House Passes Bill To Help Vets With Mental Illness Buy Guns

WASHINGTON ― The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to allow thousands of veterans who are disabled or have mental health conditions to buy guns. Under a law signed by President George W. Bush in the wake of a mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration were required to add the names of people deemed “mentally defective” to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, to block them from buying weapons. The VA defined such individuals as those who receive monetary benefits, and have a fiduciary because they lack “the mental capacity to manage his or her own financial affairs regarding disbursement of funds without limitation, and is either rated incompetent by VA or adjudged to be under legal disability by a court of competent jurisdiction.” There are an estimated 174,000 veterans who have been added to the background check system for many different reasons. The VA estimated in 2015 that about 19,000 of those people suffer from schizophrenia, 15,000 have severe post-traumatic stress, 11,000 suffer from dementia, about 5,000 are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and 4,000 are severely depressed. The bill, dubbed the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, stops the VA from referring any of those veterans to the background check system. It passed 240 to 175, on a nearly party-line vote. Democrats who opposed the measure admitted that some veterans who could safe...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Related Links:

Publication date: Available online 13 December 2019Source: Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological PsychiatryAuthor(s): Julia Kim, Eric Plitman, Yusuke Iwata, Shinichiro Nakajima, Wanna Mar, Raihaan Patel, Sofia Chavez, Jun Ku Chung, Fernando Caravaggio, M. Mallar Chakravarty, Gary Remington, Philip Gerretsen, Ariel Graff-GuerreroAbstractMounting evidence suggests neuroanatomical compromise in subcortical brain regions in patients with schizophrenia. However, only a few existing studies have examined the structural profiles of patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. The aim of this study was to compare...
Source: Progress in Neuro Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 December 2019Source: Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological PsychiatryAuthor(s): Rebecca McMillan, Rachael Sumner, Anna Forsyth, Doug Campbell, Gemma Malpas, Elizabeth Maxwell, Carolyn Deng, John Hay, Rhys Ponton, Frederick Sundram, Suresh MuthukumaraswamyAbstractA single subanaesthetic dose of ketamine rapidly alleviates the symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD). However, few studies have investigated the acute effects of ketamine on the BOLD pharmacological magnetic resonance imaging (phMRI) response and EEG spectra. In a randomised, double-blind, active placebo-co...
Source: Progress in Neuro Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 14 December 2019Source: Progress in NeurobiologyAuthor(s): Vijaykumar Yogesh Muley, Carlos Javier López-Victorio, Jorge Tonatiuh Ayala-Sumuano, Adriana González-Gallardo, Leopoldo González-Santos, Carlos Lozano-Flores, Gregory Wray, Maribel Hernández, Alfredo Varela-EchavarríaAbstractThe mammalian and the avian telencephalon are nearly indistinguishable at early embryonic vesicle stages but differ substantially in form and function at their adult stage. We sequenced and analyzed RNA populations present in mouse and chick during the early stages of embryo...
Source: Progress in Neurobiology - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 December 2019Source: Neuroscience &Biobehavioral ReviewsAuthor(s): Bianca Besteher, Paolo Brambilla, Igor NenadićAbstractTwin studies in schizophrenia have been crucial in establishing estimates for the heritability and thus providing evidence for a genetic component in this disorder. Recent years have seen the application of the twin study paradigm to both putative intermediate phenotypes and biomarkers of disease as well as a diversification of its use in schizophrenia research. This review addressed studies of brain structure (T1 morphometry) and cognition in schizophrenia usin...
Source: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
This study aims, first, to validate a retrospectively-gated implementation of the DENSE method for assessing brain tissue pulsations as a physiological marker, and second, to use the acquired measurements to explore intracranial volume dynamics. We acquired repeated measurements of cerebral volumetric strain in 8 healthy subjects, and internally validated these measurements by comparing them to spinal CSF stroke volumes obtained in the same scan session.Peak volumetric strain was found to be highly repeatable between scan sessions. First/second measured peak volumetric strains were: (6.4 ± 1.7)x10−4/(6.7...
Source: NeuroImage - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
ConclusionsWe established a novel formula to mathematically calculate actual 3D angles between inflow cannula and device body of HeartMate II. The formula would help investigators to validate their findings of the relationship between 2D projected angle (from CXR) and device thrombosis.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: January 2020Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 109, Issue 1Author(s): Mostafa R. Amer, Wassim Mosleh, Saurabh Joshi, Jeffery F. Mather, Wael El-Mallah, Mohiuddin Cheema, Raymond G. McKayBackgroundPrevious reports described successful use of transcarotid and transsubclavian approaches for the performance of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with severe aortic stenosis who cannot be treated with transfemoral access. The purpose of the present study was to compare these two alternative approaches with respect to safety, efficacy, and procedural efficiency.MethodsA retrospe...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: January 2020Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 109, Issue 1Author(s): J. Hunter Mehaffey, Robert B. Hawkins, Eric J. Charles, Irving L. Kron, Gorav Ailawadi, John A. Kern, Mark E. Roeser, Benjamin Kozower, Nicholas R. TemanBackgroundCurrent reporting on cardiac surgical outcomes focuses on a patient’s status at 30 days and lacks long-term meaningful data. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of complications after cardiac operation on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) at 1 year after surgery.MethodsAll patients undergoing cardiac operation at an academic institution (2014...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: January 2020Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 109, Issue 1Author(s): Elisabetta Lapenna, Michele De Bonis, Ilaria Giambuzzi, Benedetto Del Forno, Stefania Ruggeri, Manuela Cireddu, Simone Gulletta, Alessandro Castiglioni, Ottavio Alfieri, Paolo Della Bella, Stefano BenussiBackgroundThe study sought to assess the long-term outcomes of the stand-alone Cox-Maze IV procedure in symptomatic patients with refractory, persistent, or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF).MethodsFifty-nine consecutive patients (mean age 52 ± 10.5 years, previous catheter ablation 80%, left ventricul...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Despite differences between adults with SCI and adults with CVD in several demographic and health-related measures, the overall similarity in PARs for SCI and CVD suggests potential benefits from using effective CVD interventions to address SCI. PMID: 31835014 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Public Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Rep Source Type: research
More News: Alzheimer's | Dementia | Depression | Disability | Legislation | Men | Politics | Post Traumatic Stress Disorder | Schizophrenia | Stroke | Suicide | Virginia Tech | Websites