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California Medical Association Removes Opposition to Physician Aid in Dying Bill

By editor
May 20, 2015

Now neutral on SB 128, CMA is nation’s first state medical org to change decades-long position on issue Sacramento –Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced that it has become the first state medical association in the nation to change its position on the long-debated issue of physician aid in dying. By removing decades-old organizational...   read more


By editor
May 18, 2015

A new analysis has linked posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with accelerated aging, a biological process that can lead to a wide range of medical problems. These findings, reported in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, suggest that PTSD may not just be a mental illness, but a full systemic disorder. A research team led by former APA...   read more


By editor
May 14, 2015

(Reuters Health) - Chronic depression may more than double the risk of stroke for older adults, and the danger remains high even when mental health improves, a large U.S. study suggests. While previous research has linked depression to greater odds of having a stroke, the current study offers fresh evidence that mood-improving treatments like counseling...   read more

California Senate votes to expand powers of nurse practitioners

By editor
May 13, 2015

May 7, 2015 Reporting from Sacramento Addressing a doctor shortage that is especially dire in rural parts of California, the state Senate voted Thursday to let nurse practitioners do much more for patients, including diagnosing and ordering treatment and prescribing drugs, without supervision by a physician. Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) said his bill will...   read more


By editor
May 9, 2015

by Fran Lowry May 07, 2015 More than 17 million children in the United States have or have had a diagnosable mental illness, yet most are not treated, according to the first annual Children's Mental Health Report released by the Child Mind Institute (CMI) in New York City. The fact that so many children are struggling with...   read more

American Psychiatric Association replies to the NY Times article on Torture

By editor
May 2, 2015

The APA response written by Saul Levin, MD to the NY Times Torture Article As you may know, following actions taken by our government in the wake of Sept. 11, there have been numerous reports and questions about a wide range of health professionals’ involvement in interrogation and torture.  Most recently, yesterday, the New York Times reported...   read more

Study rules out link between autism and MMR vaccine even in at-risk kids

By editor
April 22, 2015

By MELISSA HEALY APRIL 21, 2015, 8:06 PM At least a dozen major studies have found that early childhood vaccines do not cause autism. But one possibility remained: that immunizations could cause autism in a small group of children who were already primed to develop the disorder. Now, new research has ruled out that possibility...   read more

County Backs Forced Care of Mentally Ill

By editor
April 22, 2015

"Laura's Law" allows courts to require outpatient treatment By Joshua Stewart • U-T11:40 a.m.April 21, 2015Updated4:41 p.m. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to implement "Laura's Law," which will give courts power to order treatment for mentally ill people under certain conditions. Supervisor Bill Horn cast the lone opposing vote. San Diego —...   read more

Kids in foster care are struggling

By editor
April 17, 2015

BY ROBERT P. HOLLOWAY SPECIAL TO THE BEE 04/16/2015 5:00 PM 04/17/2015 12:00 AM When I was a young boy, my parents decided to share their love by fostering children. Two children stayed with us briefly. Then, a 4-year-old girl was sent to us who had experienced numerous forms of abuse. After a year, we...   read more


By editor
April 15, 2015

The New York Times (4/15, A16, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that the Senate “on Tuesday approved sweeping changes in the way Medicare pays doctors, clearing the bill for President Obama and resolving an issue that has bedeviled Congress and the Medicare program for more than a decade.” Senators voted 92 to 8 to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth...   read more