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Mental Health

2021-12-02 13:39:56
by Alexa Hornbeck
Researchers Find That a Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Mood Disorders

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine completed a recent study on how blood biomarkers can help diagnose and... Read More

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine completed a recent study on how blood biomarkers can help diagnose and treat mood disorders. “The tests are now being made available to interested doctors through a company I co-founded, called MindX... Read More

2021-11-17 22:11:27
by Tom Ramstack
House Panel Seeks Better Interventions To Prevent Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON — The heartrending subject of veteran suicide was again front and center on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a House... Read More

WASHINGTON — The heartrending subject of veteran suicide was again front and center on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a House panel heard one heartbreaking story after another about young people who placed themselves in harm’s way for their country only... Read More

2021-11-17 19:03:54
by Alexa Hornbeck
Health Officials Address What To Do If You Lose Your Vaccination Card

WASHINGTON —Many public health departments across the country are experiencing increasing calls from individuals who have lost their vaccination cards... Read More

WASHINGTON —Many public health departments across the country are experiencing increasing calls from individuals who have lost their vaccination cards and are seeking a replacement. "Our department receives, on average, 60 requests for replacement vaccination cards each week. This number... Read More

2021-11-10 19:01:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
White House Issues New Guidance for Combating Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON — The White House recently issued evidence-informed guidance for reducing the tragedy of veteran suicides, as 65,000 veterans have... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House recently issued evidence-informed guidance for reducing the tragedy of veteran suicides, as 65,000 veterans have died by suicide since 2010.  "Suicide among service members, veterans, and their families is a public health and national security... Read More

2021-11-10 18:59:34
by Alexa Hornbeck
How the Mission Act is Negatively Impacting Veteran Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON — The Mission Act was launched in 2019 to protect veterans' access to health care, but now health policy... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Mission Act was launched in 2019 to protect veterans' access to health care, but now health policy experts are finding that the legislation may actually be preventing access. “Veterans who need to go to [into] the community... Read More

2021-11-08 19:05:11
by Alexa Hornbeck
Murray Moves to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent

WASHINGTON — During a floor speech last week, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., urged the Senate to pass legislation which would... Read More

WASHINGTON — During a floor speech last week, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., urged the Senate to pass legislation which would eliminate the “fall back” of daylight savings time which happens each November.  “Beyond convenience, this really is a matter of... Read More

2021-11-03 16:22:55
by Alexa Hornbeck
Legislators Address Increase in Domestic Violence from COVID-19

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence, and now legislators like Rep. Debbie Dingell,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence, and now legislators like Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., who is a survivor of domestic violence, are pushing to advance policies to end the abuse.  “We have seen... Read More

As COVID Cases Fall, Halloween Brings More Fun And Less Fear

PHOENIX (AP) — Witches and warlocks, ghosts and ghouls can breathe a little easier this year: Coronavirus cases in the... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — Witches and warlocks, ghosts and ghouls can breathe a little easier this year: Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are generally on the decline, and trick-or-treaters can feel safer collecting candy. And while a new poll indicates Halloween... Read More

2021-10-27 16:16:07
by Alexa Hornbeck
How Horror Films Help Individuals Cope With Scary Situations

WASHINGTON — A study funded by the Research Program for Media, Communication, and Society at the School of Communication and... Read More

WASHINGTON — A study funded by the Research Program for Media, Communication, and Society at the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University in Denmark reveals how watching horror films may have helped individuals cope and prepare for the... Read More

2021-10-27 15:15:53
by Alexa Hornbeck
Letter Urges Passage of National Paid Leave to Combat Drug Addiction

WASHINGTON — When Khrista Messinger, a 46-year-old who works for the City of Charleston, W.Va., requested time off from work... Read More

WASHINGTON — When Khrista Messinger, a 46-year-old who works for the City of Charleston, W.Va., requested time off from work to seek treatment for her substance abuse addiction she was told by her employer that she needed to use her... Read More

2021-10-20 18:00:57
by Alexa Hornbeck
Middle-Aged Women at Higher Risk of ‘Broken Heart’ Syndrome

LOS ANGELES - A new study from researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center appears to confirm what many have long argued:... Read More

LOS ANGELES - A new study from researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center appears to confirm what many have long argued: That a “broken heart” really can lead to long-term heart injury. “We know from other studies the heart-brain connection is... Read More

2021-10-15 19:17:24
by Reece Nations
Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to LGBTQ youth after criticism was leveled at Gov. Greg Abbott by a primary challenger for its inclusion. Former Texas state... Read More

2021-10-07 13:40:14
by Alexa Hornbeck
Eating Within Consistent 10-Hour Window Reduces Risk of Chronic Diseases

Researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Salk Institute conducted a review of time-restricted eating that shows... Read More

Researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Salk Institute conducted a review of time-restricted eating that shows eating within an 8-10-hour window can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.  “Just like... Read More

2021-10-06 21:02:34
by Alexa Hornbeck
Mental Health Practices Are Changing in Work Places

A new report from Mind Share Partners, a non-profit changing the culture of workplace mental health, finds that there has... Read More

A new report from Mind Share Partners, a non-profit changing the culture of workplace mental health, finds that there has been an increase in employees leaving jobs for mental health reasons, and companies are taking new steps to address employee's... Read More

COVID-Related Attacks Prompt Hospital to Issue Panic Buttons

Nurses and hundreds of other staff members will soon begin wearing panic buttons at a Missouri hospital where assaults on... Read More

Nurses and hundreds of other staff members will soon begin wearing panic buttons at a Missouri hospital where assaults on workers tripled after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cox Medical Center Branson is using grant money to add buttons... Read More

Is John Hinckley, Who Shot Reagan, No Longer a Threat?

Lawyers are scheduled to meet in federal court on Monday to discuss whether John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried... Read More

Lawyers are scheduled to meet in federal court on Monday to discuss whether John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, should be freed from court-imposed restrictions including overseeing his medical care and keeping up with... Read More

2021-09-22 20:51:59
by Alexa Hornbeck
OSHA Will Issue Federal Heat Standard for U.S. Workplaces 

WASHINGTON -- Extreme heat has played a role in worsening health outcomes, especially for minority communities and for construction and... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Extreme heat has played a role in worsening health outcomes, especially for minority communities and for construction and farm workers at risk of heat stroke.  In response to rising temperatures due to climate change, the Occupational Safety and... Read More

2021-09-22 20:45:52
by Alexa Hornbeck
NIH Invests $1.67 Million to Study How Vaccines Impact the Menstrual Cycle 

WASHINGTON -- The NIH recently invested $1.67 million in five institutions to explore the link between COVID-19 vaccines and menstruation... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The NIH recently invested $1.67 million in five institutions to explore the link between COVID-19 vaccines and menstruation changes, as some women are reporting irregular or missing menstrual periods after receiving a vaccine.  Only a few weeks after... Read More

2021-09-22 15:29:31
by Alexa Hornbeck
Dance Program for Those With Parkinson's Disease Comes to DC

WASHINGTON -- Dance for PD, an international dance program which teaches individuals with Parkinson's disease how to dance, will soon... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Dance for PD, an international dance program which teaches individuals with Parkinson's disease how to dance, will soon provide in-person classes in the Washington, D.C. area.  “When we opened up the dance center, we wanted it to be... Read More

2021-09-13 16:01:53
by Alexa Hornbeck
Police Reform Law Creates Issues for Officers Responding to Mental Health Calls

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo... Read More

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo from the attorney general’s office.  “Recently, certain law enforcement agencies may have expressed concerns that House Bill 1310 limits when... Read More

2021-09-08 19:51:27
by Alexa Hornbeck
The Impact of COVID-19 on Construction Workers

The results of a recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk underscore how the coronavirus pandemic... Read More

The results of a recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk underscore how the coronavirus pandemic has created constraints on the demand for work even as it limits the number of workers available to hire. AGC... Read More

2021-09-08 19:49:45
by Alexa Hornbeck
How Health Is Impacted by Extreme Heat

There have always been periods of extreme heat in the U.S., but now researchers estimate that climate change could make... Read More

There have always been periods of extreme heat in the U.S., but now researchers estimate that climate change could make these periods more frequent, widespread, and severe over the next 30 years.  A recent report from the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne... Read More

Dealing With Mental Health Crisis One Zoom Call at a Time

CHICAGO (AP) — The sergeant had so little use for the tablet that she did not bother to grab it... Read More

CHICAGO (AP) — The sergeant had so little use for the tablet that she did not bother to grab it from the seat of her squad car when she ran into the house where a suicidal man was screaming and... Read More

2021-08-17 13:59:14
by Alexa Hornbeck
Brown University Denies Readmission to Dozens of Students on Mental Health Leave

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island recently announced a settlement agreement... Read More

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island recently announced a settlement agreement with Brown University, which denied readmissions to undergraduate students taking medical leave for mental health. “The settlement should not be... Read More

2021-08-13 14:19:05
by Alexa Hornbeck
Pennsylvania Expands Postpartum Coverage for Mothers

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Pennsylvania lawmakers recently announced plans to expand the Medicaid postpartum coverage period for mothers. The extension will... Read More

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Pennsylvania lawmakers recently announced plans to expand the Medicaid postpartum coverage period for mothers. The extension will take effect on April 1, 2022.  “Pennsylvania has worked to protect and support mothers before, during and after birth for... Read More

2021-08-03 14:31:55
by Alexa Hornbeck
Half of Virginia Psychiatric Hospitals Forced to Close to New Patients Due to Overcrowding

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has struggled for years with patient overcrowding in state mental health... Read More

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has struggled for years with patient overcrowding in state mental health hospitals. Then, on July 9, five out of the eight state psychiatric hospitals were forced to temporarily close to new... Read More

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

A study by Chinese researchers examines the ability of acupuncture treatment to suppress inflammatory stress, improve immunity, and regulate nervous... Read More

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

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

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Online Global Summit, hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, is holding a... Read More

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

In a medical first, researchers harnessed the brain waves of a paralyzed man unable to speak — and turned what... Read More

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

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

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Monday that the United States’ aging population will hit the economy “like a ton of... Read More

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

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