State Sen. Martin Nesbitt dies at 67
Nesbitt instrumental in changes to state's mental health system
N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt, a longtime Buncombe County legislator often described as a mountain populist and respected regardless of political party, died Thursday. He was 67. The Asheville Democrat abruptly stepped down as Senate minority leader on Monday to seek treatment for cancer. Story continues here >>>
Reform Plan Rules Out Privitization
After a nearly yearlong effort, state health officials presented their plan for overhauling the North Carolina Medicaid program, revealing a retreat from plans to offer the $13 billion program out to bid to private managed care companies. Story continues here >>>
NAMI Western Carolina
Family-to-Family Class Coming In May
NAMI’s acclaimed Family-to-Family class will be offered in Asheville 6-8:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 20 to June 26, 2014.
The F2F class is free to family members and caregivers of adults living with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Artificial Brain Developed To Study Disorders
Researchers are hoping that the world’s largest simulated brain — known as Spaun — will be used to test new drugs that lead to breakthrough treatments for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading here >>>
Beyond Antidepressants: New Treatments
As science advances, new insights into the physiological causes of depression are leading to treatments beyond common antidepressants. Continue reading here >>>