Mental Health

6:10am

Mon March 3, 2014
Law

With Death Penalty, How Should States Define Mental Disability?

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 9:11 am

Twelve years after banning the execution of the "mentally retarded," the U.S. Supreme Court is examining the question of who qualifies as having mental retardation, for purposes of capital cases, and who does not.

In 2002, the high court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that executing "mentally retarded" people is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. But the justices left it to the states to define mental retardation.

Now the court is focusing on what limits, if any, there are to those definitions.

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3:46pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Shots - Health News

Vitamin E Might Help Slow Alzheimer's Early On

Vitamin E has been associated with increased risk of death in some studies, but it may also delay cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease.
iStockphoto

Alzheimer's is a disease without a cure, and the available treatments only slow its progression for a bit. Now there's evidence vitamin E may help hold it at bay, at least for people in the early stages of the disease.

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6:00am

Thu December 12, 2013
Around the Nation

Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 9:22 am

Avielle's artwork hangs on the walls and windows of Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel's home.
Craig Ruttle AP

The shooting in Newtown, Conn., last December has left families of the 26 victims, most of them children, struggling to heal in different ways.

Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel are one such family. They lost their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, in the shooting. In the year since, they've responded as any parents would: Asking why such a tragedy could have happened.

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3:45am

Sun November 24, 2013
The Sunday Conversation

Caring For A Schizophrenic Son, Worrying About The Future

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 4:25 pm

Gary Mihelish and his wife now teach classes for families that are coping with mental illness.
Courtesy of Gary Mihelish

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

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6:30am

Mon November 18, 2013
Health

Colorado Mental Health Feeling The Impact Of Slashed Spending

Emergency dept. staff confer at Denver Health Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The department's director say the unit is seeing an unprecedented number of people landing in the ER with injuries or other health problems related to untreated mental illness.
Joe Mahoney I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS

They’re victims of car accidents, they’ve been shot, or they threatened their parents. They have overdosed on cocaine, swallowed too many pills or passed out drunk. On an average Friday or Saturday night, they can make up about half of the sick, injured and wounded crowding the rooms and hallways of the emergency department at Denver Health.

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