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Addicted to Vaped Nicotine, Teenagers Have No Clear Path to Quitting

By drwong
December 20, 2018

The New York Times By Jan Hoffman Dec 18, 2018             A Harvard addiction medicine specialist is getting calls from distraught parents around the country. A Stanford psychologist is getting calls from rattled school officials around the world. A federal agency has ordered a public hearing on the issue. Alarmed...   read more

Ruling ACA Unconstitutional Could Have Devastating Effects on Patients, American Psychiatric Association Warns

By drwong
December 18, 2018

American Psychiatric Association Mon Dec 17, 2018 APA is calling for vigorous appeal of Friday’s decision by a Texas court that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. “This ruling has an unconscionable result,” APA President Altha Stewart, M.D., said in a press statement. “Should this ruling stand, millions of our patients will lose their health...   read more

Reducing Firearm Deaths Requires Greater Attention to Suicide Prevention

By drwong
November 20, 2018

American Psychiatric Association Tues Nov 20, 2018             Mental health advocates must work to ensure that suicide is front and center of conversations about gun violence, Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry at Duke University, wrote in a commentary in Psychiatric Services. Swanson is an expert in the epidemiology of gun...   read more

American Psychiatric Association Speaks Out Against Trump Administration's Efforts to Undercut Women's Preventative Care

By drwong
November 12, 2018

APA Psychiatric News Fri Nov 9, 2018 (Image: iStock/crankyT)           APA joined four other medical specialty organizations on Thursday to urge the Trump administration to reverse actions taken this week that will limit women’s access to contraception. The organizations spoke out just one day after the Trump administration issued a pair of...   read more

Why You Shouldn't Wait to Sign Up for Medicare Part B

By drwong
November 8, 2018

The New York Times By Paula Span Oct 26, 2018           Twenty years ago, George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero left his job as a hospital administrator in New York to open a one-person health care consulting firm. Since he was losing his employee medical coverage, he shopped around and bought a private health insurance...   read more

Spanking Is Ineffective and Harmful to Children, Pediatricians' Group Says

By drwong
November 6, 2018

The New York Times By Christina Caron Nov 5, 2018             Parents should not spank their children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said on Monday in its most strongly worded policy statement warning against the harmful effects of corporal punishment in the home. The group, which represents about 67,000 doctors,...   read more

Gun suicides far outpace gun homicides. Here's why that statistic matters.

By drwong
November 6, 2018

Los Angeles Times By Scott Martelle Nov 1, 2018             About two-thirds of gun deaths in the U.S. each year are suicides, traumatic and desperate acts that often lie at the nexus of mental illness and ready access to a firearm. Yet a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds...   read more

Program aims to revise conservatorship process for people with mental health issues

By drwong
October 27, 2018

The San Diego Union-Tribune By Gary Warth October 4, 2018             It could be a bit easier for judges in San Diego County to order people with mental issues into conservatorship next year under a new pilot program created by a recently signed bill. Whether it will be implemented, however,...   read more

Construction of Suicide Net Begins on Golden Gate Bridge

By drwong
September 28, 2018

Pyschiatric News By Linda M. Richmond Sept 13, 2018   Construction of a suicide-deterrent net is under way at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It is hoped to end the bridge’s standing as one of the world’s most popular suicide sites. Seventy-nine years after the first call to action to erect a barrier...   read more

APA Joins Health Organizations in Lawsuit Against Expansion of Short-Term Health Plans

By drwong
September 14, 2018

American Psychiatric Association Sept 14, 2018   Joining a coalition of seven mental health and health advocacy groups, APA filed suit today in federal court to invalidate a Trump administration rule on short-term, limited duration health plans. The coalition argued in its complaint that the final rule, issued last month by three federal agencies, violates the plain-English...   read more