Health Highlights: Sept. 4, 2013
First U.S. Hospital-Based Internet Addiction Treatment Program Opens Women's Life Expectancy Increases
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
First U.S. Hospital-Based Internet Addiction Treatment Program Opens
The first hospital-based Internet addiction treatment center in the United States opens next week and will offer 10-day inpatient care for people diagnosed with the disorder.
The program at the Behavioral Health Services at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania will admit up to four patients at a time. They'll undergo an extensive evaluation and a "digital detox" that forbids phone, tablet or Internet use for at least 72 hours, according to ABC News.
The next steps include therapy sessions and educational seminars to help them get their addiction under control.
Internet addiction isn't recognized as a mental health disorder by the psychiatric community, which means the treatment isn't covered by insurance. Patients will have to pay the $14,000 fee out of their own pockets, ABC News reported.
While most people can balance online activities and their regular life, people with Internet addiction have trouble with normal day-to-day functioning.
"Like any other addiction, we look at whether it has jeopardized their career, whether they lie about their usage or whether it interferes with relationships, Kimberly Young, a psychologist and founder of the new program told ABC News.
Women's Life Expectancy Increases
Life expectancy for women 50 and older has increased worldwide, but there is still room for improvement, a new World Health Organization study says.
Women in most countries now live longer than they did 40 years ago, due to progress against infectious diseases such as flu, pneumonia and tuberculosis. On average, Japanese women live the longest, The New York Times reported.
Heart disease, stroke and cancer kill most women over age 50, so countries should focus on lowering blood pressure with inexpensive drugs and screening for cervical and breast cancer, according to study author Dr. John Beard, director of the WHO's department of aging.
He added that it's also important to prevent smoking, excessive drinking and obesity in women, The Times reported.
The study was published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.