At What Age is One Old Enough to Make Healthcare Decisions?

The article in the The Atlantic is what I came across both yesterday and today on LinkedIn. A 17-year-old girl is being forced to accept treatment that she does not want. Cassandra C. was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September 2014. The disease infiltrates essential components of the body’s immune system, specifically weakening the lymphatic tissue, which helps fight infection. Though fatal, patients often have a high survival rate with early treatment. Yet, Cassandra was adamantly against treatment from the beginning, according to the Hartford Courant. Her mother (Fortin) supported her decision….

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Viewing Mass Incarceration as a Public Health Issue

A recent editorial in the New York Times echoed a report by the Vera Institute on the need to understand and treat mass imprisonment as a public health issue.  Nearly 2.3 million people are locked behind bars in America’s jails and prisons on a given day.  Most of these are inmates in state prisons.  They are largely ill-educated, poor, and many suffer from mental illness, substance abuse or both.  They are the throwaways in a society that celebrates high achievers.  Our criminal justice system is no longer correctional—having largely abandoned most efforts to rehabilitate its prisoners.  Prisons are warehouses for many of society’s undesirables.  Little care is given to sanitary conditions and many facilities are incubators for illness and disease. …

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Applying ACEs to Juvenile Justice

The high rate of abused and neglected children within the juvenile justice system was one of the themes percolating throughout a three-day conference on childhood trauma last week in San Francisco.

“The relationship between childhood trauma and juvenile justice involvement is pretty startling,” said Karleen Jakowski, supervisor of adolescent behavioral services at a non-profit health clinic in Yolo County. Jakowski was one of five juvenile justice panelists at the conference calling for improvement in the treatment of traumatized youth. …

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Study Alert: The Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking and Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities

By Sharon E. Chin

Can victims of sex trafficking be identified?

The usefulness of training U.S. healthcare providers to identify victims of human trafficking has long been debated. As ongoing – slim – research reveals more information about shared characteristics and symptoms a ……

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Mindfulness protects adults from physical, mental health consequences of childhood abuse, neglect

Fact #1: People who were abused and neglected when they were kids have poorer physical and mental health. The more types of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) – physical abuse, an alcoholic father, an abused mother, etc. – the higher the risk of heart disease, depression, diabetes, obesity, being violent or experiencing violence. Got an ACE score of 4 or more? Your risk of heart disease increases 200%. Your risk of suicide increases 1200%….

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Examining Health Care and New York’s transition to Managed Care

In the Spotlight: The transition to Managed Care 
Healthcare redesign continues to be a topic of much discussion, especially as government experts announced on September 3 that national healthcare spending will peak as a result of economic improvements and increased coverage. With the expansion of Medicaid, mental health clinics, now able to treat individuals who were previously unable to access services, have seen a surge of clients.

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Excerpt: “What it Takes to Free a Sex Slave”

By Candice Hong
A rescuer of sex slaves discusses the difficulties of his work, but endorses the positive impact it has on a society.

“This initial process can take anywhere from one week to a year or more, depending on the scope of the operation. A quality target package represents hundreds o ……

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