Can service dogs help with anxiety?

People with anxiety-related issues can gain tremendous benefit from having a specially trained service dog.

Service dogs are companion animals that help people who have physical or mental health conditions.

A service dog for anxiety can provide a sense of calm, anticipate anxiety attacks, and even fetch medication for their owner.

In this article, we look at the benefits of service dogs for people with anxiety. We discuss how to get an anxiety service dog, which breeds make the most successful anxiety service dogs, and how much they cost.

Full story at Medical News Today

QUANTUM UNITS EDUCATION: New CEU Courses

New! Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment for Clinicians

This course was developed from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration informational which: provides information about suicidality; focuses on the information that treatment professionals need to know and provides that information in an accessible manner; synthesizes knowledge and grounds it in the practical realities of clinical cases and real situations so that the reader will come away with increased knowledge, encouragement, and resourcefulness in working with substance abuse treatment clients who have suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

NEW-QUANTUM-LOGO_thumb.jpgNew! Diabetes Care for Clients in Behavioral Health Treatment

This course was developed from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration advisory which provides a brief overview of diabetes and an introduction to the reciprocal relationship between diabetes and behavioral health disorders. It also discusses ways in which behavioral health treatment providers can help minimize consequences of diabetes for their clients by screening for the disease, providing referrals to care as needed, and coordinating care with other providers. Counselors also can play an important role supporting clients to simultaneously manage their diabetes and their recovery from mental illness or an SUD.

New! Diagnoses and Health Care of Children in Foster Care and Covered by Medicaid

This course was developed from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration informational and Truven Health Analytics report which presents (1) the prevalence of mental and physical illnesses and (2) the utilization of health care services among children in foster care (FC) who are covered by Medicaid.  Disparities between the children in FC and children covered by Medicaid who are not in FC are also identified.

New! Viral Hepatitis in People with Substance Use Disorders

This course was developed from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration publication which: presents information on the disease that behavioral health treatment professionals need to know when working with clients who have or may have hepatitis; provides factual information on the disease in language that can be readily understood by professionals without a medical background; addresses issues such as hepatitis prevention, screening, treatment, and coordination of client care; emphasizes the need for close collaboration between medical and behavioral health treatment providers in working with clients who have both hepatitis and an SUD.

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Antipsychotics linked to diabetes in kids

Antipsychotics have already been linked to type II diabetes in adults. Now a new study shows a connection between these medications and the chronic medical condition in kids as well.

Researchers report in the journal JAMA Psychiatry that children taking antipsychotics have three times the risk of developing type II diabetes, compared to children taking other psychotropic medications (drugs prescribed to treat mental disorders).

The study authors were surprised by the magnitude of the results. But the findings make sense, given that the side effects of antipsychotics include weight gain and insulin resistance, said Wayne A. Ray, study co-author and researcher in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. However, the study shows an association, not a cause-effect relationship.

It’s not uncommon for an adult taking antipsychotic medications to gain 20 to 40 pounds in a relatively short period of time, Ray said. Similar weight gain effects have been observed in children, proportionate to their body sizes.

Full story of antipsychotics and diabetes at CNN

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Getting Enough Sleep Could Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Men who lose sleep during the work week may be able to lower their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by getting more hours of sleep, according to Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) research findings presented today at The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The study by Peter Liu, MD, PhD, an LA BioMed lead researcher, found that insulin sensitivity, the body’s ability to clear glucose (blood sugar) from the bloodstream, significantly improved after three nights of “catch-up sleep” on the weekend in men with long-term, weekday sleep restrictions.

“We all know we need to get adequate sleep, but that is often impossible because of work demands and busy lifestyles,” said Dr. Liu. “Our study found extending the hours of sleep can improve the body’s use of insulin, thereby reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes in adult men. Reducing the incidence of this chronic illness is critical for a nation where diabetes affects nearly 26 million people and costs an estimated $174 billion annually.”

Full story of sleep and diabetes at Science Daily

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Heart Health Matters to Your Brain

People suffering from type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are at an increased risk of cognitive decline, according to a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Lead author Christina E. Hugenschmidt, Ph.D., an instructor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest Baptist, said the results from the Diabetes Heart Study-Mind (DHS-Mind) suggest that CVD is playing a role in cognition problems before it is clinically apparent in patients. The research appears online ahead of print in the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications.

“There has been a lot of research looking at the links between type 2 diabetes and increased risk for dementia, but this is the first study to look specifically at subclinical CVD and the role it plays,” Hugenschmidt said. “Our research shows that CVD risk caused by diabetes even before it’s at a clinically treatable level might be bad for your brain.

“The results imply that additional CVD factors, especially calcified plaque and vascular status, and not diabetes status alone, are major contributors to type 2 diabetes related cognitive decline.”

Full story of heart health and your brain at Science Daily

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