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988 to become the new 911 for suicide prevention

988 to become the new 911 for suicide prevention

BY LI COHEN JULY 16, 2020 / 5:31 PM / CBS NEWS By 2022, people experiencing a mental health crisis will be able to connect with someone who can help faster than ever. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to designate 988 as the new nationwide emergency number that will connect callers 24/7 to the National […]

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Frequent Use of Medications for Sleep May Increase Dementia Risk, Especially Among Older White Adults

Frequent Use of Medications for Sleep May Increase Dementia Risk, Especially Among Older White Adults

Frequent use of sleep medications appears to be associated with increased long-term risk of dementia, particularly among older white adults, according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles this week. “Based on our findings, we recommend that clinicians make more effort to be aware of their patients’ sleep problems including […]

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Estimates of Adult Benzodiazepine Use Double

Estimates of Adult Benzodiazepine Use Double

Baby boomers match seniors in the use of benzodiazepines, while misuse is most common in those aged 18 to 25. Over 30 million U.S. adults took benzodiazepines in the past year, including 5.3 million who misused the medication, according to a study posted December 17, 2018, in Psychiatric Services in Advance. The findings, which were based […]