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Immigrants Are Delaying Medical Care Because Of “Inflammatory Rhetoric.”

Psychiatry resident Colin Buzza, MD, MPH, MSC, an American Psychiatric Association Public Psychiatry Fellow, writes in STAT (4/12) “First Opinion” that “inflammatory rhetoric toward immigrants” leads many to “avoid doctor visits” and delay necessary medical care. Dr. Buzza contends that he tries to reassure his immigrant patients, but “no amount of reassurance could offset…news of hate crimes and immigration raids.”

Related Links:

— “Harsh immigration rhetoric and policies are a threat to our nation’s health,” COLIN BUZZA, STAT, April 12, 2017.

Prescription Medication Shortages Cause Sharp Price Increases For Alternatives

The Wall Street Journal (4/12, Loftus, Subscription Publication) reports that research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that prescription drug shortages in the US have led to sharp price increases for alternative treatments. According to the University of Utah Drug Information Service, there are currently about 176 active shortages.

Related Links:

— “Prescription-Drug Shortages Help Push Up Prices of Similar Drugs,” Peter Loftus, Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2017.

Substance Use Disorders May Be Associated With Higher Suicide Risk, Particularly In Women

Healio (4/11, Oldt) reports, “Among individuals receiving care within the Veterans Health Administration, substance use disorders were associated with higher risk for suicide, particularly among women,” researchers found after conducting “a cohort study of national administrative health records for all Veterans Health Administration users in 2005 (n = 4,863,086).” The findings were published online March 16 in the journal Addiction.

Related Links:

— “Substance abuse may indicate suicide risk in women,” Bohnert KM, et al., Healio, April 11, 2017.

Middle-Aged People With Vascular Risk Factors More Likely To Develop Alzheimer’s

Reuters (4/11, Rapaport) reports, “Middle-aged people with risk factors for heart attacks and stroke are also more likely to develop changes in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease,” researchers concluded after examining “data from 346 adults who had been evaluated for vascular risk factors since the late 1980s, when they were 52 years old on average and none of them had dementia.” Then, more than 20 years “later, when participants were around 76 years old, they had brain scans that looked for evidence of Alzheimer’s” in the form of amyloid plaques.

According to MedPage Today (4/11, Fiore), “unlike midlife vascular risk factors, late-life vascular risk factors were not associated with brain amyloid deposition on late-life PET scans,” the findings revealed. The study, which was “supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute,” was published April 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Related Links:

— “Risk factors for heart disease and stroke also tied to Alzheimer’s,” Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, April 11, 2017.

Foundation News

Maryland Parity Project Now in Our Links

The Maryland Parity Project is an initiative of the Mental Health Association of Maryland that “works to educate insured Marylanders of their new rights in accessing mental health and addiction treatment under The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.”

Their website says understanding the complex system of state and federal rules governing mental health coverage can be very difficult. Their staff hopes to alleviate concern and stress by answering questions for insured Maryland citizens. They will provide case assistance as well as evaluate complaints, help with appeals to an insurer’s decision, and assist filing complaints with the proper government authority.

You can find more information at their website here: Maryland Parity Project

The Maryland Parity Project is a featured link on our Links page.

MFP Radio Ad Examines Mental Illness and Violence

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on the real statistics concerning mental illness and violence. It discusses the problem of cuts in mental illness coverage by insurance companies and less focus by government.

You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.

2013 Outstanding Merit Award Entries Open Now

Nominations are now being accepted for the Foundation’s 2013 Outstanding Merit Award.

The annual Outstanding Merit Award is given for a worthy endeavor in Maryland that accomplishes one or more of the following:

  • Increases public awareness and understanding of mental illness
  • Enhances the quality of care for psychiatric illness
  • Reduces the stigma of mental illness

Nominations for this award of $1000 are being invited from the entire Maryland community. A short nomination form must be submitted with a cover letter by March 1, 2013, to the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, 1101 Saint. Paul Street, Suite 305, Baltimore, MD 21202-6405. The form is available as PDF or Word document.

Foundation’s Latest Radio Spot Tells How Common Mental Illness Is

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on how common mental illness really is. It discusses how people avoid thinking about it and urges them to seek help when needed.

You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.