Task force in quandary over early screening for autism

Task force in quandary over early screening for autism

Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while most autistic patients share certain problems, at times what they see, hear and feel may vary. The screening for autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, takes place between the ages of 18 and 30 months in the United States. However, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is casting doubts over the benefits and harms associated with autism screening in young children.

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New York City organizes campaign to help people talk about their mental illnesses

New York City organizes campaign to help people talk about their mental illnesses

If mental illness could be seen on a sufferer, may be society wouldn’t say, “Just get over it”.

– Lonely Lotus

It is difficult to identify people suffering from any mental disorder just like that, while for those with mental illnesses, it is tough to explain what is going on in their minds. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental health conditions touch and impact the lives of millions of Americans each year.

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Environmental toxin increases chance of Alzheimer’s: Study

Environmental toxin increases chance of Alzheimer’s: Study

Environmental toxins are known to cause respiratory problems. However, according to a new study, these toxins may also lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

According to scientists at the Institute for EthnoMedicine, a non-profit medical research organization, and the University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank, environmental toxin may up the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Continue reading

Stigma – a social evil jeopardizing lives of the mentally ill

Stigma – a social evil jeopardizing lives of the mentally ill

Like any other physical problem, a mental illness can affect anyone. However, the social stigma attached to it can be invariably maligning and have a deep impact on the patient’s life. For example, if an illness has no clear physical cause, then it is deemed to be “all in our mind” and therefore we must be “making it up.” Continue reading

Omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mental disorders

Omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mental disorders

Health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are well-known. However, a recent study by a Japanese university on polyunsaturated fats present in omega-3 fatty acids being a potential treatment for mental illnesses has given a new hope to the United States, where approximately 9 percent people suffer from feelings of hopelessness and despondency. Continue reading

America gears up to battle stigma around mental health

America gears up to battle stigma around mental health

Who in the world doesn’t fall sick? One can be unwell physically, or mentally. Though a physical illness hardly causes an embarrassment, there is usually a stigma attached to mental disorders. Even though celebrities have come out openly against stigmatizing mental disorders off and on, the general perception has not changed much. Continue reading

Concerned about prisoners’ mental health, Obama unveils policy to curb solitary confinement

Concerned about prisoners’ mental health, Obama unveils policy to curb solitary confinement

The practice of solitary confinement, also termed as “restrictive housing,” has been increasingly used by the American prison officials to manage uncertain and perilous convicts. So much so that President Barack Obama had to announce a slew of measures recently against the most debated practice of solitary confinement in federal prisons. Continue reading