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Children’s Hospital Colorado ‘overrun with kids attempting suicide’

Editor's Note The CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora declared a “State of Emergency” on May 25, saying pediatric emergency departments and inpatient units are being “overrun with kids attempting suicide and suffering from other forms of major mental health illness.” In the last 2 years, Children’s has had…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 27, 2021
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Study: Postop opioid prescriptions decreasing, but not to recommended levels

Editor's Note Opioids prescribed after outpatient surgery are going down, but still do not meet expert recommendations, a new study from Epic Health Research Network finds. The researchers examined the median number of opioid tablets prescribed after outpatient surgical procedures between January 2017 and December 2020. For four orthopedic procedures,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 18, 2021
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Effect of COVID-19 stay-at-home order on opioid overdose fatalities

Editor's Note In this report, researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, estimate the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths in Cook County over a 3-year period to highlight changes, before, during, and after the Illinois COVID-19 stay-at-home order. From January 2018 to December 2020, 4,283 overdose fatalities occurred…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2021
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The increasing availability of COVID-19 vaccines, along with proposed healthcare industry funding from the federal government, are reasons to feel hopeful about recovering from the pandemic. For people who are fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has green-lighted gathering with loved ones and resuming some activities that…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
April 19, 2021
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Association of nurse, physician occupations with suicide risk

Editor's Note The findings of this study from the University of Michigan Schools of Nursing and Medicine, Ann Arbor, suggest a significantly increased suicide risk for nurses in the US, compared to the general population, but not for physicians. This cohort study using data from 2007 to 2018 includes suicides…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 15, 2021
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Study: Impact of COVID-19 on pediatric mental health

Editor's Note This study by FAIR Health on mental health claims for individuals aged 13 to 18 years in March and April 2020 finds: Mental health claims doubled, compared to the year before, while medical claims decreased by half, and this continued through November 2020. In the Northeast region, there…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 3, 2021
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Adverse mental health symptoms, substance use, suicide ideation during COVID-19

Editor's Note This follow-up survey of 5,285 US adults, which was completed in September 2020, finds that overall: 1,710 (33.0%) reported anxiety or depression symptoms 1,536 (29.6%) reported COVID-19 related trauma- and stressor-related disorder symptoms 781 (15.1%) reported increased substance use 618 (11.9%) reported having seriously considered trying to kill…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 22, 2021
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Johns Hopkins professor Marty Makary, MD, predicts herd immunity by April

Editor's Note In a February 18 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Marty Makary, MD, a surgeon and a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, predicts that the US will have herd immunity to COVID-19 by April. He notes that COVID-19 cases have dropped…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 22, 2021
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Association of psychiatric disorders with mortality in COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note In this study led by researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center, New York City, a diagnosis of schizophrenia spectrum disorder was associated with an increased risk for mortality in COVID-19 patients, but diagnoses of mood and anxiety disorders were not. This analysis of 7,348 adult COVID-19…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 18, 2021
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Effects of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders on sleep, health, working patterns of US healthcare workers

Editor's Note This survey of healthcare workers finds that stay-at-home orders issued in March 2020, resulted in worsening mood and changes in sleep, work, and behavior patterns. A total of 834 healthcare workers across 41 states who responded to the survey report that that their mood worsened, and bedtime screen…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 17, 2021
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