Ballet’s Gritty Inside Story

By Sophia Hollander

Ballet's Story of Eating DisordersThe ethereal beauty of ballet depends in part on not acknowledging the grit, sweat and gnarled feet that make it possible—especially among the unknown dancers in the corps de ballet who gracefully toil in the ballerinas’ shadows.

On Oct. 10, one of those unsung performers will step forward with a fictionalized insider’s account of that underdog experience.

“Bunheads,” a young-adult novel written by former corps dancer Sophie Flack, depicts a world where the characters’ most intimate friends are also their greatest obstacles to success. The dancers are ravaged by eating disorders and riven with questions over what must be sacrificed to succeed—even as they relish moments of exceptional beauty.

Full story at Wall Street Journal

Teen Use of ADHD Meds Up Sharply

By Nancy Walsh

ADHD-drugsThe use of stimulant medications among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to rise, particularly among adolescents, a nationally representative survey showed.

In 2008, these medications were used by 3.5% (95% CI 3.0 to 4.1) of children ages 18 and younger compared with 2.4% (95% CI 1.8 to 2.9) in 1996, according to Samuel H. Zuvekas, PhD, of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, Md., and Benedetto Vitiello, MD, of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md.

But among those ages 13 to 18, the rate of use increased by 6.5% annually, rising from 2.3% (95% CI 1.5 to 3.1) in 1996 and reaching 5% (95% CI 3.9 to 6.1) by 2008 (P<0.001), the researchers reported online in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Full story at Med Page Today

Would you take an anti-booze pill to stay sober?

By Jessica Laurence

Anti-Booze PillIf you’ve ever had a hangover so horrible that you vowed never to get drunk again, help could be on its way in pill form.

Scientists at the University of Adelaide are carrying out tests on a newly-developed drug which could prevent drinkers from getting drunk and wanting to drink more.

In trials, when mice were given enough alcohol to make them show signs of intoxication, the ones taking the medication remained sober.

Full story at AOL

4 Foods for a Dinner That Amps Your Sex Drive

By Kimberly Stakal

Foods That Amp Up Your Sex LifeFood can be physically suggestive, have arousing aromas, be sensuously supple and entice all sorts of sexual urges to the surface. Serve up these succulent aphrodisiacs with a dinner menu that will amp up your (and your partner’s) sex drive. By the end of the meal, you’ll be begging for seconds, and I don’t mean of the food…

ASPARAGUS

Thanks to the Doctrine of Signatures, which says that foods resembling certain body parts have a direct positive effect on them, asparagus has made the eternal list of aphrodisiacs. After all, it bears a strong resemblance to the, shall we say, male qualities. This phallic vegetable is elegant and sexual at the same time, making it a perfect addition to any dinner spread. Wrap it in smoky prosciutto for a sensual side, or serve it steamed and slathered in butter for a dripping sensation. It’s hard not to think dirty thoughts while feeding each other long spears of this luscious vegetable.

Full story at Huffington Post

D.C.’s mental health system isn’t worthy of celebration

By Letter to the Editor

D.C. Mental Health SystemRegarding the Sept. 14 editorial “A long-overdue recovery”:

While St. Elizabeths Hospital has modestly improved through its new building and the efforts of Stephen T. Baron, its director, the District’s approach to residents with the most severe mental illnesses is no cause for congratulation.

When men and women can be found, on almost any block, muttering to voices nobody else can hear, wearing urine-drenched clothing they’re not even aware of, sleeping in doorways or on steaming Metro grates and eating out of trash cans, we are not seeing evidence of “a flourishing system of community health care.”

Full story at Washington Post