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May, 2012

Study: Dallas-Fort Worth lacks enough doctors to meet needs of growing population

Dallas Morning News

May 22, 2012

 

The Dallas-Fort Worth region lacks enough primary-care doctors and medical specialists to meet the needs of a growing population suffering from chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, according to a new analysis of local health care needs. ...The study also identified behavioral health -- both mental illness and substance abuse -- as having "funding and infrastructure challenges."

http://www.dallasnews.com/health/headlines/20120522-study-dallas-fort-worth-lacks-enough-doctors-to-meet-needs-of-growing-population1.ece 

 

 

Parkland behind schedule on two critical patient safety requirements

Dallas Morning News

May 22, 2012

 

Parkland Memorial Hospital is behind schedule on two critical government safety mandates - ensuring enough psychiatrists are on duty and developing ways to track the supervision of doctors-in-training. ... In a February report, safety monitors said UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrists spend little time in the Parkland psychiatric emergency department, working three to four shifts a month. That has translated into "limited commitment" to psychiatric ER care, the report said.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/headlines/20120522-parkland-behind-schedule-on-two-critical-patient-safety-requirements.ece 

 

 

First community health plan released

San Antonio Express-News

May 22, 2012

 

The Health Collaborative (THC) and the San Antonio's Metropolitan Health District last week today released the first Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Bexar County. ... The complete 2012 Community Health Improvement Plan is available at www.healthcollaborative.net. http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/health/article/First-community-health-plan-released-3577201.php

 

 

Bryan officials praise health facility for savings

The Bryan College Station Eagle

May 23, 2012

 

The city of Bryan is saving money by offering free checkups and basic medical care to its employees, staff members said Tuesday. The city has offered those services since March 31, 2011, in a 1,150-square-foot clinic on Villa Maria Road. The facility, which is run through a contract with St. Joseph's Regional Health System, employs a medical director, nurse practitioner, licensed vocational nurse and a certified medical assistant. Employees, retirees and dependents all have free access to their services.

http://www.theeagle.com/article/20120523/BC0101/120529904/1004/BC0101&slId=3

 

 

Texas Health Resources names new execs

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

May 22, 2012

 

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, parent of the Harris Methodist and Presbyterian hospital groups, said Tuesday that four physicians are among the six executives named to head the three regions that encompass its 24 hospitals. Texas Health also named new presidents for two hospitals, including Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth. Both have nursing backgrounds.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/05/22/3979558/texas-health-resources-names-new.html 

 

 

University Health Services Names Jamie Shutter New Director

The University of Texas at Austin

May 22, 2012

 

AUSTIN, Texas - Following a successful track record of 23 years with University Health Services (UHS) at The University of Texas at Austin, Jamie Shutter has been selected as UHS' new director. She has served as interim director of UHS since September 2011.  

http://www.utexas.edu/news/2012/05/22/jamie_shutter/ 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Virginia inmates embark on hunger strike to protest prison conditions

The Washington Post

May 22, 2012

 

RICHMOND - ... The hunger strike comes months after a group of lawmakers visited the remote Southwest Virginia prison and called on officials to curb the use of solitary confinement, especially for the mentally ill. The prisoners' demands include an end to indefinite segregation- the word the state uses for isolation - as well as fully cooked meals, monthly haircuts and an outside review of the facility.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/virginia-inmates-embark-on-hunger-strike-to-protest-prison-conditions/2012/05/22/gIQAbLg0iU_story.html 

 

 

Health Insurance Cutbacks Squeeze The Insured

NPR

May 23, 2012

 

... "Deductibles have gone up. Copays have gone up. You see cost-sharing for out-of-network services have gone up," Fronstin said. "It seems to have accelerated in the last few years. Health care is just continuing to take a bigger bite out of take-home pay." So even people with insurance are paying thousands of dollars out of pocket before their insurance kicks in. And even when it does, insurance picks up less than it used to - often a lot less.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/23/153286726/health-insurance-cutbacks-squeeze-the-insured

 

 

HealthCare Partners to be bought by DaVita in $4.42-billion deal

Los Angeles Times

May 22, 2012

 

HealthCare Partners, the Torrance owner of physician groups in Southern California, Nevada and Florida, agreed to be acquired in a $4.42-billion deal by dialysis chain DaVita Inc., as large healthcare companies continue snapping up doctor groups and clinics. HealthCare Partners, a privately held company led by founding physician and Chief Executive Robert Margolis, is becoming the latest big medical group swept up in a consolidation wave triggered by federal government efforts to tame rising healthcare costs.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-davita-healthcare-partners-20120522,0,4134648.story

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Gains in Health System Seen as Lasting by Some

The New York Times

May 22, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - The new health care law is already transforming the way care is delivered, and the changes will continue regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the mandate for most Americans to carry health insurance, a Democratic senator and an Obama administration official said Tuesday. ... "The delivery system reforms will survive, and we should not be stalling and dawdling because we are anxious about what the court will do," Mr. Whitehouse said at a forum held by the Center for American Progress, a research and advocacy group with close ties to the White House.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/us/gains-in-health-system-seen-as-lasting-by-some.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120523

 

 

Katie Beckett, Who Inspired Health Reform, Dies at 34

The New York Times

May 22, 2012

 

Katie Beckett, who was 3 years old and had been hospitalized almost since birth when President Ronald Reagan invoked her case as an example of irrational federal regulation in 1981 - a crucial moment in the movement toward government support for home health care - died on Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the hospital where she was born. She was 34, more than three times the age her doctors had predicted she would reach.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/us/katie-beckett-who-inspired-health-reform-dies-at-34.html?_r=1&ref=health 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

United States and Mexico make efforts to strengthen US-Mexican bi-national health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

May 22, 2012

 

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Mexico Secretary of Health Salomón Chertorivski today announced a series of new steps to strengthen health security cooperation between the two countries. The health secretaries outlined these efforts during the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/05/20120522a.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Why Mental Health Agencies Are Playing An Active Role In Sobering Center

KUHF - Houston

May 22, 2012

 

Last week the Houston City Council approved a plan that will change how the police department deals with public intoxication. Currently violators are arrested and taken to jail. The new plan calls for the construction of a "sobering center" where individuals will be taken instead. Many of those taken to the center could have mental health issues to go along with substance abuse problems.

http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/1337731252-Why-Mental-Health-Agencies-Are-Playing-An-Active-Role-In-Sobering-Center.html 

 

 

Behind the barbed wire of California's prisons

Los Angeles Times

May 23, 2012

 

... there are indicators that inhumane conditions persist; hunger strikes have arisen to protest the state's use of Security Housing Units, where suspected gang members are isolated in tiny cells under solitary conditions that psychologists consider mentally destabilizing. Some inmates have been warehoused in these units for decades. How bad is the situation? In truth, we don't really know, because inmates in these units have no visitation, telephone or interview privileges. 

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-access-20120523,0,2520304.story

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Exposure to Environmental Contaminants Today Can Influence Behavior Generations Later

The University of Texas at Austin

May 22, 2012

 

AUSTIN, Texas - Exposure to chemicals has the ability to influence behavior of offspring several generations after the initial exposure, according to a new study published by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University. ... Crews says that well-documented increases in mental disorders may be attributable to the kind of "two-hit" exposure that the experiment is modeling. "There is no doubt that we have been seeing real increases in mental disorders like autism and bipolar disorder," says Crews.

http://www.utexas.edu/news/2012/05/22/environmental_contaminants/

 

 

Research supports immune dysfunction in bipolar disorder

MedWire News

May 23, 2012

 

Patients with bipolar disorder display altered plasma chemokine profiles compared with mentally healthy individuals, indicating that the mood disorder is associated with immune dysfunction.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/99579/Psychiatry/Research_supports_immune_dysfunction_in_bipolar_disorder.html 

 

 

Heavy smoking linked to high cholesterol in schizophrenia patients

MedWire News

May 23, 2012

 

Patients with schizophrenia who are heavy smokers have higher cholesterol levels, and are more likely to use alcohol, cocaine, and other substances than those who are not heavy smokers.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/99580/Psychiatry/Heavy_smoking_linked_to_high_cholesterol_in_schizophrenia_patients.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Never Give Up Hope: Joplin and NAMI Volunteers Everywhere

National Alliance on Mental Illness

May 22, 2012

 

One year ago this week, tragedy struck Joplin, Mo. ...In the wake of the destruction, one pressing concern was the mental health of the survivors, particularly that of the children. Two months after the tragedy, three deaths from suicide were attributed to posttraumatic stress and depression related to the tornado.

http://blog.nami.org/2012/05/never-give-up-hope-joplin-and-nami.html 

 

 

Mental health as important as physical health

The Galveston County Daily News

May 23, 2012

 

... Many services are available to help diagnose emotional, behavioral and developmental problems in children. From your family physician, seek referrals and information about treatments and services. Libraries are great sources of information. It is important to remember that even though mental problems can be painful and severe, help is available. 

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/316470

 

 

App Strengthens Links Between Patients and Therapists

The Wall Street Journal

May 23, 2012

 

People with mental health problems have long been recommended to keep a diary of their moods and feelings. ... The Guardian reports on trials of an app called "Buddy" which has been developed through a collaboration between the U.K. National Health Service and design and innovation company Sidekick Studios. Eric Morris, a consultant clinical psychologist at South London and Maudsley NHS trust, describes how the app helps service users

http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-europe/2012/05/23/app-strengthens-links-between-patients-and-therapists/?KEYWORDS=mental 

 

 

'Normal' treats mental illness with honesty

Houston Chronicle

May 22, 2012

 

"Next to Normal" tackles the thorniest topic imaginable for a musical - mental illness - and treats its somber theme with such honesty, artistry and originality that it makes exhilarating theater. The recent Broadway hit, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama and three Tony Awards, is making a powerhouse Houston premiere at Stages.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Normal-treats-mental-illness-with-honesty-3577823.php 

 

 

Older American Mental Health Week

Mental Health America

May 22, 2012

 

More than two million American aged 65 or older suffer from some form of depression. During Older American Mental Health Week, May 19-25, Mental Health America of Greater Houston joins advocates across the country in raising awareness of the importance of good mental health as we age, and that depression is not a normal part of aging.

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/information/mental-health-info/depression/depression-in-older-adults/depression-in-older-adults 

 

 

Keynote Luncheon Speaker Confirmed! Author, Consumer and Pediatrician, Dr. Mark Vonnegut

Mental Health America

May 23, 2012

 

The deadline to apply for a consumer scholarship to the 2012 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium and Mental Health America Annual Conference, September 19-21, 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been extended to May 25th. The Zarrow Mental Health Symposium is an annual educational forum designed to provide state-of-the-art research and best practice information about current issues related to mental health.

http://takeaction.mentalhealthamerica.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=17121.0 



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