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23andMe Pulls Off Massive Crowdsourced Depression Study - MIT Technology Review

A scientific expedition into the DNA of more than 450,000 customers of gene-testing company 23andMe has uncovered the first major trove of genetic …

University of Pennsylvania

Andreas Lubitz and the Stigma of Depression

Is the press being too quick to pin "depression" on Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings copilot?<p>Dr. Sarah Bailey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy …

Mental Health

Trail 'em, Nail 'em, Jail 'em: How We Treat Mental Illness

A young man suffering from mental illness is screaming incoherently at a fast-food restaurant and someone calls 911. When the police arrive, the man has not harmed anyone, is not armed, and is standing up talking to himself. The police bark commands at him that he does not understand. When the man …

Mental Health

The Science Behind PTSD Symptoms: How Trauma Changes The Brain

After any type of trauma (from combat to car accidents, natural disasters to domestic violence, sexual assault to child abuse), the brain and body …

The Brain

Mom Uses Selfie To Help Break Down Mental Health Stigma

When mom Erin Jones posted a selfie with her prescriptions for antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication on Facebook, she inspired a social media movement to help break down the taboo surrounding mental illness.<p>On Sept. 2, Jones -- who blogs about being on the Autism spectrum and raising kids …

Mental Health

Recovery Bag Project sends 'tool kits' to aid mental health recovery

Rogers founded The Recovery Bag Project following her own experiences of recovery during six years of mental health issues. She describes the project …

Mental Health

What it's really like to work on a mental health ward

The room was exciting, vibrant and full of life. The bedside tables were heavily adorned with ‘Get-Well-Soon’ cards. Two children in the next bay …

Mental Health

Stop Locking Up People With Mental Illnesses

It's no secret that our nation's jails and prisons house individuals charged with or convicted of crimes. What most Americans don't know is that more Americans with a mental illness or addiction reside in jail and prison than in health care institutions.<p>Sixty-five percent of inmates meet the …

Mental Health

Landmark schizophrenia study expands on gene link, timing

Scientists say they have broken new ground in the study of schizophrenia, uncovering a potentially powerful genetic contributor to the mental …

Genetics

Joining the Fight to End Mental Health Stigma

Nine years ago I experienced the worst day of my life when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was in the middle of my first manic episode when I was arrested in New York City for harassing a female friend of mine. In actions totally out of my character, I sent her dozens of emails and then …

Mental Health

It's Mental Health Awareness Month. Here's Why It's So Hard to Get Proper Care | Inc.com

I first met Alan Motter last year when he interviewed me for the Introvert/Extrovert Podcast. In the subsequent months, I've spoken with Alan several times about mental strength and our mutual backgrounds in psychology.<p>Alan, who has a master's degree in developmental psychology, contacted me last …

Mental Health

The House Just Passed the Most Important Mental Health Bill in Decades

Though the conversation surrounding mental health issues is improving every day, stigmas persist and resources for the mentally ill are seriously limited. That’s why the news last week that the House of Representatives almost unanimously passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of …

Mental Health

The Origin Of Mental Health Stigma

We Need to Talk About Mental Health.

The stigma surrounding mental health has to stop.<p>I, like millions of others, have felt first-hand the effects of a damaging mental health state. …

Imagine There Was No Stigma to Mental Illness | Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman | TEDxCharlottesville

Barrington High girls in 'misconstrued' KKK photo sue school for defamation

Six Barrington High School students who appeared in a photo labeled “KKK” that ignited a social media firestorm over the summer are suing the school district for defamation.<p>A hearing on the case is scheduled in federal court Monday.<p>The controversial picture, widely circulated on the internet, …

Organic Food: What’s Worth Your Money & What Isn’t

Organic food! Many people believe it tastes better, is more nutritious, and is generally better for you. While some, or all, of this may be true, …

Agriculture

Why Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You

Yes, organics is a $29 billion industry and still growing. Something is pulling us toward those organic veggies that are grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.<p>But if you're thinking that organic produce will help you stay healthier, a new finding may come as a surprise. A new study …

Is It Safer and Healthier for Your Baby?

If your child just started taking solids, and half of your day is spent in wondering what to feed him or her, and also questioning where the food …

Pregnancy

Why Organic Foods ARE Better For You

By Maylin Rodriguez-Paez, RN<p>If you’re health-conscious, there’s a good chance you buy organic foods because you think they’re a healthier option — …

Is Organic Food Actually Safer For You and Healthier?

Pesticide use and organic food<p>Is organic food an overpriced, over-hyped new fad followed by people that do yoga and have lots of money?<p>It’s much more …

Agriculture

What Is Better Than Organic Food?

Once a little-known concept among the public, sustainable food is now becoming a subject of high interest and high demand. Consumers are not only focused on <i>what</i> is in their food but also <i>how</i> it’s produced: how much water is needed to produce my Saturday night steak? How much food is thrown away by …

Sustainability

The Truth About Organic Foods

It seems that organic food is the new black, or green for that matter, as it is surging in popularity in the supermarket aisle as a more sustainably …

16 Health Problems That Improved in Patients Who Switched From GMO to Organic Diets

A peer-reviewed article released Tuesday in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and conducted by the Institute for …

Diets

Organic food isn't actually any better for you, and it's way more expensive

Researchers look at over 200 studies of the health benefits behind organic food, and find that there aren't really any.<p>A common mantra of the organic …

Agriculture

Eating Organic Drastically Lowers Pesticide Levels in Your Body

Researchers prove that eating organic keeps brain-damaging chemicals out of your body.<p>If you're a supporter of organic, the latest data probably …

It's Official: Organic Milk Is Better For You

If you've been on the fence as to whether or not organic milk is worth the extra cost, this should help you decide: Organic milk has more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than the nonorganic milk, according to the findings of a new study published in <i>PLoS One</i> that looked at the nutritional makeup of …

Are Organic Foods Really Healthier?

If you really want to stay healthy, you buy organic foods, right? But does an organic label—like the kind found on many fruits, vegetables, meats, …

Pesticides Linked to Most Common Form of Childhood Cancer

Take action to protect your kids, yourself, and your family from dangerous chemicals.<p>Shoes can track in harmful pesticides. Leave them at the front …

Environmental Health