Program Aims To Help Loved Ones Of Service Members With PTSD
The Fresno chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is providing training for teachers as part of its NAMI Homefront education and support program.
New Program Offers PTSD Help For Fresno Families Of Service Members, Veterans
It’s not uncommon for spouses and children of service members and veterans to experience psychological distress themselves. A 2014 study of military caregivers by the Rand Corp. found they are four times more at risk for depression compared to the general population. And military caregivers need education and training about how to care for someone with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and other war wounds. (Anderson, 9/11)
In other news from across the state —
Leprosy Suspected In 2 California Kids: How Could They Contract It?
This week, officials in Riverside Country (which is near Los Angeles) said they are investigating the suspected cases of leprosy, now usually called Hansen's disease, at an elementary school in the area. Nursing staff at the school first notified officials about the possible infections on Sept. 2, but it will take several weeks to confirm them, according to the Los Angeles Times.Cases of Hansen's disease in the United States are rare, but they do occur, with about 100 to 200 cases typically reported each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Rettner, 9/9)
San Diego Union-Tribune:
A Dose Of Hope From Alzheimer's Researchers
Some of the nation's top Alzheimer's researchers and clinicians helped dispel the mystery of the disease at an educational forum held Saturday morning at the University of San Diego. About 700 people watched as philanthropist Darlene Shiley, who lost her mother to Alzheimer's and husband to another form of dementia, moderated the panel of experts from UC San Diego, Scripps Health, the University of Southern California and the Mayo Clinic. (Fikes, 9/10)