In San Antonio, a quiet revolution in treatment has been taking place over the past decade.
Leon Evans, head of the city’s mental health department, is the leading force behind the change. Just a decade ago, San Antonio’s Bexar County Jail was being sanctioned by the state of Texas for severe overcrowding.
Increasing evidence weighs against taking antidepressants for mild-to-moderate symptoms, given their side effects.
"Research on mood — and there’s maybe 20 years of it — indicates that ordinary folks … out in the world who exercise regularly suffer far less depression and anxiety and anger — those are the critical ones — compared to ordinary people who don’t exercise.”
In the United States, home to advanced medical technology, women giving birth may face too much of a good thing.
According to Lamaze International, safe childbirth guidelines include low to no medical intervention — it’s simply not necessary in healthy, routine childbirth.
During emotionally tough times, our faces grow haggard and new wrinkles appear. We may even develop an illness.
"The exact mechanisms of how stress gets 'under the skin' remain elusive," Elizabeth Blackburn and her colleagues wrote in a ground-breaking 2004 study examining aging. The paper showed women under chronic stress — all responsible for caring for a chronic...
Medical errors — even glaring ones, such as operating on the wrong limb or leaving a surgical instrument inside the body — occur surprisingly often.
In the book “Checklist,” Harvard Medical School professor and surgeon Atul Gawande writes about the power of a simple list. Consistently using a checklist in operating and emergency rooms can prevent major errors and save lives.
In 2013, a careful study ...
More than half of those incarcerated nationwide may have mental health problems.
The severely mentally ill are now more likely to find themselves in jail — and inadequately treated there — than to receive care in the community.
Heart attack symptoms in women are sometimes hard to spot. Here's why heart disease is often missed in women.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. As many women as men die from it each year. Yet it’s still often thought of as a man’s disease — and signs of it can be overlooked by both women and their doctors.
A unique method for helping the seriously mental ill is attracting national attention.
Called the “clubhouse” model, it has its roots in an organization called Fountain House in New York City. Founded in 1948, Fountain House is at the center of a movement to create a support system for the seriously mentally ill that helps reintegrate them into productive employment and community life.
Sometimes it’s not where you’ve been, but what you learn along the way.
Silicon Valley–based Legal OnRamp, founded in 2007 by Paul Lippe (HLS '84), began life as a secure professional-networking platform for lawyers. In a growing field of contenders, the company is generally regarded as one of the first to combine technology and law.
Childhood comes with a lot of precautions these days. Helmets and kneepads? Check. Filtered water? Check.
Toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates are another issue our grandparents might have laughed off. But, scientists say, you should probably add this concern to your list.