Rhitu Chatterjee

Rhitu Chatterjee appears in the following:

It's time to screen all kids for anxiety, physicians' task force recommends

Sunday, April 17, 2022

In light of the growing kids' mental health crisis, the group says it's crucial to identify kids who are struggling. The advice doesn't call for suicide screening, which many experts think is needed.

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Screening kids for anxiety and depression early on could help stop crises, panel says

Friday, April 15, 2022

An advisory committee has issued its draft recommendations to screen kids earlier for anxiety and depression. Experts say this will help children get help before things escalate into a crisis.

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Teen overdose deaths rose recently, largely due to fentanyl

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

A new study says that even though teen drug use in the U.S. went down during the pandemic, overdose deaths rose significantly during 2020-21. The vast majority of these deaths were caused by fentanyl.

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Teen drug overdose deaths rose sharply in 2020, driven by fentanyl-laced pills

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

While adult overdoses surged in the last decades, teens hadn't seen the same kind of death rates. But now fatal overdoses nearly doubled in one year and continued to rise in 2021.

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A nurse's death raises the alarm about the profession's mental health crisis

Thursday, March 31, 2022

After nearly two years of grueling shifts treating COVID patients, a group of nurses lost one of their closest friends to suicide. They're determined not to let others fall through the cracks.

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Researchers track the pandemic's toll on health workers' mental health

Monday, March 28, 2022

A recent study found that during the pandemic's surge after surge, a majority of American health care workers experienced psychiatric symptoms. And yet, very few got help for these symptoms.

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Americans' stress is spiking over inflation, war in Ukraine, survey finds

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The annual survey finds Americans more on edge than ever, triggered by financial issues, the war overseas and the cumulative pressure of living through the pandemic.

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Here's what experts say Biden gets right in his new mental health plan

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Mental health advocates applaud the proposals, which they say offer much-needed federal leadership on a growing national crisis. But they worry about getting sustainable funding for the efforts.

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Advocates are applauding Biden's plan to prioritize mental health crisis

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Health care providers and advocates say Biden's mental health plan is the first time in decades that the federal government is showing leadership in addressing the nation's mental health crisis.

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In 'Healing' a doctor calls for an overhaul of the mental health care system

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

People in mental health crisis need more than emergency response, argues a leader in the field. They need a continuum of long-term care to put them on the path to recovery.

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Maternal deaths in the U.S. rose in the first year of the pandemic, CDC report says

Thursday, February 24, 2022

The U.S. maternal mortality rates jumped in 2020 with the biggest increases seen in Black and Hispanic women. The death rate for Black women was almost three times higher than for white women.

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The pandemic pummeled long-term care – it may not recover quickly, experts warn

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of nursing home workers have quit since the pandemic began, and the ones still working suffer from burnout. Industry leaders worry the system is fracturing.

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State by state, here's how well schools are doing at supporting kids' mental health

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Two years of disrupted schooling and limited social contact have been tough on kids. A new report calls out states that do a good job supporting kids' mental health at school — and those that don't.

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Consensus grows that the pandemic has taken a big emotional toll on young people

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

A poll finds that nearly 90% of Americans are concerned about the mental health of youth. Another report ranks states by the how they are fairing in terms of access to school based mental health care.

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There's a critical shortage of nursing home staff

Sunday, February 06, 2022

With the omicron variant causing a surge of COVID-19 infections in assisted living facilities, more staff are having to stay at home, making the jobs of those still working a lot harder.

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The nursing home staffing crisis right now is like nothing we've seen before

Thursday, January 20, 2022

COVID cases and deaths are rising again in nursing homes across the country due to the highly contagious omicron variant. Staffing shortages are adding to strain and workers report "moral distress."

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What nursing homes have been like with the spread of omicron

Thursday, January 13, 2022

COVID-19 infections are sky-rocketing in nursing homes. Deaths among residents are only a fraction what they were in 2020. But staffing shortages have worsened and are affecting the care of residents.

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How the current COVID surge is hurting learning and kids' mental health

Monday, January 10, 2022

Thousands of schools around the country have once again shifted to remote learning as COVID cases rise. It's taking a huge toll on children.

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Kids are back in school — and struggling with mental health issues

Friday, January 07, 2022

This school year was supposed to bring a return to normalcy. But the stress of transitioning back to in-person learning and the ever-changing pandemic has caused a surge in mental health needs.

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This pandemic winter looks a lot like last year's, but vaccines are saving lives

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Daily totals of new coronavirus infections are higher than this past summer's wave, with infection numbers increasing quickly in the Northeast.

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