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  • Marijuana-like compound could lead to first medication for PTSD
  • Baffling rise in suicides plagues US military
  • Parental addiction linked to children's depression in adulthood
  • Depression may boost stroke risk in middle-aged women
  • State Mobile Apps Catalog to cover topics including employee assistance
  • After Boston bombing, recovery presents unique challenges
  • Improving treatment options for mental illness
  • Tougher drunk-driving threshold proposed
  • Mental health disorders among Australian parents on the rise
  • Range of therapies plays increasing role in workplace wellness
  • Study: Healthy lifestyle may offset job stress

  • Marijuana-like compound could lead to first medication for PTSD
    Fox News
    New research may help dramatically change the course of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder patients. In the first study of its kind, researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center have utilized brain imaging technology to highlight a connection between the number of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and PTSD.
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    Baffling rise in suicides plagues US military
    The New York Times
    VideoBrief The most recent Pentagon report of suicides found that half of the troops who killed themselves in 2011 had experienced the failure of an intimate relationship and about a quarter had received diagnoses of substance abuse. An emerging consensus among researchers is that, just as among civilians, a dauntingly complex web of factors usually underlie military suicide: mental illness, sexual or physical abuse, addictions, failed relationships, financial struggles.
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    Parental addiction linked to children's depression in adulthood
    The Inquisitr
    The instability of a parent's addiction can contribute to depression in their children – which follows them into adulthood, according to a study by University of Toronto researchers. The vicious cycle can be that those same kids, who watched their mother or father get high or stumbling drunk, could themselves, become addicts or suffer clinical depression later in life.
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    Depression may boost stroke risk in middle-aged women
    HealthDay News
    Women in their 40s and 50s who suffer from depression are almost twice as likely to have a stroke as women who aren't depressed, according to a large, long-running Australian study. This is not the first study to link depression with an increased risk for stroke, in both men and women. Exactly how depression is associated with stroke is unclear, as is whether treating it reduces the risk, experts say.
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    State Mobile Apps Catalog to cover topics including employee assistance
    GCN
    The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has created a new State Mobile Apps Catalog, a clearinghouse for smartphone and tablet apps developed for the 50 states. The catalog covers a range of topics, including employee assistance, public safety, health and wellness, public assistance, state portal, traffic/road conditions and parks and recreation.
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    After Boston bombing, recovery presents unique challenges
    CBS News
    It's been one month since the Boston Marathon bombing, and while those most obviously injured now have a clearer picture of the road to recovery that's ahead, others await unknown challenges. Psychological needs aren't the first thing that people coming into the emergency room are treated for, Dr. Manuel N. Pacheco, chief of emergency service in the department of psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, explained. Pacheco has seen tell-tale signs of acute stress reactions, which is one of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, in the days and weeks after the attack.
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    Improving treatment options for mental illness
    By Jessica Taylor
    Think back to July 2012 when James Holmes went into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 people and wounding more than 50. When you watched the news, did you ever stop to think what's really going on inside his mind? Do you just assume this person may be "crazy" or "insane"? What do these words really mean? Holmes described himself as insane in front of a judge and pleaded not guilty based on severe mental illness. But does such a correlation exist?
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    Tougher drunk-driving threshold proposed
    CNN
    VideoBrief The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all 50 states lower the threshold from 0.08 blood-alcohol content to 0.05. A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally drunk should be lowered in an effort to reduce alcohol-related car crashes that claim about 10,000 lives each year. Lowering the rate to 0.05 would save about 500 to 800 lives annually, the safety board report said.
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    Mental health disorders among Australian parents on the rise
    ABC via Yahoo!7 News
    A new study has found the number of Australian parents with mental illness increased by three percent every year between 1990 to 2005. The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, is the first of its kind in Australia, based on 15 years of data from Western Australia.
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    Range of therapies plays increasing role in workplace wellness
    Money Marketing
    The treatment of workplace stress and mental health issues will undergo significant change during the next five years. But this is likely to be due more to greater employer understanding of methods and strategies that are already available than to the emergence of any revolutionary new drugs or treatments.
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    Study: Healthy lifestyle may offset job stress
    HealthDay News
    Job stress increases the risk of heart disease, but living a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce that risk, a new study says. Researchers examined data from more than 102,000 men and women, aged 17 to 70, in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Sweden and Finland. Those with a healthy lifestyle had no lifestyle risk factors, while people with a moderately unhealthy lifestyle had one risk factor. Two or more risk factors qualified as an unhealthy lifestyle. Nearly 16 percent of the participants reported job stress, according to the study.
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