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USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment: Draft for Public Comment

This scientific assessment reviews new literature on the impacts of climate change on human health in the U.S. including temperature related death and illness, air quality, vectorborne disease, water problems, food safety, extreme weather and mental health.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program


Military Personnel: Actions Needed to Address Sexual Assaults of Male Servicemembers

Categories: Defense/Military,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Sex Issues

Examines DOD actions to prevent and respond to sexual assaults, programs to meet the medical and mental health needs of male service members, and the culture of the U.S. military.  From the Government Accountability Office


Antipsychotic Drug Use

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Elderly,Health/Medical,Mental Health

Examines the use of antipsychotic drugs among elderly patients suffering from dementia, the dangers associated with such drug use, and what actions the federal government has taken to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs by older adults with dementia.  From the Government Accountability Office



Strengthening Collaborations with the DOD and VA: Effectiveness Research on Mind and Body Interventions

Categories: Defense/Military,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Veterans

Explores the potential for development of a large-scale initiative to examine the effectiveness of mind-body approaches for pain and symptom management in military and veteran populations.  From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health


FDA Expands Uses of Vyvanse to Treat Binge-Eating Disorder

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Mental Health

Agency press release which discusses the first FDA-approved medication to treat patients who suffer from compulsive overeating.  From the Food and Drug Administration


Health Care for Veterans: Suicide Prevention

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Veterans

Describes the Veterans Health Administration three pronged program to prevent suicides: surveillance, risk and protective factors, and interventions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Army Releases Investigation Results of April 2014 Shooting at Ford Hood

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Health/Medical,Mental Health

Agency press release about the results of a lengthy investigation into the circumstances of the April 2014 shooting at Fort Hood which left four people dead.  Finds that several factors may have contributed to the perpetrator’s state of mind.  From the U.S. Army


Behavioral Health Barometer, Virginia 2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Mental Health,Statistics,Virginia Issues

One of a series of state profiles that cover youth and adult smoking, drinking, and substance abuse problems, and mental health issues.  From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


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