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Facebook post mischaracterizes mental health coverage and gun access

Facebook post mischaracterizes mental health coverage and gun access

A recent Facebook post with a hashtag indicating support for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid argued this point in favor of the candidate’s signature healthcare plan, Medicare for All: “Just so we’re clear: people with pre-existing mental health conditions have access to firearms and not healthcare.” This post, which has been shared more than 58,000 times since [...]

November 8, 2019 Loknath Das Uncategorized Comments Off on Facebook post mischaracterizes mental health coverage and gun access

Walmart will offer mental health and other services at a new clinic in Georgia

Walmart will offer mental health and other services at a new clinic in Georgia

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, is moving deeper into the primary care and mental health market, opening a new clinic called Walmart Health in Georgia. The company recently updated its website with a link to Walmart Health, describing its “newest location in Dallas, GA.” It also went online with the site “Walmarthealth.com,” where patients can set [...]

August 30, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Walmart will offer mental health and other services at a new clinic in Georgia

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

The nightmares kept coming and David Leal knew he was in trouble. A navy veteran with a can-do attitude and a solidly middle-class IT job at a hospital in Santa Rosa, California, he didn’t think of himself as mentally vulnerable. But when the Tubbs fire snatched his house off the face of the earth in the early [...]

August 26, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Zoom and Superhuman’s PR disasters. Before that, I noted the big uptick in VC spending in 2019. Remember, you can [...]

July 21, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

Genetic diseases, mental illness cannot be excluded from health insurance coverage: IRDAI

Genetic diseases, mental illness cannot be excluded from health insurance coverage: IRDAI

The insurance regulator has said genetic disorders, menopause, mental illnesses among several such health issues cannot be excluded from health insurance coverage. As part of an exposure draft on the standardisation of exclusions, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) said any disease contracted after taking the policy also have to be mandatorily covered. [...]

May 17, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Genetic diseases, mental illness cannot be excluded from health insurance coverage: IRDAI

How Virtual Reality Can Help The Global Mental Health Crisis

How Virtual Reality Can Help The Global Mental Health Crisis

The World Health Organization has reported that one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently have such conditions. Considering that mental disorders are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide, VR is a welcome additional treatment. Studies have [...]

May 15, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on How Virtual Reality Can Help The Global Mental Health Crisis

Mental health can impact memory decades later

Mental health can impact memory decades later

New research from the United Kingdom has found that people who experience recurrent episodes of depression throughout adulthood are more at risk of developing memory problems later in life. Accumulated depression and anxiety can predict a person’s likelihood of developing memory problems. Scientists have already shown that depressionand other mental health problems can affect a person’s memory in [...]

April 3, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Mental health can impact memory decades later

For this mental health expert, poetry carries positive messages

For this mental health expert, poetry carries positive messages

Growing up in Mumbai, Prakriti Poddar was expected to follow her father into the family business of banking. Poddar studied economics and spent several years working in Canada with a technology company before realizing that her true interest was in mental health and counselling. She retrained to become a certified counsellor, clinical hypnotherapist, and neurofeedback [...]

April 1, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on For this mental health expert, poetry carries positive messages

Moving the body, boosting the mind: running your way to better mental health

Moving the body, boosting the mind: running your way to better mental health

Ionce lived a life almost ruled by anxiety, intrusive thoughts and paralysing fear. I spent years looking for the thing that would release me, and when I finally found it, it wasn’t medication or therapy (although both helped). It was running. It gave me a feeling that there was a world out there beckoning me, [...]

March 4, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Moving the body, boosting the mind: running your way to better mental health

Exercise may not help combat mental decline in dementia patients

Exercise may not help combat mental decline in dementia patients

A new research suggests that moderate to high-intensity exercise does not slow cognitive decline in people with dementia. Although the exercise programme improved physical fitness, it cannot be recommended as a treatment option for cognitive impairment in dementia, say the researchers. Nearly 47.5 million people worldwide have dementia and the view that exercise might slow [...]

May 22, 2018 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Exercise may not help combat mental decline in dementia patients

Making the mind stronger: Treat mental insecurities, health will follow

Making the mind stronger: Treat mental insecurities, health will follow

Positive self-esteem is something that gives us the strength to take charge of our lives and feel good about ourselves. The mind plays a disproportionate role in our lives and how it feels can drive how the body ends up feeling. Thus, from borderline personality disorders to depression, there are many disorders that could affect [...]

February 5, 2018 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Making the mind stronger: Treat mental insecurities, health will follow

Failure to rehouse Grenfell survivors ‘could worsen mental health’

Failure to rehouse Grenfell survivors ‘could worsen mental health’

Commuters walk past the remains of Grenfell Tower in west London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA Survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster are facing a new wave of post-traumatic stress with their chances of treatment hampered because so many victims remain homeless, experts and victims’ representatives have warned. Six months after the west London tower block burned [...]

December 14, 2017 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Failure to rehouse Grenfell survivors ‘could worsen mental health’