In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call “iGen” – those born after 1995 – is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.Read more
High blood pressure was redefined Monday by the American Heart Association, which said the disease should be treated sooner, when it reaches 130/80, not the previous limit of 140/90. “High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for…Read more
In response to the weekend’s mass shooting in a small town in Texas, opinion writers offer their ideas on why gun violence continues to plague the United States.Read more
Starting my second semester, my boyfriend and I went to the cafeteria for breakfast. I began to have what I call the first panic attack of my adult life.
This panic attack changed the course of my entire second semester. After feeling dizzy, shaky, and like I had “nowhere to run,” I never went to the cafeteria again.
This was the worst mistake I could have made, but at the time I was terrified to tell anyone.Read more
According to a local official, at least 27 are dead and over 20 injured. Other reports say a two-year-old was also shot. Per CNN the church is known to live stream their services on their Youtube channel, so it’s possible the shooting may have been seen live or that there is a video of the shooting incident.
Several news outlets are confirming the shooters name is Devin Patrick Kelly(spelling of shooter unconfirmed) and that his home is being searched for explosives and other clues. Devin Kelly reportedly was dishonorably discharged from the military and is believed to be a Muslim convert.
Puerto Rico, a US territory of appx. 3.5 million people, with a vibrant independent culture and rich history, is dying. Gross mismanagement, incompetence, political maneuvering, financial debt, and the absolute devastation wrought by hurricane Maria have left the colony destitute.Read more
A Friday the 13th landing in the middle of the month of Halloween isn’t an especially welcome event for someone with triskaidekaphobia (extreme fear of the number 13).Read more
Moms-to-be in labor had to be evacuated from Santa Rosa hospitals in the midst of the California wildfires.Read more
In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, and Joanne Kenen of Politico discuss Congress’s tardiness in renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and play the parlor game of who might become the new secretary of Health and Human Services. Also, the pod panel interviews Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) about his new Medicare buy-in bill.Read more
Tom Price resigned from running the Department of Health and Human Services after a series of news stories detailing how he tallied more than $400,000 in private plane travel paid for by taxpayersRead more