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Serendip's mental health resource lists are intended to provide access to web materials which we believe are of continuing usefulness in discussions of mental health issues. This "News" section is aimed at helping people be aware of possible "growing points" relevant to mental health discussions, news reports which offer what may become important new perspectives on mental health, relating either to mental health itself or to related social, political, and economic phenomena that impact on it.

January, 2002

  • Number of Workers Exhausting Unemployment Insurance Benefits Sets Record Level for a December, January 30, 2002
    In recent months, the number of unemployed workers who have exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits has climbed sharply, reports Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • Race is a Fault of Science, January 2002
    An article with feedback regarding race and the role of science in its identification, which focused a passionate debate among researchers of differing political hue.

  • Habits: Smokers' Ethnicity May Make Difference, January 29, 2002
    When it comes to the health effects of smoking, the ethnicity of smokers may be as important as the kind of cigarettes they smoke.

  • Risk: Linking Anxiety, Depression and Strokes, Janaury 29, 2002
    Middle-aged men who suffer from psychological problems like depression and anxiety are much more likely to die of strokes than men who do not, a study reports. But they are no more likely to suffer nonfatal strokes.

  • Now, Fear of Flying Is More Than a Phobia, January 29, 2002
    For most Americans, deciding to travel by air has become a far more complicated and anxiety-laced process.

  • Marijuana's Effects: More Than Munchies, January 29, 2002
    Interest in cannabis has surged, driven in part by the debate over medical marijuana use for debilitating diseases. In addition, experts are intrigued by the discovery of molecules that naturally occur in the body, known as endogenous cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, which are remarkably similar to the active ingredient in marijuana.

  • The NIMH Women's Mental Health Program: Establishing the Public Health Context for Women's Mental Health, Janaury 28, 2002
    A summary of this program which provides a focus within NIMH for women's health by integrating diverse research on this topic. The program also serves as a place whre research findings can be readily translated int policy.

  • Immigrant Laborers Feel Stranded in Pacific Northwest as Day Jobs Dry Up, January 27, 2002
    Many immigrants who were able to find work in states like Washington and Oregon are now unable to as the unemployment rate continues to rise.

  • Most Pregnant Women Don't Disclose Drug Use, January 26, 2002
    A new study found that 70 percent of women who use drugs during pregnancy fail to disclose the information.

  • Research: Social Rank is Risk Factor for Drug Use, January 26, 2002
    A new study found that social standing plays a role in determining whether a person is at risk for drug use.

  • Official: Relaxed U.K. Marijuana Laws Lead to More Users, Harder Drugs, January 26, 2002
    A British police official says a program to soften marijuana penalties seems to be causing an increase in users and a rise in the use of hard drugs.

  • Gun Violence Has Long-Term Effects, January 26, 2002
    Even 25 years after individuals witness gun violence, the impact of the trauma remains evident.

  • House Democrats Propose Making the '96 Welfare Law an Antipoverty Weapon, January 24, 2002
    House Democrats are proposing to convert the 1996 welfare law into a tool for reducing poverty, while extending its major provisions.

  • Green revolutionary wins NAS medal, January 23, 2002Norman Borlaug today won the NAS Public Welfare Medal for his use of traditional plant-breeding methods to combat world hunger. His wheat plants were genetically altered by changing their habitats.

  • Court Sets Limit on Detaining Sex Offenders After Prison, January 23, 2002
    The Supreme Court limited the state practice of keeping convicted sexual predators in extended civil confinement after their criminal sentences expire.

  • Putting Language Genes in Perspective, January 21, 2002
    A point mutation has recently been found in a gene from affected members of a family with an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance for specific speech and language impairment. This will help to identify target genes that play a role in development of the neural circuitry involved in language.

  • Zyban Link to Deaths in Britain Probed, January 19, 2002
    Britain's Medicine Control Agency (MCA)is investigating whether the deaths of 57 people are linked to the anti-smoking drug Zyban.

  • Perceptions: Personal Assessments Shift After Sept. 11, January 15, 2002
    Have Americans become a more sensitive lot since Sept. 11, as some predicted would be case? That may be, at least based on what Americans themselves are saying.

  • Naltrexone, Coping Skills Prevent Relapse, January 13, 2002
    Researchers have determined that the drug naltrexone, along with coping-skills training, can help reduce the chances of relapse among alcoholics.

  • White House Seeking to Restore Food Stamp Aid for Noncitizens, January 10, 2002
    The Bush administration proposed on Wednesday to restore food stamps to many legal immigrants whose eligibility was restricted by the 1996 welfare law.

  • Teen Treatment Admissions on Rise, January 5, 2002
    A new report shows that the number of adolescents aged 12 to 17 admitted to addiction treatment has increased 20 percent between 1994 and 1999, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

  • CDF Releases Annual Data Report on Child and Teen Gun Deaths, January 5, 2002
    The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) releases its annual data report on child and teen gun violence, showing that in 2001 "the number of children and teenagers killed in one year dropped below 3,400 for the first time since 1986."

  • Taking Stock of Risk Factors for Child/Youth Externalizing Behavior Problems, January 4, 2002

  • fter Black Teenager Is Slain, Norway Peers Into a Mirror, January 3, 2001
    The case of Benjamin Hermansen, a 15-year-old African-Norwegian boy who was killed by neo-Nazis, has offered a disturbing challenge to Norway's vision of itself.

  • Grooming gene clue to compulsive obsessions, January 2, 2001
    Knockout-mouse pioneer Mario Capecchi is preparing for human trials to test out his newest, and perhaps most surprising revelation: A homeobox gene controls a behavior, and mutants are obsessed in it.

  • Aging: A Pick-Me-Up for Sagging Mental Acuity, January 2, 2002
    Older adults commonly experience a decline in their mental sharpness as the day wears on. Now, a new study says a simple remedy, coffee, may reverse the problem.

  • Races as the Same Machine in Different Colors, January 2, 1002
    Despite the American obsession with race, growing numbers of experts believe that it is a meaningless concept, at least as far as medicine goes.

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