Drugs, Wired Warriors and “Virtual” Insanity

Drugs, Wired Warriors and “Virtual” Insanity The mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights announces the last in a four-part series by award-winning investigative journalist Kelly Patricia O’Meara exploring how the nation’s military forces have been used as guinea pigs for psychological and pharmaceutical experiments. This last installment looks at the long standing relationship […]

Missouri Legislative News

Please note our new phone number: (314) 567-2004. Missouri Legislative News The 2013 Missouri legislative session (97th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session) adjourned Friday, May 17. We thought we’d give you a brief rundown of a few bills of interest to the CCHR community. Truly Agreed and Finally Passed (TAFP) legislation generally becomes law ninety […]

DSM Shortcomings

DSM Shortcomings The DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is in the news again. This time Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the government agency that finances mental health research, “has just declared that the most important diagnostic manual for psychiatric diseases lacks scientific validity and needs […]

The Role of Infections in Mental Symptoms

The Role of Infections in Mental Symptoms A brief article in the January, 2013 Scientific American (“Linking Immunity and Mental Health”) discusses an immune treatment called intravenous immunoglobulin which is made of blood plasma from donors. This medical treatment apparently helps ward off infection and reduces inflammation. It is being considered as a potential treatment […]

Medicare

Medicare Continuing our discussion of psychiatric fraud (see our recent newsletter on Medicaid), we highly recommend an excellent article on Medicare and Medicaid fraud by Chris Parker in the St. Louis Riverfront Times (RFT) (“Thieves’ Bazaar: Hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation’s sweetest crime”, 4/25/2013). Medicare is a federal government health insurance […]

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