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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

September, 2012

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Today's Clips - September 18, 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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Is state paying off bonds for county-owned psychiatric hospital?

Austin American-Statesman

September 17, 2012


The Department of State Health Services has spent more than $2 million on bond interest for a psychiatric hospital that it doesn't own and that was championed by Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams. ... If its allocations remain the same, State Health Services will eventually pay off the entire $32 million Montgomery County borrowed to finance the hospital, he said. 



Medicaid Woes Subject of House Committee Hearing

The Texas Tribune

September 17, 2012


... In an effort to curb costs last session, lawmakers expanded Medicaid managed care, the health plan that oversees care for impoverished Texans, to South Texas, the border region and previously underserved areas. They made two other budget-saving moves: reducing state reimbursement rates to providers who care for "dual-eligible" patients - people who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare - and crafting a health budget that did not account for Medicaid enrollment growth. 



Houston police shoot man believed to have gun

Houston Chronicle

September 17, 2012


... Police say the man was interviewed at the hospital and investigators learned he has a history of mental illness and has attempted suicide several times. Police say it appears that the man was trying to commit suicide by provoking the police. 



Bipolar disorder cited in man's fatal stabbing

San Antonio Express-News

September 17, 2012


... Bipolar disorder impairs judgment, and on top of that Vogt was a follower who was very controlled by his younger co-defendant, defense attorneys alleged. 





Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment Changing

California Healthline

September 17, 2012


... One of the most significant changes, according to substance abuse treatment providers and mental health advocates, is their interpretation that the Affordable Care Act requires adherence to the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. 



Improving VA health services for women vets

The Washington Post

September 15, 2012


... The idea, now being implemented, is designed for women to go to one provider and receive a range of services, including annual physicals, blood tests, mental health services, gynecological care and mammograms. 



Urgent Care Centers Are Booming, Which Worries Some Doctors

Kaiser Health News

September 17, 2012


... An estimated 3 million patients visit them each week, according to the Urgent Care Association of America ... Some physicians groups warn that the overreliance on the centers can complicate efforts to improve health through better coordination of care. "Family doctors take a more holistic view of a person," said Glen Stream, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. If a teenager comes in with lacerations, for instance, a family doctor might broach the subject of alcohol or drug use, he said. 



Evaluating Risk For Violence Among Patients With Mental Illness

Medical News Today

September 18, 2012


Mental health professionals, who often are tasked with evaluating and managing the risk of violence by their patients, may benefit from a simple tool to more accurately make a risk assessment, according to a recent study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco. 





States Seek a Middle Ground on Medicaid

The Wall Street Journal

September 18, 2012


A handful of states are considering only partially expanding their Medicaid programs under the federal health-care overhaul-a new twist on how states are interpreting the Supreme Court's ruling on the law. 



HHS, VA demonstrate secure sharing of sensitive health information

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

September 17, 2012


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a demonstration of the standards to allow sensitive health information to be shared responsibly and to comply with confidentiality laws and regulations among providers using electronic health records (EHRs). . 



Limits Placed on Immigrants in Health Care Law

The New York Times

September 17, 2012


WASHINGTON - The White House has ruled that young immigrants who will be allowed to stay in the United States as part of a new federal policy will not be eligible for health insurance coverage under President Obama's health care overhaul.



Medicaid Helps Washington, D.C., Clinic Care For Ex-Prisoners


September 17, 2012


... When prisoners get out, they often don't have jobs and, therefore, don't have health coverage. The insurance piece could be changing soon, though. The eligibility requirements for Medicaid are expanding in 2014 as a part of the health overhaul law. Right now, Medicaid in most states is mainly targeted toward children, families and the disabled.



Grappling With Details Of Medicare Proposals

The New York Times

September 17, 2012


... The proposals keep changing, and some are short on details. No one is certain what health care costs will be in the coming years.





Stress, depression may affect cancer survival


September 14, 2012


... A team of researchers led by Lorenzo Cohen, professor of general oncology and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, found that symptoms of depression among a group of patients with late-stage renal cell carcinoma were associated with an increased risk of death. 



Exercise May Prevent Stress and Anxiety, Study Suggests


September 18, 2012


... A new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health found that moderate exercise can help people manage future stress and anxiety, and the emotional and mental health benefits of exercise may last long after a workout ends. 



CAPE effective for detecting patients at ultra-high risk for psychosis

MedWire News

September 18, 2012


The Community Assessment of Psychic Experience (CAPE) questionnaire is an effective instrument for identifying individuals at ultra-high risk (UHR) for psychosis, researchers report. 



Nutrient intake linked to depression risk

MedWire News

September 18, 2012


Increased intakes of zinc, magnesium, and folate are associated with a reduced risk for depression in women, results from an Australian study show. 



Improving Memory for Specific Events Can Alleviate Symptoms of Depression


September 17, 2012


... Research has shown that people who suffer from, or are at risk of, depression have difficulty tapping into specific memories from their own past, an impairment that affects their ability to solve problems and leads them to focus on feelings of distress. 



Behavior Issues Are a Bigger Headache for Children With Migraines, Research Reveals


September 17, 2012


Kids who get migraine headaches are much more likely than other children to also have behavioral difficulties, including social and attention issues, and anxiety and depression. The more frequent the headaches, the greater the effect, according to research out now in the journal Cephalagia, published by SAGE. 





Matthew Quick talks 'Silver Linings' and suicide in YA books

Los Angeles Times

September 17, 2012


...  Mental health themes run throughout all of my books, and David was very respectful about the way he presented the same mental health issues on screen. I feel as though the movie is a great gift for the mental health community, and I think it'll get a lot of productive mental health dialogue going.,0,6819365.story


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