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According to an article on the ABC News (3/28) website, “there is growing concern among health professionals that Whip-Its — small canisters filled with nitrous oxide that can be used as a recreational drug and were reportedly used by actress Demi Moore shortly before she was rushed to the hospital in January — are making a comeback among teenagers and young adults across the country.” Some states have already made an effort to “stop the inhalation of nitrous,” but Whip-Its canisters are “easily accessible” and “mostly ignored by authorities.” In fact, “an ABC News investigation airing tonight on ‘Nightline’ found that multiple online retailers allowed large purchases of the Whip-Its, with no questions asked about age or what they would be used for.”
— “Dangerous Teen Craze Whip-Its Making a Comeback?,”Brian Ross, ABC News, March 27, 2012.
Medscape (3/29, Nelson) reports, “Cognitive behavioral therapy and physical exercise can reduce treatment-induced menopausal symptoms in younger breast cancer patients,” according to a study presented at the 8th European Breast Cancer Conference. “These interventions were shown to be effective in ameliorating symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, weight gain, urinary incontinence, and mood swings” in a study population of 422 breast cancer patients.
USA Today (3/29, Linke) reports that many women who experience miscarriages fall into depression and feel a mixture of grief and guilt. USA Today notes that to help cope with their loss, “some women find that Facebook and other online forums provide an outlet for support.” The article explains that online forums allow women to express their feelings and receive consolation, and it adds that “for some, online forums about pregnancy loss are a better venue for discussing their grief than general sites, such as Facebook.”
— “Women turn to social media for support after pregnancy loss,”Maureen Linke, USA TODAY, March 28, 2012.
McClatchy (3/29, Hotakainen) reports that US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, “has begun an investigation into whether military hospitals across the country are denying treatment to service members with post-traumatic stress disorder because of cost considerations.” Meanwhile, “the Army already is conducting at least three separate probes amid disclosures that the Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Murray’s home state of Washington has reversed hundreds of PTSD diagnoses for patients who were up for medical retirement. Murray’s office said last week that a review of PTSD cases dating to 2007 found that 290 of 690 diagnoses — more than 40 percent — had been reversed by a medical screening team.”
Houston VA Hospital Looking For Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans For Study Of PTSD. The Houston Chronicle (3/29, Wise) “Armed Sources” blog reports, “Researchers at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine are looking to recruit 40 to 50 Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans to participate” in a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) “funded by a grant from the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Program.” The study “will evaluate how psychotherapy treatment changes neural functioning in veterans with PTSD.” Veterans, who “will be compensated $10 per hour for interviews and $20 per hour” for taking part in the study, “will play computer games while inside a functional magnetic resonance imaging” (fMRI) machine.
— “Senate begins probe of Army’s handling of PTSD cases,”Rob Hotakainen , McClatchy Newspapers, March 28, 2012.
The AP (3/26) reports, “The aging of the massive post-World War II baby boom generation in the US is casting light on early onset dementia, a sorrowful subset of younger people experiencing a slow, cruel overtaking of their minds.” Approximately “200,000 Americans under 65 are among the 5.4 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.” The AP adds, “Experts’ estimates suggest there’s a similar number of younger people with other types of dementia, meaning about a half-million Americans, some as young as their 30s, suffer from early-onset or younger-onset dementia.”
— “Dementia’s youngest victims often defy stereotypes,”AP, USA Today, March 24, 2012.
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