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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Reduces Disability And Depression In Adolescents With Fibromyalgia

A recent trial shows cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) reduces functional disability and depressive symptoms in adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. The psychological intervention was found to be safe and effective, and proved to be superior to disease management education. Full findings from this multi-site clinical trial are published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

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In-Person And Phone Counseling Help Patients Lose Weight And Keeping It Off

Obese patients enrolled in a weight-loss program delivered over the phone by health coaches and with website and physician support lost weight and kept it off for two years, according to new Johns Hopkins research. The program was just as effective as another weight-loss program that involved in-person coaching sessions. A report on the research was published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Specialized Mental Health Intervention For Suicide Benefits Teenagers

Roughly 1 million people die by suicide each year. In the U.S., where nearly 36,000 people take their own lives annually, more than 4,600 victims are between the ages of 10 and 24, making suicide the third leading cause of death in this age group. Youths treated at hospital emergency rooms for suicidal behavior remain at very high risk for future suicide attempts. But despite the urgent need to provide them with mental health follow-up care, many do not receive any such care after their discharge.

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Spiritual Retreat Can Lower Depression And Raise Hope In Patients With Severe Heart Problems

Attending a non-denominational spiritual retreat can help patients with severe heart trouble feel less depressed and more hopeful about the future, a University of Michigan Health System study has found. These patients who participated in a four-day retreat that included techniques such as meditation, guided imagery, drumming, journal writing and outdoor activities saw immediate improvement in tests measuring depression and hopefulness. Those improvements persisted at three- and six-month follow-up measurements.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Help Treat Unexplained Symptoms Of Pain, Weakness, And Fatigue

A new type of therapy may help people with symptoms such as pain, weakness, or dizziness that cannot be explained by an underlying disease, according to a study published in the July 27, 2011, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. These symptoms, which can also include fatigue, tingling, and numbness, are also known as functional or psychogenic symptoms.

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Group Behavioral Intervention Improves Body Image And Self-Regulation Of Eating And Leads To More Weight Loss

Almost a quarter of men and women in England and over a third of adults in America are obese. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease and can significantly shorten a person’s life expectancy. New research published by BioMed Central’s open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity shows that improving body image can enhance the effectiveness of weight loss programs based on diet and exercise.  Check the end of this report to download this open access study.

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Behavioral Treatments For Migraine Headache, Such As Biofeedback And Hypnosis, Are Cost-Effective Alternatives To Medications

Treating chronic migraines with behavioral approaches – such as biofeedback, relaxation training, and hypnosis – can make financial sense compared to prescription-drug treatment, especially after a year or more, a new study found. Longtime behavioral therapy researcher and practitioner Dr. Donald Penzien, University of Mississippi Medical Center professor of psychiatry, coauthored the study.

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