Friday, September 12, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
"Many struggle for decades to overcome mental illness....and after all that struggle, it's particularly cruel to think that you would die young."
Natchaug Expansion Benefits Area's Young Mental Patients
Hospital has sites in Groton, Montville, Norwich
by Judy Benson
Day Staff Writer
Sun, Dec. 20, 2007
"The private, non profit hospital provides psychiatric care for both adults and children at its main hospital and at outpatient centers throughout eastern Connecticut."
"The expansion, though modest, adds enough beds to enable Natchaug to care for 100 more children and teenagers each year...which would meet about 98 per cent of the need."
"The hospital currently has 12 beds for youths, with an average stay of 10 to 15 days."
"Patients often have to stay in hospital emergency departments, waiting for a room to become available at Natchaug."
"About 500 youths are admitted to Natchaug each year during a psychiatric crisis."
"Youths admitted to Natchaug first undergo a medical exam to determine if any underlying health issues may be contributing to their mental health problems."
"The expansion not only fills a need for more patient beds, but also provides much needed space for staff to meet with patients and families."
"We're thrilled about it," said Peter Smith, medical director of chidren's and adolescent services at Natchaug."
Healthcare Reform: Imperative, Not Optional
By Bruce D. Cummings, President and CEO, Lawrence & Memorial
April 18, 2008
"Devoted the greater part of an afternoon visiting with members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation to press our concerns about the increasingly fragile conditions of hospitals and of physician's practices, and the need to prevent further erosion in Medicaid and Medicare funding -- both of which already pay doctors, hospitals, and home health agencies less than what it costs to care for patients insured through those programs; both of them targeted by the Bush administration for hefty cuts; neither of them sustainable in their current incarnation."
"Overall, the convention as well as our meetings with our delegation had a rather somber, almost funereal tone."
"The new model should cover everyone, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances or pre-existing health conditions."
For more information, go to:
http://www.healthtransformation.net/ for the specifics of Gingrich's approach or
Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon's website, under "The Healthy Americans Act."
Health Report by Kelly Griffin
Nov. & Dec. 2005
"Five million Americans have this disease and don't know it."
"Though early diabetes may have no symptoms, possible warning signs include excessive thirst and urination, daytime fatigue, and blurred vision."
"The most common test for diabetes may not be the most accurate one. The fasting plasma glucose test...is relatively cheap and easy, and it's recommended by the American Diabetes Association."
"But some studies suggest this test my miss up to half the people with type 2 diabetes...the body's tissues gradually become less able to use the hormone insulin to take in glucose from the blood for fuel."
"Type 1 diabetes, in which the pancreas stops producing insulin, is usually diagnosed by young adulthood."
"...the first sign of type 2 diabetes is high blood sugar after meals, also called postprandial hyperglycemia. Only later in the disease does blood sugar remain high after hours of fasting."
"That's one reason many early cases..go undetected."
"More sensitive is the oral glucose tolerance test...it's more expensive and more of a hassle than the fasting test, which is partly why some experts...oppose its widespread use."
"But many other experts...consider it to be the gold standard for diagnosing diabetes."
"Medicare provides for 10 hours of diabetes training in the first year and two hours of follow-up training each year after that."
Work Can Profit from Less Stress
by Anthony Cronin
June 10, 2007
"Work related stress is taking a toll on business -- and on us."
"Dagle, a fitness expert and owner of Fit4You Fitness Center..in Groton, syas any type of program that can prevent stress and keep employees healthy simply makes sense."
"Wellness -- ranging from eating well, to exercising, to getting enough sleep -- also helps with our stress-induced lives."
"Stress in the workplace is really a bottom-line issue. Stressed out employees aren't the most productive folks -- and no company wants that."
"Health care expenses are higher for those who report high levels of stress...increasing at alarming rates...low employee morale, health complaints and plenty of job grumbling."
"Intervention is necessary to...end the problem or...limit effects on employees."
"An evaluation may be necessary to determine how to...minimize stress in the workplace."
Depression: Many Workers Have a Secret
by Tammy Joyner
Cox News Service
Sunday, July 15, 2007
(Atlanta) -- "Except for her husband and some other family members and close friends, no one knew about her depression."
"There's a stigma...people look at you differently, like (you're) a crazy person...stigma...it's a disease, just like cancer."
"Unlike many other illnesses, depression remains largely a societal taboo that affects twice as many women as men."
"Nowhere is that more evident than in the workplace. Depression costs U.S. business at least $44 billion a year in absenteeism, lost productivity and direct treatment costs, according to Mental Health America, an Alexandria, Va. based non-profit."
"People have insurance but mental health coverage is not on parity with other medical coverage, says Ellyn Jaeger, director of public policy and advocacy for Mental Health America of Georgia."
"Mental health benefits get short shrift, even though depression is a leading cause of workplace disability worldwide."
"Compounding the problem can be the environment at many companies, where many employees are working extra hard and feeling overwhelmed."
"Depression is one of the key obstacles preventing some working women from being successful at work, according to a study....by the American Medical Women's Association and...Mental Health America. "
"The pressure of work is one of the most common reasons for depression...in some cases, it has derailed careers."
Until next time,
(It's a beautiful day and I've spent most of it indoors, horror of horrors!! That's how important it is for me to get my message out there!!)