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How Acupuncture May Help Treat COVID-19
Health
How Acupuncture May Help Treat COVID-19
2021-07-28 13:16:59
by Alexa Hornbeck

A study by Chinese researchers examines the ability of acupuncture treatment to suppress inflammatory stress, improve immunity, and regulate nervous system function to help patients with COVID-19.  “Acupuncture is widely used in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, such as osteoarthritis,... Read More

Global Summit Leaders Aim to End Sexual Exploitation
Mental Health
Global Summit Leaders Aim to End Sexual Exploitation
2021-07-21 20:50:11
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Online Global Summit, hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, is holding a week-long event, July 20-24, that brings together professionals from sexual abuse and exploitation sectors to discuss how to connect, educate... Read More

Device Taps Brain Waves to Help Paralyzed Man Communicate
Science
Device Taps Brain Waves to Help Paralyzed Man Communicate

In a medical first, researchers harnessed the brain waves of a paralyzed man unable to speak — and turned what he intended to say into sentences on a computer screen. It will take years of additional research but the study,... Read More

Commerce Secretary Says Aging Population Will Hit US Like ‘Ton of Bricks’
Health
Commerce Secretary Says Aging Population Will Hit US Like ‘Ton of Bricks’
2021-07-14 15:47:56
by TWN Staff

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Monday that the United States’ aging population will hit the economy “like a ton of bricks” without increased federal aid for at-home elder and disabled care. Raimondo made the comments during an interview with Reuters,... Read More

Chronic Stress Can Wreak Havoc on Your Mind and Body
Mental Health
Chronic Stress Can Wreak Havoc on Your Mind and Body
2021-07-14 15:20:32
by TWN Staff

Feeling constantly under attack? According to a new report on the Mayo Clinic website, it may just be a case of your body naturally treating minor hassles as full-blown threats. But you don’t have to let stress control your life,... Read More

Pandemic Reawakens Trauma for Those Living with HIV
Mental Health
Pandemic Reawakens Trauma for Those Living with HIV
2021-07-14 14:36:31
by Alexa Hornbeck

The impact of COVID-19 has been traumatic for many, but for those living with HIV the pandemic may have reawakened feelings of social exclusion and fear with receiving a positive status.  “I'm an HIV positive person and I just survived... Read More

House Rules Committee to Host Roundtable on Hunger Crisis
Hunger
House Rules Committee to Host Roundtable on Hunger Crisis
2021-07-13 19:41:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Rules Committee will hold a roundtable examining local innovations in combating hunger on Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. The event is the fifth in a series of committee events highlighting the reality of food insecurity in America... Read More

Attorneys for Britney Spears Resign From Conservatorship Case
Law
Attorneys for Britney Spears Resign From Conservatorship Case
2021-07-08 13:08:25
by Tom Ramstack

The court-appointed attorneys representing Britney Spears in her conservatorship case resigned Tuesday after the pop icon asked a judge for permission to hire her own counsel. The high-profile case is testing whether California's conservatorship laws protect the wealthy celebrities they... Read More

Fighting for Reproductive Justice as #freebritney Ignites Debate
Law
Fighting for Reproductive Justice as #freebritney Ignites Debate
2021-07-06 13:42:05
by Alexa Hornbeck

The hashtag “#freebritney” has recently been flooding social media channels after the pop sensation claimed her 2008 court-mandated conservatorship withheld her from removing her intrauterine device, hindering her ability to reproduce, an issue which has been at the heart of... Read More

Study: Eating Disorders May Affect Reward Response Within the Brain
Health
Study: Eating Disorders May Affect Reward Response Within the Brain
2021-07-06 13:38:25
by Alexa Hornbeck

Eating disorders can affect the reward response within the brain which may reinforce the eating disorder itself, based on the results of a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health. “The eating disorder behavior sensitizes or desensitizes the... Read More

Bicycle Health Expands Virtual Care for Treating Opioid-Use Disorders
Mental Health
Bicycle Health Expands Virtual Care for Treating Opioid-Use Disorders
2021-06-30 14:33:49
by Alexa Hornbeck

Lockdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic created barriers to providing in-person treatment services for those battling opioid addiction, so Bicycle Health, which provides evidence-based treatment for opioid-use disorder, decided to go virtual. “When the pandemic hit and the public health... Read More

VA Data Outlines Its Role In COVID-19 Response
Health
VA Data Outlines Its Role In COVID-19 Response
2021-06-24 14:44:15
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The Department of Veterans Affairs released data about its involvement with the national coronavirus response. According to the data, it provided thousands of personal protective equipment, admitted hundreds of non-veterans to its facilities, and performed thousands of tests across... Read More

NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
Research
NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
2021-06-23 14:20:13
by Brock Blasdell

The National Institutes of Health now believes cannabis use, regardless of frequency, could be associated with increased thoughts of suicide among young adults.  In a study released Tuesday, the finding involving over 280,000 young adults found a statistical association between... Read More

New WHO Guidance Aims to Achieve Significant Reduction in Suicide Rate
Mental Health
New WHO Guidance Aims to Achieve Significant Reduction in Suicide Rate
2021-06-23 14:15:17
by Alexa Hornbeck

The World Health Organization released new suicide prevention guidance last week aimed at reducing the world’s suicide rate by a third by 2030. “While a comprehensive national suicide prevention strategy should be the ultimate goal for all governments,” said Dr.... Read More

Bill Aims to Boost Hiring of School Social Workers, Counselors
Mental Health
Bill Aims to Boost Hiring of School Social Workers, Counselors
2021-06-22 20:20:20
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act, a bill recently reintroduced by members of the Senate and House, aims to increase the presence of social workers, counselors and other personnel to support marginalized students. “Our legislation is pretty simple. It... Read More

Renewed Efforts to Address Homelessness Boon to Health Care
Health
Renewed Efforts to Address Homelessness Boon to Health Care
2021-06-15 18:49:07
by Alexa Hornbeck

The House Committee on Financial Services met this past week to discuss how increasing Section 8 housing vouchers could reduce housing instability, overcrowding, and better prepare the nation for the next health or economic crisis.  “Providing a voucher to all... Read More

Need a Mental Health Boost? The Refrigerator Might Help
Mental Health
Need a Mental Health Boost? The Refrigerator Might Help
2021-05-26 23:40:02
by TWN Staff

Although mental health concerns have continued for many people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there could be a helping hand as close as the refrigerator. Annalisa Freire, a registered dietitian nutritionist at the Intermountain Spanish Fork Hospital, explained that studies show... Read More

Storytelling Increases Oxytocin in Children Admitted to ICU
Mental Health
Storytelling Increases Oxytocin in Children Admitted to ICU
2021-05-26 20:24:12
by Alexa Hornbeck

A study published this week indicates that just one session of storytelling can increase oxytocin, reduce cortisol and pain, and promote positive emotional shifts in children admitted into an intensive care unit. “As a storyteller myself I decided to investigate... Read More

Texas Approves Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Study for Veterans with PTSD
Mental Health
Texas Approves Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Study for Veterans with PTSD
2021-05-25 23:09:48
by Alexa Hornbeck

AUSTIN, Texas-- In Texas this week, a bipartisan bill to develop a study on the use of psychedelic therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate.  “We are losing over 20 veterans a day... Read More

HHS to Dedicate $4.8 Billion to COVID-19 Testing for the Uninsured
Health
HHS to Dedicate $4.8 Billion to COVID-19 Testing for the Uninsured

WASHINGTON - Tuesday, the US Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced that it is dedicating $4.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan to support the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program. This funding will... Read More

Pandemic Has Fueled Eating Disorder Surge in Teens, Adults
Health
Pandemic Has Fueled Eating Disorder Surge in Teens, Adults

Many hospital beds are full. Waiting lists for outpatient treatment are bulging. And teens and adults seeking help for eating disorders are often finding it takes months to get an appointment. The pandemic created treacherous conditions for eating disorders, leading... Read More

Pandemic Meets Epidemic: Obesity and COVID-19
Health
Pandemic Meets Epidemic: Obesity and COVID-19
2021-05-21 19:25:56
by Alexa Hornbeck

Marna Gatlin, a 58-year-old from Portland, Ore., is the administrator of a Facebook support group for morbidly obese individuals. Gatlin has struggled with obesity for several years but found this past year to be more challenging.  “I decided during the... Read More

Alabama Latest State to Adopt Medical Marijuana Law
Medical Marijuana
Alabama Latest State to Adopt Medical Marijuana Law
2021-05-19 19:33:58
by TWN Staff

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Normally conservative Alabama has become the latest state in the union to approve the use of medical marijuana in at least some circumstances. Gov. Kay Ivey signed the legislation Monday, a week after the state House of... Read More

Researchers Conduct Survey to Understand Menstruation Changes from COVID-19 Vaccine
Science
Researchers Conduct Survey to Understand Menstruation Changes from COVID-19 Vaccine
2021-05-19 14:14:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

Questions are emerging as to whether women's menstrual cycles are impacted by COVID-19 vaccines, and two women researchers are conducting a survey to figure out if there are impacts and if so, why they are happening. “A lot of people... Read More

Report Looks at Why Antipsychotics Are Being Overprescribed in Nursing Homes
Aging
Report Looks at Why Antipsychotics Are Being Overprescribed in Nursing Homes
2021-05-17 21:50:06
by Alexa Hornbeck

A recent report from the Health and Human Services Department finds that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to improve data used to monitor antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, as insufficient data underestimates the scope of the antipsychotic... Read More

Uptick in Mental Health Problems Prompts Calls for Crisis Intervention
Mental Health
Uptick in Mental Health Problems Prompts Calls for Crisis Intervention
2021-05-14 14:00:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Incidents the past few days in New York City demonstrate why a congressional subcommittee met Thursday to discuss “a national mental health crisis.” Last week, an emotionally disturbed man barricaded himself in a subway motorman’s car, shutting down... Read More

COVID-19 Pet Boom Has Veterinarians Backlogged, Burned Out
Mental Health
COVID-19 Pet Boom Has Veterinarians Backlogged, Burned Out

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — During the gloomiest stretches of the pandemic, Dr. Diona Krahn's veterinary clinic has been a puppy fest, overrun with new four-legged patients.  Typically, she'd get three or four new puppies a week, but between shelter... Read More

DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
Litigation
DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
2021-05-06 12:44:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — After a federal judge ruled on Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions exceeded the agency's authority, the Department of Justice announced it would appeal the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich authored... Read More

Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing
Mental Health
Women in the Rockies Use Horses for Healing
2021-05-05 21:21:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

About 6 miles outside of a tiny town called Granby, Colo.,  is a little ranching community called C Lazy U Ranch nestled 8,000 feet high aside the cusp of the towering Rocky Mountains.  Entering the ranch is a dusty dirt... Read More

How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
Health
How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
2021-05-05 14:08:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

Nathan Moose, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, developed permanent lung damage equivalent to that of a heavy smoker, despite never having smoked a day in his life.   Moose was an employee of a casino for 11 years that... Read More

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