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First Edition: August 22, 2014

First Edition: August 22, 2014

Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: "How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they'll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut? Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn't stopped some from trying. Kaiser Health News readers still write in regularly describing battles they're waging to get the birth control coverage they're entitled to" (Andrews, 8/22). [More]
Subcortical brain regions play key role in memorization process during sleep

Subcortical brain regions play key role in memorization process during sleep

According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies' movements and, critically, they interact more effectively after a night of sleep. [More]

Mental health activists form Stop The Murphy Bill Political Action Committee

To influence congressional candidates up for election this November, a group of mental health activists have formed the Stop The Murphy Bill Political Action Committee (PAC). This PAC was organized to advocate for the civil rights of persons with mental health histories by pushing back against the highly controversial Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, HR3717, introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy. [More]

HGSAS launches new online master's degree

The Higher Learning Commission recently granted approval to launch the new online master's degree offered by the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies (HGSAS). [More]
Cognitive therapy combined with antidepressant drug effective for severe nonchronic depression

Cognitive therapy combined with antidepressant drug effective for severe nonchronic depression

The odds that a person who suffers from severe, nonchronic depression will recover are improved by as much as 30 percent if they are treated with a combination of cognitive therapy and antidepressant medicine rather than by antidepressants alone. [More]
Scientists discover area of brain that could control person's motivation to exercise

Scientists discover area of brain that could control person's motivation to exercise

Scientists at Seattle Children's Research Institute have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person's motivation to exercise and participate in other rewarding activities - potentially leading to improved treatments for depression. [More]
Survey of veterans receiving mental health services finds general satisfaction

Survey of veterans receiving mental health services finds general satisfaction

A survey of U.S. veterans receiving mental health services from the Veterans Health Administration finds general satisfaction, but also significant room for improvement among all areas studied. [More]
Advocates decry closing of mental health clinics in Chicago

Advocates decry closing of mental health clinics in Chicago

But officials say the closings, which planned to shutter six of the city's 12 mental health clinics, actually expanded care for those with mental illnesses. [More]
Shuganjieyu capsule effectively reverses depressive by increasing neurotrophic factor

Shuganjieyu capsule effectively reverses depressive by increasing neurotrophic factor

Shuganjieyu capsule has been approved for clinical treatment by the State Food and Drug Administration of China since 2008. In the clinic, Shuganjieyu capsule is often used to treat mild to moderate depression. [More]
Deep sequencing technique opens up new possibilities for finding genetic causes for brain disorder

Deep sequencing technique opens up new possibilities for finding genetic causes for brain disorder

Not every cell in the body is the same genetically, and disease-causing mutations don't necessarily affect every cell—making these mutations easy to miss even with next-generation genomic sequencing. [More]
Risk factors for sporadic vision loss in AMD identified

Risk factors for sporadic vision loss in AMD identified

Sporadic vision loss occurs in patients with age-related macular degeneration and impairs their future visual acuity, research shows. [More]
Researchers find that same desire for intimacy is strong predictor for PrEp HIV prevention

Researchers find that same desire for intimacy is strong predictor for PrEp HIV prevention

Men in steady same-sex relationships where both partners are HIV negative will often forgo condoms out of a desire to preserve intimacy, even if they also have sex outside the relationship. [More]
Case study from Intel and UCSD highlights health sciences research

Case study from Intel and UCSD highlights health sciences research

A case study from Intel and UCSD highlights the transformative collaboration between the school's bioengineering department and the Intel® Internet of Things (IoT). [More]
First Edition: August 20, 2014

First Edition: August 20, 2014

Today's headlines include a report from California that Anthem Blue Cross is being sued again regarding its narrow-network health plans as well as a prediction from Maryland officials regarding the state's online insurance marketplace. [More]
Self-reported health measures can predict Medicaid adults who need intensive health services

Self-reported health measures can predict Medicaid adults who need intensive health services

Just three types of simple self-reported health measures can predict which Medicaid-eligible adults are more likely to access intensive and costly health services over the next year, a new study in Health Services Research suggests. The findings could provide a new way to save a substantial amount of money while also providing better care for Medicaid's neediest patients. [More]
New study highlights the need for evidence-based sexual and reproductive health education

New study highlights the need for evidence-based sexual and reproductive health education

A new national survey reveals that the political divide among red-versus-blue states does not support the hypothesis that knowledge about abortion and health is shaped by the state in which one lives. [More]
Social integration, strong family ties can help those who struggle with substance abuse

Social integration, strong family ties can help those who struggle with substance abuse

Social integration, including strong family ties, can protect one's well-being and even reduce the impact high-risk genes have on health. [More]
First Edition: August 19, 2014

First Edition: August 19, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including stories about a how a hospital system's data was hacked, involving as many as 4.5 million patients' records. [More]
Viewpoints: Va. GOP's 'Medicaid charade'; Paul Ryan's health Rx for poverty; giving the sick unapproved drugs

Viewpoints: Va. GOP's 'Medicaid charade'; Paul Ryan's health Rx for poverty; giving the sick unapproved drugs

Virginia lawmakers will convene in a special session next month to address the question of expanding Medicaid and, more broadly, the fact that hundreds of thousands of poor and disabled people in the state have no health insurance coverage. Democrats and some moderate Republicans have advanced a variety of ideas to tackle that problem. Conservative Republicans, who control the legislature in Richmond, have rejected those solutions while proposing no alternative. Does the GOP intend for the special session to be anything more than a charade at taxpayers' expense? (8/15). [More]
Study suggests mental illness doesn't preclude enjoying life

Study suggests mental illness doesn't preclude enjoying life

Schizophrenia is among the most severe forms of mental illness, yet some people with the disease are as happy as those in good physical and mental health according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. [More]