The Google effect: Training our brains

A recent headline proclaimed, “Digital Universe to Smash ‘Zettabyte’ Barrier for the First Time” telling us that the amount of available digital content is equivalent to everyone in the world tweeting or blogging constantly for a century or, put another way, the same as a stack of CDs — each full of data — extending […]

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  • New system to predict fraud and abuse

    Due to increasing pressure to reduce fraud, abuse, and billing errors in its Medicare program, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on July 1 that Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global security firm known for its defense contract work, has been contracted to develop a predictive statistical modeling system to identify high-risk medical […]

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  • Treating Workers’ Compensation Patients

    The recognition of the efficacy of psychological evaluation and treatment of patients with medical conditions has increased over the years with the acknowledgment of the impact of the emotional state on the patient’s physical functioning and response to treatment. Actually, psychologists’ involvement in the treatment of patients with medical conditions has been a noted component […]

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  • Psychologists Integral to Relief in Joplin Disaster

    The more than 100 disasters the APA’s Disaster Response Network (DRN) has worked this year range from a small apartment fire to grass fires in Texas, flooding in North Dakota to tornadoes in Massachusetts and Minnesota and of course the disastrous tornado in Joplin, Mo. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the DRN has been busy since […]

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  • 22nd state recognizes differences in legal competency

    In July of 2011, when Ohio House Bill 86 was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, Ohio took a huge stride forward in defining what it means for a juvenile to be found “Incompetent to Stand Trial.” Ohio became the 22nd state to define juvenile competency by statute. Prior to the new […]

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  • UN Includes Mental Health in Major Declaration

    A historic Summit took place at the September 2011 meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) focusing on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The NCDs are defined by the UNGA as consisting of four main global chronic diseases: cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory illnesses. These diseases are expected to become […]

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