Safeguarding long-term care before the next public health emergency

COVID-19 has shaken communities worldwide. Despite strenuous efforts by caregivers and medical professionals alike, people needing long-term care and living in communal care settings have suffered gravely. According to a New York Times database, almost one-third of U.S. coronavirus deaths have been tied to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. As a post-pandemic world …

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve the Accuracy of Your Mammogram

If concerns about COVID-19 exposure caused you to postpone routine health screenings such as mammograms over the past year, you are not alone. According to a study in the Journal of American College of Radiology, mammograms decreased by up to 92% in some areas at the height of the pandemic last year. Now, with Americans …

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Do you Have Arthritis? Consider These Changes

Arthritis is a common health condition in the United States, affecting one in four adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Characterized by the inflammation of one or more joints, arthritis can cause joint pain, stiffness and swelling that can limit one’s functionality and impact daily activities.1 May is recognized as National …

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After years of research, a new blood test now screens for over 50 cancers

In 2021, an estimated 1.9 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. Thanks to a groundbreaking new blood test that can detect over 50 types of cancer, more people could learn about a cancer diagnosis sooner, which is important because early detection helps save lives. …

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Simple steps to help protect young children from accidentally swallowing lithium coin batteries

People are spending more time in their homes, and there are devices everywhere, like remotes, key fobs and thermometers that may include small lithium coin batteries that can be a hidden danger. While lithium coin batteries are important for providing the power necessary for certain devices to function properly, many people don’t realize these batteries, …

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State of the Nation’s Mental Health: Stress is up, treatment is not

Our nation reported more mental health stress in 2020, but there was not a corresponding increase in people seeking mental health treatment, according to the inaugural State of the Nation’s Mental Health report. However, there were two conditions for which diagnoses and treatment grew in 2020: anxiety and PTSD for adults. These findings support the …

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Don’t let a minor burn derail your early summer getaway

Vacation rentals are quickly becoming a popular post-pandemic vacation, as they allow people to get away from the stressors of daily life with the comforts of a home and safety away from other travelers. However, it may feel a bit uncomfortable trying to navigate the different appliances inside a vacation rental. Being unfamiliar with appliances …

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Many people still suffer from depressive symptoms on an antidepressant

This article is sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Lundbeck, for which Dr. Maguire is a paid consultant. May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, a time to educate the public on various mental or behavioral health issues while reducing the stigma that many people, including those living with major depressive …

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How to find mental health resources for children and families

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offer free or low-cost health coverage for children and teens up to age 19. Coverage includes check-ups and regular doctor visits, immunizations, emergency care, dentist visits, eye exams and other care that children may need, including mental and behavioral health services. Children as young as 2 can …

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