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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2012


UH students get full ride

Daily Cougar

March 28, 2012

 

Two students from the University of Houston received the highly-competitive Hogg Foundation Bilingual Scholarship, which is awarded to students who are bilingual and intend to work in Texas mental health care services. Victoria Reyes and Emilio Herrera will use the funds to fully cover tuition and fees for their upcoming semesters at UH's Graduate College of Social Work.

http://thedailycougar.com/2012/03/28/uh-students-get-full-ride/ 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Video: Texas Banking on Health Care Reform Repeal

Texas Tribune

March 28, 2012

 

HOUSTON - ... Texas is one of 26 states fighting federal health reform at the U.S. Supreme Court; Attorney General Greg Abbott has been up in Washington, D.C., all week. Texas has neither a funding plan in place nor a plan to pay for the massive Medicaid expansion the law calls for. The state has also done little to prepare for health care exchanges, insurance pools to help people buy coverage.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/video-texas-banking-health-care-reform-law-repeal/ 

 

 

Overview: SCOTUS Looks at Affordable Care Act Case

Texas Tribune

March 29, 2012

 

...A summary of the third and final day of the U.S. Supreme Court's review of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - with a Texas viewpoint.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/overview-scotus-looks-affordable-care-act-case/ 

 

 

Pharmacy Project Brings Extra Care to Medicaid Patients

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

March 29, 2012

 

AUSTIN - Hundreds of Medicaid patients on multiple medications soon will be getting some special attention from their pharmacists to help them improve their health and reduce treatment costs for the state. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is working with the Texas Pharmacy Association on a yearlong pilot project in Austin and San Antonio involving about 280 Medicaid patients with high blood pressure who are on at least five medications.

http://www.hhs.state.tx.us/news/release/032812-Pharmacy-Project.shtml 

 

 

State fights order to move prisoners needing psychiatric care into hospitals

Austin American-Statesman

March 28, 2012

 

State officials say they can't obey a court order forcing them to move more than 150 mentally incompetent prisoners to psychiatric hospitals by June 1 because they don't have enough space, staff or money to do so.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/state-fights-order-to-move-prisoners-needing-psychiatric-2268252.html 

 

 

Complaint alleges Houston-based doctor improperly gave drugs to child

Houston Chronicle

March 28, 2012

 

A Houston-based psychiatrist and the state's leading prescriber of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax is the subject of a complaint to the Texas Medical Board alleging he improperly and simultaneously prescribed four drugs to an 8-year-old, placing the child "at undue risk."

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Complaint-alleges-Houston-based-doctor-improperly-3442457.php 

 

 

Parkland Memorial Hospital struggles with low morale, employee exodus

Dallas Morning News

March 29, 2012

 

... As Parkland struggles under a government mandate to improve patient safety, more than 400 workers, including hard-to-replace registered nurses, left the hospital between November and mid-March, about 30 percent more than expected.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/headlines/20120328-parkland-memorial-hospital-struggles-with-low-morale-employee-exodus.ece 

 

 

Texas Latino Leadership Roundtable Presents MCLatina at Free Seminar

The Paper Magazine

March 29, 2012

 

Torres will touch upon the journey of young American Latinas living between two cultures. Torres' research agenda focuses on mental health, substance abuse and medical disorders in adolescents and young adults, emphasizing Latinos from the U.S. and Latin Americans in their country of origin.

http://fatcatwebproductions.com/the_paper/content/texas-latino-leadership-roundtable-presents-mclatina-free-seminar 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

   

Fracas on JetBlue Flight Shows Gap in Screening

New York Times

March 28, 2012

 

... Pilots are supposed to disclose all physical and psychological conditions and medications or face significant fines, which can reach $250,000, if they are found to have falsified information, the F.A.A. said. But some pilots may be reluctant to disclose such information, for fear of losing their jobs, industry analysts and retired pilots said Wednesday. Many airlines also have anonymous phone lines for crew members to report suspicious behavior to professional standards committees.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/business/jetblue-incident-raises-questions-about-screening-pilots.html 

 

 

Little Training for Dealing With Pilot Breakdowns

Wall Street Journal

March 29, 2012

 

While commercial airline pilots receive training for airborne contingencies such as physical illness, there is very little preparation or protocol for dealing with a mental breakdown in the cockpit like the one that appears to have occurred on JetBlue Airways JBLU +2.96% Flight 191 Tuesday, experts say.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577310273504430782.html?KEYWORDS=mental 

 

 

Senate begins probe of Army's handling of PTSD cases

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 28, 2012

 

WASHINGTON -- Fearing that the Army may be mishandling the matter, the top senator on the veterans affairs panel said Wednesday that she has begun an investigation into whether military hospitals across the country are denying treatment to service members with post-traumatic stress disorder because of cost considerations.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/28/3843465/senate-begins-probe-of-armys-handling.html 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales describes PTSD-like symptoms, lawyer says

Washington Post

March 28, 2012

 

... Browne, who met Bales face to face for the first time last week, said his client did, however, describe suffering symptoms strongly associated with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his combat experiences.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/staff-sgt-robert-bales-showed-ptsd-like-symptoms-lawyer-says/2012/03/28/gIQAV3TGhS_story.html 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Medicaid Expansion Caps Supreme Court Arguments

NPR

March 29, 2012

 

The last argument on the Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court could have consequences far beyond health care. The key issue is whether the health law's expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor unfairly compels the participation of states. Many considered this to be the weakest part of the states' challenge to the health law, and during Wednesday afternoon's arguments, that seemed to be the case.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/03/27/149488491/medicaid-expansion-caps-supreme-court-arguments 

 

 

Justices to Congress: It's in your court after health-care ruling

Politico

March 28, 2012

 

If the Supreme Court undercuts President Barack Obama's health care law, Congress is prepared to do the following: nothing. The justices seemed hot on the idea Wednesday that legislators can clean up whatever mess is left behind if the court strikes down the individual mandate or the whole law.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74611.html 

 

 

White House: no contingency plan if healthcare law rejected

Chicago Tribune

March 28, 2012

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that it was not working on contingency plans for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, in the event that the Supreme Court struck down all or part of the sweeping reforms.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-usa-healthcare-contingencybre82r1en-20120328,0,1680668.story 

 

 

On Day 3, Justices Weigh What-Ifs of Health Ruling

New York Times

March 28, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - The day after the Supreme Court suggested that President Obama's health care law might be in danger of being held unconstitutional, the justices on Wednesday turned their attention to the practical consequences and political realities of such a ruling.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/us/justices-ask-if-health-law-is-viable-without-mandate.html 

 

 

Health Case Ripples Outward

Wall Street Journal

March 28, 2012

 

... Among those set to implement the law, insurers would have to ditch changes to their businesses designed to bring in millions of new customers. Provisions that have already gone into effect, including letting children stay on their parents' insurance plans until they turn 26, would no longer be required. Companies facing the law's requirements would be reprieved, including health firms set to pay new taxes and businesses that would have been required to insure their employees or pay a fee.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304177104577310050863533554.html 

 

 

Even Without The Individual Mandate, Health Law Would Still Affect Millions

Kaiser Health News

March 28, 2012

 

If the Supreme Court strikes down the requirement that most Americans carry health insurance - along with related provisions that insurers must sell to people with pre-existing conditions and not charge the sick more - what's left in the law? Quite a bit, say policy experts - although the changes could make what's left harder to do.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/March/27/what-happens-without-individual-mandate.aspx 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

If the law falls ... Supreme Court may offer lawmakers a second chance to get health reform right

Chicago Tribune

March 29, 2012

 

... The prospect that the court will strike down all or part of the law known as Obamacare hands political leaders of both parties a formidable challenge - and a vast opportunity: a second chance to get health care reform right. The law isn't scheduled to fully kick in until 2014. Plenty of time for a reset - a reset that both major parties have an obligation to deliver.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-healthcare-0329-20120329,0,1577320.story 

 

 

The real problems with the Affordable Care Act

Dallas Morning News

March 28, 2012

 

...There are compelling reasons to oppose this law. But seeking to overturn it through calling the mandate that individuals buy insurance unconstitutional is the wrong approach. For one thing, the mandate is not wild-eyed public policy. If we are ever to have universal health care in this country, there are only three ways to achieve it: Through requiring the government to provide it, demanding that businesses offer it to employees or mandating that individuals purchase it.

http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2012/03/the-real-proble.html

 

 

Why Does a Person Suddenly Lose It? Possible Causes Abound

Wall Street Journal

March 29, 2012

 

... There's a long list of medical and psychiatric conditions that can trigger a psychotic episode, when a person seems to lose touch with reality. Among the possibilities: a brain tumor, head injury, thyroid condition, fever, infection, recreational drug use or a prescription-drug reaction. Several causes can lie behind incidences of what used to be called a nervous breakdown, too, as WSJ reported last month. Agitated and delusional behavior can also accompany several mental disorders. People with bipolar disorder and major depression can have psychotic symptoms, especially when under major stress, David Hellerstein, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, tells the Health Blog.

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2012/03/28/why-does-a-person-suddenly-lose-it-possible-causes-abound/?KEYWORDS=mental

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Electroacupuncture may be effective for depression: study

Chicago Tribune

March 29, 2012

 

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Boosting the effect of acupuncture needles with small electric currents may be effective in treating depression, a study in Hong Kong has found. Led by Zhang Zhang-jin at the School of Chinese Medicine, University of Hong Kong, the researchers used electroacupuncture to stimulate seven spots on the heads of 73 participants, who had suffered several bouts of depression in the last 7 years.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-acupuncture-hongkong-depressionbre82s0fn-20120329,0,1732483.story 

 

 

FDA Adds More Warnings to Antidepressant's Label

HealthDay

March 28, 2012

 

In a follow-up to a warning that high doses of the popular antidepressant Celexa can cause potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued new dosing and use recommendations.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=663210

 

 

911 Dispatchers May Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress

HealthDay

March 29, 2012

 

Answering 911 calls for help may cause emergency dispatchers to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, a new study has found.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=663184

 

 

Positive Outcomes For Children When School-Based Mental Health Support Available

Medical News Today

March 29, 2012

 

A study of more than 18,000 children across England found that embedding mental health support in schools as part of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) programme led to greater improvements in self-reported behavioural problems among primary pupils. The benefits were even more pronounced where schools also provided pupils with self-help leaflets explaining how children could help themselves if they were feeling stressed or troubled.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/243473.php

 

 

Stroke risk increased in Asian schizophrenia patients

MedWire-News

March 29, 2012

 

Patients with schizophrenia are at increased risk for stroke and post-stroke all-cause mortality, suggest results from a 5-year study in a Taiwanese population.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/98496/Psychiatry/Stroke_risk_increased_in_Asian_schizophrenia_patients.html

 

 



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