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Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders including depression, and anxiety. Alternative therapy for mental health issues based on research and medical news. Tips on how to live a happy life. Exercises and other lifestyle interventions that can help emotional well-being. Articles and research findings that focus on eating disorders and adolescent mental health and well-being.

Improving Mental Health Services For Prison Inmates

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday by voice vote approved a bill (HR 3992) sponsored by Rep. Robert Scott (D-Va.) that seeks to improve services for prison inmates with mental illnesses, CQ Today reports. The legislation would reauthorize a grant program that provides treatment for inmates with mental illnesses and training for law enforcement officers who handle such inmates.

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House Committee Approves Mental Health Parity Legislation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee with a 32-13 vote on Tuesday became the third House committee to approve a measure (HR 1424), sponsored by Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), that would require most health insurers to provide equal levels of coverage for physical and mental illnesses, CQ Today reports. The bill was passed after nine Republican amendments were withdrawn or defeated (Armstrong, CQ Today, 10/16).

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Investigational Agent Demonstrates Neurogenesis And Confirming Improvements In Behavioral Model

KineMed presented data demonstrating the ability of an investigational agent to regenerate nerve cells in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved with cognition and mood. The agent, part of a partnered relationship in indications discovery, also improved performance in a behavioral test in a preclinical model. The findings were disclosed in a presentation titled, "Indications Discovery Using In Vivo Pathways as Targets," at the second annual Drug Repositioning Summit hosted by Cambridge Healthtech Institute in Philadelphia.

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Challenges For Mental Health In Europe

Mental ill health accounts for almost 20% of the burden of disease in the European Region and mental health problems affect one in four people at some time in life. Nine of the ten countries with the highest rates of suicide in the world are in the European Region.

Much is now known about what works in mental health promotion, prevention, care and treatment. The challenge is now to implement this knowledge.

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