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Lost Boy Grows Up: Trials of Sudan Refugee Jacob Mach

12 years after leaving the Sudan for the United States, Jacob Mach has found that the dream of a better life is both all around him and just outside his grasp. “All I knew was that America was the greatest thing in the world,” Jacob Mach observes in the New York Times article chronicling his [...]

December, 2013|Social Justice|

Protecting children from toxic stress

The November 5th, 2013, New York Times article by David Bornstein, Protecting Children From Toxic Stress, is a powerful call to action. Each day we ignore the reality of science about the impact of early childhood adversity on the development of a child's brain, we eliminate the potential of that child to the realization of [...]

November, 2013|Early childhood development|

response to nobel laureate heckman on early childhood development

To the Editor of The New York Times: James J. Heckman suggests that “unfounded doubt and fear of doing things differently” are the primary deterrents to radical change in our investment in early childhood education. The neuroscience of early childhood development, however, suggests another factor: old brains. It is far more difficult for a member [...]

September, 2013|Editorials|

how sandy could affect the election

To the Editor of The New York Times: Government is a social contract. It has been working brilliantly in this week of Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's endorsement of President Obama's re-election based on his environmental stance is a powerful reminder that this contract must ultimately extend beyond city, state and even national borders. [...]

November, 2012|Editorials, Social Justice|

response to the new york times on sanctions for penn state

To the Sports Editor of The New York Times: Although the N.C.A.A. punishment is significant in terms of financial repercussions for Penn State, a critical question is whether such consequences serve the most constructive purpose. It would be heartening if some of the money were earmarked for education, prevention and clinical research in sexual abuse. [...]

response to new york times in defense of antidepressants

To the Editor of The New York Times: Dr. Procci’s advice is for the depressed patient to identify the ethical caregiver. That is not so simple in a medical care system that denies access, limits complex consultation, and rewards technology and procedures. Questions about the efficacy of antidepressants are but one chapter in a larger [...]

July, 2011|Editorials|

response to new york times about system failure on terrorism profiling

To the Editor of The New York Times: Yesterday, returning from Vancouver, Canada, to Seattle, I sat in a 90-minute line of automobiles at United States Customs. Profiling is a primary mechanism for terrorism deterrence at such borders. Airline passengers concealing minute amounts of explosives present different challenges from drivers, who could be ferrying weapons [...]

December, 2009|Editorials|

how heart disease and depression are linked

To the Editor of The New York Times: ''Your Zoloft Might Prevent a Heart Attack,'' by Peter D. Kramer (Week in Review, June 23), and ''More Americans Seeking Help for Depression'' (front page, June 18) address an emerging understanding of the two-way relationship between heart disease and depression. We know that depression occurs as a [...]

June, 2003|Editorials|

mental health, on equal terms

To the Editor of The New York Times: After reading ''Furious Lobbying Is Set Off by Bill on Mental Health'' (front page, Nov. 6), I received an e-mail from a former patient, a kind and gentle young woman. She said her sister had received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, as has she, and was involuntarily [...]

November, 2001|Editorials|

answering cries for help: guest column in the seattle times

answering cries for help  by Ronnie S. Stangler, M.D. Guest Columnist to the Seattle Times/Special to The Seattle Times Carol M. Ostrom's front-page story about Martha Silano, Langdon Cook and their baby boy, Riley, was deeply disturbing. The aftermath of Group Health Cooperative's refusal to reimburse the majority of medical treatment for Silano's devastating postpartum [...]