March, 2019

Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer's Policies, Judge Rules

By drwong
March 10, 2019

The New York Times By Reed Abelson March 5, 2019           In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders...   read more


CBD is Everywhere, but Scientists Still Don't Know Much About It

By drwong
March 10, 2019

The New York Times By Roni Caryn Rabin Feb 25, 2019 “It is a kind of a new snake oil in the sense that there are a lot of claims and not so much evidence,” said one expert.             Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonintoxicating component of the marijuana plant, is...   read more


Children Separated at Border Amounts to 'State-Sanctioned Child Abuse,' Says American Psychiatric Association President

By drwong
March 2, 2019

American Psychiatric Association Wed, Feb 27, 2019 Children separated from their families at the border suffer from “toxic stress,” and some of these children will be significantly impaired for the rest of their lives, APA President Altha J. Stewart, M.D., testified on behalf of APA at a House Appropriations subcommittee today. Some of the factors...   read more


An Office Designed for Workers With Autism

By drwong
March 2, 2019

The New York Times Magazine What happens when people who have trouble fitting into a traditional workplace get one designed just for them? By SUSAN DOMINUS Photograph by RYAN PFLUGER   BEFORE BEN HIRASUNA showed up for the first job interview of his life, he went for weeks at a time without leaving his parents’ home in...   read more