rules and rights of others — truancy, fighting, stealing, lying, cruelty or property destruction are examples of this.

Although conduct disorder is less prevalent in girls than in boys, many of these teenage girls may grow up to have poor adjustment in adulthood, with mental and physical health problems and difficulties parenting.

Source and More:
http://psychcentral.com/news/2008/11/17/conduct-disorder-in-adolescent-girls/3353.html
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Briefs Highlight Issues Involving Integration Of Mental Health Services In Health Reform; Statehealthfacts.org Adds New, Updated Data; More

"Integration of Mental Health in Healthcare Reform," Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: The series of issue briefs highlights several issues related to the integration of mental health services in health care reform, including the primary care provider's role in mental health; the integration of mental health in the public health system; the role of federal programs like Medicaid, SCHIP and Medicare; improving care for people with severe mental illnesses; medical homes and integration of mental health; and integration of mental health in quality-assurance policies ("Integration of Mental Health in Healthcare Reform," Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, November 2008)

Source and More:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/129570.php
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Health Costs Negatively Affecting Those Who Need It Most

If report cards were issued to countries for their health care system—the U.S. would not be on the principal’s “A” list. Compared with other industrialized nations, the U.S. comes in last when it comes to preventing deaths through appropriate medical care, despite spending more than twice as much on each person. The increase in premature births throughout the country recently earned the U.S. a “D” rating in the first annual Premature Birth Report Card from the March of Dimes. And millions of Americans with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes aren’t getting the care they need because they lack health insurance, putting them at high risk for complications. But a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund really puts things into perspective.

Source and More:
http://www.healthnews.com/family-health/health-costs-negatively-affecting-those-who-need-it-most-2129.html
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W. Virginia town shrugs at being fattest city

As a portly woman plodded ahead of him on the sidewalk, the obese mayor of America's fattest and unhealthiest city explained why health is not a big local issue.

"It doesn't come up," said David Felinton, 5-foot-9 and 233 pounds, as he walked toward City Hall one recent morning. "We've got a lot of economic challenges here in Huntington. That's usually the focus."

Huntington's economy has withered, its poverty rate is worse than the national average, and vagrants haunt a downtown riverfront park. But this city's financial woes are not nearly as bad as its health.

Source and More:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27697364/

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