Behavioral Medicine

Better integration of behavioral health, primary care needed

Better integration of behavioral health, primary care needed

Payment barriers and insurance coverage gaps pose challenges.

Primary-care providers key in preventing sexually transmitted infections

Primary-care providers key in preventing sexually transmitted infections

USPSTF recommends that providers offer behavioral interventions to patients at high risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections.

The challenges of identifying 
Prader-Willi syndrome

The challenges of identifying 
Prader-Willi syndrome

Children with this condition develop an insatiable appetite that leads to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and behavioral problems when not treated.

Kids with ADHD often have autisic traits

Kids with ADHD often have autisic traits

About one in five children and adolescents with ADHD show signs of autism.

CDC: One in eight U.S. women binge drink

CDC: One in eight U.S. women binge drink

Although more men binge drink than women, health risk is greater among women due to physiologic differences and risk for unintended pregnancy.

Making sense of mass shootings

Making sense of mass shootings

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Efforts to end gun violence in Newtown's wake must address 'culture of violence.'

Help kids who are bullied or bullies

Help kids who are bullied or bullies

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Bullying can begin as early as kindergarten, and it can affect all children regardless of race, gender and socioeconomic status.

Information-based society contributes to obesity

Information-based society contributes to obesity

Greater investment in information technology correlates with increases in obesity.

Pets help kids with autism improve social skills

Pets help kids with autism improve social skills

Getting a pet may help people with autism improve their social skills, particularly with offering to share and offering comfort, study results suggest.

Sources of comfort for those with dementia

Sources of comfort for those with dementia

A clinician shares gender-specific advice for comforting patients with dementia in moments of confusion.

Show—don't tell—when it comes to weight loss

Show—don't tell—when it comes to weight loss

Conversations about weight loss can contribute tremendously to behavioral changes, but tangible examples may be even more effective.

Motivate healthy choices with the Transtheoretical Model

Motivate healthy choices with the Transtheoretical Model

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Getting patients to make behavior changes that stick can be tough. Treating the change as a process can help.

Teen substance use peaks during summer months

Teen substance use peaks during summer months

More teens initiate alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use in June and July than in any other months.

Eating disorder symptoms evident in older women

Eating disorder symptoms evident in older women

As many as 71.2% of women aged 50 years and older who participated in an online survey reported that they were trying to lose weight and 13% reported at least one eating disorder symptom.

Be sure 
patients can identify nuts

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When using dietary avoidance to treat nut allergies, be sure that the patient can properly identify peanuts and tree nuts.

Are there therapeutic uses for lucid dreaming?

Are there therapeutic uses for lucid dreaming?

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Patients who lucid dream are able to change their dreams at will, as if switching the channel on a television.

Is a child's snoring the root cause of his ADHD?

Is a child's snoring the root cause of his ADHD?

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Unrefreshing sleep can lead to prefrontal cortical dysfunction. In children, this can manifest as behavioral problems, difficulty controlling emotions and difficulty with attention and hyperactivity.

Don't let patients tan their lives away

Don't let patients tan their lives away

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Teen girls will come up with 100 reasons to use tanning beds. We as health-care providers need to give parents one really big reason to say no.

Drug-testing a teenager without permission

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Advice for dealing with parent requests to drug test their teen without the child's knowledge or consent.

Fewer pediatric deaths occurring from unintentional injury

Fewer pediatric deaths occurring from unintentional injury

Overall, the number of children who died due to accidents decreased 29% from 2000 to 2009.

Prenatal meth exposure linked to behavioral problems

Prenatal meth exposure linked to behavioral problems

At ages 3 and 5, children who had been exposed to methamphetamine in the womb had greater emotional reactivity and higher levels of anxiety and depression than their unexposed peers.

Hypnosis for pain management, anxiety and behavioral disorders

Hypnosis for pain management, anxiety and behavioral disorders

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Medical hypnotherapy today is most commonly used for pain management, treatment of anxiety or psychosomatic illness, and treatment of behavioral disorders.

Simple solutions for a common sleep complaint

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Combating daytime sleepiness is often as easy as turning off the TV before bed.

Behavioral therapy reduces hot flashes after breast cancer treatment

Behavioral therapy reduces hot flashes after breast cancer treatment

Women who develop problematic hot flashes after breast cancer treatment, a contraindication for hormone replacement therapy, experienced significant improvement in quality of life after receiving behavioral therapy.

Supply and demand imbalance to blame for attention deficit drug shortage

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Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their families suffer most, as drug manufacturers produce fewer generic medications.

Blink inhibition from visual stimuli delayed in autistic children

Blink inhibition from visual stimuli delayed in autistic children

Toddlers slow their blinking for visual stimuli, but the response is delayed in children with autism spectrum disorders, new research indicates.

Alleviating treatment-resistant depression

Alleviating treatment-resistant depression

Anywhere from 10% to 30% of individuals taking a single antidepressant face obstacles to successful treatment, including undiagnosed illness.

Approach nicotine addiction like a chronic disease, researchers say

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When initiating smoking cessation interventions, taking a long-term chronic disease management approach similar to those initiated for patients with hypertension and diabetes helps smokers quit.

No increased CV risk with ADHD meds

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs did not increase the risk for cardiovascular events among children, data from a retrospective cohort study involving more than 1.2 million children and young adults indicate.

In utero BPA exposure linked to tots' behavior problems

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Bisphenol A exposure in the womb may contribute to ADHD, anxiety and depression in toddlers.

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