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USPRA Recovery Update
SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) highlights new resources
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration added several new resources to its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) Web site. These resources will assist program developers considering NREPP submissions, as well as individuals and organizations who are seeking to successfully implement evidence-based interventions. More

Developing the evidence base for Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
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A recent evaluation of Wellness Recovery Action Planning(WRAP)initiatives in Vermont and Minnesota showed significant positives changes in self-management attitudes, skills and behaviors for a majority of participants involved in the study. In both states, participants reported significant increases in their hopefulness for their own recovery; awareness of their own early warning signs of decompensation and symptom triggers; use of wellness tools in their daily routine; having a crisis plan in place as well as a plan for dealing with symptoms; having a social support system; and the ability to take responsibility for their own wellness. (USPRA members — free subscription; non-members — tiered subscription.) More

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Judge voids key element of Obama health care law
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A federal district judge in Virginia ruled that the keystone provision in the Obama health care law is unconstitutional, becoming the first court in the country to invalidate any part of the act. Judge Henry E. Hudson wrote that the law’s central requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance exceeds the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. However, Judge Hudson declined the plaintiff's request to freeze implementation of the law pending appeal, meaning that there should be no immediate effect on the ongoing rollout of the law. More

Congress passes bills keeping physicians from Medicare pay cut, "red flags" rule
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Congress has voted to block a Medicare physician pay cut through 2011. Once the bill is signed, physicians no longer will face a 25 percent Medicare pay reduction scheduled to begin Jan. 1. The cut was mandated under the sustainable growth rate formula, which now becomes the focus of organized medicine, Obama, lawmakers and others who seek to end a pattern of last-minute congressional overrides of negative pay updates. In another closely watched physician issue, lawmakers exempted doctors from the so-called "red flags" rule on security of financial data. More

Friends may be key to churchgoers' happiness
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Regular churchgoers may lead more satisfying lives than stay-at-home folks because they create a network of close friends who provide important support, a new study suggests. Conducted at the University of Wisconsin, the researchers found that 28 percent of people who attend church weekly say they are "extremely satisfied" with life as opposed to only 20 percent who never attend services. But the satisfaction comes from participating in a religious congregation along with close friends, rather than a spiritual experience, the study found. More

Strategy helps PTSD-afflicted vets quit smoking
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Among military veterans, adding smoking cessation treatment to regular care of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increased quit rates, a randomized trial showed. Compared with usual care, integrated cessation treatment resulted in a doubling of the number of patients who remained abstinent for 12 months. Psychiatric status was not adversely affected by the intervention; in fact, PTSD severity improved by 10 percent in both the treatment and control groups. More

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