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Vidyya Medical News Service For 17-January-2001:

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The NIMH is conducting a clinical trial to study teenagers (ages 12-17) with depression. Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study, TADS for short, will compare how effective different treatments and combinations of treatments are for depression in teenagers.

For more information: TADS: Treatment For Adolescents With Depression Study

Three mental conditions—alcohol-related mental disorders, depression, and substance-related mental disorders—account for about 135,000 hospital stays a year that are not covered by either private insurance or public insurance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. These three conditions together are second only to childbirth in the number of stays in U. S. hospitals that are uninsured.

For more information: Hospital Stays For Childbirth And Mental Disorders Are Often Uninsured

The Health Care Financing Administration today issued a final rule that defers to state professional practice laws and hospital by-laws to determine which licensed professionals can administer anesthesia. The rule, to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, removes a federal requirement for physician supervision of anesthesia administration in hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. The old rule required supervision by physicians, whether or not they had any expertise in the delivery of anesthesia. The new rule increases overall flexibility by letting states and hospitals, who are closer to patient care delivery, make decisions about the best way to deliver care.

For more information: Final Rule Issued On The Physician Supervision Of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

The epidemic of youth violence in the United States is not over, even though arrest rates for violent crimes by youths have dropped substantially in recent years, according to a report released today by Surgeon General David Satcher. At the same time, the report found a number of programs exist that are highly effective in preventing serious violent behavior and eliminating major risk factors for violence.

For more information: US Surgeon General: Youth Violence Epidemic Not Over, But Effective Prevention Programs Exist

Youth violence is a high-visibility, high-priority concern in every sector of U.S. society. No community, whether affluent or poor, urban, suburban, or rural, is immune from its devastating effects. In the decade extending from roughly 1983 to 1993, an epidemic of violent, often lethal behavior broke out in this country, forcing millions of young people and their families to cope with injury, disability, and death (Cook & Laub, 1998). This epidemic left lasting scars on victims, perpetrators, and their families and friends. It also wounded entire communities and, in ways not yet fully understood, the United States as a whole.

Executive Summary - Youth Violence: A Report Of The Surgeon General

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