February 5, 2010

Tragedy of Tiger Woods Disease

1 1 in 40 U.S. Women Suffer from Sex Addiction

As many as 8 percent of American suffer from sex addiction, and up to a third of those are women, according to Alex Caroline Robboy, a Philadelphia sex therapist. Thrust into the spotlight recently by the case of Tiger Woods, the disorder often affects women who are highly driven and focused. Sex becomes a compulsive rush that they cannot live without. Sex addicts find it hard to form emotional relationships, and their personal and family lives are torn apart. Sex addiction is not listed as a disorder in the American Psychiatric Association's manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). But that hasn't stopped VH1 from creating a reality show around it called "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew."

More at Ivanhoe | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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Making Scans Safer

2 Group Calls for Better Radiation Control

The American Society for Radiation Oncology has proposed a six-point plan to improve the safety and quality of tests and procedures that involve radiation, such as cancer therapies and CT scans. This comes after reports that the amount of radiation a person gets in a typical scan can vary widely, and nearly 30 percent of hospitals that have sought entry into National Cancer Institute trials failed to properly irradiate an object meant to simulate a human head and neck. The plan calls for more training and accreditation for radiation therapists, as well as a program to increase safety of medical devices using radiation. The group says serious radiation accidents are rare, but there are no real records on how many people are harmed from excess radiation.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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The Pandemic that Wasn't

3 UK Declares Swine Flu Threat Over

Breathe a sigh of relief, because the swine flu pandemic is over -- at least according to British health officials, who are closing their swine flu crisis unit. The UK was the hardest hit of any country in Europe when it came to H1N1 infections, and at one point early in the cycle last summer the nation was seeing more than 100,000 new cases a week. Last month there were fewer than 5,000 cases per week for three weeks in a row. The National Pandemic Flu Service will shut its doors next weekend. Health officials credit the wider availability of vaccines with the slowdown of the virus' spread.

More at Independent (UK) | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Lifestyle Changes Improve Health

4 Obesity at Young Age Portends Future Health Risks

Obese 20-somethings who have Type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for stroke or a heart attack in their 40s if they don’t change their lifestyles, says Dr. Dale J. Hamilton, diabetes clinical services chief at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. High blood pressure and a waist size of over 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women are two of five symptoms of metabolic syndrome that could lead to Type 2 Diabetes. "Small changes every day can help curb big problems later on," said Hamilton who recommends that people at risk exercise more and eat less. Dr. Hamilton cautioned that “Having three or more of the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes over an extended period of time is the equivalent of already having a heart attack."

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Bring It On

5 Some Children Thrive Under Stress

It’s commonly thought that children who are sensitive to stress are more vulnerable to adversity and have more behavioral and developmental problems than their more easygoing peers. But results of a new study from scientists at the University of British Columbia and the University of California, San Francisco, and Berkeley campuses, indicate that highly reactive children, when raised in a supportive environment, tend to thrive under stress. "The study tells us that when children are highly susceptible to stress, it's not always bad news, but rather should be considered in terms of the type of environment they live in," explains Jelena Obradović, an assistant professor in the School of Education at Stanford University who was at the University of British Columbia when she led the study.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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