Conflicting COVID messages create cloud of confusion around public health

By Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News Regina Fargis didn’t know what to do. Fargis runs Summit Hills — a health and retirement community in Spartanburg, South Carolina, that offers skilled nursing, activities and communal meals for its residents, most of whom are over 60, the highest-risk category for coronavirus complications. In South Carolina, more than a hundred new cases were […]

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New research finds text messages can predict suicide attempts

Nearly 130 people in the United States commit suicide every day. New work at the University of Virginia suggests that language used in text messages may one day help clinicians predict an increased risk of a suicide attempt in real time. The lead author of the study, UVA Ph.D. graduate Jeff Glenn, said the study was created because it is […]

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Measles vaccination decided: Spahn brings a controversial bill in the Cabinet, and

Point victory for Jens Spahn (CDU). After months of discussions and debates of the Federal Minister of health has presented the draft law to a nationwide vaccination in the Cabinet. Thus should have to prove from next year, kindergarten children, pupils and various groups of adults, that they have been vaccinated against measles. After this year, already more than 400 […]

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Does alcohol on greeting cards undermine public health messages about harmful drinking?

Birthday and Christmas cards featuring alcohol or harmful drinking “reflect and reinforce a social attitude that excess alcohol consumption is acceptable and associated with celebration,” warn experts in The BMJ today. Tracey Polak, Assistant Director of Public Health, and Virginia Pearson, Chief Officer for Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity at Devon County Council say these cards “influence views on […]

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