New era in virtual reality therapy for common phobias

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This image provided by Oxford VR in July 2018 shows a virtual reality viewpoint from a simulation designed to help people with a fear of heights. Virtual reality therapy can help patients by exposing them gradually to their greatest terrors. The technology is just now reaching the mainstream after 20 years of research. (Oxford VR via AP) (Associated Press)

Dick Tracey didn’t have to visit a tall building to get over his fear of heights. He put on a virtual reality headset.

Through VR, he rode an elevator to a high-rise atrium that looked so real he fell to his knees.

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Researchers at Stanford use Google Glass to treat autism in children

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Researchers at Stanford University are using the Google Glass to help autistic children recognize and classify emotions. The Autism Glass Project, a part of the Wall Lab in the Stanford School of Medicine, has launched the second phase of its study.

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Up to 1 in 5 U.S. children have a mental health disorder: CDC

Only 21 percent of affected children actually get treatment.

About 7 million to 12 million children in the U.S., up to 1 in 5,  experience a mental-health disorder each year, according to a new report billed as the first comprehensive look at the mental-health status of American children.

 

 

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5 things you don’t know about healthcare in America

America spends $2.4 trillion each year on medical care.

Your head is probably full of facts and a few distortions thanks to the seemingly endless debate about how best to fix healthcare in the United States and what exactly the problem is with American medicine. In his new book Fractured, Ted Epperly, M.D., a former Army doctor and professor of community medicine at the University of Washinton (and Men’s Health‘s family medicine advisor), breaks it down for you. Here, Epperly cuts through the politics and explains just how big a hole we’ve dug for ourselves—and how you can make it out sooner than you think.

 

 

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41% of young adults skip health care as medical costs rise

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41% of young adults between age 19 and 29 failed to get medical care in a recent 12-month period because of cost.

There are millions of young adults who are skipping necessary care and treatment because of rising health care costs in the U.S., according to a new report released on Friday.

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Kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed with ADHD

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New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics expand the age range over which doctors can diagnose and manage ADHD in children.

According to the nation’s largest organization of pediatricians, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can now be diagnosed in children as young as 4 and as old as 18.

 

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Scientists Discover How a Rare Cancer Heals Itself

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New discovery could lead to new treatments for other types of cancer.

Researchers believe they have found a key gene involved in Ferguson-Smith disease, otherwise known as multiple self-healing squamous epithelioma (MSSE), a skin cancer that grows rapidly but then a few weeks later, inexplicably, heals itself.

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Breast Cancer Rates on the Rise Among Pregnant Women

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Breast cancer rates are on the rise among pregnant waomen because women are waiting longer to have children.

Breast cancer rates among pregnant women are on the increase because would-be parents are waiting longer to have children, an expert has warned.  The diagnosis of the disease in expectant mothers leads to a terrible dilemma as the treatment can be devastating for the unborn child.

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Online Doctors Bring New Meaning to “House Calls”

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Online doctors diagnosing and treating common conditions over the internet.

Internet entrepreneurs have brought new meaning to the phrase “house calls.”  Oline companies with names such as “MDLiveCare” and “RingADoc” are diagnosing and treating common conditions such as allergies and the flu over the Internet or on the phone, forcing state regulators to revisit decade-old rules about what constitutes a doctor/patient relationship.

 

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