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Assisted exercise can potentially benefit teens with substance use disorders, suggest researchers

Assisted exercise can potentially benefit teens with substance use disorders, suggest researchers A growing body of research has established a definitive link between exercise and mental health. Many experts believe that a lot more can be done to incorporate exercise regimens into mental health treatment programs. For instance, although exercise is considered one of the most effective interventions in Parkinson’s disease, it is also the most underutilized. A team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center, attempted to investigate if exercise – more specifically forced or assisted exercise – could play a preventive role in teen…

6-year sentence for drunk teen who transmitted live video of sister killed in car crash

6-year sentence for drunk teen who transmitted live video of sister killed in car crash Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is dangerous so is using a cellphone behind the wheel. When all the three elements converge, the chances of a horrific tragedy taking place increase significantly. One such devastating incident culminated in 18-year-old Obdulia Sanchez, a resident of Stockton, California, being sentenced to six years and four months in prison. The sentence, handed on Feb. 8, 2018, charged Sanchez with gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and child endangerment relating to a fatal car crash on July 21, 2017 which killed her teen sister. At the time of the incident, Sanchez had been…

4 years after student’s hazing death, fraternity banned for 10 years in Pennsylvania

4 years after student’s hazing death, fraternity banned for 10 years in Pennsylvania The dangers associated with fraternity activities assumed serious proportions in 2017 with a string of hazing-related deaths. The tragic incidents prompted calls for bringing serious charges against accused students and getting rid of fraternities completely. The year 2017 was not an isolated year for such incidents. In December 2013, Chun Hsien “Michael” Deng died from a traumatic brain injury suffered during a hazing ritual called “glass ceiling” while pledging the Pi Delta Psi fraternity. Deng was a student of Baruch College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). On Jan. 8, 2018, four years after Deng’s death, a…

His addiction was bigger than either of us: Mimi O’Donnell’s emotional essay on Hoffman’s tragic death

His addiction was bigger than either of us: Mimi O’Donnell’s emotional essay on Hoffman's tragic death Nearly four years after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (46), was found dead on the bathroom floor of his New York apartment in February 2014, his longtime partner Mimi O’Donnell has penned down an emotional essay describing the actor’s addiction, relapse and ultimate death. In the essay, published in December 2017, O’Donnell wrote that from the beginning of their relationship, Hoffman was honest about his addiction. His admissions to her included his “period of heavy drinking and experimenting with heroin in his early 20s, and his first rehab at 22.” The death, ruled an accident, was caused by an acute cocktail…

Handling drug and alcohol violations at Kansas University

Handling drug and alcohol violations at Kansas University Experimenting with alcohol and other substances, including hard drugs, is often considered an essential part of college life by many American students. In response to the high use of alcohol and other drugs among students, colleges and universities are looking at implementing stricter programs to prevent drug/alcohol abuse and enforce disciplinary action for violations. The University of Kansas (KU) uses a graded approach to handle drug and alcohol violations by students. KU’s Alcohol and Drug Policy (ADP) covers a variety of offenses, ranging from drug possession to distribution. Violations are handled according to the circumstances associated with each situation. Although…

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Resuming work after checking out of rehab

Sometimes those who seek treatment for an addiction or mental health problem and check into a rehab face a number of challenges. The struggle begins from the time they determine to overcome their problem and continues on during their stint at a rehab or sober living home. But does it end there? Probably not. However, it is important to remember that seeking help is important and with the proper support and a strong will, one can build a better life than before. For some, once the rigors of an inpatient drug or alcohol rehab program have been endured and/ or…

“I was just broken and exhausted:” Riley doctor breaks mental health stigma

For the past several months, Adam Hill had been feeling disoriented. A pediatric palliative care physician with Riley Children’s Health (Riley) at Indiana University Health (IU Health), he was thoroughly disillusioned with his profession. He had outstanding loans relating to his medical school education and was facing trouble in his marriage. Hill started abusing alcohol to cope with the emotional turmoil. When he could not endure it any more, he carried a bottle of alcohol deep into the woods of a park, contemplating suicide by over-drinking. Five years after the incident, Hill is still not sure why he did not…

Why do alcohol labels not carry any nutritional information?

Most concerns regarding the harmful effects of excess alcohol consumption usually focus on risks such as liver disease, brain damage and hypertension. Sufficient attention is not given to the high calorific content of alcohol which is usually ignored. The fact that nutritional information is usually missing on the labels of alcoholic beverages adds to the confusion. Nearly all packaged food and beverages are required to provide nutritional labeling with information on standard serving size and per-serving amounts of calories, fat, carbohydrates and other nutrients. Surprisingly, it is not mandatory to disclose such information in the case of alcoholic beverages. This…

Alcohol use prevalent in more than half of suicide cases, says study

Alcohol has become an indispensable part of any social or professional gathering. Families, friends, colleagues as well as individuals consider it to be one of the most convenient ways to celebrate, relax and chill out in life. The most concerning thing about this growing trend of alcohol use is that people are no longer worried about its impacts on an individual’s mental as well as physical health. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), approximately 88,000 people (62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, which makes alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of…

32 million Americans drink alcohol at dangerously high levels, says NIAAA

Drinking has become an essential part of the American culture. Everything seems incomplete without it, whether it be partying with friends, a family occasion or a festival. This largely growing trend of treating alcohol as indispensable is acceptable only if people stick to one or two drinks. However, when such behavior begins to turn into a habit interfering with a person’s everyday life, it is probably alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction is harmful to health and can ruin lives. According to a study titled, “Drinking Beyond the Binge Threshold: Predictors, Consequences, and Changes in the U.S.,” published online in the journal…
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