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Aetna Practices Latest Example of Unethical Health Industry Practices
02-16-18 Category: Health

By Lise Millay Stevens There is something rotten in Denmark. Maybe it is wafting over from the U.S. health insurance industry. CNN reports that a former Aetna medical director admitted, under oath, that he never looked at patient records prior to approving or denying care, relying instead on the recommendations from nurses at the insurance […]

President Trump calls for mental health action after Florida school shooting
02-16-18 Category: Depression

Urging the people to “come together” after one of the ghastliest school shootings in modern American history that killed 17 students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, President Donald Trump called for unspecified action to address mental health problems without commenting about guns or gun laws or how […]

Employing measurement-based care improves treatment outcomes for mental disorders
02-16-18 Category: Uncategorized

Measurement-based care, an innovative practice of collecting clinical data of patients to determine treatment, is the key element of evidence-based and collaborative care model. Even the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has acknowledged measurement-based care in mental disorders as an evidence-based practice. Under this approach, clinicians systematically administer the symptom rating scales […]

Parkland, Florida: A Stark Reminder that Mental Health Matters
02-15-18 Category: Mental Health

By Lise Millay Stevens The United States is in that horrid yet so-familiar space again. A shooter has, in broad daylight, walked into a school and murdered teachers and students. The ex-student, donning a gas mask and armed with smoke grenades and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, pulled the fire alarm and gunned down students fleeing […]

Alcohol, drugs and suicide contributing to declining life expectancy of Americans
02-15-18 Category: Alcohol

The last few years have seen groundbreaking medical advancements, the development of novel drugs and therapies and an improved understanding of human health and well-being. All these would normally be considered indicators of longer life expectancy. However, a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in December 2017 showed that life expectancy […]

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