Why does Alcoholics Anonymous work?

first_img Positive psychology exercises boost moods of those struggling with addiction says MGH study Clues to addiction Related Research showing how neurons interact could lead to new treatments The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Psychology’s new openness to religioncenter_img AA produces this effect through its ability to engage people over the long term. “When you’re treating an illness like AUD, which is susceptible to relapse over the early months and years of recovery, having an engaging, widely available, and free recovery-specific support option like AA can help sustain behavioral changes,” noted Kelly.Additionally, the finding that AA worked as well as other treatments on several outcomes and was far better at supporting long-term continuous abstinence at a lower cost has important clinical and economic implications.“When you consider that AUD accounts for the majority of addiction cases in both the U.S. and globally, conferring a huge economic burden on society, AA may be the closest thing in public health we have to a free lunch,” Kelly said. The review also noted elements of AA — such as having a recovery mentor, or sponsor — may be particularly helpful, in that sponsors act like recovery coaches in the early period of sobriety, providing monitoring, accountability, and continuous, flexible support.The review’s co-authors are Keith Humphreys, Stanford School of Medicine, and Marica Ferri, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. McLean program blends spirituality with counseling, once an unthinkable pairing When compared with other active treatment approaches — such as cognitive behavioral therapy — Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)-based interventions performed just as well at reducing drinking intensity, negative alcohol-related consequences, and addiction severity, according to a study released today.The research team, led by an investigator from the Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Recovery Research Institute, completed a comprehensive review of the relevant scientific literature, and additionally found that AA and related 12-step treatments better increased abstinence and remission rates, while substantially reducing health care costs.The review is published within the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.AA has been a popular intervention for alcohol use disorder (AUD) for decades, but much debate has persisted within both the scientific and lay communities about whether it and related 12-step clinical treatments designed to increase AA participation are effective. In the past 25 years, many scientific investigations have been conducted to help answer this question and determine whether, to what degree, and in what ways AA may be helpful for individuals suffering from AUD. Investigators analyzed data from 27 primary studies subjected to rigorous selection criteria. The final analysis included work from 150 scientists at 67 institutions, and more than 10,000 research subjects.“We conducted this review because, while AA is popular, it remained unclear how helpful it actually is when we subject it to the same scientific evaluation standards as we would any other clinical intervention,” said John Kelly, founder and director of the MGH Recovery Research Institute and lead author of the review. “Surprisingly, we found that AA and related 12-step clinical treatments demonstrated the ability to produce higher abstinence and remission rates at a much-reduced health care cost as compared to other well-established clinical treatments.” The review found those with AUD who participate in AA do not utilize costly other options such as emergency room visits, hospital stays, or traditional mental health or addiction clinical services. Summoning happiness to aid recoverylast_img read more

Radon Awareness

first_imgJanuary is National Radon Action Month (NRAM). Why is there a month dedicated to this gas? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is safe in outdoor conditions, but can lead to serious health effects if present indoors in large amounts. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon is responsible for more deaths than drunk driving. The good news is this is something that is easy to test for and fix. Radon can be a problem anywhere in the state, but higher levels are typically seen in the upper third of Georgia due to the soil and rock environment. Radon is a product of uranium decay, which is very common in this area because of Stone Mountain. Just because you may not live in the upper third of Georgia or near Stone Mountain doesn’t mean you don’t need to test your home. Radon enters homes through gaps or cracks in the construction. Air pressure acts as a vacuum and sucks radon into homes. Radon concentration in homes varies from house to house. Your neighbor could have low and acceptable levels of radon while you may have very high levels. The only way to know is to test your home. How do you get a test kit? Go to the local University of Georgia Extension office or order online at www.UGAradon.org. Place the radon test kit in the lowest livable level of the home for 3 to 7 days. Complete the required information on the envelope and mail it to the laboratory to be analyzed. Results will be mailed to you and, if the level is high, a radon educator will follow up with you to determine your next step. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers any level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or above to be high. If your test kit reveals high levels of radon your home should be mitigated. This is how radon levels are reduced. Mitigation includes installing a fan ventilation system that removes the concentrated radon to outside. Don’t worry, the radon released outside is safe and of no health concern. Your family could be breathing in high levels of radon in your home on a daily basis. Order a test kit today to help protect the health of you and your family. For more information, visit www.UGAradon.org or send an email to [email protected]last_img read more

William Boyle, Named Pediatrician of the Year

first_imgWilliam E. Boyle, Jr, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) was recently honored with the 2003 Pediatrician of the Year awardpresented by the New Hampshire Pediatric Society.Since 1970, Boyle has been practicing his brand of family-centered,community-centered care at DHMC’s Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD).As both a general pediatrician and a subspecialist in long-term andchronic illnesses-like cancer, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis-he has seen aspectrum of conditions far beyond those of the average pediatric practice.In July of 1997, Dr. Boyle began a community pediatrics program whichteaches doctors in training about community care and the need for childadvocacy. The William E. Boyle, Jr., M.D., Community Pediatrics Programhelps young doctors connect on a compassionate level with children andtheir family. Families of sick children often suffer devastatingemotional, financial, and sociological difficulties that arise during -and long after – treatment of a serious illness. The Boyle Programadvocates a more comprehensive approach to care – an approach in whichpediatricians look beyond the disease and see the whole child.Boyle is a 1959 graduate of Dartmouth College and finished TuftsMedical School in l963. He returned to intern at Mary Hitchcock MemorialHospital from 1963-1964 and subsequently went to Children’s Hospital inBoston as a pediatric resident from 1964-1966 and a fellow from 1969-1970,sandwiched around military service, after which he returned to the UpperValley to stay.The New Hampshire Pediatric Society is the state chapter of the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics. Consisting of over 180 dedicated physicians fromacross the state, members serve on a host of local and state committees topromote health and health education for young people of all ages. TheNHPS advocates through the legislative process, where a pediatrician’sinput is enormously valuable when legislation comes up for discussion inthe Legislature. New Hampshire has for several years now been named thenumber one state for children to live in.CHaD is the only children’s hospital in New Hampshire. It serves all ofNH, much of Vermont and parts of Western Maine with state of the art,compassionate care for all children, regardless of a family’s ability topay. CHaD’s PainFree program has been recognized for its creativeapproach to making care and medical treatments less painful and anxietyridden for children and their families.last_img read more

“All in One Rhythm” Chosen as Brazil’s World Cup 2014 Slogan

first_img “All in one rhythm,” is the official slogan of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA announced on May 29, saying it would unite fans who head to the Samba nation for the football extravaganza. The official slogan was a joint effort between Brazil and the football world, said FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke at a ceremony in Rio, noting it “represents the unique flavor” Brazil will bring to the tournament. “Based around the central idea of ‘rhythm’, it will unite fans in Brazil and abroad, around what will be a colorful and vibrant celebration set to uniquely Brazilian rhythm,” said Valcke. Brazilian Sports Minister, Aldo Rebelo, said the slogan was an invitation to citizens and visitors “to join together and celebrate the immense sense of pride” in the country’s role as hosts. It was Valcke’s first trip to Brazil since he caused an uproar in March with his criticism of the country’s 2014 preparations, saying organizers needed “a kick up the backside.” Valcke and FIFA President Sepp Blatter had to apologize for the remarks, which triggered fury from the host country. Rebelo then said Valcke would no longer be welcome as a FIFA spokesman. FIFA has expressed varying degrees of concern about whether preparations – renovation or construction of stadiums as well as infrastructure projects – are on track for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950. A little over two years before the championship kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014, nearly 40 percent of projects are yet to start, the Brazilian government said last week, insisting there was no cause for alarm. Brazil plans to spend $13 billion on 101 projects to build or modernize stadiums, airports, roads and public transport ahead of the World Cup, but work has begun on only 60 of them, the government said. By Dialogo May 31, 2012last_img read more

Jokowi holds muted Idul Fitri prayers with family, aides

first_img“If before Ramadan we were in conflict with each other, insulting each other, committing many wrongdoings, on this Idul Fitri holiday let us make a commitment to improve ourselves, get along with each other, forgive each other, unite and tighten the bonds of brotherhood,” Muhammudun said in his Idul Fitri sermon on Sunday.Beside the President’s family, the prayers at Bogor Palace were attended by presidential security detail commander Col. Achiruddin, presidential press bureau staffer Erlin Suastini, presidential aide First Lt. Mat Sony Masturi and the President’s personal bodyguard, First Lt. Windra Sanur.After the prayers, Jokowi and his family celebrated the holiday in Bogor rather than in his hometown of Surakarta in Central Java, in accordance with the governments ban of the Idul Fitri exodus that usually sees millions leave the major cities to gather with their extended families in their hometowns.The State Palace has also announced that Jokowi will be foregoing the traditional open house event due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Previously, Coordinating Legal, Political and Human Rights Minister Mahfud MD reminded the public that mass Idul Fitri prayers in mosques or public squares were prohibited this year by the Health Ministry’s regulation on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and the 2018 Health Quarantine Law.The country’s largest religious organizations, namely Muhammadiyah, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), had also encouraged Muslims to pray at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo performed Idul Fitri prayers with his family and a few aides in front of the Bayurini Pavilion of Bogor Palace in West Java, in accordance with the government’s proscription of mass prayers during the COVID-19 outbreak.Jokowi, First Lady Iriana and their youngest son Kaesang Pangarep joined the Idul Fitri prayers led by Baitussalam Mosque welfare council head Muhammudun. last_img read more

Renovation surge sees fixer-upper snatched up at very first open

first_imgEntry level fixer-uppers are all the rage in Brisbane right now. Picture: Realestate.com.au“What can I say ‘it’s all original’,” was how Mr Hooker described the property. “Renovate or detonate, it’s your choice.”It was not the prettiest property out there but the potential could not be denied when six groups rushed through the home on Saturday with the agency continuing to field calls for it.The fervour comes as renovators and first home buyers search for entry level properties with good potential for strong capital gains.According to Realestate.com.au, the median price of houses in Everton Park has jumped 29.7 per cent in the last five years, with days on market at just 19 days. 5 Baden Powell Street, Everton Park, Qld 4053. Picture: Realestate.com.auA FIBRO fixer-upper listed for less than its land value 10km from the Brisbane CBD was snatched up at its very first inspection over the weekend.CoreLogic figures showed the three bedroom, single bathroom, single garage house at 5 Baden Powell Street in Everton Park was listed at $450,000, which was less than the $495,000 that the June 30 land valuation came in at.The lowset home on a 675sq m block was listed by agent John Hooker of LJ Hooker Everton Park as being a “very original post war dwelling with good hardwood frame”.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The house has double street frontage. Picture: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more

India’s October LNG imports edge up

first_imgImports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into India rose in October when compared to the corresponding month in 2018. Data from the oil ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) shows that 2.69 billion cubic meters have been imported during the month under review. This is an 8.1 percent increase over the corresponding month the previous year.The cumulative imports for the fiscal year (April-October) so far have reached 19.03 billion cubic meters, 8.4 percent above the volumes imported in the corresponding period last year.The cost of LNG imports was at $10.3 billion for the year so far, with the volumes reaching $28.74 billion cubic meters. This is an increase of 27.1 percent in regards to the earnings and a 4.74 percent increase in terms of volume for the year so far.For the month of October, the cost reached $0.8 billion, a 20 percent drop, compared to October 2018. For the fiscal year, the cost of imports reached $5.5 billion,12.7 percent below the costs reported in the corresponding period last year.Ministry’s data shows that Petronet LNG’s Dahej terminal once again operated above full capacity utilization. Namely, the terminal operated at 109.3 percent capacity utilization during the fiscal year so far with the Hazira LNG terminal operating at 99.5 percent capacity utilization.Kochi LNG terminal operated at 14.8 percent capacity while Dabhol and Ennore LNG terminals both operated at 4.8 percent utilization capacity.last_img read more

‘Near-isolation’ – coronavirus throws S. Korea Olympic plans into chaos

first_imgUnless exemptions are granted, the measures make it impossible for South Koreans to take part in international competitions in those countries – costing them ranking points and sometimes putting Olympic qualification in doubt.The national judo team were planning to arrive in Russia next week for the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam from March 13 to 15. But on Wednesday, Moscow announced its two-week quarantine.Most of the remaining judo competitions are in countries that already have entry bans, including Turkey, Mongolia and Qatar.“What’s really hard is that the list is getting longer and the situation is changing nearly every hour,” said an official from the Korea Judo Association, which is trying to secure exemptions from Russian authorities.He still expected the South to compete in most of the 14 weight classes in Tokyo.“But you never know with sports,” he added, “because an underdog could suddenly emerge at the Grand Slam or Grand Prix and one of our athletes could lose their spot by just a point or so.”– ‘Really difficult’ –Archery and taekwondo were South Korea’s most successful disciplines in Rio, with five medals each.South Korean Olympic champion Park In-bee left for the US a week earlier than scheduled amid concerns Washington could impose an entry ban South Korea came eighth in the medal table at the Rio 2016 Olympics with 21 medals, nine of them gold Read Also: How the coronavirus has hit global sportThey have already been forced to drop out of the 2020 World Tour Platinum in Doha this week, and while they have secured a spot at the Games, missing international competitions would deprive them of chances to improve their world rankings and Olympic seedings.“We don’t know which country will be next in banning South Korean arrivals so going abroad as soon as possible is the safest bet,” the KTTA official said.KTTA chief Ryu Seung-min was due to meet International Table Tennis Federation officials this week in Singapore – which has imposed an entry ban.“If even this can’t be done, we are in near-isolation,” Ryu wrote on his Facebook page.For the weightlifters, the situation is even more precarious – Olympic spots are allocated at the end of April based on ranking points at six competitions since 2018, and the South Korean team has only taken part in five so far.The sixth was going to be the East Asian Championships in Seoul in February, but the event was postponed over the coronavirus. Next month’s Asian Championships in Uzbekistan are in doubt, on top of which the country has a quarantine requirement.“At this point, no one knows who is going to the Olympics,” a Korea Weightlifting Federation official told AFP.The Korean Sport and Olympic Committee said it had implemented safety measures including banning athletes from leaving the national training camp in Jincheon, which was being disinfected on a daily basis, and was in talks with the International Olympic Committee to try to ensure continued participation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… But the country’s Olympic archery trials were postponed indefinitely this week due to the virus, and once selected the team were to take part in the Archery World Cup in May in Antalya, Turkey – which has an entry ban.Similarly the taekwondo team would normally compete at the Asian Championships in Beirut in May, and officials are seeking an exemption from Lebanon’s entry ban.South Korean boxers taking part in the current Asian Olympic qualifying tournament in Jordan – which has also imposed an entry ban – were only allowed into the country after testing negative for the virus.“It was a really difficult journey,” trainer Lee Sang-wook wrote on his Instagram account.Some stars rushed out of South Korea as the infection numbers climbed, to avoid the risk of restrictions.South Korea dominates women’s golf, with six of the top 13 in the current LPGA rankings. Three of its players including Olympic champion Park In-bee left for the US a week earlier than scheduled amid concerns Washington could impose an entry ban, while world number one Ko Jin-young cancelled a trip home.– Ping pong diplomacy –The table tennis team is considering heading abroad later this month and staying away to escape potential disruptions, an official at the Korea Table Tennis Association said.South Korea’s table tennis team is considering heading abroad later this month and staying away to escape potential disruptionscenter_img But it also has the largest number of reported novel coronavirus cases in the world outside China, with the national total passing 6,000 on Thursday, less than five months before the Tokyo Olympics. Scores of countries and regions have imposed travel restrictions and more than 20 – including Olympic host Japan – have ordered two weeks’ quarantine on arrivals from South Korea. Around 40 others have barred foreigners who have recently been in the country. Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces? Travel restrictions around the world on arrivals from virus-hit South Korea are plunging its Olympic preparations into turmoil, with some athletes considering self-imposed exile and some at risk of missing the Games altogether. South Korea has the largest number of reported novel coronavirus cases in the world outside China South Korea is a country that takes the Olympics seriously, coming eighth in the medal table at Rio 2016 with nine golds, and fifth at London 2012 with 13.Advertisementlast_img read more

State Road 1 Trash Cleanup Set For Oct. 11

first_img(Google Maps)ST. LEON, Ind. – Organizers are seeking volunteers for a trash cleanup along State Road 1.The Whitewater River Watershed Project will conduct the roadside trash removal along the road from Interstate 74 to U.S. Highway 52 on Saturday, October 11.Residents interested in volunteering can meet register by calling (812) 926-2406 ext. 107.The cleanup will begin by meeting at the St. Leon Park, 29260 Saint Joe Drive, off of Church Lane in St. Leon at 1 p.m.Trash bags and gloves will be provided and volunteers will receive complimentary gifts for their help.The mission of the Whitewater River Watershed Project is to improve water quality, reduce flooding and improve habitat for plants and animals.last_img read more

Rebels race Saturday at Lincoln County

first_imgThe Rebels opened their 14th consecutive season on April 5 at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., where Jake Martens of Fairview, Okla., picked up the victory. The next night was an event at Dodge City Raceway Park where Luke Cranston of Ness City, Kan., picked up the victory.  Also, the driver who sets fast time during each heat race will receive an extra $50, courtesy of Herbst Towing.  It will be the only appearance of the 2019 season at the speedway and will pay $1,500 to win while just starting the 20-car feature finale pays $200. Tyler Knight is the defending race winner while Darren Berry (2017) and Zach Blurton (2016) have also posted victories atop the Lincoln County Raceway dirt oval during the running of this event.    Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with race action slated for a 7 p.m. start time. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults; kids ages 6-12 are $5. All pit passes are $30.  NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – After nearly one month hiatus, the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing gets back into race action this Saturday, May 4 as they head to Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte for the fourth annual IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Ron Williams/Dick Snoose Myers Memorial.  Questions and inquires on this and all URSS events can be answered by calling series president Rick Salem at 785 475-7010.last_img read more