Arlington Psychiatrist Strives to Carve Out a Role for Behavioral Health in Delivery Reform

Arlington psychiatrist Ken Hopper is on a mission. He wants to reinvent how psychiatric services are delivered, and he wants to carve out a prominent role for mental-health providers in healthcare delivery reform models. Of the 10 largest physician specialties, psychiatry represents the most severe provider shortage in Texas. There are fewer than seven psychiatrists for every 100,000 Texas residents. That rate is less than 60 percent of the national average. About one out of four U.S. adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. About half of those… Full Story

Brain Pathways Function Differently in Women with Anorexia

Women with anorexia nervosa perceive themselves differently than those without, according to a recent study on brain pathways by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas and UT Southwestern, published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Participants in the study were asked to evaluate three types of assessments: those based on oneself, one’s friend, and “reflected” (what one’s friend believes about the individual). Anorexia patients showed different brain activation than their counterparts, according to the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) results. Dan Krawczyk of the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas and UT Southwestern conducted the study along… Full Story

AHA: Kids and Teens Must Limit Salt Intake

Sodium intake in children and teens has reached an alarmingly high rate, according to the American Heart Association. A new study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the journal Pediatrics, found that kids between 8 and 18 consumed an average of 3,387 milligrams of sodium a day, which is the same amount consumed by adults and over double the 1,500 milligrams recommended by the AHA. For overweight and obese kids, this means a 74 percent increased risk of high blood pressure for every 1,000 milligrams of increased sodium a day. The increase is only… Full Story

AHA: Searching for the Best Practices in Workplace Wellness

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. and the American Heart Association have teamed up to perform pioneering research to help establish a healthier workforce in America. The joint-study looks to examine the overall impact of wellness programs on employees’ health, and the effectiveness of the tools and incentives used at these KKR portfolio companies. Currently, employers are responsible for designing and paying for the vast majority of health care for those under 65 years. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of companies’ annual medical costs are spent on employees with major risk factors for chronic diseases (such as heart disease,… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Opens Behavioral Health Center in Frisco

Texas Health Resources has opened the Texas Health Seay Behavioral Health Center Frisco, at 5858 Main Street, Ste. 200. The center will offer free assessments; patients may be recommended to any Seay Behavioral Health level of care. The new site is a satellite location of the Seay Behavioral Health Center, which offers inpatient and outpatient services on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “We see a great need for behavioral health services and are excited to be opening in the Frisco community,” said Ross Teemant, LCSW, director of the Seay Behavioral Health Center, in a statement. According to… Full Story