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Posted by ahaanews on March 7, 2007

Even Republicans Hate Our Health Care System

Anemia Drug May Harm Some Patients, FDA Says

Bush Adds to Ranks of Military Health Panel  Two war veterans are among seven appointees chosen by President Bush on Friday to round out a commission that will review the military’s health care system.

Mentally Ill Inmates at Risk in Isolation, Lawsuit Says 

A new lawsuit seeking to prevent Massachusetts from inmate.jpgplacing mentally ill inmates in segregated cells reflects an increasing national concern.

There have been 18 suicides and suicide attempts by inmates in solitary confinement described in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by advocates for inmates and the mentally ill. They are seeking to prevent Massachusetts from placing mentally ill inmates in such segregated cells.

In California, after a record number of prison suicides — 44 — in 2005, a special master appointed by a federal judge reported that inmates “in overcrowded and understaffed administration segregation units are killing themselves in unprecedented numbers.”  The judge, Lawrence Karlton, ordered the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spend more than $600 million to improve mental health services. but… And the story is much the same here in the UK, seeSick, suicidal – and locked up in jail  and the NHS ‘failing mentally-ill inmates’ It’s certainly not a new problem either – overcrowded jails are struggling to cope with rising levels of severe mental illness, with nearly two suicides a week and epidemic levels of self-harm

Heart Disease, Diabetes, Depression a Deadly Mix

FDA Testimonies on SSRIs and Suicide You have to scroll down to read this entry but check out the rest of this interesting blog too – you may recall the FDA’s meeting on SSRI’s and suicide. You can now access the presentations of the speakers, including David Healy, Robert Gibbons, Sara Bostock, Vera Sharav, Robert Valuck, and many more. Transcripts of the meeting (part 1 and part 2) are also available. Kudos to the FDA for their willingness to post all this material online.

Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention a magnet for grants

Planning Is Everything With An Alzheimer’s Or Dementia Diagnosis

Women soldiers have died of dehydration to avoid late night trips to toilet [VIDEO]  They face rape assault at hands of fellow soldiers…

Use of hyperactivity drugs soars  The use of drugs to treat hyperactivity in children has soared worldwide, say US researchers. Between 1993 and 2003, prescriptions of ADHD medications, such as Ritalin, almost tripled. Global spending on ADHD drugs increased nine-fold, with 83% occurring in the US, a study in Health Affairs reported. But experts said although use of ADHD medications had increased as awareness of the disorder improved, “they may still be under-used in the UK”. Use of psycho-stimulant drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in 5-19 year olds was examined in countries across the world. Between 1993 and 2003 use of ADHD medications increased by 274%. The US, Canada and Australia all had higher than expected use of the drugs. Country-by-country analysis showed increases in other countries including France, Sweden, Korea and Japan. In the UK, use of the drugs grew by 12.3% between 1999 and 2003 and expenditure grew by 30.8%. Adult antipsychotics can worsen troubles     

Activists Take on Eli Lilly Over Off-Label Sale of Zyprexa

Veterans Face Vast Inequities Over Disability  It’s a disgrace that compensation is determined by such factors as where soldiers live and whether they were on active duty or were members of the National Guard or the Reserve.  Veterans’ advocates say the types of bureaucratic obstacles recently disclosed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are eclipsed by those at the Veterans Affairs division that is supposed to pay soldiers for service-related ills. The influx of veterans from the Iraq war has nearly overwhelmed an agency already struggling to meet the mental health – health care, disability payment and pension needs of more than three million veterans. If they want a longer shelf life all politcians need to start telling the truth about Iraq, and then meeting their obligations to the people they sent there..

Advocates applaud mental-health bill   Are conservatives stupid?City of Eugene Mayor Meets with Mental Health Consumers & Psychiatric Survivors    Champions of the Lost CauseCritics of mental health budget cuts turn out in blackDepartment of Defense Task Force on Mental Health Meetings Slated …    Device may help apnea patients with memory loss

Editorial: End the Stigma on Mental Health

For Sex Offenders, a Dispute Over Therapy’s Benefits

Legislation seeking expansion of drug, mental health courts   Low birth weight may predict depression in teen girls

Mental health care providers decry proposed Medicaid cuts

Morgellons Mystery
A just-christened illness involves disorientation, multi-colored fibers bursting from sores, and the sensation of bugs crawling under the skin. Is this an age-old delusion or a disturbing new disease?

Natural health pioneer launches Consumer Wellness Center nonprofit organization

Newly Out Gay Vet Urges Americans to End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Public Has Trust Issues With Psychiatrists, Survey Finds

Radical Mental Health/Anti-Psychiatry comes to the Central Valley    Retailers Support Mental Health Coverage Compromise

Schools Restructuring Mental Health Services

Senate Committee Approves Telemedicine Mental Health Bill for American Indians, Alaska Natives The Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Thursday approved by voice vote a bill that would authorize $6 million to provide mental health services for suicide prevention, intervention and treatment available to American Indians and Alaska Natives through expanded telemedicine systems

Senate panel to take up mental health parity bill     St. Cloud VA says it’s ready for vets with mental health issues 

Supreme Court declines polygamy case The husband of three wives claimed the court’s landmark ruling on gays applies to polygamists.

The Right to Organize     The Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health 

10 Tips for Improving a Loved-One’s Mental Health


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Culture Jammin’

Posted by ahaanews on March 7, 2007

Modern Britain is being defiled by a growing brutality

He left Baghdad before the next government discovered that a fortune had been looted from his ministry’s account in what one senior investigator has called “one of the largest thefts in history”. The missing money was part of $8.8 billion of shrink-wrapped American cash that was flown into Iraq after Saddam fell but which is now unaccounted for. The immediate impact was that the Iraqi army was woefully unprepared to tackle an increasingly savage and well armed insurgency, just at the time when the Americans were pressing for the national force to start replacing their own troops.

Internal documents show that the Pentagon “lacks a comprehensive plan to identify and treat tens of thousands of troops who may suffer from traumatic brain injury, the signature wound of the Iraq war.” ABC anchor Bob Woodruff reported recently that the Pentagon is “withholding information about how widespread these debilitating wounds have become.”

You can now offset your own bodily “emissions.” An Australian company is “selling carbon credits for flatulent pets and people.” For just $16, you can make your body carbon neutral for two years, and the company will install “energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs and water-saving shower heads in houses in New South Wales, Australia.”

Internal memorandums circulated by the Bush administration’s Federal Fish and Wildlife Service “appear to require government biologists or other employees traveling in countries around the Arctic not to discuss climate change, polar bears or sea ice if they are not designated to do so.” 182766680hgvsoj_ph.jpg

California’s first planned black community continues to exert a powerful pull, especially among former residents like Mr. Pope, who helped champion the park’s creation in the 1970s. A Piece of History Lands in a Contemporary Fight

Senate leaders said yesterday they will use the upcoming defense spending bill to improve health care for military veterans, including new funding to improve facilities, improve diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries and mental health problems, and ease the transition between the military and veterans’ health care systems.

Meanwhile, the White House is adopting a sharply “defensive stance on the Iraq-war-funding bill,” resisting “giving Democratic staff even technical advice on funding that the new majority wants to add for veterans’ health programs.” President Bush held “a Republicans-only strategy dinner in the White House family quarters last week” on the bill.

“Reporters will be barred” from Guantanamo Bay hearings meant to determine if 14 terrors suspects transferred from secret CIA prisons are “enemy combatants.” “No word of the hearings will be made public until the government releases a transcript of the proceedings, edited to remove material deemed damaging to national security.”

US nuclear weapons are among the most sophisticated scientific devices on the planet. Through the years of the cold war, US designers labored to make warheads that were frighteningly powerful, yet so small that as many as 10 could fit on top of a single missile. Now the nation’s nuclear bureaucracy believes the time has come to start replacing these complex weapons with simpler ones.

The State Department released its annual human rights report Tuesday, which cited Sudan, China, Russian, and Venezuela for abuses. Assistant Secretary of State Barry Lowekron admitted the report comes “at a time when our own record, and actions we have taken to respond to terrorist attacks against us, have been questioned.”

As the U.N. drug agency predicted a “cancer of insurgency” in Afghanistan could “drive the 2007 opium poppy harvest to record levels,” NATO troops “troops launched their largest offensive yet against Taliban militants, focusing on the same southern region where U.S.-led forces carried out an even bigger operation less than a year ago.”

The White House plans to ask Congress for $2 billion more for President Bush’s escalation plan, an “embarrassing” move for the White House and the Pentagon, “which earlier dismissed criticism from lawmakers that the original $5.6 billion estimate for the troop buildup was too low.”

69 percent: Americans who feel “less confident” about a “successful conclusion in Iraq.” Only 20 percent express more confidence. A similar number believe the war in Afghanistan is faring poorly. Sixty-nine percent say the war there isn’t going well, versus 28 percent who think it is.

51 percent: Number of people in the world who believe the United States has a “mainly negative” influence in the world. The United States ranks third, behind Israel and Iran, and is followed by North Korea.

30 percent: President Bush’s job approval in a new Zogby poll, “once again hitting the all-time low-water mark of his presidency.”

188: Death toll in Iraq from “from three consecutive days of attacks on Shiite Muslim pilgrims” who are “streaming to the holy city of Karbala for weekend rites commemorating the death of…one of Shiite Islam’s holiest figures.”

Didn’t do it. Wouldn’t be prudent. Former President George H. W. Bush insists he didn’t pat the behind of “Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher after a lunch last month, despite apparent video evidence. The 82-year-old told Extra, “I have been teased about it relentlessly. (A website) accused me of patting her backside, which I did not do. The camera lies, it’s a fraud.

Al Gore’s wax head goes the way of Jimmy Hoffa. The Washington Post’s Reliable Source reports, “In 2000, designers in the London headquarters of Madame Tussauds started crafting figures of the former veep and his then-opponent George W. Bush, with plans to put the eventual winner on display. ‘We started both heads,’ said N.Y.C. and D.C. branch General Manager Janine DiGioacchino . But production stopped when lawyers started debating hanging chads. Eventually Bush was finished, while Gore was put in cold storage…well, uh, somewhere. ‘We stored Gore’s head in our London studio,’ she said, ‘and now we’re trying to find him.’”

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