Health Highlights: Sept. 4, 201309/04/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
First U.S. Hospital-Based Internet Addiction Treatment Program
The first hospital-based Internet addiction treatment center in
the United States opens next week and will offer 10-day inpatient
care for people diagnosed with the disorder.
The program at the Behavioral Health Services at Bradford
Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania will admit up to four
patients at a time. They'll undergo an extensive evaluation and a
"digital detox" that forbids phone, tablet or Internet use for at
least 72 hours, according to
The next steps include therapy sessions and educational seminars
to help them get their addiction under control.
Internet addiction isn't recognized as a mental health disorder
by the psychiatric community, which means the treatment isn't
covered by insurance. Patients will have to pay the $14,000 fee out
of their own pockets,
While most people can balance online activities and their
regular life, people with Internet addiction have trouble with
normal day-to-day functioning.
"Like any other addiction, we look at whether it has jeopardized their career, whether they lie about their usage or whether it interferes with relationships, Kimberly Young, a psychologist and founder of the new program told ABC News.
Women's Life Expectancy Increases
Life expectancy for women 50 and older has increased worldwide,
but there is still room for improvement, a new World Health
Organization study says.
Women in most countries now live longer than they did 40 years
ago, due to progress against infectious diseases such as flu,
pneumonia and tuberculosis. On average, Japanese women live the
The New York Timesreported.
Heart disease, stroke and cancer kill most women over age 50, so
countries should focus on lowering blood pressure with inexpensive
drugs and screening for cervical and breast cancer, according to
study author Dr. John Beard, director of the WHO's department of
He added that it's also important to prevent smoking, excessive
drinking and obesity in women,
The study was published in the
Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
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