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February, 2013



Veteran lawmaker details personal struggle with mental illness

Your News Now Austin

February 13, 2013


... From his office on the fourth floor of the State Capitol, Rep. Coleman recounted to YNN his darkest days fighting his own battles with mental illness. 



Coleman and Janek Debate Responsibility over State's Uninsured

Texas Observer

February 13, 2013


After nearly two hours of testimony in the House Public Health Committee Wednesday, committee members finally got to the crux of the battle over the uninsured when state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, pressed Dr. Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Health and Human Services, on the state's responsibility to its uninsured. 



TexMessage: Rep. Bill Flores decries increase in suicides among veterans

Houston Chronicle

February 14, 2013


...Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, a member of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee, said the rate of suicides were increasing, due to increased rates among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Flores said the reasons behind the trend remain mysterious, despite the VA's increased resources on the issue. 





To Reduce Suicide Rates, New Focus Turns to Guns

New York Times

February 13, 2013


... The national suicide rate has climbed by 12 percent since 2003, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death for teenagers. Guns are particularly lethal. Suicidal acts with guns are fatal in 85 percent of cases, while those with pills are fatal in just 2 percent of cases, according to the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. 



US health system failing unaccompanied immigrant children

MedWire News

February 14, 2013


Unaccompanied immigrant or "alien" children arriving in the USA with no papers or family often receive no or inadequate mental healthcare, says the author of an article published in JAMA Pediatrics. 



Mental health problems prevalent among troubled college students

WBAL-TV Baltimore

February 14, 2013


Mental health experts say problems that show up among troubled college-age students start much sooner than they appear. 



The 'Yawning' Chart Med School Students Fear

Kaiser Health News

February 13, 2013


... The graph from the Association of American Medical Colleges displays a yawning gap between the increasing number of med school grads looking for residencies and the number of residency slots available to them. 



Police: Insurance Will Cover '100%' on Mental Health Issues

Newtown Patch

February 14, 2013


Newtown police officers will be fully covered by the town's insurance program when they seek care for mental or emotional impairment, including post-traumatic stress disorder, thanks to a statute in state law that allows for worker's compensation in extraneous circumstances. 



Colorado mental health experts propose changes to Hickenlooper's plan

Denver Post

February 14, 2013


Less than two months after Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a plan to spend $7.5 million to open new mental health crisis centers, experts have offered an alternative, saying the funds could be better spent strengthening Colorado's existing centers and expanding programs in rural areas. 



Federal judge dismayed with slap at California prison monitor

Los Angeles Times

February 13, 2013


...Brown's administration in the past month has become increasingly critical of federal oversight of the state's prisons and the cost of responding to class-action cases and court orders over prison crowding, inmate health care, mental health services and dental care. California now faces another potential class action over the long-term isolation of inmates in high-security segregation cells.,0,3717210.story 





Expanding Medicaid Cheaper Than Not In Colorado

Kaiser Health News

February 13, 2013


Opponents of the Medicaid expansion called for in the Affordable Care Act say states can't afford it, even with the federal government picking up most of the tab. But a new analysis says it would actually be more expensive for Colorado to not expand Medicaid. 



California Health Chief Looks Within For Solution To Rising Health Costs

Kaiser Health News

February 14, 2013


... Now, he's put Scripps in the middle of a cultural transformation aimed at saving hundreds of millions of dollars a year by -- get this -- coaxing physicians and managers at Scripps to work together, and standardizing care across every hospital in the system. 



Obamacare deadline looms for holdout states


February 13, 2013


Friday is the day when states are due to declare whether they'll partner with the White House to build Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges. After that, the sprint to the finish begins. 



Four Key Questions for Health-Care Law

Wall Street Journal

February 13, 2013


... Implementing the act turns on what Paul Keckley, head of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, calls "the four major hanging chads." 



Obama Medicare rebate plan could hurt drug companies


February 13, 2013


President Barack Obama's decision to spotlight drug rebates as a way to save money on Medicare is likely to be opposed by the pharmaceutical industry, which could potentially lose billions of dollars in profits.,0,7262907.story 



House Republican aims to repeal Medicare doctor pay cuts


February 13, 2013


Republicans in the House of Representatives will seek a permanent solution to scheduled steep cuts in physician payments from the federal Medicare health insurance plan for retirees and disabled people, a House committee chairman said on Wednesday. 





Painful tales of mental illness spur lawmakers to action

Seattle Times

February 14, 2013


...But the start date was delayed twice - to 2012, then to 2015 - because it would require hundreds more hospital beds, at a cost of about $11 million a year. The Legislature is now considering speeding up implementation with Senate Bill 5480. Gov. Chris Gregoire's budget set aside $7.5 million for it, and Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, gave it a hearing last week in the Senate Human Services and Corrections committee. 



NBA Player Royce White: Mental Health Revolutionary

The Nation

February 13, 2013


...Throughout this difficult fall, White has become a crusader for change, calling out not just the NBA for disregarding mental illness and treating him like "a commodity" but also the fans that have sent him "hundreds" of violent and especially homophobic threats. White isn't gay, but apparently, for some, caring about your mental health is the equivalent. 



Texas can't afford to expand overburdened Medicaid system

El Paso Times

February 10, 2013


...The solution to our Medicaid problem will not come from Washington; it will come from the Lone Star State. Texans, not federal bureaucrats, are in the best position to take care of the state's poor and disabled. 





Untreated Depression May Cut Shingles Vaccine Effectiveness


February 14, 2013


Doctors often urge older patients to get the shingles vaccine because it can prevent or cut the severity of this viral disease. But according to a new study, the vaccine may be less effective in people with untreated depression. 



Manic episodes linked to memory recall deficit in bipolar disorder

MedWire News

February 14, 2013


Patients with bipolar disorder have impaired recall of episodic autobiographical memories when recounting events that occurred during mania, report Canadian researchers. Bipolar patients were also more likely to recall memories from an observer's perspective than healthy individuals, the authors note. 



Threat Bias Interacts with Combat, Gene to Boost PTSD Risk

National Institute of Mental Health

February 13, 2013


Soldiers preoccupied with threat at the time of enlistment or with avoiding it just before deployment were more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in a study of Israeli infantrymen. Such pre-deployment threat vigilance and avoidance, interacting with combat experience and an emotion-related gene, accounted for more than a third of PTSD symptoms that emerged later... 





Hockey Talks: Will the Rest of the NHL Listen?

National Alliance on Mental Illness

February 13, 2013


...During the month of February the seven NHL teams in Canada have joined together in an initiative to raise awareness for mental health. Each of the seven teams-the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets-will participate in the Hockey Talks campaign by hosting a Hockey Talks game night and encouraging online storytelling. 



SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $15 million in Targeted Capacity Expansion Peer-to-Peer grants

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services News

February 13, 2013


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Targeted Capacity Expansion Peer-to-Peer grants totaling up to $15 million over the course of the three year period. The purpose of this program is to expand and enhance service capacity through the provision of addiction peer recovery support services for individuals with substance abuse disorders. 



Stress and mental illness: an interview with Professor Akira Sawa

February 14, 2013


...As a psychiatrist I am interested in how stress may play a role in the pathology of adult mental disorders. You may know that most of the major mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, mood-disorder, substance abuse or even anxiety disorder, become prominent in early adulthood. Consequently, most clinicians are interested in what happens in adolescence.  



Erasing the Stigma: About the project

Dallas Morning News

February 14, 2013   

...This effort began when Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings asked The Morning News and KERA public radio/TV to partner on a symposium to encourage a more open discussion of mental illness, with particular emphasis on young people. ... Video from that forum is available on this page. 



NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel Received AMA's Top Government Service Award

National Institute of Mental Health

February 13, 2013


On February 12, 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) honored Thomas R. Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, the AMA's highest award for government service in health care.


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