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Will this new study help end schizophrenia?

Posted on November 25, 2014

In Elyn’s junior year of high school, houses started talking to her. You are special. You are especially bad. Look closely and ye shall find. There are many things you must see. See. See. The houses weren’t speaking — not in the usual, audible sense— but nonetheless, they were transmitting their messages to her, through her own mind. “I instinctively knew they were not my ideas,” she explains in her autobiography,  The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, “They belonged to the houses, and the houses had put them in my head.” Elyn has schizophrenia. She’s not “a schizophrenic.” This term, she holds, can be dismissive and pigeon-holing. Rather, she is a person with schizophrenia, and she has lived with the accompanying delusions, hallucinations…

Thousands in California May Lose Health Insurance Over Missing Paperwork

Posted on November 25, 2014

Ten thousand people are about to lose their health insurance, despite being approved for Covered California, the statewide health care program. But those people, the federal government argues, aren’t Californians. And immigrants rights groups are surprisingly quiet about it. This week, Covered California will send “pre-termination notices” to 10,000 individuals who they say haven’t adequately proven that they are legal California residents, the Los Angeles Times reports. In order to verify residency, an applicant must provide proof of eligibility, such as a social security card or permanent resident documents. But not everyone has submitted the required paperwork. Last month, Covered California warned 148,000 people comprising 98,000 families that they were at risk of losing their insurance soon. This week, that clock is ticking down.…