Compulsive gaming now considered a mental health disorder

The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition — a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players. In its latest revision to an international disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that classifying “Gaming Disorder” as a separate condition will “serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue.” Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO’s department for mental health, […]

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Fewer teens having sex and using drugs, CDC survey finds

While sex and drug use are on the decline among teenagers in the United States, other health risks — including suicidal ideation and bullying — do not appear to be subsiding, and experts are concerned. That’s according to a new National Youth Risk Behavior Survey report, released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. The report provides data from 2007 to 2017, detailing trends in sexual behavior, high-risk substance use, violence victimization, as well as mental health […]

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Kentucky sues Walgreens, claiming it contributed to opioid crisis

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky is suing Walgreens, claiming the pharmacy played a role in the state’s opioid crisis. The state’s Attorney General Andy Beshear says that the retailer, which sells opioids through its pharmacies, used “unlawful business practices” to fuel the epidemic in Kentucky. Thursday’s complaint, filed in Boone County, claims that for more than 10 years, Walgreens filled “massive” and “suspicious” orders of opioids and failed to report them to authorities or put a stop to the shipments. Beshear […]

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Anti-vaccine parents leave Seattle, Spokane vulnerable to disease outbreaks: Study

SEATTLE – A number of American states and metropolitan “hot spots” – including Seattle and Spokane – are vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease, new research suggests. The reason? Children whose parents opted out of vaccination. The risk of outbreaks is rising in 12 of the 18 states that permit nonmedical exemptions from childhood vaccinations, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS Medicine. Those states are Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and […]

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University of Arizona grant to improve quality of life for cancer survivors

Click here for updates on this story Tucson, AZ (Veronica Acosta) — The University of Arizona’s College of Arizona received a $2.5 million grant to help improve the quality of life of cancer survivors. The grant will fund a study in which participants will be called daily for 12 weeks to determine what symptoms they may be feeling and how they can overcome them. “We are going to be helping them by calling them once a week for twelve weeks […]

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GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law, those with pre-existing conditions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s decision to stop defending in court the Obama health law’s popular protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions could prove risky for Republicans in the midterm elections — and nudge premiums even higher. The Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, beginning with the unpopular requirement that people carry health insurance, but also including widely-supported provisions that guarantee access for […]

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New mental health, substance abuse program offered for veterans, military members and dependents

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – A new program in Snohomish County aimed at treating the special needs of our local veterans and enlisted military personnel got a special endorsement on the 74th anniversary of D-Day. Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. Leroy A. Petry helped unveil the new ‘Extra Mile Military Care’ program at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital. The program is aimed to treat military service members and their family members suffering from PTSD, substance abuse disorders and other issues. “Tremendous opportunity […]

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Trustees: Medicare will become insolvent in 2026, 3 years earlier than expected, if actions aren’t taken

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Security’s financial problems can’t be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class. The report from program trustees says Medicare will become insolvent in 2026 — three years earlier than previously forecast. Its giant trust fund for inpatient care won’t be able to fully cover projected medical bills starting at that point. The report says Social Security […]

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