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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

September, 2014

NIH in Bold Move to Fight Gender Bias in Research

New Scientist

September 24, 2014


In 2012, Irving Zucker at the University of California, Berkeley, analysed sex bias in medical research and found that male bias was evident throughout numerous biomedical disciplines. The effect was most pronounced in neuroscience, with studies using only male subjects outnumbering those that used only females by 5.5 to 1.



Depression Lowers When Teens Learn They Can Change, Study Shows

UT Austin News

September 23, 2014


A low-cost, one-time intervention that educates teens about the changeable nature of personality traits may prevent depressive symptoms often seen during the transition to high school, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.



Brains Get Sick Too: How Neuroscience Can Teach Children About Mental Health

The Independent

September 24, 2014


If a child breaks their arm, everyone talks about how it broke and when it will heal. If a child becomes depressed, there is no frank discussion about what might be wrong with their brain. Why?





Request for Proposals: Mental Health Recovery-Oriented Research in Texas

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

September 22, 2014


The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites eligible organizations in Texas to respond to this request for proposals (RFP) to conduct mental health recovery-oriented research. The goal of this grant program is to support research that furthers knowledge of and evidence for recovery-oriented practices, including, but not limited to, research on person-centered care, innovative mental health supports, developing and evaluating recovery outcome measures, and peer specialist workforce issues.





Texas State Rep Wants to Fix Healthcare Workforce Shortage in Abilene


September 23, 2014


According to King, the state does not have enough nurses, mental health workers, therapists, psychiatrists, and doctors for our exploding population.



New Misdemeanor Court to Help Combat Veterans

Houston Chronicle

September 23, 2014


A DWI, a case of domestic violence, a budding alcohol or drug dependency: all potentially misdemeanor crimes and possible warning signs of the strains of post traumatic stress disorder in combat vets. They are among the types of offenses that will be heard in a new veterans court in Harris County, beginning in November.



National Accreditation Benefits Counseling Students, State

Patriot Talon

September 24, 2014


The University of Texas at Tyler's newly accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)program is fulfilling the needs of the students and the state. This national accreditation came at the perfect time to combat Texas' severe shortage in mental health workers, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services in their 2014 report, "The Mental Health Workforce Shortage in Texas."



Four San Antonio School Districts Win $2.2 Million in Grants

San Antonio Express-News

September 23, 2014


The grant will be used to train educators on how to encourage and maintain "appropriate positive behaviors" in students and staff, and to hire personnel and bring in national, state and local experts on how to best handle student behavior challenges.





Family's Suit Against NFL, Others Blames Concussions for Fomer Player's Suicide

Associated Press

September 24, 2014


The wife and sons of former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver sued the NFL for wrongful death, blaming sports-related concussions for his suicide last year.



Manning Sues Defense Dept. for Gender Treatment

Houston Chronicle

September 23, 2014


Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning asked a federal court Tuesday to order the Defense Department to provide hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender identity condition while she serves her 35-year sentence in military confinement.





New Report: Health Insurance Marketplace Will Have 25 Percent More Issuers in 2015

U.S. Health and Human Services News

September 23, 2014


A report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that consumers will have more choices as they shop for quality, affordable coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015, because there will be a net 25 percent increase in the number of issuers offering Marketplace coverage in 2015.



Report: Difficulties Likely to Persist in Enrolling Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders

Kaiser Health News

September 24, 2014


Language and cultural issues, along with immigration concerns, could still pose major barriers to enrolling Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in health insurance plans this fall, according to a report released Wednesday by Action for Health Justice, an advocacy coalition that aims to educate these populations about the health law.



A New Way Insurers Are Shifting Costs to the Sick

Pacific Standard

September 23, 2014


Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say insurers may be doing so in a more subtle way: by forcing people with a variety of illnesses-including Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and epilepsy-to pay more for their drugs.





Show House Riles Mental Health Lobby

West Australian

September 24, 2014


A mental health lobby group wants Perth Royal Show organisers to shut a haunted house based on a 17th century mental asylum in which actors pretend to be inmates.





The Fascinating Reason Why Women Have Better Memories Than Men

Business Insider

September 23, 2014


If you want to remember the ridiculousness of your childhood, don't ask your brother, ask your sister - since psychology research suggests that women remember things faster, more accurately, and in greater detail than men.



Violent Media Effects 'In the Brain of the Beholder'

Medscape News

September 24, 2014


Whether exposure to violent media can have an effect on the brain depends on the level of aggression an individual has beforehand -- and on their specific brain circuitry, new research suggests.



ECT Benefits Demonstrated in Randomised Controlled Trial

MedWire News

September 24, 2014


Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is more effective than pharmacological treatment for the reduction of depressive symptoms in patients with treatment-resistant bipolar depression, Norwegian study data show.



Unique Interaction Discovered Between Brain Regions Involved in Addiction and Depression

Medical News Today

September 24, 2014


NIDA IRP researchers have discovered a unique interaction between a nerve cell in the brain's ventral tegmental area and the lateral habenula - a pathway implicated in mental health disorders such as addiction and depression.



Weight Loss Possible for Mentally Ill Patients

MedWire News

September 24, 2014


The STRIDE lifestyle intervention helps individuals taking antipsychotics to lose weight and improve their fasting glucose levels, study findings indicate.



Aimed to Help Front-line Clinicians Save Lives

National Institute of Mental Health

September 23, 2014


Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide (ED-STARS), a recently-launched study in a network of hospital emergency departments (EDs) across the country, will develop and test a personalized, computer-based suicide risk screening tool for teenagers.



Few Kids Receive Psychotherapy Along with Medication for ADHD, Study Finds


September 22, 2014


About one quarter of commercially-insured children who are treated with medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder also receive psychotherapy, and the percentage is far lower in many parts of the country, according to a new RAND Corporation study.



Walking Off Depression and Beating Stress Outdoors? Nature Group Walks Linked to Improved Mental Health


September 23, 2014


Group nature walks are linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being, according to the study conducted by the University of Michigan, with partners from De Montfort University, James Hutton Institute, and Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom.





Treating Homeless People Like Criminals

New York Times

September 24, 2014


Homelessness has many causes, starting with the lack of affordable apartments, decent jobs, education, mental-health care and addiction treatment. But tackling those problems is complicated and expensive and makes politicians' heads hurt.





Evidence Depression Isn't Just 'All in Your Head'

Huffington Post

September 24, 2014


Regardless of how it personally feels, what many people don't know is that the illness can also take a physical toll on the body. Those symptoms, combined with the emotional side effects, have the potential to be draining.



10 Things You Should Never Say to Someone with Bipolar Disorder

The Guardian

September 23, 2014


In this instance, many people vowed never to set foot in a Joy store again, while other people with bipolar disorder took to Twitter to say they couldn't see what all the fuss was about. I can't speak for everyone with bipolar; we are 1-3% of the world's population after all, but here's a few pointers on not what to say to someone with the illness.


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