Australian Children to Be Sterilized without Parental Consent under new Eugenics Law

If you have ever seen the famous 1975 movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, you likely recall several disturbing scenes in which mental health patients are given frontal-lobe lobotomies, or the iconic scene where actor Jack Nicholson’s character undergoes electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Today, these horrific forms of so-called mental health treatment Continue reading

Most State Police Lack Equipment to Save Heart-Attack Victims

Seven out of 10 state police officers don’t carry equipment in their patrol cars that helps jump-start the heart after cardiac arrest, a missed opportunity to save lives, University of Pennsylvania researchers said.

Only 14 of 46 state police agencies that responded to a survey said their vehicles are equipped with automated external defibrillators, according to research released today at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Emergency medical teams treat about 300,000 people each year outside the hospital for cardiac arrest, when the heart suddenly stops beating, and less than 8 percent of those survive, according to the association. Police vehicles Continue reading

Japan’s Victims Being Helped by Local PTSD Experts

After returning from a trip to Japan in late April, Dr. Peter Tuerk received an email with the simple subject “it worked.”

It was from the mother of a boy with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The boy was one of many victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that Tuerk and his colleague, Dr. Matthew Yoder — both psychologists at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and assistant professors at the

Dr. Matt Yoder (left) and Dr. Peter Tuerk are part of the MUSC National Crime Victim’s Center and recently returned from Japan where they used their PTSD program to help the victims  Continue reading