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Physician Group President Urges Congress to Take Action on Mental Health

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) President Dr. Rebecca Parker publicly urged the Senate to approve the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016.

The legislation begins to address the inadequacies in the mental health system in the United States, she wrote in the Hill. Parker cites a recent poll conducted by ACEP, showcasing a growing shortage of inpatient beds available for emergency psychiatric patients.

The legislation serves as a way for Congress to reverse the trend of diverting resources away from inpatient and outpatient mental health care in the United States.

A Potential Common Cause of Fainting in Elderly Adults Discovered

Researchers may have uncovered a common cause of fainting among elderly adults: a pulmonary embolism – or a clot in the lungs.

Among 560 patients hospitalized for a first-time fainting episode, one in six had a pulmonary embolism. Health Day reported on the findings, which were originally published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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