Health

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Teen Interest In Long-Lasting Birth Control Soars After Roe

The growing interest exists even in states like North Carolina, where abortion remains legal but the Legislature is conservative.

 | By Associated Press

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Understanding Mood’s Role In Mental Health

Your emotions and mood can contribute to your physical and mental health. It can affect depression, anxiety and insomnia.

 | By Lindsey Theis

A registered nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children

Pfizer Seeks To Expand Omicron Booster To 5- To 11-year-olds

FDA vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks said last week he expected a decision on boosters for that age group soon.

 | By Associated Press

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Counselors And Cops Working Together Can Save Lives

Co-responder teams of police and mental health experts can better meet the needs of people in mental health crisis.

 | By Clayton Sandell

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Why Is There A Shortage Of Psychiatrists?

As the number of people dealing with mental health challenges increases, it's putting a strain on psychiatrists and mental health professionals.

 | By Maritsa Georgiou

Booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19.

4.4M Americans Roll Up Sleeves For Omicron-Targeted Boosters

Some Americans who got the new shots said they are excited about the idea of targeting the vaccine to the variants circulating now.

 | By Associated Press and Newsy Staff

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States Begin Receiving Money From $26B Opioid Settlement

Families hope the money can help combat an epidemic some say is just getting worse, as fentanyl claims lives and targets younger generations.

 | By Adi Guajardo

Susan Meiklejohn wears a device for transcranial direct current stimulation

Breakthrough Device Could Ease Deep Depression

A very small group of just several hundred Americans is trying an at-home medical treatment involving electrical stimulation of part of the brain.

 | By Jason Bellini

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Mental Health America: Texas Ranks Last In Mental Health Care Access

Canutillo Independent School District and Kingsville Independent School District try to get a handle on mental health care for students in need.

 | By John Mone

Hospital ERs Struggle To Treat Surge Of Mental Health Patients

A Newsy investigation finds more Americans are going to the ER during a mental health crisis, and why they aren't getting the help they need.

 | By Karen Rodriguez and Patrick Terpstra and Rachel Gold and Rosie Cima

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Teen Suicide Crisis: Colorado Parents Work To Reduce State's High Rate

Parents are sharing their tragedies in hopes of reducing suicide in Colorado. It's the No. 1 cause of death for kids and young adults in the state.

 | By Clayton Sandell

Twenty-eight-year-old New Yorker Chloé Valentine Toscano

How Disability Misunderstandings And Stigma Impact Mental Well-Being

Disability experts say it's common for doctors to misunderstand bodily autonomy, which can impact a person's mental health.

 | By Lindsey Theis

Dr. Lilian Abbo, center, receives a flu vaccine from Nicholas Torres, left, and a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot

Experts Are Expecting High Flu Numbers This Year

Doctors and health officials are recommending that you get your flu shot early this year — especially for kids.

 | By Cat Sandoval

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Advocates, Patients Push For Mental Health Resources In Mississippi

The state is trying to figure out how to provide mental health patients with more community-based options.

 | By Tammy Estwick

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with state and local elected officials about reproductive health care

President Joe Biden Claims The Pandemic Is Over

The president's comment during an interview with "60 Minutes" doesn't align with what top health officials say.

 | By James Packard

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Why Do Some People Live So Long?

The CDC predicts life expectancy to grow for Americans in the next few years from 76 years old to about 85 years old.

 | By Lindsey Theis and Maya Saenz

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Swedish Program Aims To Fight High Youth Suicide Rate In Montana

In Montana, the youth suicide rate between 2011 and 2020 was more than double the national rate for the same age group.

 | By Maritsa Georgiou

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Doctors Are Still Hunting For The Cause Of Long COVID Brain Fog

Studies show 30% of COVID patients report brain fog a few months after they're sick. It's 65 to 85% for long-haulers sick beyond that.

 | By Lindsey Theis

Michelle Hammer and her mom

How One Woman Describes Living With Schizophrenia

Michelle Hammer is a New York resident with schizophrenia, a serious mental disorder. She shares her journey.

 | By Lindsey Theis

Heather Bodie

How Live Storytelling Is Helping People Cope With Mental Illness

Heather Bodie is the executive artistic director at an organization that uses live reenactment to start discussions on topics about mental health.

 | By Casey Mendoza

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STD, STI Cases Rise Each Year. Why Isn't The U.S. Making Any Progress?

The pandemic might have made rising STD/STI numbers even worse. Health officials have urged action, but prevention efforts have stalled for years.

 | By Newsy Staff

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STIs In Newborns Have Significantly Risen Over The Pandemic

There has been a sharp rise in sexually transmitted infections in newborns. What can be done to combat the uptick?

 | By Amber Strong

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How The Power Of Music Is Helping Patients With Alzheimer’s

An adult care center for people with dementia uses music as therapy for families, patients, and caregivers.

 | By Amber Strong

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Why Does Our Vision Get Worse As We Age?

An optometrist talks about declining eyesight, and how to preserve your vision as you get older.

 | By Lauren Magarino

Morning sunlight is reflected off buildings in the financial district of lower Manhattan in New York City, New York

U.S. Moved Online, Worked From Home More Often As Pandemic Raged

New data offers the first reliable glimpse of life in the U.S. during the COVID-19 era, as the 1-year estimates from a 2020 survey were unusable.

 | By Associated Press

Janaki Kates

Former Senior CIA Officers Describe Their Mental Health Struggles

They discuss how they got help amid high stress jobs. The CIA's Director of Medical Services says she sees anxiety, depression, and family problems.

 | By Sasha Ingber

A child with asthma is shown.

Asthma Cases Are Getting More Severe In The U.S.

It's Asthma Peak Week, and recently, a record number of Americans are visiting hospitals, or even dying, from severe cases.

 | By Lindsey Theis

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Nonprofit Trains Black Barbers To Be Mental Health Advocates

Clean Is Mandatory barbershop partners with The Confess Project to teach barbers how to be mental health advocates for their Philly community.

 | By Bianca Facchinei

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Curbing People With Mental Illness Away From Jail

Newsy takes an inside look at Miami-Dade’s Mental Health Program, and how it helps people get treatment, and avoid jail.

 | By Haley Bull

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The EPA Is Investigating The Jackson, Mississippi Water Crisis

The EPA will head to Jackson, Mississippi to collect data and conduct interviews as residents remain under a water boil notice.

 | By Tammy Estwick and Stephanie Sandoval