Rhitu Chatterjee

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New COVID-19 variant, Omicron, sparking concern with its speed and reinfection rate

Saturday, November 27, 2021

The World Health Organization has designated a new coronavirus variant a "variant of concern" due to its large number of mutations. The strain has been named Omicron.

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Hit hard by COVID, Native Americans come together to protect families and elders

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Indigenous Americans suffer disproportionate effects of COVID, including the mental health impact. But a collective mindset has helped them find creative solutions to buffering the stress.

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Why people with mental illness are at higher risk of COVID

Monday, November 22, 2021

Federal health officials have been urging adults with psychiatric conditions to get a booster shot to increase their COVID protection. It turns out being mentally ill puts you at higher risk.

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Why COVID poses a greater risk to people with a mental health diagnosis

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The CDC has added mental illness as a risk factor to qualify for a booster. Those with a mental health diagnosis are at a higher risk of getting infected, being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19.

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U.S. pregnancy-related deaths have doubled in the last 30 years

Monday, November 15, 2021

The latest report card from the March of Dimes finds that preterm birth rates increased for Black and Native people. It also finds that the rate of maternal mortality has doubled in the past 30 years.

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American Indians and Alaska Natives are disproportionately affected by the pandemic

Friday, October 29, 2021

A Harvard-NPR poll finds American Indians and Alaska Natives were hit by the pandemic's emotional toll the worst. Native researchers say tribal groups have responded with resilience and strength.

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Sitting too much drags down your mental health. Here's how to get moving

Saturday, October 16, 2021

A lot of us have been sitting too much, and it's hard on us mentally as well as physically. Research shows breaking up that couch or desk time with short stints of movement can help lift your mood.

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COVID deaths leave thousands of U.S. kids grieving parents or primary caregivers

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Roughly 175,000 children in the U.S. have lost one or both parents or a grandparent caregiver to COVID-19, according to a new study. The majority come from racial and ethnic minority groups.

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We Know Students Are Struggling With Their Mental Health. Here's How You Can Help

Friday, September 17, 2021

Experts say taking care of your own wellbeing first will allow you to help your kids and students. You should also listen to their concerns and teach them tools to manage their anxieties.

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For Many There That Day, The Attacks On 9/11 Have Had Lasting Mental Health Impacts

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Survivors, witnesses and recovery workers of the attacks on the World Trade Center experience increased rates of mental illnesses like PTSD and depression from trauma, according to researchers.

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As Schools Reopen, Child Psychiatrists Expect To See A Surge Of Kids Who Need Help

Monday, August 30, 2021

Many kids are feeling anxious about returning to school. Mental health providers say that kids with past trauma and pre-existing mental illness are the most vulnerable.

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Children's Mental Health Gets Millions In Funding From The Biden Administration

Friday, August 27, 2021

The Biden administration has announced nearly $85 million in funding for youth mental health awareness, training, and treatment.

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More Americans Are Reaching Out For Mental Health Support — But Can't Get It

Monday, August 23, 2021

The pandemic has made people more open to seeking help, a new survey finds, but cost and difficulty in finding a mental health care provider are still big obstacles.

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Why Sweat Is A Human Superpower

Friday, July 30, 2021

Sweat is an "evolutionary marvel," says Sarah Everts, the author of The Joy of Sweat. In her new book, Everts delves into the science of perspiration and how this trait has enabled humans to thrive.

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More Children Are Dying By Suicide Recently, Study Shows

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A new study shows an increase in suicidality among children as young as five and investigates the shared characteristics among kids who die by suicide. Researchers hope to improve prevention efforts.

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A Record 93,000 People Died From Drug Overdoses In The U.S. Last Year

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

More than 93,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses last year, a 30% increase compared to 2019. The pandemic exacerbated stressors that can cause increased drug use.

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Unpaid Caregivers Were Already Struggling. It's Only Gotten Worse During The Pandemic

Thursday, June 17, 2021

A new CDC study finds that people who provide unpaid care for their children or adult loved ones are twice as likely as noncaregivers to have experienced depression or anxiety, or thoughts of suicide.

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N.Y. Hospital, Schools Aim To Improve Kids' Access To Mental Health Provider

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

As rates of anxiety, depression and suicide in children have been rising in recent years, only 20% of kids have access to mental health care. To change that, a hospital joined with school districts.

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As Life Begins To Return To Normal, Psychologists Say Expect Anxiety

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Many parts of the U.S. are opening up and people are returning to some sense of normalcy. The transition, however, is coming with a mixed bag of emotions, including high anxiety.

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If Your Brain Feels Foggy And You're Tired All The Time, You're Not Alone

Thursday, May 06, 2021

The pandemic has done a number on us, in too many ways to count. Our bodies are responding with feelings of fatigue and lack of focus, experts say. Here are some tips to help you feel better.

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