Posts Categorized: Behavioral Health

It’s True:
Sprite Helps Hangovers

If you over-indulge tonight, don’t reach for the hair of the dog tomorrow. There’s a new way to cope with morning-after headache, nausea and general misery: A can of Sprite helps hangovers. Certain chemicals in Sprite reduce the chance of a hangover headache the day after drinking too much alcohol, according to results from a… posted in: Addiction, Neuro, Wellness tags:


How a Teen Gene Glitch
May Cause Behavioral Disorders

Adolescence is a time of major brain development. During that period, a process called “pruning” physically transforms the teenage brain into the young adult brain. Highly organized, tightly controlled and greatly influenced by genes and environment, this process allows us to function as healthy young adults. If these controls malfunction, our brains can struggle to… posted in: Behavioral Health, Research tags:


Some Good Prescription Drug Recommendations,
Some that Need Work

Some new prescription drug recommendations from the American College of Physicians to help prevent medication overuse seem helpful, such as encouraging more educational and preventive efforts. Other positive recommendations include setting up a prescription drug-monitoring program to allow physicians to check a registry to make sure that patients aren’t “doctor shopping” or already taking certain… posted in: Addiction, News tags:


How Access to Mental Health Services
Can Help Prevent Tragedy

Several tragedies–such as last year’s shootings in Newtown, CT, and Aurora, CO–have ignited debate over the status of mental illness services in the US. This controversy highlights some of the many failures of the current system, including the struggle to access timely, appropriate and affordable care as well as the continued stigma surrounding behavioral health… posted in: Behavioral Health tags:


Reboot Your Life with the Great American Smokeout

Tomorrow, for the 2013 Great American Smokeout, we’re joining the American Cancer Society to remind tobacco users that you can quit. Though this is the 37th year of the Great American Smokeout, smoking continues to be a leading cause of preventable disease and death: It kills more than 25,000 New Yorkers annually. Quitting is the… Read more »

E-Cigarettes: Friend or Foe?

Sales of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are exploding rapidly, and so is controversy over them. Are they a breakthrough aid to help stop smoking or addictive, harmful devices? E-cigarettes are battery-operated gadgets that heat liquid nicotine, flavors and other chemicals into a vapor that users inhale. The amount of nicotine they deliver varies widely and their… Read more »

Extreme Binge Drinking: 10+ Drinks in a Row

Alarming numbers of high school seniors try extreme binge drinking–consuming as many as 10 or 15 alcoholic drinks in one sitting, according to a research recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. The new study marks the first investigation to dissect extreme binge drinking in a representative group of teens. Investigators analyzed data from more than 16,000… Read more »

Phobias Are Real–and Manageable

Superstition about Friday the 13th is related to the fear of the number 13. Both are examples of common phobias–that is, uncontrollable, irrational and persistent fears of a specific object, situation or activity, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) may seem trivial, but phobias can be quite serious. Some… Read more »

Remembering 9/11 Survivors

As construction on the Freedom Tower nears completion and the 9/11 Memorial pays tribute to the lost, let’s remember the World Trade Center (WTC) first responders, volunteers and construction workers who put their health at risk. Many Ground Zero workers still suffer health consequences caused by exposure to a toxic mix of chemicals. My editorial… Read more »

Molly Brings Agony, not Ecstasy

Two attendees at the Electric Zoo Festival on Randall’s Island died this past weekend after taking the illegal drug called Molly. Formerly called Ecstasy, Molly’s popularity is on the rise, as are its risks. There were more than 20,000 Molly-related emergency department visits in 2011, compared to just over 10,000 for 2004, according to the… Read more »