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

September, 2011

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Today's Clips - September 15, 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.




Texas Health Resources, UT Southwestern will collaborate more

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

September 14, 2011


Arlington-based Texas Health Resources and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas said Wednesday that they plan to collaborate more on research, medical education and healthcare delivery. Options could include creating an accountable care organization, a new entity called for in federal healthcare reform legislation.



Powers wants medical school and other kinds of healing

Austin American-Statesman

September 14, 2011


William Powers Jr., president of the University of Texas, wants a medical school. ... And it marked the first time that he has publicly embraced the long-discussed notion of a medical school in Austin. A collaboration involving the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the Seton Healthcare Family has increased medical education and research here in the past few years, he noted.



Fire didn't snuff out love of music

KXAN - Austin

September 14, 2011


BASTROP, TEXAS (KXAN) - It took a little more than a week to get the Disastronauts Foundation up and running. ... Ceresia said the foundation is not just designed to help musicians buy new instruments but it will have a holistic approach providing counseling and mental health services to help musicians find their passion again.



San Jacinto College lends helping hand to local veteran agencies

Your Houston News

September 14, 2011


...Once a veteran is inside a VA care program, screening programs help to identify any mental health issues, and special efforts are made for those who are considered high risk. The new data showed that suicide rates have lowered for those veterans 18 to 29 that use VA health care services than those who do not, saving 250 lives each year.





Nursing homes try to reduce use of powerful antipsychotic drugs for dementia patients

Washington Post

September 14, 2011


... Antipsychotics are meant primarily to help control hallucinations, delusions and other abnormal behavior in people suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but they're also given to hundreds of thousands of elderly nursing home patients in the U.S. to pacify aggressive and paranoid behavior related to dementia. The drugs can limit seniors' ability to effectively communicate, socialize or participate in everyday life. But a series of warnings has prompted a movement of nursing homes trying to reduce the decades-old practice, often resulting in remarkably positive changes. 



Judge Blocks Fla. Law Restricting Doctors' Gun Talk

National Public Radio

September 15, 2011


A federal judge in Miami has blocked enforcement of a first-in-the-nation Florida law restricting what physicians can say about guns to their patients. ... The measure was watered down by state lawmakers to allow exceptions. For example, a doctor could ask a person with mental problems about guns at home. 



Sharing the Stresses of Being a Doctor

New York Times

September 15, 2011


... The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare has for the last 15 years run a program known simply as Schwartz Rounds. Held on a monthly or bimonthly basis in hospitals, nursing homes, community health centers and academic medical centers across the country, these rounds, or meetings, are an opportunity for clinicians to discuss emotionally challenging cases or issues in their work. Led by a trained facilitator, the rounds attract up to 200 doctors, nurses, social workers and other caregivers and employees. There is a strict code of confidentiality. Typical topics include cases in which a clinician and patient can no longer communicate effectively because of differing religious views, instances in which a caregiver makes mistakes and situations in which patients or their family members become violent with caregivers. 



For Joplin's Children, Tornado's Effects Persist

National Public Radio

September 15, 2011


The tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., in May destroyed a third of the town and killed 162 people. While the storm lasted just minutes, the psychological damage continues, and the community is mobilizing to cope with continuing trauma. The city's children are dealing with both the unsettling effects of the tornado and what the loss, disruption and heartache is doing to their parents. ... Most children shake it off in a few weeks; others struggle with mental illness. Either way, Graves says, early trauma undermines a child's ability to cope with stress later. 



More veterans are using PTSD as defense in criminal cases

Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2011


As awareness of the disorder grows, veterans' lawyers are finding juries sympathetic. But the case of Joshua Stepp, who admitted killing an infant girl, is testing how far that defense can go.,0,1770739.story 



Mentally ill and behind bars: What to do about Melissa? A mom's heartbreaking question

Chicago Tribune

September 15, 2011


... While jail is not an ideal place for a person needing psychiatric care, for now it might be the safest temporary option for Melissa, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In the past she has wandered the streets, committed petty crimes, overdosed on heroin and been assaulted by drug dealers. Arrested for robbery at a Whole Foods store in Chicago a year ago, she has been in jail ever since. Soon a criminal court judge will have to decide: What do we do with Melissa?,0,7525213.story 





As U.S. poverty rates climb, so may health woes for the poor

Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2011


Poverty levels are up in the U.S., the Census Bureau reports, with the percentage of Americans living in poverty at its highest point since 1993. That will likely translate into increasing health issues for those people, since being poor seems inexorably linked to poor health.,0,4580772.story 



Arizona court agrees to hear challenge to state's eligibility reductions for Medicaid program

Washington Post

September 14, 2011


PHOENIX - The Arizona Court of Appeals has agreed to consider an appeal of a judge's ruling that Gov. Jan Brewer can legally reduce enrollment in Arizona's Medicaid program to help balance the state budget. The state has imposed new limits on enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling in the state program. The limits affect certain enrollment categories, including childless adults. 



California could pose problem for Obama's healthcare reform

Los Angeles Times

September 15, 2011


For more than a year, as conservative states have battled President Obama's sweeping healthcare law, California was supposed to be a model that showed the law's promise. But the state is emerging as one of the biggest headaches for the White House in its bid to help states bring millions of Americans into the healthcare system starting in 2014.,0,7723001.story 



Medicaid Advocates Seek Recognition Of Safety Net's Value

Kaiser Health News

September 24, 2011


It's good news for Medicaid advocates that the program will be spared from cuts if the deficit reduction "super committee" is unsuccessful in its effort to squeeze about $1.5 trillion in savings from the federal budget. But failure to reach consensus on cuts is hardly an ideal scenario, according to an advocate for cancer patients. ... Patient advocates have a variety of interests to protect when it comes to the deficit reduction committee, ranging from funding for medical research to Medicare, so it's difficult to know just who would come out ahead if across-the-board cuts are triggered in the absence of a deal. 



Campaign aims to sign up Americans for health insurance

Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2011


Giving a boost to the new healthcare law, a coalition of hospitals, insurers, drug makers and consumer advocates is joining a multimillion-dollar campaign to get Americans signed up for health insurance starting in 2014. The new nonprofit group, called Enroll America, plans a state-by-state effort to publicize the expanded availability of health coverage and to help state leaders put in place procedures to simplify enrollment.,0,6543205.story 





Mentally Ill In Indonesia Still Live In Chains

National Public Radio

September 15, 2011


... Nengah's situation is not unique in Indonesia, where the mentally ill are often locked in chicken coops or chained up in family yards to prevent them from disturbing the community. A shortage of psychiatrists, limited mental health services, stigma and misinformation about mental illness are some of the reasons people here go without treatment. In a country of 240 million people, there are less than 600 psychiatrists, many of them based in urban centers. Dr. Irmansyah, the director of mental health at Indonesia's Health Ministry, estimates that around 30,000 people are living in restraints, but gathering accurate information about them is difficult. 





Editorial: For mentally ill, justice fails again

Denver Post

September 14, 2011


The news of a lawsuit alleging unconstitutional delays in evaluating mentally ill inmates by the state hospital in Pueblo is enough to leave Coloradans with the disoriented feeling that they're in a time warp. How many times must the courts be called in to protect the rights of this state's mentally ill? How often will budgetary pressure be cited as a reason for apparent neglect? 



Bleak News on Health Insurance

New York Times

September 14, 2011


Nearly one million more Americans went without health insurance in 2010 than in 2009. This distressing news is further evidence of the need for government safety net programs and the national health care reforms that will take effect mostly in 2014. 





Improved Screening Needed By Primary Care Providers For Suicidal Tendencies In Teens

Medical News Today

September 15, 2011


Suicidal teens are not likely to get the mental healthcare they need. ...The researchers found that only 13 percent of teens with suicidal thoughts received mental health visits through their healthcare network and only 16 percent received services in the year after, despite being eligible for and having access to mental healthcare without a referral and with relatively small co-pays. 



Links Between Racial Discrimination, Stress and Health


September 14, 2011


... The consequences of psychological stress, resulting from racial discrimination, may contribute to racial health disparities in conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other age-associated diseases. 



OCD linked to psychosis development in high-risk patients

MedWire News

September 15, 2011


Persistent and incident obsessive compulsive disorder is associated with an increased risk for the development of psychotic disorders in patients at ultra-high risk for such conditions, Australian study results suggest. 



Psychologists Discover Oxytocin Receptor Gene's Link to Optimism, Self-Esteem


September 14, 2011


UCLA life scientists have identified for the first time a particular gene's link to optimism, self-esteem and "mastery," the belief that one has control over one's own life -- three critical psychological resources for coping well with stress and depression. 





The Hearing Voices Network USA Launches Website!

National Empowerment Center

September 14, 2011


In honor of World Hearing Voices Day, the Hearing Voices Network USA has chosen today, Wednesday, September 14th 2011 to officially launch our website.  We are joining countries across the world - including Australia, Greece, England, Wales, Denmark, the Netherlands and more - in finding a way to recognize this important date and celebrating the diversity of our human experiences. 



Nami Advocate

National Alliance on Mental Illness

September 2, 2011


In this issue:

  • NAMIWalks: Steps, Leaps and Bounds
  • Mental Illness in the Workplace
  • Only in Your Dreams: Revising Recurring Nightmares Can Help with PTSD Symptoms
  • Improving Cognition in Schizophrenia
  • Off to College and Living with Mental Illness? 





Foundations Step In to Help Grantees Weather State Budget Cuts, Report Finds

Philanthropy News Digest

September 15, 2011


Nearly 90 percent of the country's largest foundations report that at least some of the nonprofits they support have been severely affected by state budget cuts, a new study by the Foundation Center finds.  



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