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The most common inherited form of intellectual disability and autism, Fragile X Syndrome still isn't familiar enough to the general public -- or to pediatricians -- says one Southern California doctor. He urges all parents of children with autism to have them tested.

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An expert told this reporter in an interview about childhood obesity that it remains a major threat to kids’ health, the emotional issues surrounding it are at least as important – if not more so. And these issues aren’t covered often in the media.

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The psychiatric world is close to receiving an updated version of their “Bible.” Officially known as the DSM 5 this tome, published by the Association of Psychiatrists, under goes revision every couple of decades often accompanied by contentious issues and rancor.

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"Adverse childhood experience" has become a buzzword in social services, public health, education, pediatrics and even business. Do you know your own ACE score?

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A recent webinar on covering mental health issues and the recession offered some great story ideas and resources for journalists, bloggers and advocates. Here's a sampling:

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What if you could take one pill and live 10 years longer? What if that pill also made you bald? What if the pill made you bald and nauseous? What if that one pill made you bald, nauseous, dizzy, impotent, and blind?  Would you take that pill? 

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At the center of one of the great medical controversies of our time, the mishmash around pain medication and addiction to prescription drugs has caused alarm in law enforcement and the public.  But the realities of patients who have chronic pain problems, chronic addiction problems, or both, are not

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Stanislaus was one of the first counties in California to submit a plan for funding from the Mental Health Services Act, the voter-supported tax on millionaires to expand the state’s mental health services.

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As mental health budgets shrink and services erode in Stanislaus County California, Aspen Family Medical Group, a primary care clinic, has taken on a key role in treating the county's uninsured mentally ill.

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The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!

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