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With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks

Six middle- and high-school students sat around a table on a Monday afternoon, watching a psychologist write three letters on a whiteboard:<p>O-C-D.<p>“What does O.C.D. stand for?” the psychologist, Avital Falk, asked the group.<p>“Obsessive-compulsive disorder,” answered a timid 12-year-old boy wearing a …

Mental Health

The Lessons I Learned After Getting Prescribed Medication For My Anxiety

When I realised I had become dependant on it I was terrified and wanted to stop immediately<p>Justin Case via Getty Images<p>I remember walking in to see a …

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Trying to Be Happy Is Making You Miserable. Here's Why

The Declaration of Independence guaranteed Americans the right to pursue happiness, and we haven’t stopped looking for it since. But despite the …

Happiness

Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage

Americans who don’t want to vaccinate are increasingly getting their way: A June study found that, over the past decade, the number of philosophical vaccine exemptions rose in two-thirds of the states that allow them.<p>What drives these wrongheaded decisions is fear — fear that vaccines are somehow …

Public Health

CDC posts numbers on US outbreaks; chicken sickens the most

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with new data on outbreaks of foodborne illness, reporting statistics from 2009-2015 …

The CEO of one of the largest health insurers in the US explains why he thinks healthcare costs so much

It's no secret that healthcare costs are high in the US.<p>David Cordani, CEO of Cigna, told Business Insider in an interview last week that the central reason why these costs have skyrocketed is because the country focuses more on intervention after a person gets sick rather than illness …

Health Care

There's a severe shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas . Here's why that's a serious problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> Almost every American will, at some point or another, face a mental health challenge. It may be related to depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse or maybe something more circumstantial like grief over a loss or trouble adjusting to a life change. The CDC reports 43.4 …

Unvaccinated Children Have Put These U.S. States At A Higher Disease Outbreak Risk, According To A New Study

The recent resurgence in disease outbreaks in the United States is leading researchers to investigate certain key areas where outbreaks in …

Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture

Don't pathologize the despair that is a rational response to a culture that values people based on ever escalating financial and personal achievements.<p><i>Correction & clarification: A prior version of this column misspelled Halle Berry's name.</i><p>In September of 2004, I received the call that every person …

Depression

The bacteria that could lead to a probiotic-based immunization for stress, anxiety and depression

Science has only just started to tease out a fascinating relationship between bacteria, inflammation and mood over the last few years. Not only are …

The Life of a Restaurant Inspector: Rising Grades, Fainting Owners

A short man in a beige button-down shirt emblazoned with the New York City health department logo walked through the doors of a restaurant kitchen, detected signs of vermin and called over the owner to tell him the bad news.<p>The restaurateur started shaking and sweating. He fell out of his chair, …

For Teens, When to Ask for Mental Health Support Isn’t Always Clear

<i>An honest look at the ways women are</i> <i>taking care</i> <i>of their minds and bodies in 2018.</i><p>Depression diagnoses in teens are on the rise. Since 2013, the number of 12- to 17-year-olds diagnosed with mental health issues has gone up by 63 percent. And while that number may seem terrifying, it’s actually a …

Tesla's newest worry is a $54 a month BMW

As if things weren't bad enough for beleaguered Tesla…<p>The company lost $1.1 billion in cash in the last quarter, executives are leaving the company in droves, it's facing production issues with its Model 3 and, as I recently discussed, Elon Musk insulted analysts on the latest earnings call by …

Electric Vehicles

'Insane': America's 3 Largest Psychiatric Facilities Are Jails

In jails and prisons across the United States, mental illness is prevalent and psychiatric disorders often worsen because inmates don't get the treatment they need, says journalist Alisa Roth.<p>In her new book <i>Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness,</i> Roth investigates the widespread …

Mental Health

Every Day, Tons Of Viruses Are Swept Into The Sky And Fall Back Down To Earth

Scientists now think they understand why so many viruses seem able to exist in widely varying ecosystems on Earth.<p>There are an enormous number of viruses that get sucked up into the outer atmosphere and then fall out of the sky and scatter across the globe, according to new research published in …

Bottled water from major brands like Aquafina, Nestle, and Dasani has been found to contain tiny plastic particles that you're drinking

When you drink from a plastic bottle of fresh H20, you're sipping more than just water.<p>A new report from Orb Media reveals how major bottled water brands, including Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle and Evian all have tens, hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of microplastic particles floating in their …

Pollution

CDC identifies a mystery cluster of deaths among dentists

<b>(CNN) —</b> A cluster of cases of a progressive lung disease occurred among dentists and other dental workers treated at one Virginia care center, according to Thursday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Of nine patients, referred to as a …

Public Health

Another Study Just Busted The Myth That Too Many Vaccines Overload a Kid's Immune System

Enough with the misinformation.<p>Parents are reluctant to vaccinate their children for many reasons, but one of the more persistent arguments has been …

For all their risks, opioids had no pain-relieving advantage in a yearlong clinical trial

For years, doctors turned to opioid painkillers as a first-line treatment for chronic back pain and aches in the joints. Even as the dangers of addiction and overdoses became more clear, the drugs' pain-relieving benefits were still thought to justify their risks.<p>Now researchers have hard data that …

Medicine

People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think

A philosopher explains why addiction isn’t a moral failure.<p>The American opioid epidemic claimed 42,300 lives in 2016 alone. While the public policy challenge is daunting, the problem isn’t that we lack any effective treatment options. The data shows that we could save many lives by expanding …

Nothing's Wrong...So Why Do I Feel So Depressed?

<b>Here’s what you need to do.</b><p>Have you recently been feeling depressed but nothing is wrong?<p>Do you feel like you have everything that you want in your …

Millions of Americans can't stay home with the flu, so it spreads

In America, paid sick leave is not guaranteed.<p>For 20 million Americans, staying home sick is a luxury. Every year, that many people go to work with a virus or infection because they don’t have paid sick leave, even though research shows that staying home prevents the flu from spreading. And during …

Preventive Care Saves Money? Sorry, It’s Too Good to Be True

The idea that spending more on preventive care will reduce overall health care spending is widely believed and often promoted as a reason to support reform. It’s thought that too many people with chronic illnesses wait until they are truly ill before seeking care, often in emergency rooms, where it …

IKEA’s New ‘Open Source’ Sofa Is Designed to Be Hacked

British designer Tom Dixon’s portfolio is an eclectic one, including everything from high-concept paperweights to masculine scented candles. But his …

Our Complacency About the Flu Is Killing Us

Everyone’s talking—and rightly so—about this year’s flu season, which is on its way to becoming the worst in 15 years. The news is full of stories …

The tactic that convinces reluctant parents to vaccinate their babies

Vaccines have been saving lives around the world for over 200 years. But in 2017, there’s still ample debate about the safety and efficacy of the medical intervention. While vaccination rates in children remain high overall in the United States, they fall short of goals set for 2020. Pockets of low …

I started collecting ER bills. The American Hospital Association started warning its members.

These prices are often kept secret. Vox is trying to change that.<p>The American Hospital Association is warning its members about Vox’s emergency room billing project.<p>The memo, reported by trade publication Becker’s Hospital Review, came a week after we launched a new effort to bring more …

Wall Street found a parasite growing in the US economy that could spur the next recession

Imagine a parasite living in the US economy, siphoning off the cash that has powered the middle class for decades. We know it's there, but no one — on the right or the left — is talking seriously about how to slow its growth.<p>This parasite is our healthcare system. It is already causing more damage …

Wall Street

Double-A frame Eichler with pool asks $1.4 million

Getta load of that atrium<p>Palo Alto might be known as the toniest of Eichler enclaves, but San Rafael has the distinction of hosting the midcentury developer’s finest Bay Area specimens.<p>Why, just look at this double A-frame number at 1225 Idyleberry. Built in 1962, it comes with five beds, three …

Palo Alto

Bill Gates reveals the biggest public health threats over the next 10 years

The wins include sizable declines in childhood mortality and HIV infection rates, while the ongoing struggles include family planning and equality for women.<p>In a recent conference call with reporters, Bill Gates named infectious and chronic disease as the two biggest public health concerns in the …

Public Health