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June, 2011

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

Texas teachers may get student criminal histories

San Antonio Express-News

June 14, 2011

 

DALLAS (AP) - Texas is close to enacting a law that would provide teachers with detailed information about the criminal histories of their students, opening juvenile files that have always been confidential and are unavailable in most states. ... The issue is particularly sensitive for teachers in Tyler, where special education teacher Todd Henry was stabbed to death in his classroom by a 16-year-old student who had been released by the youth commission. The student who stabbed Henry had been released because he was suffering from schizophrenia and other psychological problems that couldn't be treated in custody.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Texas-teachers-may-get-student-criminal-histories-1421965.php

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Not Just for Kids: ADD a Growing Problem for Adults

MyFox Houston

June 14, 2011

 

... According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.4 million children have attention deficit hypersensitive disorder ( ADHD), and while the vast majority of kids will grow out of it, about 4 percent of the U.S. population will continue to suffer with this condition. However, ADHD is a fairly new disorder, which means adults who are in their 40s and beyond were left to suffer silently as children.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/national/foxnews/Not-Just-for-Kids-ADD-a-Growing-Problem-for-Adults_85208326

 

 

Big Spring State Hospital Helping Patients Get Back Into the Community

NewsWest 9

June 13, 2011

 

BIG SPRING - You could call it shopping therapy but it's a little different from what you may have in Midland. It's a new program at the Big Spring State Hospital aimed at helping patients integrate back into their communities.

http://www.newswest9.com/story/14899938/big-spring-state-hospital-helping-patients-integrate-in-to-the-community

 

 

Mental health clinic celebrates new setting

Boerne Star

June 13, 2011

 

The Kendall County Mental Health Center - until recently in a small, Blanco Street house with outdated "MHMR" signage - celebrated the grand opening of its new location Friday afternoon.

http://boernestar.com/news/article_365f9a0c-9637-11e0-bbfd-001cc4c002e0.html

 

 

Houston woman has spent a lifetime helping elderly homeless

Houston Chronicle

June 14, 2011

 

... Desselle's nonprofit has helped more than 10,000 people who are 50 and older. Besides basic needs, the center provides residents with assistance in obtaining medical services, applying for benefits, counseling, job training and replacing identification. Residents usually stay at the shelter six to eight months. Some stay longer depending on their situation.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7609221.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Oregon House votes to outlaw 'suicide kits'

Houston Chronicle

June 13, 2011

 

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon House voted Monday to make it illegal to knowingly sell a product intended to help another person commit suicide, a move that targets companies selling so-called suicide kits that can be bought on the Internet.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/washington/7608948.html

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Out-Of-Network Ambulance Rides Can Bring Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

Kaiser Health News

June 14, 2011

 

When you're calling for an ambulance, chances are good that you won't think to ask for one that's in your health plan's provider network. And in most cases, you wouldn't have much control over who it is anyway. That could leave you with hassles and extra charges for an out-of-network ride. This spring, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts launched a policy aimed at getting more emergency medical services providers to join its network: It began sending checks for out-of-network private ambulance rides directly to plan members rather than to the EMS providers.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Features/Insuring-Your-Health/Michelle-Andrews-on-Ambulance-Fees.aspx

 

 

Obama Plan To Cut Pediatric Training Draws Protests

Kaiser Health News

June 13, 2011

 

The Obama administration's bid to slash funding for training pediatricians at children's hospitals is provoking intense protests from medical educators and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Earlier this year, the administration, as part of its 2012 budget, proposed terminating a program that provides more than $300 million a year to the 56 free-standing children's hospitals around the country, which train 40 percent of the nation's pediatricians and 43 percent of pediatric sub-specialists. In addition, it cut $48 million from the program last month as part of the overall spending reductions for the current year that were in the budget agreement reached with Congress.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/June/13/pediatric-residencies-childrens-hospitals.aspx

 

 

GOP Governors Seek More Medicaid Flexibility

Kaiser Health News

June 14, 2011

 

Although not all Republican governors are pushing to change Medicaid into a block-grant program, there seems to be general agreement for seeking greater flexibility in how states spend Medicaid dollars. Reports also persist that some Democratic lawmakers appear open to plans to chip away at Medicaid's requirements.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2011/June/14/medicaid-future.aspx

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Good Sleep Raises Quality of Life, Lowers Depression

Health Day News

June 14, 2011

 

People who get six to nine hours of sleep each night rate their quality of life higher and are less likely to feel depressed than those who sleep less, according to a new study. But, sleeping more than nine hours each night is ill-advised, the researchers found.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=653850

 

 

Child Care Can Help Kids With Depressed Moms

Health Day News

June 13, 2011

 

Young children whose moms suffer from depression are at heightened risk for behavioral troubles, but a new study shows that day care may help ease the risk. The effect was seen even when kids were placed in day care for as little as three hours a week, the Australian researchers said.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=653791

 

 

Suicidal Ideation Can Be Reduced By Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy For Insomnia

Medical News Today

June 14, 2011

 

Treating sleep problems with cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia can reduce suicidal ideation, suggests a research abstract that will be presented Tuesday, June 14, in Minneapolis, Minn., at SLEEP 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228412.php

 

 

Randomized Study Combining L-Methylfolate With Antidepressant Shows Significant Boost In Patient Response

Medical News Today

June 14, 2011

 

New findings from a multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study of Deplin® 15mg (L-methylfolate) added to commonly prescribed antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) showed that all patients who achieved remission at 30 days using Deplin® 15mg adjuvant therapy, and who chose to enter a 12 month maintenance phase, maintained their remission after a year of treatment.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228442.php



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