When Michael Kamins opened the letter from his insurer, he was enraged. His 20-year old son recently had been hospitalized twice with bipolar disorder and rescued from the brink of suicide, he said. Now, the insurer said he had improved and it was no longer medically necessary for the young man to see his psychiatrist… Read More Advocates Say Mental Health ‘Parity’ Law Is Not Fulfilling Its Promise
People who have upbeat outlooks on life are twice as likely to have better cardiovascular health, than those whose outlooks are less rosy, according to a recently published study that looked at links between optimism and heart health. “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,”… Read More Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It’s Good for Your Heart.
Secretary of Health and Human services Kathleen Sebelius announced the department’s 2014 budget today, with strong support for mental health and anti-gun violence services. Flanked by a dozen agency heads, including CDC, NIH, Indian Health, and Department of Aging, Sebelius discussed the need to balance fiscal responsibility with ensuring the nation’s health and scientific leadership.… Read More Focus on Mental Health in New HHS Budget
I planned to do a health news roundup for my last post of 2012. Yet it is difficult to think about choosing a handful of stories. Between the havoc created by hurricane Sandy and the unfathomable violence in Newtown CT, it seems like we have stumbled onto the set of a horror movie these last… Read More A most essential benefit can’t wait
gun control is a public health issue. let’s treat it like one.… Read More Gun control is a public health issue