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In Hard-Hit Areas, COVID’s Ripple Effects Strain Mental Health Care Systems

This story can be republished for free (details). In late March, Marcell’s girlfriend took him to the emergency room at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital,...
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Nearly Half Of Americans Delayed Medical Care Due To Pandemic

As the coronavirus threat ramped up in March, hospitals, health systems and private practices dramatically reduced inpatient, nonemergency services to prepare for an influx...

Casi la mitad de las personas han retrasado su atención médica por la pandemia

A medida que la amenaza del coronavirus fue aumentando en marzo, hospitales, sistemas de salud y consultorios redujeron drásticamente los servicios que no eran...

‘We Miss Them All So Much’: Grandparents Ache As The COVID Exile Grinds On

Back home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Richard and Denise Victor would get to see their four grandchildren almost every day. One set of kids...

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Hello! I thought I’d shake up the animal news this week and bring you llamas! (You thought I was going to say murder hornets,...

Economic Blow Of The Coronavirus Hits America’s Already Stressed Farmers

Sandy West Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground...

Readers And Tweeters: Doctors Chime In On Telemedicine Costs

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full...

California To Widen Pipeline Of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

Jane Gunter, a nurse practitioner in Tuolumne County, California, has long wanted to specialize in mental health so she can treat patients who have...

The Challenges Of Keeping Young Adults Safe During The Pandemic

Last month, after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered most of the state’s residents to stay home, I found myself under virtual house arrest with...

Coronavirus Crisis Opens Access To Online Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction isn’t taking a break during the coronavirus pandemic. But the U.S. response to the viral crisis is making addiction treatment easier to get. Under...
In this April 2, 2020, file photo a nurse holds a vial and a swab at a drive-up coronavirus testing station at a hospital in Seattle. A federal report due out Monday, April 6, finds that three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Coronavirus Nurses Ask An Ebola Veteran: Is It OK To Be Afraid?

Martha Phillips knows exactly how it feels to suddenly find oneself up close to — and unprotected from — a deadly virus. In 2014, Phillips,...
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California’s New Attack On Opioid Addiction Hits Old Roadblocks

Jennifer Stilwell, a 30-year-old mother of two young children, kicked heroin cold turkey five years ago, but she got hooked again last fall. Stilwell, an...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

Take A Deep Breath: Making Risk-Based Decisions In The Coronavirus Era

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Just last week, it seemed OK to have lunch out or maybe meet up with...
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Newsom: To Fix Homelessness, California Must Fix Mental Health

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom made a bold move Wednesday. In his second State of the State address, an annual speech that usually...

Finding Connections And Comfort At The Local Cafe

For Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, social and emotional isolation is a threat. But hundreds of “Memory Cafes” around the country offer them a...
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5 Things To Know As California Starts Screening Children For Toxic Stress

Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or...

Among U.S. States, New York’s Suicide Rate Is The Lowest. How’s That?

“I just snapped” is how Jessica Lioy describes her attempt in April to kill herself. After a tough year in which she’d moved back to...
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‘Warm’ Hotlines Deliver Help Before Mental Health Crisis Heats Up

This story also ran on USA Today. A lonely and anxious Rebecca Massie first called the Mental Health Association of San Francisco “warmline” during the...
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Black Mothers Get Less Treatment For Postpartum Depression Than Other Moms

Portia Smith’s most vivid memories of her daughter’s first year are of tears. Not the baby’s. Her own. “I would just hold her and cry...
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Patient-Induced Trauma: Hospitals Learn To Defuse Violence

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). SAN DIEGO — When Mary Prehoden gets dressed for work every morning, her eyes lock...

An Atlanta Nonprofit Brings Medical Care And Connection To The Homeless

Herman Ware got his seasonal flu shot while sitting at a small, wobbly table inside a mobile health clinic. The clinic-on-wheels is a large...

Affordable Mental Health Care? It’s Getting Even Tougher to Access

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Eleven years after Congress passed a law mandating that insurers provide equal access for mental and physical health care, Americans are actually finding it...

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy Friday! Well, friends, we have apparently arrived in the “post antibiotic era” (according to some), which any reader of the Breeze will know...

Surgeon General’s Marijuana Warning Omits Crucial Context

Speaking about a recent federal advisory on marijuana, Dr. Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, put a new spin on long-standing admonitions about the drug. Speaking...

More Adolescents Seek Medical Care For Mental Health Issues

Less than a decade ago, the emergency department at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego would see maybe one or two young psychiatric patients...

Sit, Heal: Dog Teaches Military Med Students The Merits Of Service Animals

The newest faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has a great smile — and a wagging tail. Shetland, not quite...

Bruising Labor Battles Put Kaiser Permanente’s Reputation On The Line

Editor’s Note: Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson died unexpectedly in his sleep early Nov. 10. The health system’s board of directors named Gregory Adams,...

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