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Video gaming addiction is now a mental disorder, says WHO

Dr Mark Griffiths, who has been researching the concept of video gaming disorder for 30 years, said the new classification would help legitimise the problem and strengthen treatment strategies. He said most interventions or treatments are "based on the principles and methods of cognitive behavioral therapy". He noted that the diagnostic criteria for gaming disorder , including preoccupation and unsuccessful attempts to control behavior, are "strikingly" similar to the symptoms of drug and ... Read More »

NHS to treat gaming addiction

In South Korea and the United States, clinics have sprung up to treat video game addiction, along with community and online support groups. "The gaming behaviour and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe". Read More »

World Health Organisation Classifies Gaming Addiction as a Mental Health Disorder

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The latest version of the ICD was released on Monday to include the condition - which is characterised by "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour which may be online or offline". Simply playing a lot of video games does not automatically mean that someone has a problem. "For the vast majority it is a recreational activity". Housing almost 55,000 medical issues, the ICD-11 is used for clinical care, research, and is rarely given major revisions, so it is a legitimately big ... Read More »

Grandmother kills bobcat with bare hands after it attacks her

BOBCAT VS. GRANDMA: Dede Mealor Phillips told me her first thought when a wildcat attacked "Not today". The daughter-in-law of a bobcat trapper, Phillips knew she was dealing with a lethal animal - and needed to act fast. that my granddaughter would come out and I didn't want that to happen", she says. As the large feline clawed her, the adrenaline kicked in and she chose to strangle it, she says. Read More »

Kellogs Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal After Salmonella Infections

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The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. There have been no deaths reported so far. On ongoing investigation of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections (by the CDC , FDA, and local regulatory officials) has found that 73 people have been infected with the outbreak strain in 31 states , 24 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Read More »

Mother of sick boy seeks legalization of medical marijuana

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Nonetheless, she said the British government had put her and Billy through a "dreadful, horrific, cruel experience" that has left him in a gravely weakened state. The oil had been prescribed to 12-year-old Billy by doctors in Canada. Billy, 12, from Castlederg in Co Tyrone, has a form of epilepsy meaning he can not get help through medication or diet. Read More »

Child in Idaho Has Plague

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A boy in Idaho has contracted the first case of bubonic plague the state has seen for 26 years, according to health officials. "The case serves as a reminder to recreationists in southern Idaho that plague is unsafe to people and pets , but with proper awareness, precautions, and prompt treatment when needed, plague should not discourage you from enjoying the Idaho outdoors". Read More »

Researchers discover link between religion and long life

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Church-goers appear to live up to four years longer than atheists, at least according to an analysis of 1,000 obituaries published across the United States. A second study involved over 1,000 obituaries from 42 major USA cities, published on newspaper websites in the year following August 2010. But Wallace believed social involvement may only be part of the reason since the data accounted for a little less than one year in boosting longevity. Read More »

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and the Growing #DestigmatizeDepression Movement

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available toll free, 24/7, at 1-800-273-8255. In more than half of the cases, the deceased had no diagnosed mental illness. But, I truly believe that secrets keep you sick. According to an eyewitness, all of Spade's jokes hit as expected, but they could tell he wasn't as lively as he usually is. Read More »

West Nile virus threat shows up near Parma

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When providers suspect a mosquito-borne illness, the department in cooperation with county health departments investigates and samples can be tested at the DOH Wadsworth Laboratory. Others who are at risk are those over the age of 60 as they pose a greater risk of severe illness following a bite. More serious complications include neurological illnesses, such as meningitis and encephalitis. Read More »

Research links prescription drugs to depression

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For the study , the research team looked at the medication use patterns of more than 26,000 adults from 2005 to 2014. However, the researchers discovered that when taken together, many of these drugs increased the risk of depression . Read More »

Workplace foods may lead to unhealthy eating

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The foods they ate typically came from the usual places, like the cafeteria, vending machines, common areas and meetings and work parties. Results were presented at the American Society for Nutrition's annual meeting in Boston. Since a lot of the food items obtained by employees were free, employers may also want to consider promoting policies to encourage healthy food options. Read More »

Idaho child recovering from plague

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People can reduce the chance of encountering plague by avoiding contact with wild rodents, their fleas and rodent carcasses. Central District Health Department, said in the statement about the infected child. Those outbreaks, like a recent severe one in Madagascar , can become more unsafe. This strain of bacteria still occurs naturally in some rodent populations, spread by fleas in rats and squirrels, but is exceedingly rare in humans. Read More »

Reach out to those who may be struggling

None of us is immune to thoughts of suicide, regardless of status, party, religion, age, or gender. According to the Centers for Disease Control in 2016, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of almost 45,000 people. Read More »

Your toddler is nearly definitely consuming too much sugar

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Researchers cataloged food items that contained extra cane sugar , high-fructose corn syrup, honey and other sugars. According to the American Heart Association , female adults are recommended to eat no more than 100 calories or 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Read More »

The mysterious deaths of African ancient trees

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Known as the tree of life , baobabs can reach 100ft high and some date back 6,000 years. The new research , by Adrian Patrut of Babes-Bolyai University in Romania and an worldwide group of colleagues, finds that in the past 12 years, "9 of the 13 oldest and 5 of the 6 largest individuals have died, or at least their oldest parts/stems have collapsed and died". Read More »

How Did a Tick Temporarily Paralyze a Little Girl?

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She said that her daughter went to bed "perfectly fine" the night before, but last Wednesday when she woke her up for daycare things took a "scary turn". It's more common in children than it is adults! A nurse bathing her after she was admitted to the hospital found a tick along her hairline. It's not clear where or how Kailyn Griffin, who is 5 years old, got a tick embedded in her scalp. Read More »

Salmonella melon recall includes these Georgia stores

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Shah, M.D., J.D. According to our sister station KFOR in Oklahoma City, stores carrying the melon include Walmart, Walgreens, Whole Foods , Kroger, Costco, Jay C, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts and Trader Joe's. More cases may be reported in the coming two weeks. The CDC suggests throwing away any fresh-cut melon products from these retailers or if you can't remember where it was purchased. Read More »

Tea Towels Can Put You At Risk For Food Poisoning, Research Says

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Out of the 49 samples which were positive, more than a third (37%) grew E.coli, or Enterococcus spp and one in seven (14%) S. aureus . Although staph bacteria usually don't cause illness in healthy people, when the bacterium gets into food, it can product toxins that can cause food poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More »

U.S. Justice Department says Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional

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In the meantime, it suggested, the judge should simply issue a declaration that the mandate can not survive constitutionally if it no longer involves a tax that raises federal revenue. This is one of the most significant events in the upcoming year. Bagley said, "That's nearly unheard of". Insurers were not allowed to raise costs for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Read More »

There’s ‘Strong Progress’ In Fighting Ebola In Congo

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The ongoing Ebola outbreak poses a significant risk of spread to these countries on the basis of proximity to the current outbreak and the current capacity of their health systems to cope with the disease. Among the reported cases, 38 have been confirmed by laboratories so far. "We have added cause for optimism because now we have reached... more than 98 percent of the contacts with vaccination", Salama said. Read More »

Trump administration: Heart of health law unconstitutional

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Bagley said the brief reveals the "depth of institutional decay at the Department of Justice", and he expressed profound concern about the precedent it sets. Until Thursday's filing, the Trump administration had not indicated its position on either this latest lawsuit or the Republican states' effort to block the law while the case moved along. Read More »

CDC: 'Throw away' pre-cut melons after salmonella outbreak

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This warning includes melon in prepared fruit salads. Pre-cut melons and fruit salads are seen as the likely source. Health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to the consumption of pre-cut melons purchased at grocery stores. Read More »

It shows the growing severity of the issue

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But there are other things that could help decrease suicide rates too, like keeping more firearms out of the hands of vulnerable people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) just released staggering data comparing the suicide rate in the U.S. Read More »

The pioneering woman who invented a life-saving test for newborns

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Virginia Apgar is the subject of the Google home page's latest Doodle . Virginia Apgar, would have celebrated her 109th birthday Thursday. Later, Apgar's studies of obstetrical anesthesia led to her creating the Apgar score . An Apgar Score between 4 and 6 may mean some medical intervention is needed. In her later years, she worked for March of Dimes , a non-profit founded by President Franklin Roosevelt that initially targeted polio but went on to focus on the prevention of birth ... Read More »

Neloxone, the antidote for opioid overdose gets recalled

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Users can inspect the Naloxone before it is administered to a person by looking for particulate matter near the syringe and looking for discoloration before it is administered. When administered, Naloxone can quickly restore normal respiration to someone whose breathing has slowed or stopped due to opioids. Niese said his understanding is that first responders in the state primarily use Ohio's Central Pharmacy. Read More »

Kate Spade's Husband Says She Suffered From Depression

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Kate Spade , who created an iconic, accessible handbag line that bridged Main Street and high-end fashion , took her own life, according to New York Police Department sources. "I said we could talk about it all - our childhood, etc". Brosnahan ended the post by urging her followers to "hug your loved ones extra tight". Andy Spade has been spotted for the first time since the apparent suicide death of his wife, Kate Spade . Read More »