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“Hiding from yourself: the struggle to open up about mental illness”

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This April 27, 2014 article on The Daily Pennsylvanian website talks about the openness that is starting to be seen on Penn campus after a series of 5 suicides on campus.  The students are beginning to talk about mental illness and how it affects them personally.  This article offers experiences of several people on the Penn Campus.

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English: Image for mental health stubs, uses two psych images – psychiatry (medicine) and psychology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Pennsylvania awaits work-requirement ruling on Medicaid expansion”

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This April 27, 2014 LehighValleyLive.com article talks about what could easily be the calm before the storm as Governor Corbett and people across Pennsylvania wait to hear what the decision of the federal government on Gov. Corbett’s proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion.

SVG of Pennsylvania state seal

SVG of Pennsylvania state seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Mental illness stigmas still an issue”

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This April 25, 2014 Insurance.net article talks about stigma surrounding mental illness and offers examples of not only how the media perpetuates these stigmas, but offers some examples of things that are seen as root causes of stigma and how they can be changed for the better

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“ADHD Drug Ritalin Boosted Self-Control in Tests”

 

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This April 25, 2014 Heath Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about recent research that seems to show that Ritalin can aid in increasing self-control.  While they aren’t sure about why this happens they are seeing evidence that it does happen.

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“Drop-in groups are ‘Havens’ for mentally ill”

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This April 26, 2014 Insurance.net article talks about drop-in centers and how they can help to fill gaps in the mental health system by providing a safe haven for the people they serve

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“Mental Illness Not a Driving Force Behind Crime: Study”

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This April 22, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website offers some interesting statistics based on research done in Minnesota where they looked at 143 inmates with a couple different types of mental illness and found that the crimes they committed rarely had anything to do with their mental illness.  The article seems to imply that substance abuse could be a more likely culprit for their actions.

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Location of state of XY (see filename) in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Study: Bullied Kids at Risk for Mental Health Problems 40 Years Later”

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This April 23, 2014 article on The Atlantic website talks about a long-term study done in the United Kingdom tracking about 18,000 people from birth thru age 50  looking at the effects of bullying on them.  The findings showed that kids who were bullied seem to be at a higher risk of life long issues including but not limited to mental, physical and economic impacts.

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Topographic map of the United Kingdom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“For Kids On The Autism Spectrum, This Little Robot Could Make A Big Difference”

 

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Autism Awareness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This April 22, 2014 article on the WESA Pittsburgh NPR Station’s website includes an audio version also, but talks about a robot named Romibo that is designed to help kids who have Autism learn to communicate better.  The robot is controlled by the therapist, and in my opinion kind of looks like a colorful imitation of Cousin It the idea behind Romibo is to encourage communication while decreasing the need for children with Autism to need to interpret facial expressions as well as the words they are hearing.  Romibo has digitized eyes that have some animation to them but compared to the human face, the expressiveness of Romibo is very minimal.  The designer is hoping that this little robot will help bridge the communication gap between therapists and kids with Autism.

 

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“Language Problems Common for Kids With ADHD, Study Finds”

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This April 21, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about an Australian study that may show that kids with ADHD may have a harder time with understanding language than what kids without ADHD do.

Brainscan of brains with and without ADHD

Brainscan of brains with and without ADHD (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Today’s the deadline to register to vote in Pa. primary”

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This April 21, 2014 WITF article reminds us that today is the last day people who want to vote in the primary elections will be able to register to vote.  If you plan on voting be sure to ask yourself, “Am I registered to vote at my current address?”  If you have moved and plan on voting, it is important you register for your current address so you can be sure to have your voice heard on election day.

You can register to vote at any time, but today is the deadline for being able to vote in the primary.  So If you register tomorrow or next week, you will be in good shape for the general election in November, just not the primary.

I Voted!

I Voted! (Photo credit: Vox Efx)

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