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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted.  We depend on written communication for information, guidance, and access to heath care information That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way information is delivered to low literacy communities. It's exactly what it sounds like.a book that talks to the reader in his or her local  language, delivering critical information in an interactive, and educational way.

The customizable 16-page book, accompanied by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood..

We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 30 titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 30 countries.

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(Ivanhoe Newswire) - Omega-3 fatty acids have shown promise as an effective
treatment for depression. Now, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences in Los Angeles wants
to test them in a clinical trial.
The National Institutes of Health is sponsoring the study in collaboration
with Massachusetts General Hospital. The Cedars-Sinai team led by principal
investigator and department chair Mark Hyman Rapport, M.D., are looking to
recruit 300 adults between 18 and 80 years old who are experiencing
significant symptoms of major depressive disorder and are in good health.
The study will take 5 years and is designed to test the safety,
effectiveness and tolerability of docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and
eicosapentanoic acid (EPA). Both are found naturally in fish oil, flaxseed
and walnuts and have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties that
help stabilize brain cell membranes which both play a role in mood
regulation. "This is one of several investigations of alternative and
complementary medicine that our department has perused over the past decade,
said Rapport. "Expanding our psychiatry studied to include natural
treatments has shown promising benefits to patients suffering from a variety
of mental illnesses."
The participants will receive free and confidential evaluation and treatment
as part of the study. No healthcare insurance is required. A comprehensive
medical evaluation, including physical examination, laboratory tests and EKG
will be provided at no charge.
The study will specifically test DHA and EPA against each other and a
placebo. The participants will receive one of the two drugs or a placebo for
8 weeks in a randomized-blind manner. Rappaport and this team will examine
the effect of the therapies on participant's symptoms, quality of life and
psychosocial function. They will also examine how fatty acids in the blood
and proteins involved in immune function are affected by Omega-3s.
"The reported side effects of Omega-3 treatments have been mild and included
upset stomach and a fishy taste in the mouth. There do not appear to be
risks to the liver or adverse interactions with mot other medications," said
Rappaport. He also noted that people who have bleeding disorders or who are
taking blood thinners should not use Omega-3 fatty acids.

 

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