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Why Haunted Houses, Kids Don’t Always Mix

October is a time for spooky spaces, graveyard visits and haunted happenings. In most cases it’s frightening fun. But children may find it confusing – and truly scary – if they don’t understand that no real harm is headed their way. So how young is too young to visit these...

First-Episode Psychosis

What Happens After Experiencing Psychosis for the First Time?

It might start subtly or be something easily attributable to the nuances and stresses of growing up, but first-episode psychosis is an important peek at the mental unraveling that will certainly occur if nothing is done. Early intervention is key to helping people with first-episode psychosis, or FEP, get the...

Pharmacist

The List: Patients Who Don’t Take Meds as Prescribed, By Condition

“Devastating” and “staggering (toll)” are adjectives used by officials with the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute, or MDI, on its recent report showing a grave lack of compliance to medication prescriptions. Noncompliance with medication regimens — when people do not take prescription drugs as prescribed by their...


Kids, Social Media and Body Image

Raising teens to have a positive body image isn’t easy. And it seems to have become more complicated in the age of Snapchat and Instagram, where selfies can be filtered to perfection. Plastic surgeons have even reported that patients are visiting their practices with filtered social media images and asking...

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National Accreditation Boosts Rushford Addiction Medicine Program

Dr. Samuel Silverman,  director of medical education and the Rushford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, announced the program recently earned Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accreditation, the final step in bringing national recognition to local efforts to elevate addiction medicine as a subspecialty in American medicine. Once a field has American...

Dr. John Santopietro

Dr. Santopietro Brings ‘Servant Leadership’ to Behavioral Health Network

Every summer and Christmas vacation from high school through medical school found John Santopietro, MD, DFAPA, donning a rubber apron and working in his family’s fish market, preparing, stocking and selling filets, squid, eel and snails. The large Italian family that gathered often and talked incessantly was a good breeding...