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“Check Up: Unbroken ICU sleep lessens delirium”

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This April 6, 2014 “The Inquirer” article on the Philly.com website talks about a recent study where an order was given to allow patients in ICU 4.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep and the results seemed to indicate that even that short amount of time spent in uninterrupted sleep was able to decrease the number of days patients suffered from delirium and in many cases decreased their length of stay.

This image shows a Intensive Care Unit.

This image shows a Intensive Care Unit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“University of Pittsburgh researchers get $7.3M grant to study heart failure-depression link”


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English: The illustration shows the major signs and symptoms of heart failure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 30, 2014 Trib Live News article talks about a grant awarded to the University of Pittsburgh that will allow them to study the link between heart failure and depression.  some researchers hope that this study will not only help them understand how to better care for patients with both these diagnoses but also hope the study will begin to break down the silo view of mental and physical health that causes mental and physical health to be viewed and treated as completely separate conditions.

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“Why Screening for Diabetes is Important (Especially if You Take Psychiatric Medications) “



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This March 25, 2014 NAMI Blog post talks about the importance of people who take psychiatric medication needing to be screened for Diabetes.





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“Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere”

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This March 20, 2014 NPR Shots Health News article talks about a simple way to decrease the risk of breast cancer among women.  The article indicates that simply doing some form of daily exercise can decrease a woman’s risk and that the exercising can be as simple as taking a walk.

Early signs of breast cancer.

Early signs of breast cancer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Diabetes and the Mental Health Connection”

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This June 1, 2010 blog post on the Healthy Place website talks about a link between mental illness and diabetes offering some basic insight into why this is occurring

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English: Şerafeddin Sabuncuoğlu (1385-1468) Polski: Şerafeddin Sabuncuoğlu (1385-1468) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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“Goodnight. Sleep Clean.”


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This January 11, 2014, New York Times article talks about a theory being researched that seems to show that brains go through a cleaning cycle while the body sleeps.  They haven’t been approved to test the theory on humans yet, but animals such as dogs, mice, rats, and chimps all seem to have a built-in cleaning cycle that occurs in their brains during sleep or under anesthetic.  So, just like rest is important after heavy exercise so your muscles can recover, it seems that our brains also need to rest so they can clean toxins out as well.

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My present situation

Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On Saturday, November 16, 2013, I had my last Mountain Dew, and as a result I’ve been experiencing LOTS of headaches and other withdrawal symptoms over the past week.  As a result of these withdrawal symptoms, my posts got very random as far as the consistency of my posts.  I am happy to say that as of today, November 22, 2013 I am still dew free and the headaches are easing up to where I’m able to think, so pending nothing else out of the ordinary occurs, I should be able to get back on track with posting more consistently.  I am also working on several other projects all of which I got behind on or in some cases wasn’t able to get started with, as a result of my withdrawal symptoms after deciding to stop drinking mountain dew.  I am also planning on writing something up about my personal experience of stopping drinking Mountain Dew after over a decade of drinking large quantities of it every day.  Once I get that completed and hopefully published, I will share the link here and other places so maybe others may benefit from my experiences.


“Kids With Head Injuries May Be Prone to Depression”

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A vehicle accident or physical injury may be both a cause and effect of depression (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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This October 25, 2013 article on the Philly.com website  talks about recent research that seems to show an increase in the diagnosis of depression among kids and teens who have had head injury. Researchers are unclear though if the brain injury caused the depression or if symptoms of depression may have been a factor into the cause of the injury.  It does seem though that teens with a brain injury seem to be between 2 and 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with depression as compared to the overall national average according to the article.




“Study: Poor Sleep Results in Problems for Kids”

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This July 21, 2013 article found on the Business 2 Community website talks about poor sleep and its effect on kids citing a recent study involving preschoolers.


June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

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This day is meant to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing




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