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February 28, 2015

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3:23 PM | Kaiser Continues to Improve, But Can Do Better for California
Apparently a $4 million stick wasn’t big enough to encourage Kaiser Permanente in California to offer residents better mental health care in the state. While Kaiser fixed two of the deficiencies originally identified by the government agency charged with oversight of care in California, it still didn’t fix two others to the agency’s satisfaction. The […]

February 25, 2015

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4:05 PM | 4 Ways a Child with Autism Affects Family Life
An autism diagnosis not only changes the life of the child diagnosed, but also that of family members. Parents of an autistic child have to bear a lot of stress owing to complicated therapy schedules, home treatments, and juggling job responsibilities and family commitments. There is also financial stress coming from the expensive therapies and […]
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12:12 PM | Graphene Oxide Neutralizes Cancer Stem Cells
ByThe Toombst A “super” material might be useful in other areas than engineering or electronics. New research finds that graphene oxide neutralizes cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells, CSCs, are the horrifying equivalent to “normal” stem cells. These cancer cells have the ability to form many different types of cancers. The CSCs can survive anti-cancer treatments causing a relapse of cancer or form metastases that spreads malignant cells to other parts of the body. […]

February 23, 2015

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8:34 PM | Introducing Practical Psychoanalysis
The world of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory is one steeped in the very history of psychiatry, with some of the most recognizable names practicing it. But modern psychoanalysis is different than psychoanalysis from a century ago. The process and techniques have been updated, so it’s not at all what is typically portrayed in old Hollywood […]

February 19, 2015

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4:45 PM | Transference in Therapy
I dreamed of giving him my bone marrow. I offered him poetry, homemade cupcakes, passionate sex and a basket of Honey Peanut Balance bars, his favorite. I even proposed to repaint and decorate his waiting room — at my expense. I was in love. His name was David. David was my therapist. I started treatment […]
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12:35 AM | 7 Myths about Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other mental illness is highly stigmatized, overlooked and looked down upon by society. BPD is characterized by poorly regulated emotional responses to events or feelings, possible urges to self-harm or commit suicide, and unstable relationships with others. Here are 7 popular myths about borderline personality disorder: 1. Only women or […]

February 18, 2015

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5:10 PM | Simple Test May Predict If a Coma Patient Will Wake
There's currently no way to tell which patients will awake from a coma -- or when. A new marker could offer guidance for treating patients.

February 17, 2015

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4:10 PM | Looking for a Therapist? Key Questions to Help You Find the Right One
Clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, has known individuals who’ve spent more time researching their dinner reservations than their next therapist. However, going to therapy is a vulnerable process. It requires honesty and hard work. It requires revealing your struggles. As Howes said, “You wouldn’t want to blindly trust just anyone, would you?” This is why […]

February 14, 2015

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5:11 PM | Another Suboxone Argument
It has been awhile since I posted a give and take with a misguided reader. I’ve taken that interval as good news that education is winning over misinformation. But then I read this comment.  I didn’t fix her typos, as I think they provide insight into her opinion: My daughter was on Suboxone, because she … Continue reading Another Suboxone Argument →

February 13, 2015

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8:24 AM | How Toxic Proteins Kill Brain Cells and How to Stop it
ByThe Toombst A discovery detailing how misfolded toxic proteins kill brain cells might lead to new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and prion diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases are diseases that affects and kills neurons in the brain. The death of these brain cells causes a loss of function that varies with the disease sometimes leading to death. Some neurodegenerative diseases, like prion diseases or Alzheimer’s, are caused by […]

February 09, 2015

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11:45 AM | Why Do Therapists Charge So Much?
The world can be a stressful place. You are feeling overwhelmed, and nothing seems to be working consistently. You’ve reached out to friends and family. They may have helped a little, but not enough. Perhaps friends or family are somehow associated with your stress, which leaves fewer people in whom to confide. The day has […]

February 07, 2015

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3:14 PM | HuffPo Lies: Marijuana Effective Against Depression
Wow, what a whopper there. The brazen Huffington Post Science article headline blares: “New Study Finds Marijuana To Be Effective Against Depression.” While many of us turn to the HuffPo for our entertainment news, this is an example of why it’s probably not a good source to trust for science news. Because that headline isn’t […]

February 05, 2015

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10:23 AM | Interview: Dominic Hill, „Surviving Terminal Cancer“
A new documentary film questions the traditional methods of brain cancer treatment and research. After losing his brother-in-law to one of the most dangerous variants of brain cancer – glioblastoma multiforme – filmmaker Dominic Hill set out to investigate why even after decades of cancer research patients still have little reason to be hopeful after […]

February 04, 2015

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10:14 PM | Gene Therapy Using Nanoparticles to Kill Cancer Cells
ByThe Toombst New research finds a potential way to treat incurable forms of brain cancer. A gene therapy using nanoparticles instead of viruses was found to kill brain cancer cells both in lab and animal tests. Gene therapy is a technique that aims to replace faulty genes in diseases with working ones’ either treating or preventing a disease. This type of technique can be used to inactivate a gene that’s not working properly, replace a gene that causes a disease or adding a new […]
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