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Antidepressant use increases hip fracture risk among elderly

from: Medical New Today .com Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The increased risk was highest at the beginning of

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Determining the Appropriate Level of Care

Nearly all clients want to remain in their home for as long as possible. Determining when additional levels of care are necessary and when it is not safe for an individual to remain at home often requires the intervention of

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Protecting Seniors From Isolation

Although we frequently think of seniors as living among family members or in a senior community or other shared housing arrangement, the likelihood of living alone rises as one ages, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Among women 65 to

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Veterans may benefit from mental health treatment

Nearly one-third of veterans who experience trauma are at a higher risk for depression, substance abuse or suicide even though they do not meet all the criteria for a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis. The findings of a Yale study

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Veterans urged to use online tool for mental health screening

Following Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Michigan Veterans Affair Agency (MVAA) is encouraging veterans to use a free online mental health screening tool. The agency is offering the tool in collaboration with Screening for Mental Health, a nonprofit

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Reducing Brain Injuries in Children Goal of Pop Warner Nixing Kickoffs

In U.S. football, kickoff is one of the most dangerous parts of the sport, and the time at which a substantial number of brain injuries, skull fractures, facial injuries and other serious impacts occur. In an effort to combat a

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How and why seniors should stay socially engaged

Experts believe that in addition to engaging in regular exercise and eating well, social networking can contribute to the health of seniors. As you become advanced in age, changes that occur in the brain can make it challenging for you

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Understanding Mental Health: Education, Advocacy and Support

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Children and teens are particularly at risk for mental health issues—including depression, anxiety, PTSD and other issues. According to statistics from the Surgeon General, approximately one in five children in

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It’s time to focus on treatment of Gulf War illnesses, panel tells VA

A panel of experts has urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay more attention to monitoring and treating veterans with Gulf War illnesses rather than searching for links between their health problems and environmental exposure-related causes. In a report

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New measure seeks to prevent female veteran suicides

Recent research has revealed female veterans face a higher risk of suicide than their male and civilian counterparts. The House passed a bill on February 9 that aims to address the alarming trend among the nation’s growing demographic. Authored by

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