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    Where’s the Line Between Physical and Mental Illness?

    Doctors may need to rethink their approach. New analysis from researchers in Switzerland suggests the medical community may need to start assessing physical and mental illnesses together, and not as wholly unrelated issues. Data collected from nearly 6,500 American teenagers pointed the University of Basel team to a number of associations between specific physical and mental illnesses: Epilepsy often precedes eating disorders, while arthritis and digestive problems often follow depression. Researchers caution that these links may not be causal, but further studies might precipitate an entirely new medical mindset.

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