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Groups lay out plan to transform U.S. mental health

Groups lay out plan to transform mental health

From the, it's so broken, can anything really fix it?


The United States can start to transform its fragmented mental health care system requiring insurers to treat mental illnesses like any other disease, a group of 16 organizations proposed on Wednesday.

The coalition of groups laid out a 28-point "road map" for Congress and the administration

"We proposed quite a few changes which we believe can be done in the short term," Charles Konigsberg, director of the...
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Pew Internet: Teens and Technology

Pew Internet: Teens and Technology

Since the turn of the 20th century, every new generation of children grows up with a new and potentially society-changing technology. From the telephone, the automobile and the "talkies", to the advent of the radio and then television, to video games, personal computers, and now the Internet, every child has grown up with a new and exciting technology that helps define that age in society. According to Pew Internet, today's teens are growing up on IM (Instant Messaging...
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Research debunks myth of self-reliant nuclear family

Research debunks myth of self-reliant nuclear family

Despite the long-cherished belief that the nuclear family is independent and self-sustaining, most families with working parents depend on a network of care to manage work and family demands, according to research by Brandeis University sociologist Karen Hansen. More than half of all households with young children have two employed parents.

Closing the "care gap" in families with young and school-aged children typically means relying on a network of friends, paid caregivers and extended kin. This reality...
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Mental-State Reasoning Is Universal Milestone in Child Development

Mental-State Reasoning Is Universal Milestone in Child Development

A major social-cognitive achievement of young children is the understanding that other people act on the basis of their own representations of reality rather than on the basis of reality itself. Developmental psychologists have explored the refinement of mental-state reasoning in children, typically by measuring their ability to pass false-belief tasks, such as the example above. Yet previous research has only been conducted in Western cultures, where children pass such tests around the age of 5....
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Teens’ use of Internet and online services documented in new book

Teens' use of Internet and online services documented in new book

What adults don't know about teens' use of the Internet and other high-tech services could fill a book.

And has.

In "I Found It on the Internet: Coming of Age Online" (American Library Association), readers learn, for example, how teens use online jargon like "Leetspeak" to jockey for status; blogs to display their wit and uniqueness; instant messaging to exclude others but also to collaborate on homework projects.

We also learn that teens use technology in...
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Mental illness, addiction law under fire in Evergreen Park

Mental illness, addiction law under fire in Evergreen Park

Evergreen Park's move to shut nursing homes to mentally ill and drug-addicted patients may violate federal law.

The ordinance, passed July 18, bars any nursing home in the community from taking new patients with mental illness, drug addiction or aggressive or antisocial behavior.

"I don't see how that could at all be lawful," said Michael Seng, executive director of the Fair Housing Clinic of John Marshall Law...
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The Suicide Bridge

The Suicide Bridge

After all, she lives beneath the suicide bridge. Since its construction in 1981, the Y-Bridge has served as the launch site for 43 suicides and countless more attempts.

But unlike most bridges that seduce jumpers, the bodies here don't fall into rivers, lakes, or forests. They fall onto buildings and houses, and into backyards, like some weird, ominous...
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Elephants have emotions ‘just like humans’

Something from the animal

Elephants have emotions 'just like humans'

Elephant conservation should be considered in much the same way humans consider plans for their own health and well-being, an elephant management workshop heard on Tuesday.

Sociality, which is the conservation of social structures and processes, has largely been ignored in conservation, according to a paper by Gay Bradshaw of Oregon State University and Allan Schore of the University of California.

It was read out in their absence at the Elephants Alive workshop, held at Wits...
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Behind the Blog

Behind the Blog

IT was this summer's version of "Primary Colors" - at least inside fashion circles. Who is "Jolie in NYC," the anonymous magazine editor writing about gossip, graft and garments?

Her identity was debated by staffers at Vogue and Glamour, and mulled at sites like Gawker and Mediabistro. They picked apart her posts about the egos of other editors and the free things staffers received, looking for bread crumbs.

The answer has all the elements of a typical blog tale - naivete...
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Web surfing costing businesses nearly $200 billion?

Web surfing costing businesses nearly $200 billion?

As Ars Technica shows, "studies" of this nature (which are really just an estimate, based upon a survey, which gets lost in translation to the news media) leave a lot to be desired. Although not the easiest article to understand, the point they make is a valid one -- Websense's biased study should be taken with a healthy grain of salt.

In fact, I'll go one further. Whenever a company releases a "study" that shows that people...
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Wife Influences Husband’s Marijuana Use During First Year of Marriage

Wife Influences Husband's Marijuana Use During First Year of Marriage

While it's the husband among newlywed couples who has more influence on whether the couple engages in heavy drinking, it's the wife who appears to be in the driver's seat when it comes to determining her husband's marijuana use, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA).

Results showed that in the first year of marriage for 20-somethings, husbands are more likely to start or resume smoking marijuana if their...
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Face expert’s ability to see deception has him in demand

Face expert's ability to see deception has him in demand

Paul Ekman, a retired psychologist, 71, is known around the world for his research on facial expressions and for his ability to carefully monitor expressions, body language, gestures and voice.

He has analyzed 42 facial muscles that can produce more than 10,000 expressions. He has found that seven basic emotions — anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise — have clear facial signals. He has coined the term "micro-expressions" to describe ultra-quick facial movements...
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