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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

August, 2012

Today's Clips - August 1, 2012  


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.


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CFHA Comes to Austin. You Should, Too!

Hogg Blog

July 30, 2012


The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) is hosting its annual conference in Austin this year. Lynda Frost, our director of planning and programs, is co-chairing the conference and I've had the pleasure of serving with her on the planning advisory committee. I can say with the utmost confidence-you won't want to miss it. CFHA promotes a comprehensive and cost-effective model of healthcare delivery that integrates mind and body, individual and family, patients, consumers, providers and communities. 





Disability Rights Groups Call for More Community Care

The Texas Tribune

July 31, 2012


As questions mount over how Medicaid reform could affect state institutions, disability rights advocates on Tuesday told a Senate committee that the state should expand access to community-based care services like home nursing and therapy. 



A&M regents expected to shift health-related schools

Austin American-Statesman

July 31, 2012


Texas A&M University would take over administration of the A&M System's medical, pharmacy and other health schools under a proposal expected to be approved Friday by regents. The College Station flagship would become the only public university in the state with its own medical school if the plan also gains approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and various accrediting agencies. 





Army reinstates medical center head in PTSD probe


August 1, 2012


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army has reinstated the head of a West Coast medical center and changed its screening system after an investigation into whether officials reversed soldiers' post-traumatic stress diagnoses to save money, senior leaders announced Tuesday.



Mass. lawmakers approve children services overhaul

San Antonio Express-News

August 1, 2012


BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved legislation designed to update the state's existing system for handling children who consistently run into trouble at home or at school, including runaways and students who are habitually truant. ... Supporters say the new program would divert children from the legal process when appropriate and instead provide behavioral, medical and mental health treatment. 



Millions of dollars may lie dormant in California's special funds

Los Angeles Times

July 31, 2012


... One of the widest gaps is in the Mental Health Services Fund. The Department of Finance said the fund had $793 million in June 2011, while the controller's office pegged the balance at almost $1.4 billion.,0,3266390.story



Veteran with PTSD, jailed on attempted murder charges, sues D.A.

Los Angeles Times

July 31, 2012


WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A North Carolina soldier diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder has filed a civil lawsuit against a local district attorney for allegedly failing to allow access to specialized PTSD treatment while the soldier is imprisoned on attempted-murder charges.,0,6057019.story





Employers Move to Adapt to Health Law

The Wall Street Journal

August 1, 2012


Two major provisions of the health-overhaul law take effect Wednesday, testing employers' ability to adapt to changes the measure mandates. The law requires employers to distribute millions of dollars in insurance-company refunds to workers whose plans spent a high percentage of their premium dollars on administrative expenses instead of medical care.





Looks for answers to homeless problem

Houston Chronicle

July 31, 2012


... Many factors may lead a person or family into, and then keep them in, homelessness. Some of these include mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, domestic violence, sexual abuse, unstable families, a lack of job skills or educational attainment, medical challenges or bills, the stress of returning home after military service and underemployment or the loss of employment. ... We, as a community, must look at such complex and multifaceted issues if we wish to ever effectively understand, address and end homelessness. The upcoming Community Charrette on Homelessness, which includes Houston, Harris County and Fort Bend County, is an opportunity to come together and do just that. 





Exercise May Ease Depression in Heart Failure Patients

The New York Times

July 31, 2012


Heart failure can take a heavy psychological toll, with many patients developing symptoms of depression. But a new study suggests that an exercise plan can ease the melancholy, creating improvements in mood that are comparable to the effects seen with medication. 



Even Mild Depression, Anxiety Hurts the Heart: Study


July 31, 2012


Even mild depression or anxiety may raise your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes, according to British researchers. And the greater the level of psychological distress, the higher the odds of death from heart disease, the researchers say. 



Poor Mental Health Linked To Premature Death

Medical News Today

August 1, 2012


A large study of English households finds that people who experience symptoms of psychological distress like anxiety, depression, or even minor mental health problems, have a lower life expectancy than people who do not. 



Anxiety And Depression Increase Risk Of Sick Leave

Medical News Today

August 1, 2012


Long-term sick leave is a burden for individuals and society at large, yet very little is known about the underlying reasons for it. Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, in collaboration with Australian and British institutes, have identified anxiety as a more important risk factor than previously thought. 



Deficit form of bipolar disorder supported

MedWire News

August 1, 2012


Results from a Japanese study support the existence of a bipolar disorder subtype characterized by pervasive negative symptoms. 



Schizophrenia brain changes 'due to disease rather than genes'

MedWire News

August 1, 2012


The brain abnormalities observed in patients with schizophrenia are primarily due to processes associated with the disease itself or its treatment, as opposed to being caused by genetic factors, the results of a Dutch study indicate.'.html 





After Aurora, Questions About Mass Murder and Mental Illness


July 31, 2012


For the mentally ill, who might be seen as canaries in this coal mine, stigma serves to wall them off from the social support and medical care that are necessary to spur recovery and prevent illness from leading to tragedy. As a society, we need to understand that risk does not equal destiny - and that believing it does is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's not wrong to see schizophrenia as a disease or even to appreciate its association with violence, but to view people with schizophrenia as hopeless can in some cases worsen their course unnecessarily.



American Psychiatric Nurses Association Announces Recipients of the 2012 APNA Annual Awards

Houston Chronicle

July 31, 2012


... The APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award this year goes to Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC in recognition for her vision, perseverance, dedication, initiative and facilitation in the delivery of mental health services to individuals, families and their communities


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