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Eating Disorders Appear To Be Common In Older Women.

USA Today (6/21, Lloyd) reports that, according to a study appearing today in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, eating disorders appear to be common in older women. The online study of some 1,849 US women found that “13% of women ages 50 and older struggle with the problem — some for the first time in their lives. Eating disorders are more common in women than men and include purging, binge eating, excessive dieting and excessive exercising.”

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— “Eating disorders are common in older women, study shows., “Janice Lloyd, USA Today, June 21, 2012.

Some Heart Attack Patients May Go On To Develop PTSD Symptoms.

The New York Times (6/21, Parker-Pope) “Well” blog reports, “The emotional toll of a heart attack can be so severe that an estimated one in eight patients who survive the experience develop post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that doubles the risk of dying of a second heart attack, according to new research” by the from Columbia University Medical Center. The Times adds, “While it has long been known that a heart attack affects both physical and mental health, most doctors and patients are not aware that the emotional stress of a life-threatening heart event can develop into full-blown” PTSD.

The Los Angeles Times (6/21, Khan) “Booster Shots” blog reports that investigators “looked at the results from 24 studies involving nearly 2,400 heart patients, and found that about 12% of heart attack patients went on to develop PTSD symptoms.” The researchers reported that “4% of heart patients met the full criteria for the disorder.” The investigators “also found that those heart attack patients with PTSD symptoms were twice as likely to have a second heart attack or die as the heart attack patients without PTSD symptoms.”

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— “Heart Attack Survivors May Develop P.T.S.D., “Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times, June 20, 2012.

Study: Stress Levels Have Spiked In The Past 25 Years.

ABC World News (6/18, story 10, 0:35, Sawyer) reported, “Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University did something unprecedented. They compared stress levels across the country and found that stress has spiked in the past 25 years 18% among women, 24% among men.” However, they “did find that stress goes down as we age.”

Study Examines Racial-Ethnic Disparities In Mental Healthcare.

Medscape (6/20, Lowry) reports, “Racial-ethnic disparities in the use and adequacy of mental healthcare exist and have even increased over time,” according to a study published in the June issue of the journal Psychiatric Services. “A comparison of 1990 and 2003 national data showed that disparities in the use of any mental healthcare increased, particularly between white and black Americans who used mental healthcare in primary care and between whites and Latinos who used specialty settings.” The study authors theorized that “the growing white-black and white-Latino disparities in receiving specialty mental healthcare could be due to the lack of psychiatrists and psychologists from racial-ethnic minority groups.”

Prescription Medication Abuse In US College Students Associated With Mental Health Issues.

HealthDay (6/20, Preidt) reports that prescription medication abuse in US college students is associated with suicidal thoughts and depression, according to a study published in the August issue of Addictive Behaviors: An International Journal. After analyzing “data from more than 26,000 college students at 40 campuses who took part in the 2008 American College Health Association National College Assessment survey,” researchers found that “about 13 percent of the college students reported nonmedical use of prescription” medications. “Those who said they had felt hopeless, sad, depressed or had considered suicide were much more likely to abuse prescription” medicines.
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— “More Mental Health Woes in College Kids Who Abuse Prescription Drugs,”Robert Preidt, HealthDay, June 19, 2012.

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