October 21, 2012 |
One in five Americans over age 18 suffers from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. That's upward of 40 million potential voters. So why have we heard virtually nothing about mental health care from either candidate during this campaign? Just to provide a little context, according to the American Cancer Society's latest numbers, about 12 million Americans are living with some form of cancer; 400,000 Americans suffer from multiple sclerosis; 1 million from Parkinson's and 1.2 million are living with HIV/AIDS.
October 20, 2010
Studies have shown that nearly one-third of patients develop psychiatric problems after having a major surgery. But what about patients who have poor mental health before they go under the knife? Does it affect their chances for a full recovery? It depends on the type of psychiatric condition the patient has, according to a study published this week in Archives of Surgery . Researchers from the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center analyzed the medical records of 35,539 VA patients around the country who were admitted to the intensive care unit after a surgical procedure.
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May 11, 2002 |
The Church of Scientology handed over $8.6 million this week to resolve the lawsuit of a former member who charged that the controversial church caused him to develop bipolar disorder and nearly drove him to suicide. The payment came nearly 22 years after Lawrence Wollersheim, 53, filed his 1980 lawsuit, and nearly 16 years after a California jury awarded him $30 million. In the intervening years, the award was reduced on appeal to $2.5 million and went all the way to the U.S.
February 27, 2014 |
A child born to a father 45 or older is three and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with autism, more than 13 times more likely to have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and almost 25 times more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than a child born to a man in his early twenties, says a study out this week. Suicide attempts and substance use problems were also found to be more than twice as common in children born to older fathers than those with younger dads, and rates of academic failure -- staying back a grade -- and low educational attainment were higher in those with older fathers than in those with younger ones.
February 2, 2003 |
John Matuszak vowed to keep his Oakland Raider teammates in line. Instead, he kept them out all night. That was during the 1981 Super Bowl week in New Orleans, when Matuszak's capacity for alcohol and Quaaludes was as enormous as his 6-foot-8, 280-pound body. He basically drank Bourbon Street dry, the Raiders wound up beating Philadelphia for their second Super Bowl title, and fans to this day delight in recounting stories of the wild-eyed defensive lineman they called Tooz.
July 21, 2003 |
Bipolar disorder, in which a person's mood cycles between two extremes -- depression and mania -- is usually treated with a mood stabilizer and, when needed, an antidepressant. But researchers at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute have found that the standard use of these drugs often leads to a relapse. According to established guidelines, the antidepressant should be discontinued within three to six months after a person recovers from an acute episode of depression.
December 14, 2008 |
'I need these pills refilled," the weary mother says, displaying an array of empty bottles on the desk in my office. "My son is bipolar." The boy, a quiet slip of a 10-year-old, had been prescribed two antipsychotics, two mood stabilizers, one antidepressant, two attention deficit disorder medications and another medication to manage the side effects of the antipsychotics. The mother explained that she had just regained custody of her son and his brother.
March 11, 2011 |
Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca will pay $68.5 million as part of a multistate settlement over allegations that it promoted its psychiatric drug Seroquel for unapproved uses, such as treating insomnia and Alzheimer's disease. The settlement will be shared by 37 states and the District of Columbia, California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said Thursday. California will receive more than $5.2 million, which will be used to cover litigation costs and add to the state's consumer protection fund, Harris said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 |
Malibu City Councilman Skylar Peak has been sentenced to two years of probation and 30 days of community service after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of reckless driving related to a Christmas Day accident. Judge Lawrence Mira on Wednesday agreed to drop two other misdemeanor charges, of vandalism and hit and run, after conferring in closed session with Michael Shultz, Peak's attorney. Peak was not present at the subsequent public hearing at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Malibu, where Shultz, on Peak's behalf, entered a plea of no contest to reckless driving.
August 13, 2012 |
Lupe Velez was a dynamo whose talent popped off the screen. The Mexican-born beauty, who came to fame in Douglas Fairbanks' 1927 adventure, "The Gaucho," could do anything - comedy, musicals, drama. And she could hold her own with the biggest stars, including the classic comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In the 1934 musical comedy "Hollywood Party," Velez manages to steal a slapstick scene with the duo that involves breaking eggs. "The thing I really enjoy about Lupe Velez is the sheer joy she takes in performing - you don't often seen that," said film historian Richard Barrios, author of "A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film.