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Tech & Tools
New App Helps in Biofeedback
The Department of Defense has developed Biozen to help service members use the therapeutic benefits of biofeedback. BioZen is the first portable, low-cost method for clinicians and patients to use biofeedback in and out of the clinic. Learn more »

Twitter Effective in Spreading Diabetes Information
Twitter is proving to be an effective tool for local health departments in disseminating health information, especially in promoting specific health behaviors. Learn more »
Other Social Work News
Veterans Disfigured by War
Encounter Public Learning Curve

According to USA Today, veterans who’ve been injured and disfigured in combat are facing a public lack of understanding.

Initiative Teaches Filmmaking to Youths From Correctional Systems
The New York Times reports on a program that teaches youths who have been incarcerated how to make films.

More Injuries Spark Awareness
of Dangerous Teen Fad

According to NPR, a rising number of injuries are resulting from youths’ risk-taking behavior called the “cinnamon challenge.”

Increasing Health Risks
of College Binge Drinking

The Los Angeles Times reports on a new study showing that college binge drinking raises the risk of some cardiovascular diseases.
Editor's E-Note
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and perhaps no other condition has been in the forefront of recent mental health discussion more than PTSD. Whether it occurs in active military service members, veterans, or survivors of various physical, emotional, or sexual trauma, awareness of PTSD is important as treatment improves and diversifies. Complementary and alternative treatments are being studied and added to other evidence-based treatments for symptoms of PTSD and other mental health challenges.

As the research report below indicates, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is showing promise as an adjunct option for integration with traditional trauma-focused treatment.

We welcome your comments at SWTeditor@gvpub.com. Visit our website at www.SocialWorkToday.com, join our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.

— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive
Mindfulness Therapy May Help Veterans With Combat-Related PTSD

Mindfulness exercises that include meditation, stretching, and acceptance of thoughts and emotions may help veterans with combat-related PTSD find relief from their symptoms.

A new collaborative study from the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System shows that veterans with PTSD who completed an eight-week mindfulness-based group treatment plan showed a significant reduction in symptoms compared with patients who underwent treatment as normal.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy combines the practice of cognitive therapy with the meditative approach of mindfulness that emphasizes an increased awareness of all thoughts and emotions.

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