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February 2017 News Listing

The Sleep Cure: The Fountain of Youth May Be Closer Than You Ever Thought

Mark Zielinski knew he was onto something when his mice stopped sleeping. Normally, the animals woke and slept on a 12-hour cycle. When the lights were on in the lab, the mice were active. When it went dark on a timer, down they went. But Zielinski, who teaches psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, had recently more

A Safety-Net Medical Center Wrestles With Specter Of ‘Repeal’

SAN MATEO — Little surprises Lynda Sutherland, who has been a licensed vocational nurse for 35 years at San Mateo Medical Center. But in the past few years, Sutherland said, she’s been surprised by what’s missing: the patients who used to return again and again to the public hospital for the same ailments. “They’re just more

Cats Don’t Cause Mental Illness, Study Finds

Your kitty is in the clear: People who grow up with cats in the home are no more likely than anyone else to develop mental illness, British researchers reported Tuesday. They looked for evidence that a common parasite carried by cats might affect the developing brain, making people susceptible to schizophrenia, psychosis and other symptoms more

Hundreds rally for mental health and drug treatment

Hundreds of people packed Lawyers Mall in Annapolis Thursday to urge lawmakers to “keep the door open” for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Sen. Guy Guzzone, a sponsor of the Keep the Door Open Act, said that too often mental health and substance abuse treatment are considered the “stepchild” of the healthcare system. “We more

How To Talk to Your Kids About Your Mental Health Issues

Anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns experienced by a parent has a profound effect on children. They may absorb the parent’s distress without a word about it. They may be frightened and confused. They make think they are at fault for the parent’s changed behavior. While many parents would shy away from telling their more

Why Congress Voted to Let People with Mental Illness Buy Guns

The Senate on Wednesday voted to block a rule that would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental impairments from purchasing firearms, a move criticized by lawmakers on the left but supported by gun rights and mental health advocates. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 that left 20 more

Toward a Learning Behavioral Health Care System:The Rand blog Commentary

While the U.S. health care system’s embrace of different health information technologies is still a work in progress, new modes of capturing and sharing health data have already begun to transform the way health care providers practice medicine in this country. One such initiative is the “learning” health care system, a symbiotic relationship in which more

Novato offers support to county for Laura’s Law

The Novato City Council this week threw its support behind implementation of Laura’s Law, a controversial health statute that gives local judges the authority to order severely mentally ill individuals to undergo outpatient treatment. On a 3-2 vote, with councilmen Josh Fryday and Eric Lucan opposed, the council approved sending a letter supporting adoption of more