December, 2016

Carrie Fisher Put Pen and Voice in Service of‘Bipolar Pride’

By drwong
December 29, 2016

By BENEDICT CAREY DEC. 28, 2016 New York Times She was all there, all the time: exuberant in describing her mania, savage and tender when recalling her despair. And for decades, she gracefully wore the legacy of her legendary role as Princess Leia, worshiped by a generation of teenage girls as the lone female warrior...   read more

Cures Act Gains Bipartisan Support That Eluded Obama Health Law

By drwong
December 23, 2016

By ROBERT PEAR DEC. 8, 2016 New York Times WASHINGTON — With self-congratulatory zeal and smiles all around, huge bipartisan majorities in Congress have just passed legislation to speed the discovery of cures for killer diseases. At the same time, Republican leaders have been devising a strategy to undo the Affordable Care Act, which has...   read more

Opinion: What's the prescription for a hateful patient? Connecticut doctor asks

By drwong
December 22, 2016

  By Pranay Sinha, MD Los Angeles Times December 8, 2016 I have been appalled by the swastikas, homophobic propaganda and lynching references mushrooming across the country, but the danger felt theoretical until recently, when I became a victim of hate speech from a patient. My patient's kidneys were failing and we needed to know...   read more

House Passes Major Mental Health Legislation

By editor
December 6, 2016

American Psychiatric Association December 1, 2016   The House of Representatives last night passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392-26. This wide-ranging, $6 billion bipartisan health legislation includes significant mental health components and had the support of the Obama administration. The new act embeds medical leadership in the Substance Abuse and...   read more