Monthly Archives: September 2013

Amanda Bynes’ Dui Case Moved To Mental-health Court

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near Robertson and Santa Monica boulevards. That arrest was part of a series of vehicle-related problems Bynes then encountered before moving to New York, where her odd behavior and odder Twitter blurts initially made her the focus of many a snarky blog post. Her situation took a darker turn in July after she was put on involuntary psychiatric hold after lighting a small fire in the driveway of a house in Thousand Oaks. What was first a 72-hour hold was extended to two weeks, then 30 days , then reportedly up to a year . Bynes’ mother has a temporary conservatorship over her daughter with regard to the 27-year-old’s well-being and personal finances.
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The Color of Money: The ACA and mental health care

Survivors gather after the Washington Navy Yard shootings. Victims of such traumatic events are likely to need mental health care, which will be covered under the Affordable Care Act.

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Amanda Bynes

We are reminded of the seriousness of mental illness when there’s an incident like the one at the Navy Yard. However, this issue should matter to workers and employers more often than just at the time of a tragedy. Open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace begins Oct. 1. Visit to learn more about the behavioral health services offered. The Affordable Care Act will provide one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance-use disorder coverage in a generation, the Obama administration says. I hope that by expanding access to mental health coverage, we can get people the help they need and in the most severe situations prevent tragedies that result in the loss of life.
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Vitamin B Supplements May Reduce Stroke Risk

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However, among those who did have strokes, taking vitamin B supplements did not appear to affect the severity of strokes or the risk of dying from a stroke, according to the study, published Sept. 18 in the journal Neurology. A number of factors may influence the ability of vitamin B to reduce a person’s stroke risk, the researchers said. These factors include how well a person’s body absorbs the vitamins, the concentrations of vitamins in the blood and whether a person has kidney disease or high blood pressure, said study researcher Dr.
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So, it was with some interest that I read a study in the American Academy of Neurologys journal Neurology, indicating that B vitamins may affect stroke risk in some cases. The first thing to consider is that B vitamins are a complex of several vitamins. So which are the important ones we should be looking at? Knowing which vitamins were being studied is important if a patient is interested in utilizing the information for themselves to improve their diet or initiate a discussion with their doctor.
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Migraine – Might B Vitamins Help Prevent Stroke?

September 12, 2013 The Lonza Group recently launched its Alomune daily immune supplements into the U.S. market, backing the product with clinical trials that show the supplement helps improve the bodys natural defenses for optimized immune health. September 11, 2013 Kellogg Co. brand Special K announced a new breakfast shake packed with vitamins and minerals, low in calories and offering the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee.
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American Academy Of Ophthalmology Offers Guidance On The New Affordable Care Act Childhood Vision Care Benefit

Screening is crucial in facilitating the early detection and treatment of childhood vision impairments that may not be correctable later in life. It is a quick, efficient and cost-effective method to identify patients who have indications of a vision problem or a potential vision problem.

Children with medical conditions (e.g., Down syndrome, prematurity, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, neurofibromatosis) or a family history of amblyopia, strabismus, retinoblastoma, congenital cataracts or congenital glaucoma are at higher risk for developing pediatric eye problems. Their child has a learning disability, developmental delay, neuropsychological condition or behavioral issue. “Parents who previously avoided getting their child’s vision checked or corrected due to cost concerns now have an affordable way to access these crucial services,” said Michael X. Repka, M.D., medical director for governmental affairs for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmologist. “The new Affordable Care Act pediatric vision benefit makes it easy for parents to ensure that their children have a healthy start in life and aren’t left behind due to sight problems.
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Part V, Restore and Maintain Good Vision and Eye Health Naturally

Maddess explains that AMD occurs when the drusen accumulate and expand, blocking the retina from getting oxygen or from disposing dead eye cell or tissue. This causes patches of the retina to die or leads to abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye. “It ends up damaging our central vision, which we use to read, drive and see in fine detail. This is why current tests for AMD focus on the central visual field,” he says.
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Early test warns of world’s leading eye disease

Lutein and a related dietary carotenoid, zeaxanthin, accumulate within the retina and imbue a yellow pigment that helps protect the eye. It lowers the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (low lutein intake is implicated as a risk factor in age-related macular degeneration) and may also help to prevent or slow down atherosclerosis. * Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a very important nerve stabilizer and is helpful in diabetics, and in patients with glaucoma, to protect their remaining optic nerve fibers. * Dicosahexaenoic acid (DHA), with six unsaturated double bonds, makes up 30 percent of the good fat in the retina, brain and adrenal gland. Following objects at a distance, driving and hand/eye coordination may all be improved with the use of DHA. * N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is the primary component in the production of glutathione, an amino acid and major antioxidant in the lens of the eye.
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Needle in the eye = no blindness

After an initial period we can administer it every eight weeks, compared to every four weeks for Lucentis and Avastin.” Jacobs also said that they want to minimize the times that people come in for the procedure and Eylea is a way to do that. Administration of Eylea and other inhibitors takes only a few seconds, but the preparation and post-injection monitoring take about an hour. First, the patient undergoes a fluorescein angiogram that’s used to monitor wet macular degeneration. Then a topical numbing agent is administered and Jacobs injects additional numbing medicine into the eye. Once the eye is sufficiently numbed, he injects the Eylea or other inhibitor into the clear, jelly-like substance (vitreous) that fills the eye from the lens back to the retina.
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Many Sleep Disorders Can Involve Sexual Behaviors

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Abnormal sexual activities during sleep — known as “sexsomnia” or “sleepsex” — include anything from moaning to masturbating to making sexual advances toward a bed partner, all while in a state somewhere between deep sleep and wakefulness. Sexsomnia is officially recognized as a subtype of parasomnia, a group of disorders that includes sleepwalking, sleep talking and night terrors, among others. But abnormal sexual behaviors can affect people with a wide range of sleep-related disorders, according to the new report, published in the journal Sleep. Inappropriate sexual behaviors have been described in people with sleep disorders as diverse as parasomnias, severe insomnia and restless legs syndrome. In some cases, the sexual behaviors are not sexsomnia, but occur during waking hours, explained Dr. Carlos H. Schenck, the lead author of the report and a senior staff psychiatrist at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Minneapolis.
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Sleep disorder multiplies depression risk

If the sleeplessness continues, the individual will likely demonstrate marked decrease in emotional responses, as well as slower speech, difficulty with memory, and an increasingly difficult time with multitasking. This will be followed by what is known as “microsleeps,” which consist of very short (five to 10 seconds, on average) bouts of inattentiveness or nodding off, which can be extremely dangerous if the individual is driving or operating machinery, or perhaps holding an infant. Lastly, hypnogogic hallucinations will likely begin to affect the individual. These hallucinations can be quite vivid and may include multiple or all senses. They are often associated with narcolepsy, another sleep disorder, and may also account for more than half of all UFO reports. Sleep Disorder Causes The individual needs for sleep vary from person to person, but an average, healthy adult is usually able to handle about 16 hours of being awake each day.
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More than 80% of the people who reported classic symptoms such as snorting or gasping for breath on most nights of the week had never received an official diagnosis. This group, too, had a threefold higher risk of depression compared to people who had no trouble breathing at night. 12 surprising causes of depression “We’re underdiagnosing this problem,” says Carl Boethel, M.D., a sleep specialist at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in Temple, who was not involved in the study. “Physicians in the sleep community and in the psychiatric community need to do a better job of screening and getting effective treatment.” Coffee may lower risk of depression Sleep apnea and related problems occur when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, restricting breathing. The disorder can be caused by several factors, including oversized tonsils, the structure of a person’s airway, or excess fat surrounding the windpipe. Sleep apnea is closely associated with obesity, a fact the researchers took into account by controlling for body mass index in their analysis. The study, which appears in the April issue of the journal SLEEP, is the first of its kind to look at a representative cross-section of the U.S.
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Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer

Women taking tamoxifen are more likely to develop cancer of the uterus ( endometrial cancer ) than other women. Therefore, they should have regular pelvic exams and tell their doctor about any abnormal uterine bleeding. Other risks include deep-vein thrombosis, blood clots in the lungs, stroke, and cataracts. Minor side effects include hot flashes and mood swings. Tamoxifen helps prevent osteoporosis. Aromatase Inhibitors and Breast Cancer Aromatase inhibitors are medications that are effective in treating breast cancer, both in early stage and advanced disease, according to new studies.
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Chelsea Manning Would Be Willing To Pay For Hormone Therapy While In Prison, Lawyer Says

Prison mail must be addressed to Bradley Manning. “There’s a realization that most people know her as Bradley,” Coombs said. “Chelsea is a realist and understands.” Manning was demoted from private first class to private at sentencing. Manning will be dishonorably discharged when the soldier finishes the prison sentence. The earliest Manning could be released on parole is 2020. Coombs also said the Bradley Manning Support Network is changing its name to the Private Manning Support Network.
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Why Keeping Your Digestive System Healthy Is Critical

The views expressed below are his own. I recently wrote an article on ” 5 Awesome Things About Your Body ” and was pleasantly surprised to see how happy some readers were to find out that our bodies are truly special. If I were to add on to that article, the next “Awesome Thing” would probably be your digestive tract. It has incredibly difficult and important functions to perform. For example: It has a big part to play in immune system function as it’s total exposed area is about the size of a football field. Keeping it healthy will improve resistance to illness. It has brain and mood functions as about 2/3 of your brain chemical are produced in the digestive tract.
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You need guts to be happy no matter what: The importance of a healthy digestive system for enhanced immunity

The gut is home to 100 million neurons – more than what the spinal cord has. It also contains 24 minor brain proteins, major cells that regulate immune function, one of the body’s in-built opiates, and native bensodizipine. Recently there has been one more addition to the nervous system: The gut, also known as the enteric nervous system. It is ensconced inside sheaths of tissue found in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. It is known to have an important function in regulating our emotions.
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How Snoring Can Wreak Havoc On A Marriage

They come in for a snoring test appointment, and within seconds the husband makes a comment such as, “My wife made me come.” Snoring is more common in men than women, but the reverse is also common. The snoring spouse who feels “dragged” to the doctor’s office is resentful that his or her snoring problem can’t be left alone. The spouse that does the dragging-in is frustrated and tired. Ordinarily affectionate couples can have a strain in their relationship caused by snoring.
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Snoring in kids could mean other problems, doctors say

August 14, 2012 at 13:08 | Report abuse | Reply anna My boy snored like a drunk sailor til he was 3, then we had his huge tonsils and adenoids removed and he is a quiet, still, happy little sleeper, successful in preschool and ready to conquer kindergarten. August 17, 2012 at 01:44 | Report abuse | Reply B. Shine I can relate, lol my moms says I too snored LOUD….cont would get sore throats & once I had my tonsils removed it all stopped. :0) I now have a 17month old Boy who snores like crazy! lol August 20, 2013 at 11:04 | Report abuse | Charlie Our middle son, which is 4 now, was breastfed until he was 15 months old.
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School Lunch Program Must Set Standards For Nutrition (video)

Since children will be away from home they only have 2 options. To bring in a lunch or to buy the lunch. Bringing in works for anything that can be kept cool. However if you want to eat a hot lunch you will have to buy, and sometimes that is what will be the best nutrition .
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Dealing with child nutrition, malnutrition challenges

Sales of baby-nutrition products surged in the country after a spate of food-safety scandals fueled frenzied demand for foreign formula. Danone was informed about the contaminated Fonterra whey protein on Aug. 2 and started preemptive recalls of affected milk powder products in China on Aug. 4, it said.
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Danone Says China Recalls Hurt Baby-Nutrition Sales in Asia

It was also stated that with diarrhoea, most children lost immunity which made them susceptible to any disease attack. When a child loses immunity, chances of losing such a child can be high. Which member of society wants to lose their child? On the ZNBC TV programme, it was stated that the first 1,000 days were critical in a childs life. Do mothers and fathers care for their children, especially during the first 1, 000 days of their life?
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