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Psychiatric Medication Spending Growth Slows, According to New Thomson Reuters Research

Article Excerpt: The national growth rate for psychiatric medication spending has declined significantly, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Thomson Reuters (Healthcare) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Article Source: Market Watch – The Wall Street Journal

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OneRecovery, Inc. Enhances Program Combining New Social Communities, Gaming, and Clinical Principles to Improve Engagement and Reduce Healthcare Costs Through Behavior Change

Article Excerpt: 1/31/2012 – OneRecovery(TM), Inc., a leader in online social networking, peer support communities and behavioral modification programs, today announced the availability of new enhancements to its online behavioral change program.

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Article Source: Market Watch – The Wall Street Journal

Why Doctors Need to Embrace Their Digital Future Now

Article Excerpt: Medicine has certainly progressed in the past 50 years, but the day when tricorders diagnose every ailment instantly and treatments are tailored to our DNA seems as far off as ever. Eric Topol is trying to bridge that gap. In his new book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Topol—the chief academic officer at Scripps Health—calls on patients to demand true digital medicine now. We talked to him about genetics, gadgets, and his vision of a Khan Academy for doctors.

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Article Source: Wired Magazine

Boston Physician, Alumnus Brings Health Care Delivery Lessons to National Audiences

Article Excerpt: In this series, Dartmouth Now features stories from the master’s program at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. The program, which welcomed its first class of students in July 2011, is committed to the value-based improvement of health care delivery—achieving better outcomes for the same or lower costs—that is scientifically, ethically, and managerially sound.

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Article Source: Dartmouth Now


Drug Addiction May Make Users More Vulnerable to Stress

Article Excerpt: Mood disorders such as depression are known to increase drug abuse risk. Yet mounting evidence suggests that substance abuse also makes people more vulnerable to depression and the negative effects of stress, according to Eric J. Nestler, chair of neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Article Source: Scientific American

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New NIDA resource helps families navigate addiction treatment options

Article Excerpt: A new resource, Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask, will help individuals and families struggling with addiction ask the right questions before choosing a drug treatment program.  It was developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and is available to the public free online or in hard copy through NIDA’s DrugPubs service (see information below).

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Article Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse


Short Message Service (SMS) Applications for Disease Prevention in Developing Countries

Article Excerpt: The last decade has witnessed unprecedented growth in the number of mobile phones in the developing world, thus linking millions of previously unconnected people. The ubiquity of mobile phones, which allow for short message service (SMS), provides new and innovative opportunities for disease prevention efforts.

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Article Source: Journal of Internet Medical Research