Revised National Plan on Alzheimer’s Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Obama administration released the first national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease on May 15, after releasing two drafts earlier this year that received a torrent of criticism about the emphasis on a biochemical cure and not including adequate psychology and behav-ioral health into prevention and treatment. […]

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  • World Health Assembly Passes Action Plan Resolution for Mental Health

    On May 22, the World Health Assembly unanimously passed a landmark resolution, EB130.R8, to develop a comprehensive action plan covering services, policies, plans, strategies, programs and legislation to enable persons with mental disorders to live a full and productive life in the community. I had the privilege of observing the pas-sage of this milestone resolution […]

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  • Partners of Sex Addicts Need Treatment for Trauma

    The field of clinical treatment and therapeutic intervention for the spectrum of disorders related to compulsive sexual behavior and sex addiction is still a newly emerging field, yet to even gain legitimacy within the larger psychological community. Research, professional debate and clinical development have been predominantly focused on the nature of sex addiction, how to […]

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  • Mayo Heads up New Physician Hotline in Minnesota

    Mayo Clinic has signed a two-year contract to oversee a statewide children’s mental health hotline in Minnesota to help physicians who do not have specialized training in prescribing psychoactive drugs. The physicians-only hotline will provide consultation with psychiatrists to fill the gap created by a lack of sufficient numbers of psychiatrists to meet the needs […]

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  • Bravemind: Using Virtual Reality to Treat PTSD

    Technological advancement have generated novel opportunities for the health and medical communities. The University of California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), being managed by the U.S. Army Simulation and Training Technology Center, continues to develop innovations which rep-resent the start of a rapidly growing field. One of the efforts pioneering this growth is Bravemind. Bravemind […]

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  • A Perspective on Human Trafficking

    It has been estimated that there are 12.3 million slaves in the world. The victims are mainly women and children who are forced to work in prostitution, agriculture or domestic work. Approximately 17,500 people get trafficked annually into the United States and 325,000 American children are currently at risk of sexual exploitation. Some of the […]

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  • Premature Births Up

    A study backed by the United Nations headquartered in New York City shows that 15 million babies were born prematurely in 2010 and the rate is increasing because of medical advances that permit even extremely premature babies to survive. Meanwhile, studies in Britain and Sweden found that people born very prematurely — a less than […]

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