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Depression, PTSD rates increase following nuclear disasters

July 31, 2015

Rates of depression and PTSD increased following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and remain elevated, according to study findings in Lancet.

“[Four hundred thirty-seven] nuclear power plants are in operation at present around the world to meet increasing energy demands. Unfortunately, five major nuclear accidents have occurred in the past — ie, at Kyshtym (Russia [then USSR], 1957), Windscale Piles (UK, 1957), Three Mile Island (USA, 1979), Chernobyl (Ukraine [then USSR], 1986), and Fukushima (Japan, 2011),” Arifumi Hasegawa, MD, of the Fukushima Global Medical Science Center, and colleagues wrote. “The effects of these accidents on individuals and societies are diverse and enduring. Accumulated evidence about radiation health effects on atomic bomb survivors and other radiation-exposed people has formed the basis for national and international regulations about radiation protection. However, past experiences suggest that common issues were not necessarily physical health problems directly attributable to radiation exposure, but rather psychological and social effects.”

In the Journals

Diabetes onset later in life increases dementia risk

July 31, 2015
The risk for dementia among older adults was increased with newly diagnosed diabetes, according to recent study findings published in Diabetes Care. “This is of…
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NIH supports multi-year, multi-site research project on autism biomarkers

July 31, 2015
The NIH recently announced its involvement in a privately and publicly funded multi-year project to develop and improve clinical research tools for autism spectrum…

AAFP, ACP join nearly 600 other organizations in support of clinical data transparency

July 31, 2015
The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians has announced their support of the AllTrials campaign, joining 595 other organizations…
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Challenging Psychiatric Discrimination in Insurance

Psychiatric Annals, July 2015, Volume 45 Issue 7
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 did not include commercial disability insurance and life…
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Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services June 2015 CNE Activity

This activity is co-provided by Villanova University College of Nursing and SLACK Incorporated.

Topics include checklist for delirium, stress in first-year nursing students, and mantram repetition for insomnia.
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VIDEO: Mental health needs more attention in management of diabetes

VIDEO: Mental health needs more attention in management of diabetes

June 10, 2015
BOSTON — In this video exclusive, David G. Marrero, PhD, the 2015 President for Health and Education of the…
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