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Emergency Contact Often Mistaken for Advance Directive

More than 95 percent of patients treated in an Emergency Department mistake their emergency contact as the designated medical decision maker for end-of-life care, according to a study done by Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and presented September 10th 2014 at the 20th International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Recovery at Midlife: If Not Now, When?



By Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW

September is not just the month school starts again. It is the 25th Annual National Recovery Month. The mission is to publicize the societal benefits of treatment, prevention, and of course recovery for mental health conditions and substance abuse issues. During this month of new beginnings, thousands of programs and services nationwide celebrate their success at transforming their lives through recovery.

Positive Expectations and Depression

Positive thinking may help some depressed patients after all, according to a new study on the placebo effect in medical research.

Over the past three decades, researchers say, there’s been a sharp rise in patients’ positive response to placebos – the fake medication given to some study participants who think it’s actual medicine.

The latest research, from UCLA psychiatrists, say a very simple conclusion may be at the root of the effectiveness of placebos in treating depressive disorder.

Researchers Identify New Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Researchers have identified dozens of new genetic factors linked with increased risk of prostate cancer, and testing for them can identify men with a risk of the disease that’s almost six times higher than average.

With the latest discovery of 23 factors, the number of common genetic variants linked to prostate cancer rises to 100.

Hope for Repairing Muscles as We Age

As we age, stem cells throughout our bodies gradually lose their capacity to repair damage, even from normal wear and tear. Researchers from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa in Canada have discovered the reason why this decline occurs in skeletal muscles. Their findings were published online September 2014 in the journal Nature Medicine.

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