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Frequent, Brisk Walks May Slow Early Alzheimer’s Patients’ Memory Loss

The New York Times (3/1, Reynolds, Subscription Publication) reports that, according to a study published in PLoS One, “for some people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, frequent, brisk walks may help to bolster physical abilities and slow memory loss.”

Researchers at the University of Kansas recruited about 70 men and women with Alzheimer’s and while one group “began a supervised walking program,” the second control group began stretching and toning classes “that would not increase aerobic endurance.”

The Times says “the toning had not slowed the progression of their disease” but “some of the walkers were thinking and remembering much better.” Researchers found that “walkers who had increased their aerobic fitness had also improved their ability to remember and think and bulked up the volume of their brains.”

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— “Frequent, Brisk Walks May Aid Those With Early Alzheimer’s,” GRETCHEN REYNOLDS, New York Times, March 1, 2017.

Facebook Increasing Efforts To Prevent Suicides

USA Today (3/1, Guynn) reports, “Faced with an alarming phenomenon, people taking their own lives on its live-streaming service, Facebook is stepping up efforts to prevent suicides.” Yesterday, “Facebook announced it will integrate real-time suicide prevention tools into Facebook Live.” Additionally, “it…said it will offer live-chat support from crisis support organizations…and make it easier to report suicide or self-injury.”

The Washington Post (3/1, Bever) reports that “Facebook is also testing artificial intelligence to scan for posts as well as comments that indicate suicidal ideation and report them to the community operations team for review and possible intervention.”

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— “Facebook takes steps to stop suicides on Live,” Jessica Guynn, USA Today, March 1, 2017.

Anxiety, Depression May Predict Increased Medical Use In Individuals With Cancer

Healio (2/28) reports that research indicated “mood and adjustment disorders, such as anxiety and depression, predicted the number of outpatient visits, hospital admissions and days spent in the hospital for patients with breast or prostate cancer.” Additionally, “between 2007 and 2014, the incidence of mood and adjustment disorders increased from 21% to 28% among women with breast cancer and from 9% to 13% among men with prostate cancer.” The findings were scheduled to be presented at the Quality Care Symposium.

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— “Anxiety, depression predict increased medical use in patients with breast, prostate cancer,” Healio, February 28, 2017.

SUPER Initiative Aims To Raise Awareness Of Factors Contributing To Over-Representation Of People With Mental Illnesses In Jails

The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal (1/29, Howse) reports that next month, the national Stepping Up Process to End Recidivism (SUPER) “initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails will start accepting participants.” The initiative’s goal is “to raise awareness of factors that contribute to the over-representation of people with mental illnesses in jails, and to develop practices and strategies to reduce the numbers.” Leading the “national initiative” are “the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.”

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— “Forsyth County launching initiative to reduce number of people jailed who have mental illness,”Jordan Howse Winston, The Winston-Salem Journal, January 30, 2017.

Articles Look At Potential Association Between PTSD And Cancer, CV Disease

Medscape (1/26, Melville) reports that “increasing evidence shows a bidirectional” association “between psychological stress and physical disease, as underscored in” research “linking posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to cancer as well as acute cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to two articles published in” The Lancet. In one study, investigators “outline the evidence supporting the role of PTSD as a potentially causative factor as well as a consequential factor in cardiovascular disease.” In the other “article, a qualitative review of PTSD and cancer, the authors report that studies involving various cancer types, including lung and breast cancer, show rates of traumatization and stress symptoms in approximately 37% to 60% of cancer survivors.”

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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.

Foundation’s Latest Radio Spot Examines Alcohol and Sports

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc. recently began airing a new public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations. It focuses on the role alcohol can play as the fall sports season begins.

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.