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March, 2011

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

Stretched-thin rural hospitals fear Medicaid cuts

Austin American-Statesman

February 27, 2011

 

CHILDRESS - ... Proposed cuts in state Medicaid funding could lead to reduced access to health care across rural Texas. Entire rural hospitals could go out of business. And that could make it difficult for tens of thousands of Texans to get obstetric care, emergency room access and general medical help. Don McBeath, an official with the Texas Organization for Rural and Community Hospitals, said that the implications of the cuts could be dire and that several rural hospitals across the state could be in danger of shutting down.

http://www.statesman.com/news/statesman_focus/stretched-thin-rural-hospitals-fear-medicaid-cuts-1284691.html

 

 

GOP budget chiefs favor using rainy-day money, despite Perry protest

Dallas Morning News

February 28, 2011

 

AUSTIN - The Legislature's chief budget writers said Monday that rainy-day money ought to be used to cover the state's current operating deficit, but Gov. Rick Perry quickly opposed the idea, saying his fellow Republicans are moving too fast.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20110228-gop-budget-chiefs-favor-using-rainy-day-money-despite-perry-protest.ece

 

 

Pitts on His Rainy Day Bill: "The Texas Budget Doesn't Have Fat" to Cut

Texas Observer

February 28, 2011

 

House Appropriations chair explains why he is pushing to spend part of the Rainy Day fund-and just how dire things are.

http://www.texasobserver.org/floor-play/pitts-on-his-rainy-day-bill-texas-budget-doesnt-have-fat

 

 

McCown responds to tea party on rainy day fund

Austin American-Statesman

February 28, 2011

 

Scott McCown, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, responded Monday to tea party activists' call not to use any of the state's rainy day fund to balance the budget. McCown, whose group pushes for more spending on programs to help low-income families, says in a letter to the Tea Party Advisory Committee that the rainy day fund exists for times like this.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/capitol-digest-conservative-group-calls-voters-about-school-1289232.html

 

 

Budget would kill stipends that keep kids with family, not in foster care

Dallas Morning News

February 28, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Texas' budget has more than 5,000 "line items," ranging from just five bucks a year to $15 billion. They're the fine print where budget-writing rubber meets the road, where lawmakers put an imprint on programs and decide if millions of people will get vital services - or not. They represent everything from children's schooling to benefits for the needy to layoffs for state and higher education employees. But they also represent simple items for everyday Texans.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20110228-budget-would-kill-stipends-that-keep-kids-with-family-not-in-foster-care.ece?action=reregister

 

 

TYC-TJPC merger bill filed

Austin American-Statesman

February 28, 2011

 

A House bill filed this afternoon would abolish the Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and create a new agency to oversee most of the state's youth corrections programs.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2011/02/28/tyctjpc_merger_bill_filed.html?cxntfid=blogs_postcards

 

 

Lawmakers Debate Effect of Weapons on Campus

New York Times

February 26, 2011

 

PHOENIX - Along with the meaning of life and the origin of the universe, college students across the country have another existential question to ponder: the wisdom of allowing guns in class. ... Sponsors talk of how professors and students are now sitting ducks for the next deranged gunman to charge through the classroom door. Some gun rights advocates go so far as to say that grade school teachers ought to be armed as well, although even this state is not ready for that proposition.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/us/politics/27guns.html?_r=2&hpw

 

 

Eiland, Taylor 'optimistic' about UTMB funding

Galveston Daily News

February 28, 2011

 

AUSTIN - At a time when there's a lot of hand wringing about cuts to the state's budget to make up for a $20 billion-plus shortfall, the county's two state representatives are "cautiously optimistic" about the future of funding for the University of Texas Medical Branch.

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/214878

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

At UT System health conference, medical experts discuss future needs

Austin American-Statesman

February 28, 2011

 

To meet the health needs of its growing, aging population, Texas should add up to 1 million nurses and up to 150,000 physicians in the next 15 years, Arthur Garson Jr., senior vice president at UTHealth, told health administrators from across the state Monday.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/at-ut-system-health-conference-medial-experts-discuss-1288974.html

 

 

Texas Education Agency: Black students more likely to be kicked out of classrooms for incidents not warranting removal

Dallas Morning News

February 28, 2011

 

... In Texas, school principals or designees have discretion over setting punishments for students who commit lower-level offenses, or those likely to be more subjective, such as fighting, threats and bullying. Higher-level offenses typically require automatic removal, and they can include drug possession, indecent exposure and certain felony conduct.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20110228-texas-education-agency-black-students-more-likely-to-be-kicked-out-of-classrooms-for-incidents-not-warranting-removal.ece

 

 

VA Outpatient Clinic dedicated

Valley Morning Star

February 25, 2011

 

HARLINGEN - U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, three congressmen and top Department of Veterans Affairs officials on Friday dedicated the new Harlingen VA Outpatient Clinic.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/clinic-123264-dedicated-harlingen.html

 

 

UT sees rise in mental health cases, reflects national trend

Daily Texan

January 24, 2011

 

More UT students who go to the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center have urgent needs or serious mental health issues than in the past, according to center administrators.  ...At UT and nationwide, more students present mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, learning disabilities or psychiatric medication issues.

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/content/ut-sees-rise-mental-health-cases-reflects-national-trend

 

 

MHMR has new board appointed

El Paso Times

March 1, 2011

 

An entirely new board was appointed to oversee El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation on Monday. The $42 million agency gets the new board as it faces a difficult financial future and after county officials lost confidence in its earlier governance.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17506432

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Helping Patients Understand Their Medical Treatment

Kaiser Health News

March 1, 2011

 

... A 2006 study by the U.S. Department of Education found that 36 percent of adults have only basic or below-basic skills for dealing with health material. This means that 90 million Americans can understand discharge instructions written only at a fifth-grade level or lower. About 52 percent had intermediate skills: They could figure out what time a medication should be taken if the label says "take two hours after eating," while the remaining 12 percent were deemed proficient because they could search a complex document and find the information necessary to define a medical term.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/March/01/Health-Literacy-Understanding-Medical-Treatment.aspx

 

 

Childhood mental illness

Chicago Tribune

March 1, 2011

 

Childhood mental illness occurs in about 20 percent of U.S. children during any given year, and almost 5 million children have a mental illness serious enough to interfere with daily life, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Research shows that while half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, changes in the body leading to mental illness may start much earlier, even before symptoms appear, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-health-chat-childhood-mental-illness,0,5917127.htmlstory

 

 

Court says veteran can appeal missed deadline

KVUE

March 1, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is allowing the wife of a military veteran who missed a court deadline because of his mental illness to move forward with an appeal after he was denied benefits.

http://www.kvue.com/news/national/117151523.html

 

 

Judge sentences Marko to life plus 84 years

The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

February 28, 2011

 

 

UPDATE: A judge has sentenced Robert Hull Marko to life in prison plus another 84 years for the rape-murder of one woman and the sexual assault of a teenager.  ...Marko's public defenders argued during the trial that the 23-year-old Iraq war veteran was legally insane at the time of the murders and that his mental illness dated back to when he was a child growing up in Michigan.

http://thesidebar.freedomblogging.com/2011/02/28/live-from-the-marko-sentencing/5599/

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Governors' Wish List For Medicaid

Kaiser Health News

February 25, 2011

 

Governors across the country are struggling to balance their budgets that have been squeezed by the recession. Many are looking for savings from the Medicaid program that provides health coverage to some low-income residents.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/February/25/governors-and-Medicaid.aspx

 

 

Obama offers to help governors on healthcare costs

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 28, 2011

 

WASHINGTON -- Looking for some goodwill from the nation's governors, President Barack Obama said Monday that he's willing to bend a bit to help them deal with their budgetary problems stemming from healthcare costs -- and the political heat rising from his 2010 law to expand healthcare.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/02/28/2884491/obama-offers-to-help-governors.html#tvg

 

 

Gov. Rick Perry says Obama offer of flexibility on health care won't defuse budgetary 'time bomb'

Dallas Morning News

February 28, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - Gov. Rick Perry rejected a White House olive branch on health care Monday, saying the president's offer of flexibility in broadening coverage won't go nearly far enough.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20110228-gov.-rick-perry-says-obama-offer-of-flexibility-on-health-care-wont-defuse-budgetary-time-bomb.ece

 

 

Few Support 'Individual Mandate' in Health Care Reform Law, Poll Finds

HealthDay News

March 1, 2011

 

Half of U.S. adults still oppose the "individual mandate" clause in the new health care reform law that requires all Americans not already insured to purchase health insurance, while only 22 percent support it, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds. But certain arguments in favor of the mandate seem to sway opinion back toward support for it. For example, 71 percent of the more than 3,000 adults polled in mid-February agreed with the suggestion that "for health insurance to work, it is necessary to include people who are healthy in order to help pay for those who are sick."

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/policy/articles/2011/03/01/few-support-individual-mandate-in-health-care-reform-law-poll-finds

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

 

Male depression 'set to increase'

British Broadcasting Corporation

March 1, 2011

 

Psychiatrists have warned that the number of men with depression could rise because of changes in Western society. An article in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests economic and social changes will erode traditional sources of male self-esteem. The authors say men will struggle with the shift away from traditional male and female roles.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12582292

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Leaving Children Behind

New York Times

February 27, 2011

 

... And in low-tax, low-spending Texas, the kids are not all right. The high school graduation rate, at just 61.3 percent, puts Texas 43rd out of 50 in state rankings. Nationally, the state ranks fifth in child poverty; it leads in the percentage of children without health insurance. And only 78 percent of Texas children are in excellent or very good health, significantly below the national average.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/opinion/28krugman.html?ref=paulkrugman

 

 

Saying no to cuts in the Texas budget is only half the answer

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 26, 2011

 

Many of the letters to the editor these days have a common theme, even if the specific causes du jour change: "Texas lawmakers shouldn't even think about cutting fill-in-the-blank." ... If fill-in-the-blank is off limits, how do lawmakers balance the budget? For every "don't" that's cited in a letter or guest column, there needs to be a "do."

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/02/26/2878468/saying-no-to-cuts-in-the-texas.html

 

 

Commentary: Health care law supports personal responsibility

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 26, 2011

 

The core issue behind the new national health care law comes to this - personal freedom vs. personal responsibility.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/02/28/2882911/commentary-health-care-law-supports.html

 

 

Pitts: Justice falls victim to jail privatization

Austin American-Statesman

February 26, 2011

 

... Thousands of children came before Ciavarella for relatively minor offenses: throwing meat at mom's boyfriend, shoplifting a jar of nutmeg. And in trials that lasted as little as a minute, child after child after child was shackled and led away without even being allowed to speak in their own defense or have a lawyer do so for them.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/pitts-justice-falls-victim-to-jail-privatization-1284979.html

 

 

Physical Health Important for Mental Health Patients

redOrbit

February 28, 2011

 

Surprisingly, the number one cause of death among people with severe mental illness is not suicide. According to researchers, heart disease is to blame. Now, authors of an editorial article published in The Lancet say patients on antipsychotic drugs should take measures to improve their physical health.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/2003615/physical_health_important_for_mental_health_patients/

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Heart Attack Patients With Depression Less Likely to Receive Priority Care in Emergency Rooms, Canadian Study Suggests

Science Daily News

March 1, 2011

 

Heart attack patients with a history of depression presenting at emergency departments were less likely to receive priority care than people with other conditions, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Several studies indicate that people with heart attacks and depression have worse outcomes than people without, although emergency department care has not been looked at as a possible contributor. In the United States, more than six million patients with mental health issues are seen in emergency departments each year and six million people visit for chest pain.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110228121445.htm

 

 

Bipolar disorder 'significantly underdiagnosed' in primary care

Med Wire News

March 1, 2011

 

Results from a UK study suggest that a significant proportion of patients treated for depression in primary care may have undiagnosed bipolar disorder."These findings have important implications for the classification, assessment and treatment of large numbers of people with depression managed in both primary and secondary care settings," comment Daniel Smith (Cardiff University School of Medicine) and colleagues.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/91296/Psychiatry/Bipolar_disorder_%E2%80%98significantly_underdiagnosed%E2%80%99_in_primary_care_.html

 

 

Forest Laboratories And Gedeon Richter Plc Announce Results From A Phase II Study Of Cariprazine As Adjunctive Therapy In Major Depressive Disorder

Science Daily News

March 1, 2011

 

Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) and Gedeon Richter Plc. announced preliminary top-line results from an 8-week Phase II clinical trial of the novel, investigational antipsychotic agent cariprazine as adjunctive therapy in major depressive disorder. Cariprazine is currently undergoing Phase III trials for the separate and additional indications of schizophrenia and bipolar mania.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/217773.php

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

National Eating Disorders Association Launches Innovative Mentoring Program, 'NEDA Navigators'

PRLog

February 28, 2011

 

SEATTLE - As the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) wraps up its 24th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 20-26) - one of its most successful ever, with thousands of participants across the country - the organization announces that it has launched a unique, new mentoring program, NEDA Navigators, to help guide those struggling or concerned about a loved one to connect with local treatment options and resources and to provide compassionate and experienced personal support.

http://www.prlog.org/11339896-national-eating-disorders-association-launches-innovative-mentoring-program-neda-navigators.html



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