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Month: November 2015

Kids With ADHD at Higher Risk for Eating Disorders

Recent research has suggested a connection between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and adult binge eating disorder. Now, a new study from Johns Hopkins University shows that there may also be a connection between childhood ADHD and loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES). Loss of control eating syndrome is a proposed diagnostic category for children between …

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Problem Gambling Common Among Homeless

The link between substance abuse, mental health troubles and homelessness is well-known and established. But much less talked about or understood is the strong connection between problem gambling and homelessness. In 2014, there were two fact-finding projects aimed at probing the relationship between pathological gambling and homelessness, and the information each uncovered was eye-opening. 

Brain Imaging Helps Separate PTSD From Traumatic Brain Injury

A new study has shown that brain scans could help doctors distinguish between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in patients suffering from symptoms that are characteristic of both conditions. Both PTSD and TBI can occur during traumatic incidents and can result in debilitating, life-changing symptoms. It isn’t always easy to tell …

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Surprising Risk Factors for Orthorexia in Young Women

Several factors help predict the presence of the unofficial eating disorder known as orthorexia nervosa in young women, according to recent findings from a group of Polish, Italian and Australian researchers. People with orthorexia nervosa have an obsession or preoccupation with healthy eating that destabilizes mental well-being and/or damages the ability to function in everyday …

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Using Twitter Could Help Smokers Quit

A new study has suggested that using Twitter to communicate with other smokers in a stop-smoking program can increase rates of quitting, as long as the tweets are related to abstinence, use of nicotine patches, countering roadblocks to quitting and expressing confidence about quitting. Although social media has been investigated for health interventions before, lack …

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