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5 Ways Quitting Facebook Will Improve Your Mental Health | Inc.com

For some of us, checking Facebook is part of the daily routine, either first thing in the morning or first thing at work. And that first check usually kicks off many return trips throughout the day. It's definitely a part of our consciousness, and a big part of how we connect with others.<p>But …

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Seasonal Affective Disorder is probably a myth, say psychologists

There is no evidence that Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is real and just because people are depressed in winter, it doesn't mean lack of sunlight is to blame<p>Seasonal Affective Disorder, the condition where people become depressed because of the lack of sunlight in the winter time, is …

Matt Haig: 'As therapy shows, words can be medicine'

Humans are a clandestine species. We procreate behind closed doors, and we get ashamed of our illnesses. I am not immune to that shame, despite being that weird modern phenomenon: a public depressive. Or rather, a public person who is susceptible to depression.<p>Not one to fear hubris, I wrote a book …

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Liverpool Care Pathway replaced by patient-focused guide

Doctors and nurses are being urged to treat dying patients as individuals rather than making "snap decisions" about their care.<p>The health watchdog NICE says staff in England need to move away from a "tick-box approach" to treatment at the end of people's lives.<p>The guidance is intended to address …

Antidepressant use in pregnancy 'linked to childhood autism'

"Taking antidepressants during pregnancy almost doubles the risk of children developing autism," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers say it is …

Bryony Gordon: I only got through Christmas thanks to antidepressants

The song that has been playing in my head all week is by the late, great Andy Williams. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, he sings to me, as I brush my teeth and hang up the washing and try to remain calm as my two year old lies down on the pavement screaming, refusing to sit in the buggy. …

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'I do my crying in the shower'

<b>Caring for a husband with dementia is a lonely and isolating experience, Alison Bulmer says.</b><p>"People say I am strong, but I don't feel strong a lot of the time. The shower gets a lot of my tears."<p>Her husband, Paul, 57, and from Cheshire, has a rare form of Alzheimer's disease that attacks the back …

South Central Ambulance Service staff 'pushed to the limit'

<b>Staff at an ambulance trust which has missed response time targets five months in a row are being "pushed to the limit every day", its boss says.</b><p>National standards dictate ambulances should reach the most serious 999 calls within eight minutes, 75% of the time.<p>South Central Ambulance Service has …

Financial problems 'endemic' in NHS

<b>Money problems in the NHS in England are becoming "endemic" - and despite the extra money promised by government, there is no guarantee the service will get back on track, auditors say.</b><p>The National Audit Office (NAO) said levels of deficits were "becoming normal practice".<p>Last month, ministers …

NICE urges doctors to treat dying patients as individuals

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1214000/1214380_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524668363_768488ed02be1277c6c97a2ed612518b<p><b>End-of-life care in England must be tailored to the needs of dying patients rather than a "tick-box approach", the health watchdog NICE says.</b><p>Patients …

Report: More beds needed to ease pressure on hospitals

A leading research group says the NHS in England will struggle this winter unless there are more beds in care homes.<p>According to the Nuffield Trust, last winter a small proportion of patients, mainly the frail and elderly, took up more than a third of hospital beds.<p>Dominic Hughes reports.

NHS discharge delays hit record levels

<b>Vulnerable patients are getting stuck in hospital in England as delays discharging people hit record levels, figures show.</b><p>There were more than 160,000 days lost to delays in October - up a third since 2010 when record-keeping began.<p>Experts said the problems were being caused by a lack of community …

Talking therapy 'as effective as antidepressants' study finds

"Patients with severe depression benefit as much from psychological therapy as they do from pills," says the Mail Online, reporting on a study …

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Scientists find 'gene that delays Alzheimer's'

Scientists have identified a genetic variation thought to delay the start of Alzheimer's disease, according to several media reports.<p>The news is …

Molecule removes Alzheimer's plaques from brains of mice

"A molecule can clear Alzheimer's plaques from the brains of mice and improve learning and memory, Korean scientists have found in early tests," BBC …

No hard evidence champagne can prevent dementia

"Drinking three glasses of champagne per week could help stave off dementia and Alzheimer's disease," the Daily Mirror reports. But before you break …

Junior doctors contract: Jeremy Hunt accused of 'lying' over weekend mortality

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of "lying" about weekend mortality rates, over his use of data from a study published in the British Medical Journal.<p>An audience member on the BBC's Question Time programme said some of his liver transplant patients refused life-saving operations because they now feared …

UK pays among 'lowest prices' for cancer drugs

<b>The UK is paying less for new cancer drugs than a number of other high-income countries, according to a report in The Lancet Oncology.</b><p>While the UK, Greece, Spain and Portugal pay the least, on average, for the drugs they use, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland pay the most.<p>The authors said more …

Welsh NHS plan to cope with extra winter pressures announced

<b>Cutting hospital admissions and discharging patients more quickly are among Welsh NHS plans to cope with higher demand over the winter.</b><p>NHS Wales chief executive Dr Andrew Goodall urged people to use emergency care only for life-threatening conditions needing immediate attention.<p>Last winter, A&E …

New medicines 'should prevent not just treat disease'

<b>Leading doctors say the NHS must prepare for much greater use of medicines to prevent rather than just treat disease.</b><p>The Academy of Medical Sciences says personalised medicines tailored to the individual present a "great opportunity" to protect health.<p>It says this is the way public health should go.<p>…

From teaching suicide prevention to being on suicide watch

<b>A suicide prevention tutor who experienced suicidal thoughts himself was inspired to set up a website to help others in the same position.</b><b>James Withey created 'Recovery Letters' from those who have been ill before, aimed at helping others in the depths of depression.</b><p>In 2011 he was working for an …

Non-EU patients 'should be charged for GP services'

<b>Overseas visitors should be forced to pay for using some GP services as well as ambulances and A&E care, the government says.</b><p>It would save £500m a year and ensure such patients made a fair contribution, the health secretary said.<p>Earlier in the year, the government indicated it intended to charge …

Forces' charity warns of funding crisis amid Syria strikes

<b>Military action in Syria must be matched with "urgent funding" to support veterans who return with mental health problems, a charity has said.</b><p>Combat Stress said it was already "struggling to cope" with the number of former soldiers needing treatment.<p>The charity, which is treating nearly 6,000 …

Patients less satisfied by GPs who refuse antibiotics

<b>GPs who prescribe fewer antibiotics have less satisfied patients, according to a new study by researchers at King's College London.</b><p>The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, compared the prescribing rates of more than 95% of all GP surgeries in England to a survey of patient …

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems

When is it diagnosed?<p>When you go through something you find traumatic it's understandable to experience some symptoms associated with PTSD …

Challenge stigma for young people

“As soon as someone dismisses your feelings, it’s like a blow to the stomach. But when someone took me seriously, it was such a relief knowing they …

Junior doctors' dispute: What does each side want?

A 24-hour strike by junior doctors has been called off following a breakthrough in talks between the British Medical Association and the government.<p>Both sides will now spend the next few weeks going through the detail of an outline agreement, with a permanent deal yet to be reached.<p>But what does …

NHS disrupted after suspended junior doctor strike

Hospitals across England are facing major disruption with the cancellation of thousands of operations, despite a 24-hour strike by junior doctors being called off.<p>The British Medical Association agreed to suspend the walk-out following a last-minute breakthrough in talks.<p>But it came too late for …

Has the 'happiness region' of the brain been discovered?

"Neurologists 'work out the key to finding happiness'," claims The Independent. Japanese researchers claim to have found a link between reported …

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