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Aetna Practices Latest Example of Unethical Health Industry Practices
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By Lise Millay Stevens There is something rotten in Denmark. Maybe it is wafting over from the U.S. health insurance industry. CNN reports that a former Aetna medical director admitted, under oath, that he never looked at patient records prior to approving or denying care, relying instead on the recommendations from nurses at the insurance […]

Native and white Americans dying prematurely, study shows
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A study by the National Cancer Institute published in The Lancet finds that white and Native Americans are dying prematurely and suicides and drug overdoses are partially to blame. Not since AIDS The study was conducted by the Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. Meredith Shiels is an investigator for the Division and one […]

Physiological stress: A direct cause for infertility
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Women’s fertility has been a strong area of medicine and research as society’s pressure on childbearing has stood strong throughout time. The ovulation cycle is anything but simple due to the extensive physiological systems that closely regulate a wide array of hormones. Recently, a study published in Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology revealed that an […]

How major depressive disorder affects pregnancy, infant’s life
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Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and mood disorders including depression are the No. 3 reason for hospitalization in the United States. Depression affects over 15 million adults in the United States each year and this number is growing. Depression can have not only a negative effect on the mind but also on […]

Postpartum psychiatric disorders increase risk for suicide, mortality in new moms
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The birth of a child can be an exciting and joyful time in a mother’s life. While new mothers often are happily enjoying life with the newest addition to their family, the added pressures and responsibilities of having a child can still be extremely stressful for them. Mothers often experience mood disturbances — known as […]

The thyroid’s link to mental health
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The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ that lies in the anterior neck region. It is primarily responsible for the body’s metabolism as it secrets a number of hormones collectively termed thyroid hormones, but more specifically thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), each making up 80 percent and 20 percent of the total thyroid hormones respectively. These […]

Adjunctive monoclonal antibody immunotherapy shows promise in treating schizophrenia

Humans are constantly coming into contact with potentially harmful pathogens, chemicals and infections. Fortunately, we have a complex system of defense — the inflammatory response of the immune system — that helps us fight off infection, remove toxins and repair damaged tissue. Infection, stress, nutritional factors and other complications in the mother during pregnancy and […]

Body dysmorphic disorder isn’t limited to ‘the Human Barbie’

Right now, at least half a dozen women consider themselves to be “the Human Barbie.” A quick Google search reveals most of their names: Valeria Lukyanova, Lolita Richi, Sarah Burge, Hannah Gregory, Pixee Fox and Jenny Lee. These women have become Internet sensations by molding their bodies into unrealistic shapes via makeup, plastic surgery and […]

How psychiatric medications interact with female hormones

Women are prescribed psychiatric medications far more often than men. Historically, women of childbearing age were excluded from pharmaceutical research studies, so little was known about their safety, effectiveness, and effects on the female body. Only since 1993 have studies been conducted to determine how drugs are processed in women. Not surprisingly, psychiatric medications do […]

Fitting it in – National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Some women have much to juggle on a daily basis: careers, families, friends and (hopefully) fitness. While taking time to exercise can fall through the cracks, letting physical health deteriorate will eventually hurt every part of a woman’s life, including mental health. September 30, 2015 is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, a good time […]

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