The 21st Century Cures Act encourages biomedical research investment and facilitates innovation review and approval processes, but also serves as a vehicle for a wide variety of other health-related measures, including portions of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act of 2016, which was approved by the US House of Representatives in July 2016 but not advanced by the Senate. A substantial portion of the legislation relates to mental health and substance use disorders, reflecting the rise in mental health and substance use disorder awareness over the last several years. We discuss the applicable provisions related to mental health and substance use disorders.In DepthOn December 7, 2016, the US Congress approved the 21st Century Cures Act, substantial legislation intended to accelerate “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging biomedical research investment and facilitating innovation review and approval processes, … [Read more...] about 21st Century Cures: Tackling Growing Problem of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
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In this Friday, June 29, 2007, file photo, Dr. Steven Pitt poses in Scottsdale, Ariz. Authorities say the fatal shootings of two paralegals in a Phoenix suburb are related to the killing of Pitt, a well-known forensic psychiatrist in Phoenix, and police are investigating if a fourth homicide is related. (Julio Jimenez/East Valley Tribune via AP, File)Scottsdale Police Department Sgt. Ben Hoster speaks to the media after local police surrounded a local hotel where a suspect wanted in four killings was staying Monday, June 4, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to police, the suspect killed himself as police closed in on the hotel. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Police block off and surround a hotel where a suspect wanted in several killings was staying Monday, June 4, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to police, the suspect killed himself as police closed in on the hotel. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Police surround a hotel where a suspect wanted in multiple killings was staying Monday, … [Read more...] about Retired detective’s hunch leads to suspect in 6 Arizona killings
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force, usually a blow or jolt to the head, disrupts the normal functions of the brain. Even a mild TBI or concussion can cause cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical impairments.Often, changes in sleep patterns occur after a concussion. In fact, 30 to 70 percent of patients who have experienced a TBI experience sleep problems. The seriousness of the brain injury is not a predictor of the severity of sleep-related symptoms. Such symptoms include insomnia, increased sleep need, and excessive daytime sleepiness. For some TBI patients, although they are sleeping more than usual each night, they still experience excessive daytime sleepiness. Other sleep disorders, such as sleep-related breathing disorder, post-traumatic hypersomnia, and movement disorders may also result from a TBI. Repetitive TBIs may increase the risk of symptoms.Sleep disruptions may negatively impact recovery and quality of life in a TBI patient or … [Read more...] about Do Concussions Affect Sleep?
Home In-Depth Reporting Learn to deal with—and not hide—excessive… On Well-Being By Jeena Cho April 2018 Shutterstock According to the 2016 Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation/ABA study, 19 percent of lawyers suffer from anxiety. In my experience from working with lawyers, anxiety is the unwanted roommate inside the mind that you can’t get rid of. We may learn to live with it, like a bad skin rash or perhaps an incurable tumor. Sometimes, when I offer workshops on stress and anxiety management, I’ll distribute the symptoms of anxiety disorders, the most common being generalized anxiety disorder. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the manual therapists refer to for diagnosing mental health conditions, GAD is defined as “excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more days than not for at least six months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school … [Read more...] about Learn to deal with—and not hide—excessive worry
Home In-Depth Reporting Suffering can be the human consequence of… on Well-Being By Jeena Cho June 2018 Jeena Cho: "Secure your own oxygen mask before helping others." Photograph courtesy of JC Law Group. Many lawyers practice in the suffering business. Perhaps they should’ve taught us this in law school. Day One would’ve been a good place. As a bankruptcy lawyer, I see a lot of human suffering. Needless to say, no one ever comes to see a bankruptcy lawyer with happy news. Often, people end up in my office because of a death, illness, divorce, loss of job or some other unexpected life event that overwhelmed them financially. What they also should’ve taught us in law school is that being in the presence of someone suffering affects you. Often, attorneys mistake this effect as weakness, ineffective lawyering, or as a sign that they are somehow flawed as an attorney. RECOGNIZE VICARIOUS TRAUMA I wish I had known that none of these assumptions are true, and that … [Read more...] about Suffering can be the human consequence of lawyering