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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Austin

August, 2011

Today's Clips - August 31, 2011


This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.




Hundreds of new Texas laws go into effect Thursday

Fort Worth Star Telegram

August 30, 2011


... Respectful language: Over time, the term mental retardation will be weeded out of state statutes and usage, as officials say it can be hurtful and offensive to those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Missing Texans: Statewide Amber Alerts can be used to call attention to missing adults with diagnosed intellectual developmental disabilities, in addition to alerting the public about abducted children.



State suing Fort Worth 'naturopathic doctor'

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 31, 2011


FORT WORTH -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sued a Fort Worth "naturopathic doctor" on Tuesday, accusing her of unlawfully marketing and promoting dietary supplements she claimed would reduce, prevent or cure illnesses including breast cancer, diabetes, arthritis and depression. 



Parkland board replacing Ron Anderson as Dallas County hospital's CEO

Dallas Morning News

August 30, 2011


Dr. Ron Anderson, Parkland Memorial Hospital's longtime leader, will be replaced as chief executive, the Board of Managers decided late Tuesday, just days before a federal deadline to improve patient care or lose hundreds of millions in government health care funding. ... Dr. Lauren McDonald, the board chairwoman, emphasized that Anderson was not being fired. She called him an "icon in public health not only for Dallas, but the entire country," and said he would be given a newly created, paid position. 



Williamson County commissioners vote to keep taxes steady

Austin American-Statesman

August 30, 2011


ROUND ROCK - Williamson County commissioners on Tuesday approved a 2011-12 budget that holds property taxes steady for the average homeowner. ... The county budget includes money for 11 new positions, including one mental health specialist for the emergency services department. 



VA center opens clinic for women

Amarillo Globe-News

August 30, 2011


The Amarillo Veterans Affairs Health Care System opened an expanded clinic Tuesday to accommodate women. The clinic - which provides primary and gynecological care and treatment for post- traumatic stress disorder - recognizes the evolution taking place in the tradition-rich U.S. military, a realm long dominated by men.


- Corpus Christi police said a 66-year-old woman drowned Tuesday evening at Cole Park less than 30 feet from the shore. ... Officers believe the woman may have had a mental condition and had not taken her medication, Olivares said.





Idaho lawmakers plan endowment limits after dustup

Houston Chronicle

August 30, 2011


BOISE, Idaho (AP) - ...The debate boils down to balancing government's proper role with the Land Board's 111-year-old constitutional obligation to produce the highest long-term financial returns for nine endowment land beneficiaries, including schools, prisons, state mental hospitals and universities. 



Judge gives preliminary nod to disabilities deal

Chicago Tribune

August 30, 2011


A federal judge on Tuesday gave her preliminary approval to a settlement that could eventually help thousands of disabled, low-income Illinois residents live more independently while saving the state money in the process. ...If the judge gives the deal her final approval, it could affect not only 20,000 low-income people with physical disabilities and mental illnesses living in Cook County nursing homes, but also thousands more nursing home residents throughout Illinois.,0,3594436.story 



Report: Fraud suspected by Kan. health contractor

Houston Chronicle

August 30, 2011


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A top executive of a Kansas nonprofit corporation that provides mental health services for thousands of Kansans has lost his job as federal and state officials investigate whether he embezzled as much as $1 million in Medicaid funding, authorities said.



Court Grapples With Medicating Tucson Suspect

The New York Times

August 30, 2011


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - ... Prison officials usually have wide latitude with prisoners convicted of crimes and serving sentences who have forfeited many of their rights to order them to take medication. But since Loughner has pleaded not guilty and is presumed innocent, the legal question is a murky one. Two of the three judges expressed skepticism over whether a judge and a full-blown court hearing were the best way to handle a dangerous prison situation where officials believe a mentally ill detainee should be medicated for safety reasons. 





Taming High Health Costs Takes Taming High-Tech

National Public Radio

August 30, 2011


Expensive technologies like proton beam therapy and hot chemo baths are among the reasons America's health care spending is rising at an unsustainable clip and making the federal deficit so hard to tame. But two of the nation's top health care economists are expressing doubts that accountable care organizations - one of Obama administration's most-hyped mechanisms to save money - will be able to overcome the medical system's lust for the new new thing. 



Federal COBRA Insurance Subsidies End For Laid-Off Workers

Kaiser Health News

August 31, 2011


One of the key consumer benefits of the federal stimulus package - subsidies to help laid-off workers continue their health care coverage - draws to a close Wednesday, raising concerns about how the unemployed will cover those expenses. 





Docs and hospitals, get on board

Chicago Tribune

August 31, 2011


In January, we applauded Illinois lawmakers for finally passing a serious Medicaid reform bill. The state's ambitious goal: Move half of Illinois' 2.6 million Medicaid patients - that's 1 of every 5 Illinoisans - into managed care by 2015. The overarching strategy is to improve health care for millions of Medicaid patients and save the state tens of millions of dollars. We're now seeing the first phase of how that works.,0,1921351.story 



Children's SSI Disability Benefits Threatened

Children's Mental Health Network

August 25, 2011


According to a recent segment on NPR's Morning Edition, a main target of the nationwide budget deficit-cutting effort could be the Children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Children's SSI provides a check each month to low-income children with severe disabilities. The rate of children on SSI has rapidly expanded-nearly quadrupled-within the last 30 years to include children with mental, behavioral and learning disorders like ADHD, speech delays, autism and bipolar disorder.  In fact, children with ADHD (or "other mental disorders") now make up more than half of recipients of SSI. 



Best time to stop diabetes? Early.

Houston Chronicle

August 29, 2011


What would health care look like in a smarter, healthier America? For starters, it would emphasize preventing diseases, not just repairing damage after it's done. 





Prescribing Exercise to Treat Depression

The New York Times

August 31, 2011


Can a stroll help ease depression? That question preoccupied Dr. Madhukar H. Trivedi, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, after several of his patients, all suffering from serious depression, mentioned that they felt happier if they went for a walk. ...Dr. Trivedi and his colleagues began to wonder if adding a formal "dose" of exercise would increase their chances of getting better. 



Soldiers' brains bear scars of emotional wounds

Los Angeles Times

August 30, 2011


Eighteen months after they have returned from a war zone, soldiers bear an unmistakable sign of emotional trauma deep inside their brains. But in most, a key node of the brain's fear circuitry returns to normal, perhaps keeping mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from developing, says a new study published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.,0,1707515.story 



Women Married Before Age 18 at Higher Risk of Mental Woes: Study

Health Day News

August 31, 2011


Nearly one in 10 women in the United States were married before the age of 18, a new study finds, and they could face a slightly higher risk of mental illness than other married women. 



Prejudice Linked To Depression, Anxiety In Gay And Bisexual Black Men

Medical News Today

August 31, 2011


The harassment, discrimination and negative feelings about homosexuality that black gay and bisexual men often experience can contribute significantly to mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, a small new study finds. 



Short telomere load linked to depressive episode number in BD II patients

Med Wire News

August 31, 2011


Patients with bipolar II disorder (BD II) have a significantly higher load of short telomeres than mentally healthy individuals, research shows. 



Neurometabolite levels linked to thought disorder in childhood-onset schizophrenia

Med Wire News

August 31, 2011


Neurometabolite concentrations in brain regions associated with language are correlated with thought disorder severity in young patients with childhood-onset schizophrenia, US research suggests. 





Webinar: How the IOM Report Can Save Money Right Away, Improve Outcomes Quickly, and Protect Health and Safety

Mental Health America


Every political jurisdiction is facing a crisis of funding and services for mental, emotional, behavioral and related physical disorders. The 2009 Institute of Medicine Report on the Prevention of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders has many hidden gems that can spell the difference of sinking or swimming in states, counties and communities all across America. This webinar outlines several highly cost-effective procedures any political jurisdiction can implement that save money rapidly and produce positive clinical or prevention benefits. Friday, September 9, 1:00 p.m. eastern time. Register online. 



The Key Update Newsletter

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-help Clearinghouse

August 30, 2011


In this issue:

  • Alternatives 2011 to Kick Off with Pre-Conference Arts Carnival
  • September 21st Rally in Washington to Focus Attention on Medicaid Reform
  • Foundation for Excellence Launches Website
  • National Organizations Partner to Address Needs of Individuals with Criminal Justice Involvement and Behavioral Health Issues
  • Café TA Center Announces Part Two of its Series on Organizational Sustainability
  • "Philosophical Counselors" Help People Deal with Life's Stresses
  • SAMHSA Launches Behavioral Health and HIV/AIDS Web Page
  • Study Finds That Gender Influences Mental Health Conditions
  • ACMHA Summit to Be Held March 21-23, 2012 in Charleston, SC
  • In Small Study, Response to Sad Movies Predicted Depression Relapse
  • By March 2013, All Federal Benefits Will Be Paid Electronically
  • More People Get Prescriptions for Psychiatric Drugs Without a Psychiatric Diagnosis
  • Deadline Approaches for Submission of Creative Works to Celebrate First National Wellness Week
  • Do You Operate, or Know of, a Warm Line?
  • Consumer-Driven Services Directory 




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