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Hogg Foundation News Clips
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June, 2010

Today’s Clips – June 9, 2010

 

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.

 

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TEXAS NEWS

 

With Brain Injuries, Soldiers Face Battle For Care

National Public Radio

June 9, 2010

 

Previously, NPR and ProPublica reported that the military has failed to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mild traumatic brain injuries, which doctors also call concussions, do not leave visible scars but can cause lasting mental and physical problems. At Fort Bliss, we found that even soldiers who are diagnosed with such injuries often do not receive the treatment they need.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127542820

 

 

With execution a week away, Powell appeals

Austin American-Statesman

June 9, 2010

 

An attorney for David Lee Powell, who is set to be executed next week in the fatal shooting of an Austin police officer more than 30 years ago, asked Tuesday that his death sentence be withdrawn and that a punishment of life in prison be imposed instead… He was found guilty and sentenced to death within months of the shooting. He appealed his conviction, saying that he had talked to a psychiatrist without being warned of his rights, and received a new trial in 1991.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/with-execution-a-week-away-powell-appeals-735684.html

 

 

New center to benefit at-risk kids

San Antonio Express News

June 8, 2010

 

Baptist Child and Family Services will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its new San Antonio Transition Center, the first and only one of its kind in Texas. Operated by BCFS in partnership with multiple state and local government agencies, the center will serve as a one-stop shop for counseling, educational support, life skills training and more.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/New_center_to_benefit_at-risk_kids_95928269.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Oil spill makes it vital to keep morale up in Gulf region

USA Today

June 8, 2010

 

They say that anything that can distract Gulf Coast residents from the trauma of the oil spill — whether it's prayer, a party or just venting their anger — may help prevent the long-term mental health consequences that have plagued previous disasters, such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-06-08-oil-morale_N.htm

 

 

From life in uniform to life on the streets: New program seeks to aid homeless vets with mental illness

Chicago Tribune

June 9, 2010

 

The Thresholds Veterans Project will target homeless vets with mental illnesses, offering a range of services from housing to treatment to peer support to employment-skills training … Thresholds has been serving people with mental illness throughout the Chicago area for more than 50 years. Anthony Zipple, Thresholds' CEO, said that particularly with large numbers of veterans starting to return from long conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, agency officials saw a need that they were in a good position to address.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/ct-x-c-veterans-project-20100609,0,1710936.story

 

 

Mental-health advocates: Late state budget to create “havoc”

Politics on the Hudson (blog)

June 8, 2010

 

Mental-health advocates said today that the late state budget will have “devastating” consequences for patients who receive services from non-profit agencies that contract with the state. Without the July 1 quarterly payment, organizations that comprise the mental health “safety net” are in jeopardy, including those that provide assistance in the areas of housing, employment, emergency and crisis services, and others, leaders of non-profits said.

http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2010/06/08/mental-health-advocates-late-state-budget-to-create-havoc/

 

 

Parents of Keaton Otis hope his death can lead to mental health reforms

OregonLive.com

June 8, 2010

 

Felesia Otis feared her son was starving to death, but a psychiatric nurse practitioner told her that Keaton didn't meet the criteria for a mental health commitment. So now Felesia Otis, 50, and her husband, Joseph Otis, 51, are speaking out. They are pushing for reforms that would broaden the "imminent danger" requirement for mental health commitments, set up a formal way to assess a person's risk to themselves, and provide alternative avenues for immediate mental health care.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/06/parents_of_keaton_otis_hope_hi.html

 

 

Schizophrenic man jailed after allegedly threatening judge

Chicago Tribune

June 9, 2010

 

The arrest this spring of Adam Rotheimer, who allegedly threatened a Lake County judge, raised a tough question: Where is the line between mental illness and criminal behavior?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northnorthwest/ct-met-psychiatric-case-woodstock-20100609,0,5101302.story

 

 

Bush lawyer posts bail on attempted murder count

Austin American-Statesman

June 8, 2010

 

STAMFORD, CONN. — A former White House attorney charged with trying to kill his wife at their Connecticut home has posted bail and is undergoing treatment at a mental hospital.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/bush-lawyer-posts-bail-on-attempted-murder-count-733973.html

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Breaking the Shackles of Mental Illness

Jakarta Globe (Indonesia)

June 8, 2010

 

… Mental health care remains scarce in Indonesia, especially in rural areas, so families and communities use the restraints, known as pasung , to prevent the mentally ill from hurting themselves or others... A training program in Aceh province is trying to break the shackles. Funded in part by international donors after the 2004 tsunami, nurses and doctors have treated and unchained 120 of 289 known pasung patients. Diatri estimates more than 15,000 mentally ill are being kept in restraints across the archipelago.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/breaking-the-shackles-of-mental-illness/379485

 

 

ACADEMIC & MEDICAL RESEARCH

 

More Adults Report Excessive Sleepiness in the US Than in Europe

Science News Daily

June 9, 2010

 

Excessive sleepiness is more common in the U.S. than in Europe, which raises concerns for public health and safety, according to a research abstract presented June 8, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, at SLEEP 2010, the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100608091852.htm

 

 

Young Men More Vulnerable To Relationship Ups And Downs Than Women

Medical News Today

June 9, 2010

 

Contrary to popular belief, the ups and downs of romantic relationships have a greater effect on the mental health of young men than women, according to a new study by a Wake Forest University sociology professor.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/191327.php

 

 

Soldiers Plagued by Sleeplessness Back Home: Sleep problems affect 86 percent after combat, survey finds

HealthDay News

June 8, 2010

 

…"This is the first study to describe the prevalence of sleep disturbances at two different time points in soldiers returning from deployment without any apparent physical trauma from blasts or amputation," study principal investigator Major Betty Garner, a nurse scientist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=639829

 

 

First Study To Show That Highly Variable Sleep Schedules Predict Elevated Suicide Risk

Medical News Today

June 9, 2010

 

Highly variable sleep schedules predict an elevated risk for suicide independent of depression in actively suicidal young adults, according to a research abstract presented Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, at SLEEP 2010, the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/191283.php

 

 

Molecular Link Between Diabetes and Schizophrenia Connects Food and Mood

ScienceDaily

June 9, 2010

 

Defects in insulin function -- which occur in diabetes and obesity -- could directly contribute to psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100608182645.htm

 

 

Childhood Adversity May Affect Pregnancy Later in Life: Study links family issues and neglect to premature births and small babies

HealthDay News

June 8, 2010

 

There may be a link between childhood hardships and pregnancy problems in adulthood. …"When results were examined by timing of exposure, family structure hardships and violence/mental health hardships most strongly influenced the birth outcomes if they happened in adolescence," wrote Emily W. Harville, of Tulane University in New Orleans, and her colleagues.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=639838

 

 

When Mom Is Abused, Child's Obesity Risk May Rise: Kids exposed to domestic violence were more likely to be obese by age 5, study found

HealthDay News

June 8, 2010

 

Children of abused women are at increased risk of being obese by age 5, new research suggests.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=639837

 

 

Pain, Depression Linked

Psych Central News

June 9, 2010

 

When it comes to pain, the two competing schools of thought are that it’s either “all in your head” or “all in your body.” A new study led by University of Oxford researchers indicates that, instead, pain is an amalgam of the two.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/06/09/pain-depression-linked/14411.html

 

 

Functional recovery in bipolar disorder linked to marriage, education

MedWire News (Bipolar Disord) 

June 9, 2010

 

Less than half of patients with bipolar disorder achieve functional recovery, report researchers who note that married patients, those with greater education, and those with fewer years of illness are more likely to recover.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/87907/Psychiatry/Functional_recovery_in_bipolar_disorder_linked_to_marriage,_education.html

 

 

Stress-reactivity is intermediary phenotype for psychosis

MedWire News (Acta Psychiatr Scand)

June 9, 2010

 

The siblings of patients with psychosis and severe positive symptoms tend to show increased reactivity to stress compared with the siblings of psychosis patients with mild positive symptoms, study results show.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/87906/Psychiatry/Stress-reactivity_is_intermediary_phenotype_for_psychosis.html

 

 

One-Third of Veterans May Experience PTSD, Depression

Modern Medicine

June 8, 2010

 

Up to a third of veterans returning from combat may experience depression or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), often along with alcohol misuse or aggressive behavior comorbidity, and the risk of developing dementia is nearly twice as high in veterans with PTSD as in those without, according to the results of two studies published in the June issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/Modern+Medicine+Now/One-Third-of-Veterans-May-Experience-PTSD-Depressi/ArticleNewsFeed/Article/detail/673373?contextCategoryId=40133

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Mental Health America to Honor Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin and Mary Bono Mack

Mental Health America

June 8, 2010

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Mental Health America this week will honor U.S. Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) with Legislators of the Year Awards for their leadership on mental health and substance use issues in Congress.

http://nmha.org/index.cfm?objectid=18012ADD-1372-4D20-C8EA2A5ADEC2CADF

 

 

Violent Video Games May Increase Aggression in Some but Not Others, Says New Research

ScienceDaily

June 8, 2010

 

Playing violent video games can make some adolescents more hostile, particularly those who are less agreeable, less conscientious and easily angered. But for others, it may offer opportunities to learn new skills and improve social networking.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100607122547.htm



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