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“Depression puts low-income population at even greater risk for obesity and poor nutrition”

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This March 10, 2015 Science Daily article talks about ongoing research that could be showing that treating the mental health issues of low-income people may help decrease obesity rates among this population.  The study paid close attention to low-income African-Americans in 2 separate Pittsburgh neighborhoods to see if there was any patterns to be uncovered.

“Fact Sheet: Progress in Four Years of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy”


English: Wooden sign outside of the National A...

English: Wooden sign outside of the National AIDS Memorial Grove (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 15, 2014, InsuranceNewsNet.com article is a fact sheet giving an update on the progress that has been made since 2010 with decreasing the number of new HIV cases in the United States.  While I do realize that this item is not specific to the mental health community I recall reading something awhile back, and for the life of me I don’t remember who published it or even the headline of the article, and for all I know I may have posted it here.  At any rate I recall reading some place that researchers are seeing a link between mental illness and a higher rate of HIV.  My memory is vague, but it had more to do with high risk behavior that can go with or be a symptom of some types of mental illness.  I wish I could remember more, and will see what I can do to figure out where I read that, but it’s because of my vague memory of reading a piece about HIV among members of the mental health community that caused me to feel that this fact sheet was worth posting here.

“Higher HIV Infection Rates Seen in Mental Health Patients: Study”

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This February 13, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about recent studies that show that people with serious mental illnesses may be more likely to have HIV then people in other populations.  The CDC recommends routine testing of everyone who is in any type of inpatient setting including physical and mental health settings.


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“Just 1 in 4 U.S. Teens Gets Enough Exercise”

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This January 8, 2014 HealthDay article on the Philly.com website talks about research that indicates most teens are getting less than 1 hour of physical activity per day.  The research also finds that teens who are obese tend to be less likely to be physically active then teens of a healthy weight.  This observation has researchers wondering if obesity causes decreased activity or if decreased activity causes obesity (made me think of which came first? the chicken? or the egg?)

Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat s...

Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat stores than the mouse on the right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Who Will Care for Children With Autism When They’re Adults?”

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This August 23, 2013 article found on the Philly.com website talks about concerns parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder have about the lives their kids will have when they reach adulthood.


“Most people aren’t meeting exercise guidelines”

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This May 2, 2013 article on the USA Today website talks about how most of us aren’t getting enough exercise or the right mix of cardio and strength exercises.


“New CDC Vital Signs: Smoking among those with Mental Illness”

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This March 7, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about the higher percentage of smokers among those in the mental health community, and suggestions from the CDC about how to approach this issues in the mental health community.

I also found a CDC video on YouTube that compliments the above link if you prefer to watch/listen to it as opposed to reading the article.

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Centers for Disease Control Mental Health

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English: Logo of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. White on blue background with white rays but no white “burst”. No detailed wording. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This link is to the main page of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Mental Health information.  It offers a variety of information including but not limited to definitions of mental health and mental illness, information about the financial impact of mental illness and much more.  The information read about like Time Magazine in terms of difficulty, so it’s not overly technical in nature, but it does offer a lot of great information at the same time.

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