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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June, 2011

TEXAS NEWS

 

Guilty verdict for man accused in double murder

KTRK

May 31, 2011

 

RICHMOND, TX -- Jurors have reached a guilty verdict in the capital murder trial of a former prison guard accused of killing his wife and mother-in-law.  ...His attorney says this was a crime of passion compounded by Turner's ongoing struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the Gulf War.  ...Turner's attorney says the defendant did not cooperate with court-ordered psychological testing. Prosecutors say there was no evidence verified for trial that he had any bona fide mental health issues.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8161494 

 

 

Killer of Dallas security guard to die Wednesday

Austin American Statesman

May 31, 2011

 

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - ...Bradford, now 42, is set to die by injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville for the robbery-slaying more than 22 years ago.  ...Bradford had two trials. His first conviction in 1990 was thrown out by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which ruled that the trial judge in the case improperly denied psychiatric testimony obtained by Bradford's lawyers. He was tried a second time in 1995, convicted and sentenced again to death.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/killer-of-dallas-security-guard-to-die-wednesday-1509224.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Despite long wait, flood warnings make an impact

Austin American Statesman

May 31, 2011

 

...Experts said they didn't know of any work done to study the mental health implications based on how long people know a disaster is coming, though there are bodies of work on the impact that follows. About one-third of the people who endure disasters on the scale of the river flooding or the tornadoes can suffer anxiety, depression or other mental ailments for up to a year or two, said David Abramson, director of research at the Columbia center.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/despite-long-wait-flood-warnings-make-an-impact-1505849.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage 

 

 

New law requires stricter guidelines for nursing homes

Chicago Tribune

May 31, 2011

 

For years, deaths of disabled children at Illinois nursing homes faced little scrutiny. Regulators weren't always informed, coroners weren't notified - even some family members weren't told whether neglect was involved. But that could soon change as the Illinois Senate on Tuesday joined the state House in passing sweeping reforms to safeguard thousands of children and adults with severe developmental disabilities.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-disabled-kids-reforms-20110531,0,1526958.story 

 

 

Report: Private facilities in Va turn away 200 mentally ill deemed threat to themselves

The Washington Post

June 1, 2011

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A new report says Virginia is failing to protect mentally ill people from themselves and the public. The state report released Tuesday says private psychiatric facilities wouldn't admit about 200 people who posed a threat of serious harm to themselves or others between April 2010 and March 2011.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/report-private-facilities-in-va-turn-away-200-mentally-ill-deemed-threat-to-themselves/2011/06/01/AGDbMEGH_story.html 

 

 

Del. Senate passes gun check measure

San Antonio Express News

May 31, 2011

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Senate has approved a bill authorizing state agencies to send mental health records on individuals to a federal gun purchase background check database.  ...Congress passed a law after the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech requiring states to provide such information to the federal database, but Delaware and about 10 others states do not.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Del-Senate-passes-gun-check-measure-1403772.php 

 

 

Nev. panel ends mental health court uncertainty

San Antonio Express News

May 31, 2011

 

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada senators are putting the final nail in the coffin of a measure making counties pay for mental health courts.  ...Legislators had already restored money in the budget for the program. Killing the bill is an extra step to make sure the idea does not come back this session.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Nev-panel-ends-mental-health-court-uncertainty-1403566.php 

 

 

Mental health management changes OK'd by NC House

San Antonio Express News

May 31, 2011

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A bill directing North Carolina's local mental health treatment system to offer coverage through a managed-care model is heading to the House floor.  ...The change is designed to save money in part by limiting the number of service providers. The current model requires local management offices to accept all willing and eligible Medicaid providers.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Mental-health-management-changes-OK-d-by-NC-House-1403559.php 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Feds Cutting Fees, Requirements For High-Risk Health Insurance Pools

Kaiser Health News

May 31, 2011

 

Trying to spur enrollment in a key new benefit of the 2010 health law, the Obama administration announced today it is slashing premiums for new high-risk insurance plans and no longer requiring applicants to submit a rejection letter from private insurers. Since the plans were introduced in most states last summer, enrollment has fallen far short of expectations; only about 18,000 people have signed up. The Congressional Budget Office had estimated that as many as 4 million uninsured Americans would be eligible and that 200,000 would be enrolled by 2013. The government set aside $5 billion to fund the plans.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/May/31/high-risk-health-insurance-pools-hhs.aspx 

 

 

Some States Moving Ahead With Health Insurance Exchanges

Kaiser Health News

May 31, 2011

 

In today's Health on the Hill segment, Christine Vestal of Stateline joins KHN's Mary Agnes Carey and Jackie Judd to assess the progress - or lack thereof - states are making setting up insurance exchanges. They're required by the health law and they must be set up by 2014, to provide a online marketplace for people to buy insurance.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Multimedia/2011/May/053111-health-on-the-hill.aspx 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Campaigners warn over incapacity benefit changes

British Broadcasting Corporation

June 1, 2011

 

Government changes to the benefits system are already having a devastating effect on people with mental health problems, campaigners have said. The group, including charity Mind, strongly criticised the work capability assessment (WCA), which will be used to reassess people on incapacity benefit. In a letter to the Guardian, they said the changes were causing "huge" distress and had resulted in suicides.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13611298 

 

 

Psychological aftershocks rattle Japanese

Los Angeles Times

May 31, 2011

 

Reporting from Tokyo- A few days after Japan's magnitude 9 earthquake struck, physician Munetaka Ushio was making his rounds visiting patients when he felt the unnerving sensation of the earth moving beneath his feet. Dizzy and unsettled, he fell into a chair and waited out what he thought was another of the hundreds of aftershocks that have rocked Japan since the disastrous March 11 earthquake and accompanying tsunami.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-japan-earthquake-sickness-20110601,0,1409595.story 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Don't leave Austin's needy out in the cold

Austin American Statesman

May 31, 2011

 

There is little doubt that the Austin City Council had good intentions in proposing a new system for selecting social service contracts that the city would finance next year and beyond.  ...Their loss is our loss because Austin loses shelters for the homeless, services for people with mental illness or disabilities and programs that help people lift themselves from poverty, among other things. Without city financing, the Salvation Army estimates that it would have to cut services for at least 900 people, including women and children - the city's fastest growing homeless population.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/dont-leave-austins-needy-out-in-the-cold-1510227.html 

 

 

Bipolar disorder not all that common

San Angelo Standard Times

May 30, 2011

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas - ...Only about one percent of the adult population has this disorder. Some people are under the impression that bipolar disorder is a fairly new mental illness. This is not the case. It used to be known as manic/depressive disorder.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/may/30/evi-shaw-bipolar-disorder-not-all-that-common/ 

 

 

Too costly for prison

Los Angeles Times

June 1, 2011

 

...Martinez is just one of dozens of sick, aged, infirm and even comatose inmates who authorities say pose no further threat to the public, yet who together cost state taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually because of their medical treatment and security requirements. In 2010, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, calling such expenditures a waste, signed a "medical parole" bill into law under which inmates who are deemed "permanently medically incapacitated" may be released and their medical costs shifted to themselves or their families. If for some unanticipated reason an inmate's condition were to improve, he or she could be sent back to prison.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-parole-20110531,0,2002991.story 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Knowledge About Mental Illness Increases Likelihood Of Seeking Help

Medical News Today

June 1, 2011

 

Increased knowledge about mental illness, attitudes of tolerance toward people with mental illness, and support for providing them with care in the community lead to an increased likelihood of individuals seeking help, according to research appearing in the June issue of the American Psychiatric Association's journal Psychiatric Services.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/227047.php 

 

 

Patients With Mental Illness Have Higher Mortality After Heart Attacks But Receive Inferior Care

Medical News Today

June 1, 2011

 

New research from the University of Leicester raises concerns about higher than expected mortality following acute coronary events such as heart attack in those with significant mental ill health. Researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK and Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute in Australia examined 22 previous studies involving 825,754 individuals, comparing care given to those with and without serious mental disorders.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/227050.php 

 

 

Link Between Childhood ADHD and Substance Abuse Risk Supported by Long-Term Study Data

Science Daily News

May 31, 2011

 

Analysis of data from two long-term studies of the impact of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on the development of psychiatric disorders in young adults confirms that ADHD alone significantly increases the risk of cigarette smoking and substance abuse in both boys and girls. The report from a team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators will appear in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and has been released online.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110531115410.htm 

 

 

Life expectancy reduced in patients with serious mental illnesses

Med Wire News

June 1, 2011

 

Patients with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses (SMIs) have significantly reduced life expectancy compared with the general population, research shows. "Higher general and specific causes of mortality in all or specific age groups have been identified for people with SMIs in a range of settings," explain Chin-Kuo Chang (King's College London, UK) and team.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/92487/Psychiatry/Life_expectancy_reduced_in_patients_with_serious_mental_illnesses.html 

 

 

Binge eating disorder linked to hypomania

Med Wire News

June 1, 2011

 

Obese patients with binge eating disorder (BED) are at increased risk for bipolar spectrum symptoms, results from an Italian study suggest. Writing in the Journal of Affective Disorders, Luca Lavagnino and colleagues from the University of Turin explain: "The relationship of mood disorders with binge eating and obesity has been the subject of much research. Depression has been shown to be frequently associated with obesity, and it often presents with comorbid binge eating."

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/92488/Psychiatry/Binge_eating_disorder_linked_to_hypomania.html 

 

 

Melatonin may be key to summer depression

Los Angeles Times

June 1, 2011

 

Melatonin may hold the key, or one key, to treatment of summer seasonal depression. The hormone, produced naturally by the human body, is frequently taken as a supplement to help travelers adjust to new night and day cycles and to help insomniacs get to sleep. Very early research suggests that this ability to affect the body's circadian rhythms could make the hormone a potential treatment for depression triggered by seasonal changes as well.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-depression-treatments-20110601,0,6745764.story 

 

 

ERs Frequented by Kids With Behavioral Problems: Report

HealthDay News

June 1, 2011

 

Regular outpatient care has not kept children and teenagers with mental health issues and behavioral problems from making repeat visits to the emergency room (ER), according to a new study. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center found that more often than not, children who repeatedly end up in the ER do not actually have life-threatening emergencies.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/06/01/ers-frequented-by-kids-with-behavioral-pr 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Living with Schizophrenia

British Broadcasting Corporation

June 1, 2011

 

Schizophrenia is a type of psychotic illness and is a longterm mental health condition. On BBC Radio Cornwall's lunchtime phone in on Wednesday 1 June, Laurence Reed hosted a debate about schizophrenia and pyschosis, along with experts from Cornwall. The BBC iplayer will carry the programme for seven days after its broadcast. The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has provided the following information about schizophrenia and pyschosis:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-13612745 

 

 

Standing Up for Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness (blog)

June 1, 2011

 

A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand-you cannot have one, without the other. As part of my work today I continue to stress the importance of staying active, as it helps lead to improved mental health.

http://blog.nami.org/ 

 

 

Looking for the causes of summertime blues

Los Angeles Times

June 1, 2011

 

The causes of summertime depression are not well understood. But then, the condition was identified only recently and remains an understudied area of research. Winter depression was first described in a 1984 study, and the summer form of seasonal depression was described in a 1987 study. Seasonal patterns of depression were officially recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1987.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-depression-causes-20110601,0,871539.story 

 

 

Leo Rangell dies at 97; leading psychoanalyst

Los Angeles Times

June 1, 2011

 

Dr. Leo Rangell, a leading psychoanalyst who argued forcefully that theoretical fads and factions threatened to erode consumer confidence in the field founded by Sigmund Freud more than 100 years ago, died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He was 97. The cause was complications from surgery, said his daughter Judith Alley.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-leo-rangell-20110601,0,3395289.story 



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