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Minnesota mental health patients stay 25 hours longer than necessary in ER because of shortages

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When patients in mental health crises get stuck in Minnesota's emergency rooms, they stay 25 hours longer on average than necessary — taking up hospital space as well as the time of doctors and nurses, who could otherwise focus on the next emergencies.

Researchers documented the length of these delays by studying patient activity over 14 days...Read more

2 years into 988 crisis line, Washington works to spread the word

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SEATTLE — Calls to 988 have increased steadily in the two years since the number was designated as the new nationwide mental health suicide and crisis lifeline.

Now, the state Department of Health is working to build awareness across the state and ensure Washingtonians know about the three-digit number.

Washington already had a suicide and ...Read more

Diabetes and obesity can damage the liver to the point of failure – but few people know their risk of developing liver disease

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Liver disease is frighteningly common worldwide.

Metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease, or MASLD, is an umbrella term describing conditions related to a buildup of fat in the liver. Formerly known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, this condition affects 1 in 4 people worldwide. Among those with type 2 diabetes, ...Read more

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Rural hospitals built during baby boom now face baby bust

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OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Rural regions like the one surrounding this southern Iowa town used to have a lot more babies, and many more places to give birth to them.

At least 41 Iowa hospitals have shuttered their labor and delivery units since 2000. Those facilities, representing about a third of all Iowa hospitals, are located mostly in rural areas ...Read more

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These health teams go door to door with a question: What do you need?

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LOS ANGELES -- On a sweltering morning in Watts, community health worker Elizabeth Calvillo rapped on a shut gate with her pen, hoping the sound would carry over the rumble of an airplane.

"Good morning! ¡Buenos días!"

When a young mother emerged from the house in her pajamas, shading her eyes from the sun, Calvillo and co-worker Maria ...Read more

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Before Michigan legalized surrogacy, families found ways around the ban

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The first time Tammy and Jordan Myers held their twins, the premature babies were so fragile that their tiny faces were mostly covered by oxygen masks and tubing. Their little hands rested gently on Tammy’s chest as the machines keeping them alive in a neonatal intensive care unit in Grand Rapids, Michigan, beeped and hummed around them.

It ...Read more

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Angry patients spur new state watchdogs to bring down drug prices

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Spurred by fed-up consumers, states are trying to curb spiraling prescription drug costs by assembling special public boards to investigate and regulate pricing.

The idea is similar to a local utility board: a public group that sets rules or makes recommendations to ensure that what they’re regulating — in this case, prescription ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How to help your child cope with grief and loss

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Death creates a deep, lifelong impact for kids in every part of the world. In the United States, around 1 in 20 children will lose a parent by age 16—and countless others will grieve for a grandparent, sibling or someone else they love.

Doctors who treat children and teens know the health impact that serious losses like these can have on ...Read more

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California health care pioneer goes national, girds for partisan skirmishes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called for nearly all Californians to buy health insurance or face a penalty, Anthony Wright slammed the 2007 proposal as “unwarranted, unworkable, and unwise” — one that would punish those who could least afford coverage. The head of Health Access California, one of the state’s...Read more

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How to find a good, well-staffed nursing home

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Few people want to go into a nursing home, but doing so can be the right choice if you or a loved one is physically or cognitively disabled or recovering from surgery.

Unfortunately, homes vary greatly in quality, and many don’t have enough nurses and aides to give residents the care they need.

Q: How do I find nursing homes worth ...Read more

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States set minimum staffing levels for nursing homes. Residents suffer when rules are ignored or waived

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For hours, John Pernorio repeatedly mashed the call button at his bedside in the Heritage Hills nursing home in Rhode Island. A retired truck driver, he had injured his spine in a fall on the job decades earlier and could no longer walk. The antibiotics he was taking made him need to go to the bathroom frequently. But he could get there only if ...Read more

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Colorado dropped Medicaid enrollees as red states have, alarming advocates for the poor

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Colorado stands out among the 10 states that have disenrolled the highest share of Medicaid beneficiaries since the U.S. government lifted a pandemic-era restriction on removing people from the health insurance program.

It’s the only blue state in a cluster of red states with high disenrollment rates — a group that includes Idaho, Montana, ...Read more

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Listeria outbreak from deli meat reported in NY and NJ, including 1 death

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NEW YORK — A listeria outbreak linked to sliced meat at deli counters in a dozen states has hospitalized nearly 30 people, including at least 10 in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey — where one person has died from the infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, samples collected from May 29 to July 5 ...Read more

Beating river blindness: blackfly bites dramatically reduced after breeding sites are destroyed with machetes

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Onchocerciasis, commonly known as river blindness, is a neglected tropical disease that causes severe itching, disfiguring skin conditions and visual impairment.

It can lead to permanent blindness and there is strong evidence that onchocerciasis directly or indirectly induces epilepsy.

As a neglected tropical disease, river ...Read more

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Graphic imagery online can lead to psychological harm, experts say

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Photos showing the bloodied face of former President Donald Trump have been plastered across social media platforms and news outlets in recent days, along with a video of his alleged assailant opening fire at the candidate during a rally in Pennsylvania.

Also inescapable were images of the three other people shot at the event, one fatally, and ...Read more

Fewer bees and other pollinating insects lead to shrinking crops

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Many plants, from crops to carnations, cannot bear fruit or reproduce without bees, beetles, butterflies and other insects to pollinate them. But the population of insect pollinators is dropping in the U.S., due in part to pesticides, climate change, invasive plants and diminished habitats. Rachel Mallinger, assistant professor of entomology ...Read more

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In the fentanyl crisis, infants and toddlers become unsuspecting victims

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Ezekiel Xavier Rivera idolized his father.

The 2-year-old loved to follow Raul Rivera around the house and ride in the car with him, said Soluna Lora, Ezekiel's mother.

On June 3, 2023, Lora left the little boy with his father in Bakersfield while she took his older brother for a haircut. She and Rivera, who have three...Read more

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Some have called this area a birthing 'desert.' A nurse midwife is working to change that

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CHICAGO -- Jeanine Valrie Logan sat in traffic for nearly two hours while she was in labor with her third child.

Logan was determined to have her daughter at a birth center — a type of small facility focused on childbirth, often staffed by midwives. But there weren’t any birth centers near her home in Chicago's south suburbs, so she ...Read more

Long COVID puzzle pieces are falling into place – the picture is unsettling

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Since 2020, the condition known as long COVID-19 has become a widespread disability affecting the health and quality of life of millions of people across the globe and costing economies billions of dollars in reduced productivity of employees and an overall drop in the work force.

The intense scientific effort that long COVID sparked ...Read more

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Bernie Sanders, Ed Markey will hold vote to subpoena Steward CEO

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BOSTON — It’s time for the CEO of now-bankrupt Steward Health Care to show up and answer to Congress, according to U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Bernie Sanders.

The pair of senior Democrats say their committee will hold a “bipartisan” vote next week on whether to subpoena Dr. Ralph de la Torre, who they say has enriched himself at the cost ...Read more