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Posted: May 28, 2008 21:51

MAY 2008

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COLLEGE STUDENTS INCREASE MENTAL HEALTH REQUESTS
(March 23, 2008) National Post.com, a publication from Canada, reported that universities nationwide have had an extreme increase in students using campus health services for symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.

BRITISH TWEEN COMPUTER GAME: BIMBO CITY
(March 25, 2008) The Daily Mail, a British publication, reported girls as young as nine are playing a new reality computer game called "Miss Bimbo." Girls log on and create a virtual character, competing to create the "coolest, richest and most famous Bimbo in the world, where they can order breast implants, crash diet, find billionaire boyfriends, etc.

GOVERNMENT BILLS PARENTS FOR TEEN
(March 30, 2008) World Net Daily reported the parents of a German teen, who was taken by police from her home and placed in a psychiatric ward because she was homeschooled, are now being billed by the government for the cost of her forced stay.

MALE COLLEGE STUDENTS ONLY 42%
(March 31, 2008) The Orlando Sentinal.com reported women outnumber men by more than 40,000 in enrollments at colleges in Florida and across the nation with the number still growing. This is partly due to men having a hard time asking for help "when it comes to classes, careers and college advice in general."

PATHOLOGICAL COMPUTER USE (PCU) PROPOSED FOR DSM-V
(April 2008) Jerald J. Block, MD, in an article in the spring 2008 issue of Paradigm, a Three Springs publication, discussed the developing problems of Pathological Computer Use (PCU) and Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) giving some case studies and considerations for discussion of inclusion of these in the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-V).

DEADLY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN STATES ACROSS THE US
(April 2, 2008) Every Child Matters Education Fund (ECMEF), a nonprofit and non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization in Washington, DC, released a new report listing the 10 states with the worst performance and the 10 states with the best performances for US children. This listing was based on a set of 10 child well-being standards including lack of access to prenatal care, premature deaths, malnutrition, poverty, child abuse and teen incarceration.

AUTHOR WARNS OF PREMATURE DIAGNOSIS
(April 3, 2008) The Columbian, an on-line news publication for Clark County, WA, reported author Steven E. Curtis states in his new book "Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior: A Guide for Parents of Children with Behavioral, Social and Learning Challenges", the rush to any of the dozens of diagnoses that label troubled children can actually foil efforts to help them.

ASPERGERS VS. VIDEO GAMES ADDICTS
(April 3, 2008) In an article on Game Daily, Dr. John Charlton of the University of Bolton and Ian Danforth of Whitman College, USA, claim gamers who appear to be addicted to playing computer/video games show some of the same personality traits as people with Aspergers syndrome.

DYSLEXIA DIFFERS BY LANGUAGE
(April 7, 2008) The Washington Post reported a study that found Dyslexia affects different parts of the brain depending on whether the child was raised reading English or Chinese.

SEX OFFENDERS LIVING AT CHILD CARE FACILITIES
(April 16, 2008) Fox News.com reported California state social services agency is to shut down nine homes used for child daycare and foster care, after an audit found registered sex offenders living there in violation of state law.



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