Auction Items for “Jazz On My Mind” Benefit

We are thrilled to announce the incredible auction items donated for our benefit dinner, concert and auction on September 29th in Houston, Texas! We are looking forward to a fabulous night. Auction will be led by James Ford, Auctioneer #12478


The Greatest Party at Seas: The Smooth Jazz CruiseOne week on “The Smooth Jazz Cruise” and Bon Voyage party with Tom Braxton and friends. PLUS, two round-trip flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Value: $6,000



Red car -- Redline RallyRedline Rally: Ever wanted to drive your dream car? Now’s your chance! Drive 5 supercars with stops at high-end locations with gifts, champagne at Houston Motor Club and one-night stay at Hotel Sorella. Value: $5,300



Collectible Mug: Captain Henry MorganAntique Row: Captain Henry Morgan collectible Royal Doulton mug & 1903 print, “Family,” by William Ladd Taylor. Value: $200




Houston Texans football team logo2 tickets to Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens on October 21st, and football signed by Texan’s quarterback Matt Schaub. Plus, $200 gift certificate to Piatto Ristorante.



Schizophrenics Anonymous bookCopy of Schizophrenics Anonymous book signed by Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and copy of Schizophrenics Anonymous (SA) 20th anniversary (1985-2005) commemorative book signed by SA founder Joanne Verbanic. Value: $20




Dionne Warwick autobiographySigned autobiography by Dionne Warwick, “My Life As I See It.” Value: $30





Golf -- Nike Sasquatch DriverGolf Package: Round of Golf, Nike Sasquatch driver S-65 Diamana including head cover.



Norman Rockwell paintingFramed print of Norman Rockwell’s “The Marriage License.” Value $215






3 bottles of winePerry Ellis tieFifty Shades Trilogy“Fifty Shades” trilogy by E. L. James, Perry Ellis Portfolio Grey Tie, and 3 bottles of wine. Value: $130




Houston ZooFamily Pack for Houston Zoo





photo of paint cans and brushesNeed your home spruced up? Painting of 1-2 rooms–up to 600 square feet. Included: ceilings, walls, baseboards, door trims. Walls and ceilings to be painted with water-based paint. Door trims and baseboards to be painted with oil-based paint. Not included: repairs of drywall or custom paint. Donated by: Patrick Combe. Value: $1,000




Chocolate goodiesChocolate Pizazz: large bag of their most popular popcorn plus $25 gift certificate. Value: $75




Cabernet Sauvignon wineWine: Staglin Family Vineyard, 1.5L 2006 “Salus” Cabernet Sauvignon. Donated by: Staglin Family Vineyard. Value: $200







Advanced Muscle Care: Monthly 30-minute therapeutic massage for one year. Donated by: Marvin Joiner, owner. Value: $540


Marriott Hotel logoWashington, D.C. Anyone? $200 Smith & Wollensky gift certificate. North Bethesda Marriott Hotel: wo-night stay, including breakfast for two with free parking and internet access. Donated by: North Bethesda Marriott. Value: $800


Marriott Hotel logo

Staycation: One-night weekend stay with breakfast for two at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel. $200 Brennan’s gift certificate. Value: $300



Plane -- Cessna 182Flight to Brenham in a Cessna 182 and lunch at Southern Flyer Cafe (ladies–wear your poodle skirt). Donated by: Richard Smolenski. Value: $200




Book by Jason WomackCDs and DVDsProductivity Pack: Ever feel like you work nonstop, don’t get everything accomplished and have no time for your loved ones? You need the Productivity Pack. Includes hardcover book: “Your Best Just Got Better” signed by Jason Womack; paperback book: “The Promise Doctrine;” DVD, “Making Things Possible;” Audio CD: “20 Time-Saving Tips;” Audio CD: “Building Your Personal Excellence,” and one-hour of phone consultation. Donated by: Jason Womack, international consultant and presenter. Value: $1,000


Malone's Deli and Catering logoMalone’s Deli & Catering: two $50 gift cards. Donated by: Chef Keith Malone. Value: $100



Cinemark logoCinemark 19 Katy: Pack of 6 Cinemark tickets. Visit for showtimes. Not valid for all films. Value: $57



Spa Package: your body and your auto body. Gift of Wellness Certificate: 2 complimentary 30 minute hydro-massage sessions. PLUS, Best Hand Car Wash #2, $100 gift certificate. Value: $160


Houston Rockets logo2 tickets to the Houston Rockets and New Orleans game on October 12th at 7 PM, 2 Rockets coffee mugs, 2 rockets shirts, 2 rockets hats, 1 Houston Rocket 45th anniversary poster, and 2 bottles of Leslie Alexander’s wine.



Vinters Own logoEvening tour of winery plus wine tasting for 10 people, and two framed wine art pieces. Donated by: Vintersown. Value: $300



Customized Formula 1 driver’s helmet signed by driver Cord Secrest of the “Gearbox” championship team, signed photograph of Cord racing, photograph with Cord Secrest and lunch with Cord at The Houston Motor Club. Also: tickets to race????



Watercolor painting of vaseFramed 18″ x 24″ watercolor painting, “The Vaaase” by local Houston artist. Donated by: Pat McEnery. Value: $300






Pair of Kendra Scott drop earrings in jewelry box. Value: $80



Country Playhouse Theatre logoStadia Sports Grill logoTwo season passes for The Country Playhouse Theatre and $100 gift certificate to Stadia Sports Grill. Value: $335


Coach Crossbody Bag. Value: $128


Evening with Nora Jones: 2 VIP tickets to Nora Jones concert on October 30th at 8 PM, and dinner. 3 hour limo service by Carey Limo.


Zulu NyalaTrip to Africa: 6 days and 6 nights luxury accommodations for two people in the heart of Zululand/St. Lucia/Sodwana Bay Marine Reserve/Lubombo corridor–one of the richest wildlife conservation regions in Africa. Location for the movie, “I Dreamed of Africa.” Dates subject to availability. Includes 3 delicious meals per day and 2 daily open land rover trips to see animals. Value: $4,950


Family-Involved Psychosocial Treatments for Adult Mental Health Conditions

Recently, investigators at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Evidence-Based Synthesis Program site in Minneapolis, MN conducted a systematic review of the literature to evaluate whether (and which) family-involved treatments improve patient outcomes–and whether (and which) family-involved treatments are superior to alternative interventions; particularly patient-only treatments. Primary outcomes included mental health outcomes and couple/family functioning for patients with mental health conditions. Other outcomes included treatment adherence, use of mental healthcare, patient satisfaction, and social support for patients.

First-Generation Versus Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Adults: Comparative Effectiveness

Few differences of clinical importance for outcomes related to effectiveness were found in a new review of first-generation and second-generation antipsychotic medications for adults with schizophrenia, schizophrenia-related psychoses, or bipolar disorder. The review also found that outcomes such as death and quality of life were rarely assessed, and that data comparing side effects were sparse. Inconsistency in treatment comparisons, outcomes, outcome measurements, and patient populations across studies made drawing firm conclusions difficult; however, the research review provides extensive details of characteristics and methodological features of the studies that may help inform individual treatment decisions.

–U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Tiny Ingestible Sensors Help Doctors Track Their Patients’ Medication-Taking Patterns

Will smart pills, cash boost drug compliance?

Educating patients about taking medications is not always effective. Proponents of technology and incentives say these methods represent the next steps in overcoming a stubborn problem.

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the smart pill, called the Ingestion Event Marker, for marketing as a medical device on July 10. The ingestible sensor is the size of a grain of sand and can be integrated into an inert pill or an active medication. Fluid in the stomach activates the sensor and sends a signal through body tissue to a small, water-resistant patch worn on the torso. The patch detects when the pill is ingested and wirelessly sends that data to an application accessible by mobile phone or computer.

Adherence data will be available to anyone given permission by the patient, such as family members and physicians, said the product’s manufacturer, Redwood City, Calif.-based Proteus Digital Health Inc. Doctors would have access to their patients’ medication-taking patterns between visits and could use it to help address barriers to adherence, said George M. Savage, MD, co-founder and chief medical officer of Proteus.

A third of new prescriptions never get filled.

“This isn’t about doctors browbeating people or monitoring compliance in some sort of negative way,” Dr. Savage said. “These are tools to help people understand their behavior and to provide directed education and other interventions to help them achieve their goals.”

Starting in September, Proteus will partner with the British chain Lloyds Pharmacy to market the product directly to consumers in the United Kingdom. The monthly subscription cost will be on par with the charge for a month of cable or satellite TV service. The sensor will be included in an inert medication to be taken at the same time as the patient’s prescribed medications, Dr. Savage said.

Proteus is working with the drugmaker Novartis to add the sensor to immunosuppressive medications prescribed to organ transplant recipients. The company hopes to gain FDA approval for such a “digital medicine” by 2014.

By KEVIN B. O’REILLY, amednews staff

Department of Justice: Addressing Homelessness in the Criminal Justice System

This new resource guide is designed to generate awareness in the field among law enforcement, courts, prosecutors, defenders, state and local legislators, advocates, social service providers, and individuals who are homeless about Department of Justice resources available to serve homeless people, and those at risk of homelessness, who are involved in the criminal justice system.

Depression and Chronic Medical Conditions in the Primary Care Setting

Collaborative care interventions may improve outcomes for depression symptoms, remission, depression-free days, and quality of life in primary care patients experiencing both depression and other chronic medical conditions, according to a new research review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program. Little evidence was available on the effect of collaborative care treatment on medical outcomes for arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV, except for HbA1c (a measurement of blood sugar) in diabetes, which showed no difference between collaborative care treatment and usual care. The review recommends that future studies examine a broader range of medical conditions and compare variations of practice-based interventions.

–U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Federal Report Details Health, Economic Status of Older Americans

Today’s older Americans enjoy longer lives and better physical function than did previous generations, although, for some, an increased burden in housing costs and rising obesity may compromise these gains, according to a comprehensive Federal look at aging. The report, Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being, tracks trends at regular intervals to see how older people are faring as the U.S. population grows older. In 2010, 40 million people age 65 and over accounted for 13 percent of the total population in the U.S. In 2030, the number and proportion of older Americans is expected to grow significantly—to 72 million, representing nearly 20 percent of the population said the report, by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. The 176-page report provides a broad description of areas of well-being that are improving for older Americans and those that are not. Thirty-seven key indicators are categorized into five broad areas—population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and healthcare. This year’s report also includes a special feature on the end of life.

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Children With Neurologic Disorders at High Risk of Death From Flu

Health care and advocacy groups join to protect children most vulnerable to influenza

A disproportionately high number of children with neurologic disorders died from influenza-related complications during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, according to a study by scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report in the journal Pediatrics underscores the importance of influenza vaccination to protect children with neurologic disorders. CDC is joining with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Families Fighting Flu, and Family Voices to spread the message about the importance of influenza vaccination and treatment in these children.