Mental Health

2024-06-11 15:41:37
by Anna Claire Miller
Film Panel to Discuss Loneliness Epidemic and Importance of Social Connection

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are set to host a film panel... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are set to host a film panel discussion on the dangers of loneliness in American society Tuesday evening, following a showing of the documentary “Join or Die”... Read More

2024-05-22 16:57:56
by Jesse Zucker
Strength Training May Improve Mental Health

WASHINGTON — Do you generally feel good after exercise? It has been well-documented that getting regular physical activity may improve... Read More

WASHINGTON — Do you generally feel good after exercise? It has been well-documented that getting regular physical activity may improve mental health and help decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, but how does it work? Most research focuses on how... Read More

2024-05-01 15:56:46
by Dan McCue
Clinical Trial Links Frequent Anger to Increased Risk of Heart Disease

WASHINGTON — Recurring bouts of anger may increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease, according to a study published... Read More

WASHINGTON — Recurring bouts of anger may increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study, which was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and... Read More

2024-04-30 20:21:50
by Beth McCue
It's a Long and Winding Road for Older Women in Search of Health Care

WASHINGTON — Nearly 60 years ago, James Brown told us, “This is a man’s world,” and sadly, it appears as... Read More

WASHINGTON — Nearly 60 years ago, James Brown told us, “This is a man’s world,” and sadly, it appears as true today as it was when the song first became a hit. Despite the efforts of hundreds of thousands of... Read More

2024-03-26 19:23:55
by Dan McCue
White House Holds Roundtable on Black Men’s Mental Health

WASHINGTON — The White House Office of Public Engagement last week convened a roundtable on the administration’s efforts to support... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House Office of Public Engagement last week convened a roundtable on the administration’s efforts to support Black men’s mental health. The event was moderated by Charisse Jones of USA Today, and featured actors Courtney B. Vance... Read More

2024-03-26 17:02:12
by Dan McCue
NYC to Invest $8M in ‘Substance Use’ Clinic for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

NEW YORK — The city of New York announced Tuesday that it is investing $8 million in a new health... Read More

NEW YORK — The city of New York announced Tuesday that it is investing $8 million in a new health and substance use disorder clinic specifically to provide care to pregnant and postpartum women and their families. Mayor Eric Adams... Read More

2024-03-25 14:39:13
by Jesse Zucker
What Happens During Burnout and How to Cope

WASHINGTON — Many of us, from time to time, may feel a little “burned out.” Spreading ourselves too thin with... Read More

WASHINGTON — Many of us, from time to time, may feel a little “burned out.” Spreading ourselves too thin with work, family, relationships, health and other obligations can take its toll. The term burnout is technically a psychological condition related... Read More

2024-03-13 16:46:30
by Dan McCue
Researchers Identify Brain Connections Associated with ADHD

WASHINGTON — After examining more than 8,000 functional brain images of young people with ADHD, researchers have discovered their systems... Read More

WASHINGTON — After examining more than 8,000 functional brain images of young people with ADHD, researchers have discovered their systems are tied to atypical interactions between the brain’s frontal cortex and the information processing centers deep inside the brain. The... Read More

2024-03-12 15:58:48
by Dan McCue
Report Underscores Impact of Pets on Sense of Community, Well-Being

WASHINGTON — Nine in 10 pet owners say their pets contribute to their having a stronger sense of community, while... Read More

WASHINGTON — Nine in 10 pet owners say their pets contribute to their having a stronger sense of community, while 83% of adults say they’ve interacted with people they otherwise would not have due to their pets, according to a... Read More

How Springing Forward to Daylight Saving Time Could Affect Your Health — and How to Prepare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of America “springs forward” Sunday for daylight saving time and losing that hour of sleep can do more... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of America “springs forward” Sunday for daylight saving time and losing that hour of sleep can do more than leave you tired and cranky the next day. It also could harm your health. Darker mornings and more evening... Read More

2024-02-28 21:53:09
by Dan McCue
Hutchinson Raises Awareness of Child Abuse Every Chance She Gets

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was still days away from a disappointing sixth place finish in... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was still days away from a disappointing sixth place finish in the Iowa caucuses as he and his wife Susan made their way through the caucus media center inside the cavernous... Read More

2024-02-26 14:14:18
by Jesse Zucker
Try Heat Therapy to Warm Up This Winter

WASHINGTON —  As we near the end of February, have you gotten tired of being cold yet? While you wait... Read More

WASHINGTON —  As we near the end of February, have you gotten tired of being cold yet? While you wait for spring, heat therapy may be just what you need to warm up. If you’ve ever been to a sauna... Read More

2024-02-22 20:35:43
by Dan McCue
Study Finds More Than 40% of Americans Know Someone Who Died by Overdose

SANTA MONICA. Calif. — More than 40% of Americans have known someone who died of a drug overdose, and about... Read More

SANTA MONICA. Calif. — More than 40% of Americans have known someone who died of a drug overdose, and about one-third of those individuals say the death disrupted their lives, according to a new study by the Rand Corporation. Researchers... Read More

2024-02-20 14:00:59
by Jesse Zucker
The Impact of Human Connection on Your Health

WASHINGTON —  As we trudge through the winter, months of cold and dreary weather may sap our desire to go... Read More

WASHINGTON —  As we trudge through the winter, months of cold and dreary weather may sap our desire to go outside and socialize. While it’s normal to isolate sometimes, chronic isolation can increase loneliness and be detrimental to your mental... Read More

2024-02-14 22:42:46
by Dan McCue
New York City Sues Social Media Platforms for ‘Fueling’ Mental Health Crisis

NEW YORK — The city of New York and its health and education departments sued five social media platforms on... Read More

NEW YORK — The city of New York and its health and education departments sued five social media platforms on Wednesday, saying they need to be held accountable for fueling a mental health crisis among youths across the nation. The... Read More

Virginia's Youngkin Aims to Bolster Mental Health Care, Part of National Focus After Pandemic

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — John Clair, the police chief of a small Appalachian town in southwest Virginia, spends his days... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — John Clair, the police chief of a small Appalachian town in southwest Virginia, spends his days consumed by a growing problem: the frequency with which his officers are tapped to detain, transport and wait in hospitals... Read More

2024-02-01 18:19:17
by Dan McCue
Library of Congress to Host Panel on Longevity Science

WASHINGTON — The Library of Congress will host a panel of leading experts in the area of longevity science and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Library of Congress will host a panel of leading experts in the area of longevity science and explore how the sciences and the arts contribute to cognitive wellness and quality of life. Co-sponsored by the American Folklife... Read More

2024-01-30 21:10:30
by Dan McCue
Engaging Primary Care Workers in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Would Speed Treatment

WASHINGTON — Engaging the primary care workforce in the diagnosis process of Alzheimer’s disease would accelerate the delivery of disease-modifying... Read More

WASHINGTON — Engaging the primary care workforce in the diagnosis process of Alzheimer’s disease would accelerate the delivery of disease-modifying therapies, while easing the pressures already being experienced by overwhelmed neurology and geriatric practices, a new Rand report says. The... Read More

2024-01-26 21:30:44
by Dan McCue
Report Highlights Benefits of Allowing Campaign Spend on Child Care

WASHINGTON — The number of parent-candidates for federal office using campaign funds to cover their child care costs has jumped... Read More

WASHINGTON — The number of parent-candidates for federal office using campaign funds to cover their child care costs has jumped more than 600% since the Federal Election Commission approved the practice in 2018, but more needs to be done to... Read More

2024-01-15 15:48:28
by Jesse Zucker
Do You Have to Be Flexible to Do Yoga?

WASHINGTON — Welcome to January! It's a big month for trying new fitness classes that promise to improve your health.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Welcome to January! It's a big month for trying new fitness classes that promise to improve your health. You may have heard you should try yoga and thought, “I can’t even touch my toes. I won’t be able... Read More

Efforts to Restrict Transgender Health Care Endure in 2024

Republican-led state legislatures are considering a new round of bills restricting medical care for transgender youths — and in some... Read More

Republican-led state legislatures are considering a new round of bills restricting medical care for transgender youths — and in some cases, adults — returning to the issue the year after a wave of high-profile bills became law and sparked lawsuits.... Read More

NHLPA Unveils Mental Health Initiative to Help Hockey Players Learn More, Watch for Warning Signs

Whenever Blake Wheeler endured mental health challenges in his hockey career, he felt better when he talked about them and... Read More

Whenever Blake Wheeler endured mental health challenges in his hockey career, he felt better when he talked about them and sought help. When the NHL Players' Association introduced a pilot program to teach the basics of mental health, Wheeler was... Read More

2024-01-03 15:54:13
by Dan McCue
Advice on How to Start the New Year With Greater Mental Resilience

WASHINGTON — Scan the internet or magazine racks or even your local newspaper this time of year and you’ll find... Read More

WASHINGTON — Scan the internet or magazine racks or even your local newspaper this time of year and you’ll find ample advice on how to start the new year off happier and healthier. For most of us, these articles make... Read More

2023-12-20 22:13:16
by Dan McCue
CBO: Proposed Suicide Prevention Programs for Departing Service Members Won’t Break Budget

WASHINGTON — A mandate that the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs use two existing programs to help service members... Read More

WASHINGTON — A mandate that the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs use two existing programs to help service members leaving the armed forces overcome risk factors for suicide would cost a modest $500,000 through 2028, the Congressional Budget Office... Read More

2023-12-13 20:42:35
by Dan McCue
Congress Urged to Fully Fund WIC Program, Avert Crisis

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration on Wednesday urged Congress to fully fund the WIC nutrition assistance program come January, warning... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration on Wednesday urged Congress to fully fund the WIC nutrition assistance program come January, warning that the failure to address a much-anticipated budgetary shortfall would jeopardize the health and safety of millions of mothers, babies... Read More

2023-12-12 16:28:15
by Dan McCue
Public Health Advocacy Group Sues DraftKings

WOBURN, Mass. — DraftKings, one of the nation’s most popular sports betting companies, engages in unfair and deceptive practices while... Read More

WOBURN, Mass. — DraftKings, one of the nation’s most popular sports betting companies, engages in unfair and deceptive practices while taking advantage of the addictive nature of gambling activities, a class action lawsuit filed in Massachusetts claims. The lawsuit, Scanlon... Read More

2023-12-06 22:38:40
by Dan McCue
House Unanimously Passes Bill to Increase Mental Health Resources for Veterans’ Caregivers

WASHINGTON — The House on Monday unanimously passed the Caregiver Outreach and Program Enhancement Act, which would increase mental health... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House on Monday unanimously passed the Caregiver Outreach and Program Enhancement Act, which would increase mental health resources available to caregivers of America’s veteran population. Alternately known as the COPE Act, the bipartisan legislation sponsored by Reps.... Read More

2023-11-15 21:00:41
by Dan McCue
Dr. Ruth Named NY’s First Ambassador to Loneliness

ALBANY, N.Y. — Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the iconic media personality who rocketed to fame as the nation’s sex therapist in... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the iconic media personality who rocketed to fame as the nation’s sex therapist in the 1980s, now has a new title to add to her resume: She’s now New York’s — and by extension,... Read More

Top US Accident Investigator Says Close Calls Between Planes Show Aviation Is Under Stress

The nation’s top accident investigator said Thursday that a surge in close calls between planes at U.S. airports this year... Read More

The nation’s top accident investigator said Thursday that a surge in close calls between planes at U.S. airports this year is a "clear warning sign” that the aviation system is under stress. “While these events are incredibly rare, our safety... Read More

2023-11-07 21:15:52
by Jesse Zucker
Exercise and Nutrition Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder

WASHINGTON — Welcome to November. We’re well into autumn and it’s time to “fall back” — daylight saving time has... Read More

WASHINGTON — Welcome to November. We’re well into autumn and it’s time to “fall back” — daylight saving time has ended, there’s plenty of beauty to see and holidays to look forward to. But as the weather gets colder and... Read More

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