Link between Heart Disease and Later Dementia

Some researchers believe they have found a link between heart disease and impaired cognition and later dementia. Judith Groch in Medpage today writes, “Coronary heart disease in midlife is associated with poorer results on cognitive tests, such as reasoning, vocabulary, and verbal fluency, with the effect particularly marked in men, a study found.” Archana Singh-Manoux, […]

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Cognitive Decline Measure via Hearing Test

According to John Gever in Medpage today researchers believe that central auditory testing may act as an early screen for cognitive decline in the elderly. George A. Gates, M.D. of the University of Washington and colleagues conducted a study of 313 patients at least 71 years old. They found that “several measures of central auditory […]

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Leveling the Barriers

A Medicare bill which became effective last week creates a five year phase-in plan to bring mental health co-payments into line with other Medicare co-pay requirements. While we continue to wait for the Mental Health Parity legislation to clear, the Medicare initiative represents an important step to treating mental health conditions on an equal footing […]

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Bullying linked to Suicide Risk

According to the New York Times it’s not just the victims of bullying that are at risk. Apparently the bullies themselves are at risk for suicidal thoughts. The 13 country review of bullying research conducted by researchers from the Yale School of Medicine found that both parties have a high risk for suicidal thoughts. “The […]

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Susceptibility Predicted by Brain Activity

MedPage Today Crystal Phend reports that researchers conducting a study at the University of Cambridge found that individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and their unaffected first-degree relatives, had different brain activity when compared to those without a family history of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The study involved 14 individual’s suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, 12 of their relatives, […]

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Gender differences in Concussion Mending

According to ScienceDaily the 2008 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes shows that females recover differently from males after sustaining a concussion, and even from others with a history of concussion. The authors studied concussion recovery patterns in 234 soccer players (61 percent female, 39 percent […]

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Concussion Effects Last Longer for Female Athletes

Recovery from concussion may take longer for a female athlete than their male counterpart. In a study from the University of Pittsburgh by Alexis Chiang Colvin, M.D., reported at the American Orthopaedic Society meeting in Orlando, female soccer players were noted to have lower neurocognitive scores and reported more symptoms than male peers after a […]

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Guns and Health

The Supreme Court's decision which struck down a ban on handgun ownership in Washington, D.C. flies in face of epidemiological evidence that guns are associated with injury and death. The matter before the Court was decided in a 5-to-4 decision and the decision was related to a constitutional standard.Clearly some of the Supreme Court justices […]

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Mental Health Parity: The Struggle Continues

This Congressional session marks the first time that both houses of Congress have passed legislation regarding mental health parity. Last fall, the Senate adopted the Mental Health Parity Act and, in March the House passed the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act. The two bills differ in language which has stalled the final […]

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Risk by the Numbers

The type of recreational activities, age, gender and other factors are part of understanding how much risk we are exposed to. For example: snowboarding causes 20 injuries out of every 100,000 people while fishing causes only 4 injuries in 100,000. Men are involved in 68% of all injuries. 15-24 year old people  make up 33% […]

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