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Since Introduction Of ACA, More Americans With Mental Illness Or Substance Abuse Disorders Got Health Insurance, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/20, Preidt) reported, “More Americans with mental illness and substance abuse disorders got health insurance after the Affordable Care Act was introduced,” researchers found after reviewing “data from nearly 30,000 adults, aged 18 to 64, with mental illness and more than 19,000 with substance use disorders.” Investigators focused on “two time periods: 2011 to 2013, and in 2014.” The findings were published online Jan. 17 in Psychiatric Services, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association. Healio(1/20, Oldt) also covered the study.

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— “Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions,”Robert Preidt, HealthDay, January 20, 2017.

Psychiatrist: Address Public Health Crisis Of Military Mental Healthcare To Keep Public Safe

In an opinion piece for The Hill (1/19), psychiatrist Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, the founding president of the Child Mind Institute, writes in wake of the Fort Lauderdale, FL airport shootings by a National Guard veteran that “the mental health burden placed on our veterans is immense, and that the system is not up to the task.” He asserts, “Stigma and lack of access to care for mental health disorders are serious public health issues for all Americans; this problem is compounded for young veterans.” Dr. Koplewicz concludes, “If we are serious about keeping the public safe, we need to be equally serious about the public health crisis of mental health care in our military and our country at large.”

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— “Airport shooter shows need for better VA mental health care,”Harold S. Koplewicz, The Hill , January 19, 2017.

Health Insurance Coverage For Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders Under ACA Did Not Translate Into Increase In Treatment, Research Suggests

Medscape (1/19, Ault) reports, “Millions of Americans gained health insurance coverage for mental illness and substance use disorders under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but this did not translate into an increase in treatment,” researchers found after analyzing “cross-sectional data on 70,000 individuals aged 18 to 64 years who were participants in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” Specifically, the study revealed “only very minimal increases in treatment of mental health disorders and no increase in treatment of substance use disorders after the ACA was passed.” The findings were published online Jan. 17 in Psychiatric Services, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association.

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Hospitalization-Related Delirium May Hasten Mental Decline In Patients With Dementia, Research Suggests

HealthDay (1/18, Preidt) reports, “Hospitalization-related delirium may speed mental decline in patients with dementia,” researchers concluded after examining medical records and “brain samples from nearly 1,000 people” who “were 65 and older when they died.” The findings were published online Jan. 18 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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— “Hospital-Related Delirium May Help Worsen Dementia,”Robert Preidt, HealthDay, January 18, 2017.

Eating Disorders Appear To Be Common Among Women In Mid-Life, Research Suggests

Healio (1/17, Oldt) reports that “eating disorders were common among women in mid-life and risk factors differed among eating disorder subtypes,” researchers found after examining data from “1,524 women from the U.K. Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.” The findings were published online Jan. 17 in BMC Medicine.

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— “Eating disorders common among women in mid-life, Healio, January 17, 2017.

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