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Shortage of Mental Health Pros Puts New Orleans' Psychological Recovery at Risknew

While Louisiana officials recently authorized much-needed funding to shore up New Orleans' resources for severely mentally ill patients and crisis care, reports from local mental health professionals and outside studies indicate the city continues to suffer from a quiet, expansive epidemic: post-Katrina depression and anxiety.
Gambit  |  Sammy Mack  |  05-08-2008  |  Science

Systemic Neglect at Texas' Troubled Insitutions for the Mentally Retardednew

Texas has the largest remaining set of mental institutions in the nation, housing the state's most vulnerable: some can't feed or dress themselves, and others can't even rise from a gurney or speak. And according to government records, the very people charged with caring for these patients are victimizing them.
The Texas Observer  |  Dave Mann  |  05-07-2008  |  Science

If Obesity is a Choice, It's Not One the Poor Get to Makenew

A recent study put grocery prices to the test. Among the 370 foods sampled, it found that energy-dense junk food cost an average of $1.76 per 1,000 calories, while nutritious, unprocessed foods came in at a whopping $18.16 per 1,000 calories.
Orlando Weekly  |  Billy Manes  |  05-06-2008  |  Science

The Sad Irony of Washington's Mental Health Systemnew

Only by killing Michael Robb did Samson Berhe finally become subject to the mental health treatment he has seemingly needed for years.
Seattle Weekly  |  Laura Onstot  |  05-05-2008  |  Science

A Biologist Exposes the Dangers of bisphenol A and Earns the Wrath of the Plastic Industrynew

Missouri biologist Frederick vom Saal's willingness to speak frankly about his findings is alarming to the top five makers of bisphenol A: Dow Chemical, Bayer Material Science, Sunoco Chemicals, SABIC Innovative Plastics and Hexion Specialty Chemicals. And now, after years of quietly publishing studies in scientific journals and presenting papers at toxicological conventions, he is starting to be heard.
The Pitch  |  Nadia Pflaum  |  04-29-2008  |  Science

Can Vitamins Save the World?new

The Santa Barbara non-profit Vitamin Angels is saving India and beyond, one dose at a time.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Matt Kettmann  |  04-28-2008  |  Science

Can the Music of Our Brains Make Us Sleep Better?new

A California psychologist says yes and is using mysterious Russian technology to treat patients with Brain Music Therapy. Our reporter gets strapped in to ride the waves.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Gary Singh  |  04-24-2008  |  Science

Do You Have Multiple Personality Disorder?new

The resurgence of interest in multiple personality disorder, clinically labeled "dissociative identity disorder," could be a good thing if it spreads awareness and shows people there is a solution. Or, it could mean a whole new generation of delusional people will be diagnosed with a disorder that doesn't exist, and they won't get the help they need.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  04-22-2008  |  Science

Hepatitis C Scare Affecting Donations at Blood Banksnew

One of the symptoms of the mass panic that seized the public following the hepatitis C outbreak in February was an unambiguous decline in blood donations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Joshua Longobardy  |  04-18-2008  |  Science

Health Care for Urban Native Americans Hits a Crisis Pointnew

"The issue is that if you're Native American, and you live off the reservation, it's increasingly difficult to access health care services."
Weekly Alibi  |  Marissa Demarco  |  04-15-2008  |  Science

Arizona's Homeopathic Board: The Second Chance for Doctors Who May Not Deserve Onenew

For a few hundred dollars, some extra training, and a test on the principles of homeopathy, an M.D. who can't secure another medical license can get a license to practice homeopathic medicine here. You'll be banned from some procedures, but for the most part, you can go back to practicing medicine -- diagnosing patients, prescribing drugs, even performing minor surgeries.
Phoenix New Times  |  John Dickerson  |  04-15-2008  |  Science

Methadone Clinic Helps Clients with Java Therapynew

A Pittsburgh methadone clinic opens coffee shop to give its clients a place to go after their treatment.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Ali McNally  |  04-14-2008  |  Science

Dallas Has a Real-Life 'House' in Dr. Richard Buchnew

Some call Dr. Buch a troubled genius. His ex-patients and hospital bosses call him trouble.
Dallas Observer  |  Glenna Whitley  |  04-14-2008  |  Science

UCSF Is First Hospital in California with a Musician in Residencenew

Gabe Turow, 25, started as a volunteer last year, and has been working for the past month at what he dubs the "coolest job in the world." The position was made possible by a grant from the nonprofit Rock Against Cancer, which is covering Turow's salary at the hospital plus that of seven similar performers around the country.
SF Weekly  |  Tamara Palmer  |  04-10-2008  |  Science

Public Health Advocates Want Gay Hookup Websites to Promote Safe Sexnew

For public health advocates, the internet is the new tobacco. Just as the "right to smoke" as an important civil liberty has been largely discredited, the "right" of sex website owners to profit unfettered from the spread of diseases such as syphilis and AIDS should also go by the wayside.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  04-10-2008  |  Science

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