Tag: mental health

House OKs bill bolstering medical research, drug approvals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a sweeping biomedical bill Wednesday that would help drug and medical device companies win swifter government approval of their products, boost disease research and drug-abuse spending and revamp federal mental health programs. The compromise, which envisions spending $6.3 billion over the next decade, was condemned by consumer groups and some Democrats as a present to drugmakers that promised only paltry spending increases for underfunded federal programs. But their objections were overwhelmed by an alliance among Republicans, many Democrats and the White House for a 996-page measure that bore wins for both parties....

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Daniel Morales Found Not Guilty of Capital Murder in Baby Murder Trial

The murder trial for the man accused of killing a 13-month-old baby comes to a close today. It was an emotional day here in the courtroom, especially for baby Sebastian’s mother, Hermalinda Serrato. Hermalinda was fighting back tears… “He murdered my son… And i was the one who had to be there at the burial… His funeral,”Serrato said. “That was my son…” As she tells us in her opinion, justice hasn’t been served in the murder of her 13-month-old son, Sebastian. “I’ll never have him back,” Serrato said. “He’s never going to come back to me.” For the charge...

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Prince’s autopsy, toxicology tests may resolve uncertainties

(AP) Prince’s autopsy, particularly the toxicology report, may clarify whether prescription painkillers played any part in his death. Determining whether the music superstar died of a drug overdose will likely involve not only tests of his blood, urine, liver tissue and fluid from the eyes, it also will require compiling evidence from Prince’s medicine cabinet, his medical history and possibly information from witnesses and those who knew him. Authorities haven’t said when results of the April 22 autopsy will be released, only that it would take weeks. ___ WHAT’S ALREADY KNOWN? Questions about Prince’s health surfaced April 15, when...

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Leading private-sector health system woos veterans in ads

CHICAGO (AP) — A leading hospital system in the U.S. is courting military veterans with a multimillion-dollar ad campaign, raising concerns from some veterans groups that private sector marketing could weaken the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. The campaign tag lines — “Veterans have a choice in healthcare” and “You honored your oath, and so do we” — emphasize consumer preference and the shared values of medical professionals and the military. Starting Monday, TV, radio, print and online ads by St. Louis-based Ascension Health’s will urge veterans to call a toll-free number for information about Veterans Choice,...

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Selfies Linked to Mental Health Issues

How many selfies do you take a day? It’s important to be honest… Your answer could bring up some cause for concern. According to experts, the growing trend of taking smart phones selfies is linked to mental health conditions, concerning a person’s obsession with looks and approval from others. Experts say some feel the need to be accepted by others, the problem comes when someone is taking and posting selfies to social media more than three to six times a day. Another sign of concern is feeling the need to post a selfie every day. If you can relate...

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