Workplace Accommodations for People with Mental Health Problems

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

Since 1990, Morris Kharasch has been a physician at NorthShore University HealthSystem where he serves as the chief of emergency medicine. Morris Kharasch is also an avid supporter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

NAMI is a grassroots-level mental health organization that is committed to helping those living with mental illness lead better lives. Through their education initiatives, public policy initiatives, and public awareness activities, NAMI is touching the lives of millions of Americans, including working adults.

According to statistics, one in five adults experience some form of mental illness at any given time, and as much as one in twenty adults have a major mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Affected adults usually have a difficult time adjusting in the work place, due to associated stigma and resulting discrimination.

However, as people with disabilities, adults with mental health illnesses are entitled to special accommodations as a basic part of their civil rights. These accommodations are intended to help improve job performance, and include provisions for telecommuting, flexibility in work hours and break time, and personal environment modifications.


National Alliance on Mental Illness, Annual Awareness Events

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An experienced medical professional, Dr. Morris Kharasch is a physician and president of professional staff with NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Morris Kharasch’s charitable interests include the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Throughout the year, NAMI supports a number of events designed to promote awareness of mental health issues in society. The organization’s primary awareness events feature both local and national pieces. Participants show their support, combat negative myths and stigma, and educate themselves and others about mental illness.

Established in 2008, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI’s July advocacy and awareness initiative, focuses individuals who are minorities. Cultural stigmas surrounding mental illness can be deep-seated. NAMI produces Spanish- and English-language materials designed to foster open conversations about mental health specifically within African American and Latino communities.

In September, NAMI redirects its general focus to recognize Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The alliance organizes talks that promote open discussion of suicide and encourages individuals to learn how they can best help those at risk.

The first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. The week was designated in 1990 by the U.S. Congress to recognize and enhance the work of NAMI. In 2015, the week revolved around the theme of becoming stigma-free and the importance of seeing past a diagnosis to the real person beneath.

May is Mental Health Month. NAMI works with local organizations to highlight mental health issues, allowing people to join together in support of the one in five Americans who has or will develop a mental illness. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week also takes place in May. NAMI maintains a similar agenda as the rest of the month, with a specific focus on how U.S. youth are affected by mental illness.

Abbey Springs – Golfer’s Haven in Wisconsin

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Abbey Springs

Dr. Morris Kharasch has spent more than 25 years as a physician at Evanston, Illinois’ NorthShore University HealthSystem, where he acts as chief of emergency medicine. Outside of his medical career, Dr. Morris Kharasch pursues a variety of hobbies and interests, including playing golf. He names Wisconsin’s Abbey Springs as one of his favorite golf courses.

Located in Fontana, Wisconsin, Abbey Springs is situated on the south shore of Geneva Lake, providing players with notable water views, as well as hillside scenery. Designed in 1970, the course at Abbey Springs has undergone several renovations, and the organization prides itself on providing a well-maintained 18-hole course for its players. The four-and-a-half-star course includes 20 acres of fairway, with greens averaging more than 6,000 square feet in size.

Abbey Springs offers a variety of amenities for both the casual player and participants in business outings. An on-site shop provides golf carts and golf clubs for rental and is prepared to assist interested individuals in planning outings, tournaments, and other golf-related events. Lockers, beverage carts, and instruction clinics are also available. Players can enjoy these amenities, among a variety of others, with Abbey Springs’ Annual Weekday and Annual Full Week Memberships.

A Blood Test With the Potential to Detect Past Concussions

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NorthShore University HealthSystem

Dr. Morris Kharasch is a respected Chicago area physician who practices with the NorthShore University HealthSystem as chief of emergency medicine. Dr. Morris Kharasch maintains an active interest in his field and the way in which emergency physicians drive innovations in health care.

An Orlando Health emergency medicine physician recently led a study of approximately 600 patients who underwent treatment at the Orlando Regional Medical Center. Half of the patients suffered concussions from sports incidents, falls, and vehicle accidents, with the majority of them mild. Symptoms ranged from amnesia to loss of consciousness. The other patients had experienced non-brain trauma such as fractures.

Blood samples taken from the patients periodically over a week revealed that a head trauma-related protein seemed to be present in patients’ blood throughout that duration. This suggests that even patients who delay seeking treatment may be able to have the root concussion detected through a simple blood test. The use of biomarkers in concussion diagnosis will require significant research and its use in a clinical setting is likely years away.

Keys to Slow Cooking Ribs in a Smoker

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Slow Cooking Ribs

A longtime physician and president of professional staff with the NorthShore University HealthSystem, Dr. Morris Kharasch is responsible for guiding emergency care across multiple settings. Also a culinary enthusiast who enjoys grilling with his family, Dr. Morris Kharasch is working on ways of creating the perfect ribs in a smoker.

A slow-cooking technique that brings out the flavor and succulence of ribs, grilling in a smoker begins with removing the outer membrane from the backside of the slab. Left on, the membrane not only adds toughness, but also prevents proper cooking. Both sides of the ribs should initially be prepared with a dry rub that contains minimal sugar. This prevents the sugar content from burning and blackening the meat, which can impart a bitter taste.

The seasoning should be allowed to penetrate the meat for at least 25 minutes before the slab is placed in the smoker. Wrapping the meat in aluminum foil is one technique for tenderizing it as it cooks, and regular basting ensures that it is kept properly moist. Be sure not to cook the slab too long; two hours in a smoker at 225 degrees ensures saturation of smoke. Cooking after an internal temperature of 160 degrees is reached can make the meat taste too smoky.

The Martian – Science Fiction Based on Existing Technologies

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The Martian

A longtime physician with the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois, Dr. Morris Kharasch oversees four emergency departments. Dr. Morris Kharasch is a cinema enthusiast and particularly enjoys science fiction movies. One of the most popular sci-fi movies of 2015 was The Martian, which described a hypothetically stranded Mars explorer’s struggle for survival on Mars and his search for a way back to Earth.

Author Andy Weir began writing The Martian in 2009 and had an aim of making the book as realistic as possible. As presented on the NASA website, a number of the technologies presented fictionally have already been developed through the U.S. Space Program.

These include the habitation module, or Hab, in which astronaut Mark Watney spends much of his early time on Mars. NASA has developed a similar Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), which provides program members with an immersive simulation of long-duration travel in deep space. Test subjects currently spend up to 14 days in the two-story habitat, with that duration expected to increase to 60 days in the near future. Other areas in which fictional technologies resemble real-life NASA ones include an extraterrestrial plant farm, water recovery in space, and oxygen generation.