One night in December 2013, Hans Korbmacher awoke in a fury. The book-loving, introverted 10-year-old was feverish, agitated and gnawing on his tongue. He headed downstairs, leaped onto an ottoman and threw his hands over his head, startling his parents. He was “clearly not present,” says his mother, Heather Korbmacher. When the same thing happened two weeks later, she thought fevers may have induced Hans’ bizarre behavior. A nurse said it could be the flu. Meanwhile, Hans’ condition worsened. He was anxious and volatile. His handwriting, once a model of penmanship, morphed into angry scribbles. And he became a peculiarly picky eater. Korbmacher, a behavioral specialist for schools in Bellingham, Wash., tried to manage Hans’ symptoms on her own. “It was working OK during those first five months, until it was absolutely not,” she says. Extreme rages came weekly and then daily, keeping Hans out of school. He punched holes in walls and ripped … [Read more...] about How strep throat may spark OCD and anxiety in some kids
Eating disorders and body image
caption Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. source Facebook Billionaires may splurge on multi-million-dollar estates and luxury cars, but that doesn’t mean they’re digging deep in their wallets for the best and most expensive foods. Some tech billionaires are well known for their outrageous and unhealthy eating habits. These are some of the richest in the tech world who have spoken publicly about their diets. Just because billionaires have the money to pay for pricey personal chefs or high-end healthy foods doesn’t mean they’re adhering to diets that are good for them. Some of the richest people in tech have some pretty terrible – or bizarre – eating habits. While some experiment with the latest health fads, like the Paleo diet and veganism, there are other tech billionaires who enjoy eating chocolate for breakfast or skip eating altogether for days. So even though there are some wealthy techies whose diets … [Read more...] about Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he’s been ‘playing with fasting’ and only eats one meal per day. Here are the diets of other notable tech billionaires.
Addiction to social media should potentially be classed as a disease, MPs said as they called for tough new regulation to protect children from firms operating in an “online Wild West”.In a new report looking at the impact of social media on mental health, MPs said platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram should be regulated by Ofcom and forced to adhere to a statutory code of conduct.The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing said more needed to be done to tackle graphic online content, including on suicide and self-harm.It comes after the father of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life in 2017, said Instagram had “helped kill” his daughter.In its report, the APPG said the Government must publish advice for young people about time spent online, while research should be carried out into whether the “addictive” nature of social media should be … [Read more...] about Children need to be protected from ‘online Wild West’, say MPs
Erin Brodwin, provided by Published 12:26 pm PST, Saturday, February 23, 2019 AP Images Swiss drugmaker Roche is nearing a deal to buy Philadelphia-based biotech company Spark Therapeutics, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. Spark's gene therapy is for a rare form of blindness and is the first of such treatments to be approved by US regulators. At $850,000, the one-time treatment called Luxturna is currently the most expensive medicine in the country. Spark is also working on gene therapies for hemophilia, a lucrative market for Roche. Swiss drug giant Roche is gearing up to buy a biotech company behind the first federally-approved gene therapy and the most expensive medicine in the US, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. Called Spark Therapeutics, the Philadelphia-based biotech created a one-time treatment called Luxturna for a rare form of blindness. It currently costs $425,000 per eye, or $850,000 total. That price tag makes it the priciest … [Read more...] about Swiss drug giant Roche reportedly readies to buy the biotech behind the first FDA-approved gene therapy and the priciest medicine in the US (ONCE, RHHBY)
The project was created with agency M&C Saatchi and MTArt as part of Visual Diet, which examines how images can affect mental health. Each series shows the original, unretouched faces, right next to the polished and often dramatically changed versions.The phenomenon has been dubbed as Snapchat dysmorphia, described by experts as a type of virtual body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Apps like Facetune, SelfieCity, RetouchMe and others can be used to do anything from mild retouching to complete digital cosmetic surgery. To avoid any bias, Rankin found teenagers that weren't actually using the apps, then taught them how."What you can do on these apps is way beyond what even a great photoshop operator can do," he told Bored Panda. "They're addictive, very impressive and you can have a lot of fun warping, changing and reimagining your appearance. But it's when people are making an alternative or 'better' social media identity that this becomes a mental health problem."For my latest series, … [Read more...] about ‘Selfie harm’ and the damage done by social media