Laughter can be a lifeline for social workers and help them deal with uncomfortable parts of the job, writes Sarina Barker, a social worker specializing in clients with Alzheimer's. For both social workers and their clients, "sharing your mortifying experiences with others can take away the shame and power of those negative feelings," she writes.
About two dozen social service providers comprise a four-year-old task force addressing hoarding disorder in Summit County, Ohio. The group estimates that up to 5% of people have the condition, marked by extreme attachment to possessions.
A middle school in Antioch, Calif., has seen student suspensions drop by more than 50% since adopting a program of trauma-informed discipline. The Sanctuary Model used by Park Middle School uses mindfulness meditation, a wellness room and yoga, among other things, to help students better respond to difficult life circumstances.
Hawaii's child protection agency is pleading with lawmakers to increase funding as social workers struggle to handle 45 cases each. The coming legislative session is expected to give high priority to funding for Child Welfare Services.
Opioid overdose deaths in the Philadelphia area are on the rise and extend far beyond the neighborhoods of high visibility, a new survey reveals. "It's too easy for people to say, 'That's not our problem.' But if they look close to home, everyone will find it is their problem," said Tom Farley, the city's health commissioner.
A study in The BMJ found a woman's vitamin D status had no association with the risk of gestational hypertension or preeclampsia, no matter the genetic risks for vitamin D deficiency. The findings were based on analyses of data from studies including more than 16,000 women.
A study in Neurology found patients with Parkinson's disease who used dopamine agonists had higher rates of impulse control disorders. Based on data for 411 patients, independent associations were between impulse control disorders and treatment duration and average lifetime daily dose.
The AAFP joined the AMA and several other medical specialty groups in filing an amicus brief in federal court in a case filed by 20 states that claims the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. The Department of Justice has said it will not defend the ACA, and the brief urges the court to reject the case.
AAP President Dr. Colleen Kraft and other medical leaders expressed doubts over President Donald Trump's executive order stopping the separation of children of illegal immigrants from their parents at the US border, which doesn't specify how or when the nearly 2,300 already separated youths will be reunited with their parents or address prolonged family detentions. Children reunited with their families should be placed in a community setting, which would be more beneficial for their brain development and health, Kraft said.
Adolescents with previous suicide attempts who underwent dialectical behavior therapy were less likely to attempt suicide, perform nonsuicidal self-injury or do self-harm after six months of therapy, compared with those who received individual and group supportive therapy, researchers reported in JAMA Psychiatry. However, the findings, based on 2012 to 2014 data involving 173 youths ages 12 to 18, showed a decreasing advantage of DBT, with similar rates across all groups between six months and 12 months after treatment.