Better Access to Birth Control Boosts Graduation Rates

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Access to free or low-cost birth control may be an important factor in improving young women’s futures, according to new research from Colorado. When access to affordable birth control increased, the percentage of young women leaving high school before graduation dropped by double … Read more

Why U.S. Hispanic People Got COVID at Higher Rates

By Robert Preidt               HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Workplace exposure to the new coronavirus is a major reason for Hispanic Americans’ disproportionately high COVID-19 death rate, a new study claims. In 2020, Hispanics accounted for 19% of the U.S. population but nearly 41% of … Read more

Lower COVID Rates in States That Mandated Masks

THURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — States that required people to mask up last year had lower rates of COVID-19 than those with no mask requirements, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to assess mask policies, people’s self-reported use of masks in public, and COVID … Read more

Nurses Are Dying From Suicide at Higher Rates

WEDNESDAY, April 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Before the pandemic began, suicide risk was twice as high among female nurses compared with American women as a whole, a new study warns. Even within the health care community itself, female nurses were found to be roughly 70% more likely to die by suicide than female … Read more

Sunnier Areas Have Lower COVID-19 Death Rates

So how might extra sunlight curb COVID-19? According to Weller’s group, one possible explanation is that sun exposure causes the skin to release a chemical called nitric oxide. Some laboratory studies have found that nitric oxide may reduce the ability of the new coronavirus to replicate and spread. The study authors are planning to … Read more

Black Women Dying of COVID at Higher Rates Than White Men

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — COVID-19 death rates are significantly higher among Black American women than among white men, according to a new study, suggesting that race is a factor in survival differences between men and women. Researchers analyzed COVID death rates in Michigan and Georgia, the … Read more

COVID: Mammogram Rates Rebound, Concerns Remain

“Those kinds of things could have an impact in terms of the outcomes. It’s one thing to delay screening for three to six months, for example, but we get a little more worried when we’re delaying for a whole year or even, thinking more worst case, folks who have been more dramatically impacted by the … Read more

What to Know About Suicide Rates in Older Adults

SOURCES: Julie Rickard, CEO, National Center for Suicide Survivors, Wenatchee, WA. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: “Suicide in the Elderly.” Jerry Reed, PhD, senior vice president for practice leadership, Education Development Center, Washington, DC. Marilyn Mendoza, PhD, clinical psychologist, clinical instructor, Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, LA. Clinical Interventions in Aging: … Read more