Legislation in Massachusetts requiring physicians, nurses and physician assistants to undergo training on Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, treatment and care, as well as mandating that doctors report patients' initial Alzheimer's disease diagnosis to family members and inform them of treatment options, was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.
A new strategy for helping mothers recover from drug abuse disorders, based on keeping their children with them and out of foster care, is being weighed by some health and social service providers in Kansas City, Mo. The approach is costly and has been called highly risky by some child advocates, but proponents say it properly treats addiction as a medical condition.
A new report by WalletHub ranks Oregon worst in the nation for its rate of homelessness among children and youth. Gov. Kate Brown's office responded by calling for more affordable housing as well as attention to root causes such as addiction and domestic violence.
Hundreds of Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria still living in accommodations through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Transitional Sheltering Assistance program may face homelessness when the program ends. Advocates are requesting that FEMA activate its Disaster Housing Assistance Program, which provides more long-term benefits, when the short-term option ends.
A new Trump administration policy ramping up deportation action means danger for thousands of actual and potential victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes, an advocate warns. Heightened fear of deportation has already discouraged reporting of domestic abuse, writes Paula Fitzgerald, executive director of Ayuda, a non-profit serving immigrants.
Retail dietitians can help grocers develop communications strategies to promote healthy tailgating menus, said registered dietitian nutritionist Diane Quagliani. "Dietitians can appear in TV news spots to give healthy tailgating tips and demonstrate recipes, post links to the content on their Facebook and Twitter feeds, and feature it in their blogs," Quagliani said.
People who cook just for themselves still can benefit from meal preparation strategies and stocking up on frozen foods and ingredients in bulk bins at the grocery store, nutrition experts said. Registered dietitian Jill Weisenberger said people can avoid vegetable boredom by purchasing small amounts of different veggies from salad bars.
Only 1.6% of the global development health assistance in low- and middle-income countries from 2003 to 2015 was allocated for adolescents, who account for more than 10% of the disease burden and 26% of the population in developing countries, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. Researchers also found that most of the teen health funding was allocated for HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, tuberculosis and violence.
Researchers found that teens with conduct and substance use disorders had a fivefold increased likelihood of premature death compared with peers. The findings in the journal Addiction also showed that conduct disorder was a stronger independent risk factor of early mortality than substance use severity.
Families of hospitalized children had a median nonmedical cost of $51.40 daily or 45% of their median income per day, according to a study in Pediatrics. The findings, based on 2015 to 2016 data involving families of 1,500 hospitalized youths, showed significantly higher cost burdens among African-Americans, single parents, those with lower educational attainment and less employment, and those reporting financial or social hardships.