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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

July, 2011

Today's Clips - July 20, 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.


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Suspect in Fort Hood shootings to be arraigned

Austin American Statesman

July 20, 2011


FORT HOOD, Texas - The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage nearly two years ago was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, his first courtroom appearance since the commander of the Texas Army post decided he would face the death penalty. Maj. Nidal Hasan, charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, could enter a plea or opt to wait until another hearing. According to military law, however, he cannot plead guilty because it is a death penalty case.



Good and bad state budget news for people with disabilities

Austin American Statesman

July 19, 2011


The recently passed Texas budget dealt people with disabilities good news, bad news and a couple of wild cards, and because the cuts didn't land evenly across the board, advocates are unsure how things will play out...The five state agencies whose responsibilities include providing services to people with physical, mental and other disabilities will receive about $53 billion in 2012 and 2013, down from $64.7 billion in the previous two-year state budget. But some programs, such as community mental health services, emerged intact.



Gregg County cuts $7 million

Kilgore News Herald

July 20, 2011


Gregg County officials geared up for the annual budget writing process this week as the Commissioners Court received their financial packets during Monday's meeting... [County Judge Bill] Stoudt said he and 14 other county representatives in the East Texas Council of Governments met recently to sign a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to work together to address mental health concerns across the region. The discussions included the possibility of building a regional mental health institution in the future.



City Council keeps planned cuts, approves lower tax rate

Corpus Christi Caller Times

- The City Council gave preliminary approval to a budget that will lower the tax rate by 1 cent... Last week, the council learned the appraisal district made a mistake in its initial estimates and property values actually had increased...The only major change council approved takes $54,000 of money that would have gone to reserves and gives it to the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center.



Health services expand for Tarrant County veterans

Fort Worth Star Telegram

July 19, 2011


FORT WORTH -- Newly degreed physicians from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine are now treating patients at the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department's outpatient clinic in Fort Worth, marking the first time the VA in North Texas has broadened its use of medical residents beyond its Dallas hospital.





Trends To Watch For Curbing Health Costs

Kaiser Health News

July 20, 2011


As President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill lawmakers scramble for ways to cut federal spending, changes to federal health entitlements have been a key negotiating point. Separately, hospitals, physicians and other health care providers are already moving forward with their own efforts to aggressively test a variety of initiatives to rein in costs. Emerging models include vigorous consolidation, better coordination of care, new financial arrangements among health care providers, and greater use of medical data to identify practices that lower costs.



Gang Of Six Deficit Plan: Executive Summary

Kaiser Health News

July 20, 2011


This bipartisan, comprehensive, and balanced plan consistent with the recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission that will:


  • Slash our nation's deficits by $3.7 trillion/$3.6 trillion over ten years under CBO's March 2011 baseline, or $4.65 trillion/$4.5 trillion under the original fiscal commission baseline (which used the President's 2011 budget request as the starting point for discretionary spending).
  • Stabilize our publicly-held debt by 2014.
  • Reduce our publicly-held debt to roughly 70% of our economy by 2021.
  • Impose unprecedented budget enforcement.





Mental-health problems require more than Band-Aid approach

The Durango Herald (Durango, Colorado)

July 20, 2011


Imagine you're at the office and your co-worker gets a paper cut, a really nasty one. How long until he or she gets a bandage out of a first-aid kit and stops the bleeding? Not too long. Now image you're at the office and your co-worker is becoming more and more depressed. How long until he or she receives first aid? One in four people in the United States is affected by mental illness in any given year. Whether it is us, our family members, neighbors or co-workers, mental illness is prevalent. I'd even go so far to say that mental illness is nearly as common as a paper cut. Most of us will have the experience.





Most mood disorder patients 'cognitively normal'

Med Wire News

July 20, 2011


Most adult patients with mood disorders do not have measurable cognitive impairments, study results show. "It is well established that mood disorders are associated with cognitive impairment" write Grant Iverson (British Columbia Mental Health & Addiction Services, Vancouver, Canada) and team.



Association Between Small Hippocampus And Depression In The Elderly: Risk Factor Or Shrinkage?

Medical News Today

July 20, 2011


Imaging studies have repeatedly found that people with depression have smaller hippocampal volumes than healthy individuals. The hippocampus is a brain region involved in learning and memory, spatial navigation, and the evaluation of complex life situations or "contexts". However, because in prior studies hippocampal volume was only measured in people once they became depressed, it has been unclear whether a small hippocampus renders a person vulnerable to developing depression, or whether it is a consequence of depression.



Two Antidepressants Given to Dementia Patients Ineffective: Study

Health Day News

July 20, 2011


The antidepressants most often prescribed to treat depression in dementia patients provide no appreciable relief, and may raise the risk for serious side effects, new British research suggests.



Patients Who Use Anti-Depressants Are More Likely to Suffer Relapse, Researcher Finds

Science Daily News

July 19, 2011

Patients who use anti-depressants are much more likely to suffer relapses of major depression than those who use no medication at all, concludes a McMaster researcher. In a paper that is likely to ignite new controversy in the hotly debated field of depression and medication, evolutionary psychologist Paul Andrews concludes that patients who have used anti-depressant medications can be nearly twice as susceptible to future episodes of major depression.



Mothers With Breastfeeding Difficulties More Likely to Suffer Postpartum Depression, Study Finds

Science Daily News

July 19, 2011


Women who have breastfeeding difficulties in the first two weeks after giving birth are more likely to suffer postpartum depression two months later compared to women without such difficulties.



REPORT: The Family Experience with Primary Care Physicians and Staff

National Alliance of Mental Illness


The National Alliance of Mental Illness conducted a survey of families which indicates there is a huge gap between family needs and primary care practitioner knowledge and resources.





Fort Hood soldiers heal through art

Your New Now - Austin

July 19, 2011


Flip through the book of photographs taken by Sgt. Michael Britton, and you'll see a side of the war in Afghanistan that usually goes unseen by many...Photography has always been a hobby for Britton, who said he's been known to grab a camera and head outdoors to relieve stress... Behavioral Health Care Manager Teresa McCrary said art provides soldiers with a way to communicate emotions associated with combat stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder without having to verbalize their feelings.



Recovery workshop this weekend

Austin American Statesman

July 19, 2011


Following in the footSTEPS of Dr. Bob and Bill W., founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Wally P has been sharing the message of recovery, nationally and internationally, for the last 22 years. He will be presenting the "Back to the Basics of Recovery" workshop, enacted exactly as it was in the 1940s, on Saturday, July 23rd from 9am - 4pm. Sunday, July 24th he is presenting a special one hour session on Step 11 and How to Listen to God from 10 - 11am. Both events are being held in the All Faith's Chapel on the campus of the historic and beautiful Austin State Hospital and is co-hosted by Communities for Recovery.


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