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December, 2010



Former nonprofit director arrested, confronted; Ex-staffers from Family Connections watch as woman accused of theft arrives at jail after fleeing country

Austin American-Statesman

December 1, 2010


Louanne Aponte arrived at the Travis County Jail on Wednesday before a throng of news reporters and former employees who had come to see their former boss incarcerated. ... Family Connections was hit hardest by the scandal. In September, the organization - whose $3.1 million annual budget helped families through child care locating services, a postpartum depression support group, a lending library and other programs - filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court.



Ruth Netscher: Whistleblower Claims UT-Health Science Center Used Mental-Health Patients As Guinea Pigs

Houston Press

December 2, 2010


A former doctor and faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston claims that she was fired because she blew the whistle on other doctors who used mental health patients as research guinea pigs without proper or legal consent.



Dad Runs 100 Marathons For Daughter With Mental Illness


December 1, 2010


ABILENE, Texas -- He looks like an ordinary runner, but Guy Fessenden is a man on a mission.  ...

He plans to run 100 marathons in 140 days...all for the sake of his daughter, Suzanne. "My daughter is a spectacular person. She is a smart, funny, beautiful young woman, 28 years old, that suffers from schizophrenia and depression."



Inmate guilty of assault on guard

Times Record News

December 2, 2010


An Allred Prison inmate has been convicted of assaulting a guard in 2005, despite his impassioned plea that he was the target of a government conspiracy.  ... Dr. Leon Morris, a Wichita Falls psychologist, testified he diagnosed White as a paranoid schizophrenic who was very "bitter" and "egotistical." He concurred with another clinical analysis that White was competent enough to stand trial for his crime.





HHS announces the nation's new health promotion and disease prevention agenda

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

December 2, 2010


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation's new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention, and "myHealthyPeople," a new challenge for technology application developers.



Madison Center cuts 50 more jobs: Interim CEO confident campus won't shut down.

South Bend Tribune (IN)

December 2, 2010


SOUTH BEND - About 50 Madison Center employees learned Wednesday they are losing their jobs, as the cash-strapped mental health care provider struggles to survive. The employees, spread out evenly among Madison Center's three remaining services - inpatient care for senior citizens, adults and children - received the news Wednesday morning, said interim chief executive officer Michael Lane.



Polaris Launches New Version of its Adult Mental Health Outcomes System


December 2, 2010


Polaris Health Directions has released the next version of Polaris-MH, an innovative computer-based outcomes management system for adult mental health. The features available in the new release provide unique, evidence-based decision support to help providers improve treatment outcomes while averting costs associated with ineffective care.



Judge sentences man to life in quadruple slaying

San Antonio Express News

December 1, 2010


BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) - A man with a history of mental problems was sentenced to life without parole Wednesday for the 2009 stabbing deaths of his ex-girlfriend and three others as a judge rejected pleas by some of the victims' relatives for a death sentence.





Health forum sees sacrifices for doctors, insurers; Industry profits, individual choice may be casualties in reaching goal, leaders say

Boston Globe

December 1, 2010


Health care costs can't continue to rise rapidly without crippling the state's economy and public services. But efforts to rein them in will require new team-based health care payment and delivery approaches, which would demand sacrifices from hospitals, doctors, and insurers.



Maine may help shape health care cost-cutting; The state's early innovations on pay systems may guide national reforms, experts say at a forum.

Portland Press Herald (Maine)

December 1, 2010


PORTLAND - Congress passed national health care reform this year, but it will be up to Maine and the other states to figure out how to improve care and reduce costs. ... Because Maine is already experimenting with new kinds of doctors' offices and payment systems, national and state advocates said the state may play an important role in shaping the reforms.



Opponents Take Aim at Limited Health Plans

The New York Times

December 1, 2010


Maybe something isn't always better than nothing. Or so went the argument offered by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat, in a hearing on Wednesday about a controversial kind of health plan that seems destined to remain on the market for the next several years. More than a million Americans enrolled in these plans think they have health insurance to protect them from financial catastrophe if they become seriously ill or hurt, Mr. Rockefeller said. "In fact, they don't," he said.



Employer Insurance Costs Rising for Workers

HealthDay News

December 2, 2010


Although premiums for employer health insurance have risen 41 percent since 2003, new research says that employees are getting less bang for their buck. In addition, individual deductibles have skyrocketed 77 percent, according to the report from The Commonwealth Fund.





Charities call for rethink on mental health services

British Broadcasting Corporation

December 1, 2010


More than £500m could be saved if mental health services in England were run more efficiently, a report says. Better community support, cutting unnecessary hospital stays and reducing sickness absence can all help cut costs, say policy experts. The NHS has been asked to find £20bn of efficiency savings by 2014.





People With Mental Illness Receive Inadequate Mass Screening For Prevention Of Medical Conditions


December 1, 2010


New research from the University of Leicester and the Leicestershire Partnership Trust shows that people with mental illness are receiving lower levels of preventive medical screening compared with the general population.



Depression Returns In About Half Of Treated Teens

Medical News Today

December 2, 2010


Most depressed teens who receive treatment appear to recover, but the condition recurs in almost half of adolescent patients and even more often among females, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the March 2011 print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.



Gene Duplication Detected in Depression; Finding Points to Disruptions in Brain Signaling Networks

Science Daily News

December 2, 2010


A large genetic study of people with major depression has found that a duplicated region of DNA on chromosome 5 predisposes people to the disorder. The gene involved plays an important role in the development of nerve cells, adding to evidence that disruptions in neurotransmission networks form a biological basis for depression.



A Third Of LGBT Youth Suffer Mental Disorders

Medical News Today

December 2, 2010

One-third of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth have attempted suicide in their lifetime -- a prevalence comparable to urban, minority youth -- but a majority do not experience mental illness, according to a report by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.



Smoking risk among mental health patients

Med Wire News

December 2, 2010


Research shows that schizophrenia spectrum disorders are associated with an increased risk for smoking among men, but not women, who are living in the community with serious mental illness.



Study Suggests Link Between Crohn's Disease and PTSD

Health Day News

December 1, 2010


Crohn's disease may cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study contends.The study included nearly 600 Swiss adults with Crohn's disease, an incurable inflammatory bowel disorder that causes severe pain and diarrhea.The study participants underwent PTSD assessment at the start of the study and 19 percent of them were found to have the disorder



Erasing traumatic memories may soon be possible

Los Angeles Times

December 1, 2010


Reporting from Baltimore - Soldiers haunted by scenes of war and victims scarred by violence may wish they could wipe the memories from their minds. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say that may someday be possible. A commercial drug remains far off - and its use would be subject to many ethical and practical questions. But scientists have laid a foundation with their discovery that proteins can be removed from the brain's fear center to erase memories forever.,0,7463166.story





LBJ School Hosts Policy Session on Health Care and Transportation as Part of Biennial Texas Legislature New Member Orientation

The University of Texas at Austin

December 1, 2010


AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas at Austin and its Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will collaborate with the offices of the Texas speaker of the house and lieutenant governor to host a Pre-Session Legislative Conference, an orientation for new members of the state legislature, on Friday, Dec. 3. ... The first panel, beginning at 10 a.m., will focus on health care and will include: Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Rep. John Davis, Rep. Lois Kolhorst, Commissioner Mike Geeslin of the Texas Department of Insurance and Commissioner Tom Suehs of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The open session will take place at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Registration is recommended.



These Men Don't Cry: Hard Times for Gulf Coast Vietnamese


December 1, 2010


In the seven months since the Deepwater Horizon blowout upended life on the Gulf Coast, the environmental and economic fallout has been quantified every which way. But during my travels throughout southern Louisiana and Mississippi, I keep encountering another type of toll that's harder to define: the deep emotional distress that comes with a protracted crisis that has no clear end.



Illinois experts offer tips to avoid holiday blues

San Antonio Express News

December 2, 2010


CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois mental health experts say residents should take time over the holiday season to prevent depression and emotional sadness.



The spouse of someone with Depression: Tired, confused and very empty

San Antonio Express-News

December 2, 2010


For twenty years I have enjoyed helping people who suffer depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. I was born and raised in this area so many of the economic issues we have all faced through the years have affected my family as well. Depression is fairly common here and has touched almost every family in one way or another.


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