“Students With Autism Face Vanishing Support at College” AND more on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

1) Students With Autism Face Vanishing Support at College

According to a 2011 study, about 17 percent of young adults with autism enroll in a four-year college, compared with roughly 21 percent of people with learning disabilities and about 40 percent of people with visual or hearing impairments.

2) Psychosocial Interventions in HIV: How Best to Support HIV-Positive Patients

Adam Bloom, a DC-based psychotherapist specializing in the LGBT population, notes that “HIV is not a death sentence, but it can still feel that way.” Mental health professionals supporting patients living with HIV need to make space for their patients to process the emotional effect of their diagnosis, but not to make assumptions about what it means to them.

3) Analyzing Methylphenidate-Associated Adverse Events in Youth

A serious adverse event appeared to occur in approximately 1 in 100 children taking the stimulant methylphenidate, resulting in discontinuation of the treatment, according to the findings of a study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

4) Recommended Risk Thresholds for Alcohol Consumption Should Be Lower Worldwide

The authors note that for men, reducing alcohol consumption from 196 g per week (current US recommendations for upper limit of alcohol consumption) to 100 g week or less increased life expectancy by 1 to 2 years at age 40 years. Reducing consumption from over 350 g per week increased life expectancy by 5 to 6 years.

5) Court-Mandated Substance Abuse Treatment: Exploring the Ethics and Efficacy

Going beyond the more common drug court approaches that offer a person charged with a crime the choice of treatment instead of incarceration, several US states mandate that people with addiction enter treatment against their will, and that trend is expanding.


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