Poll: Americans overwhelmed by stress
The American Psychological Association’s annual poll blamed the pandemic, inflation and the invasion of Ukraine. High suicide rates among Latino men, the deer tick virus, the benefits of canine pet affection, racial gaps in cancer outcomes, and the reconsideration of thyroid cancer care are making also current affairs.
NBC News: Americans are beleaguered by stress, poll finds
Financial hardship, coupled with a barrage of horrific scenes from Ukraine as Russia continues its invasion, has pushed a majority of Americans to unprecedented levels of stress, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association. The association’s annual “Stress in America” poll, released Thursday, found that American adults – already fatigued by two years of the Covid-19 pandemic – are now extremely troubled by inflation and the war in Ukraine. . (Edwards, 3/10)
In other public health news –
Public Health Watch: More Latino men die by suicide even as national rate drops
Although still extremely high, suicide rates in the United States fell in 2019 and again in 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last month. The year-over-year rate fell 3% overall, dropping 8% for women and 2% for men. But there were a few outliers. Notably, suicides among Latino men increased by almost 6%. (Morris, 3/9)
Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania warns of deer tick virus risks
As warmer weather arrives with spring, so does a pest that seems to get more virulent every year: the tick. This year, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials are warning those venturing outdoors that the ‘rare but dangerous’ deer tick virus, or DTV, has been detected at high levels. in ticks for the first time in several parts of the state, and as near Philadelphia as Montgomery County. DTV is a type of Powassan virus, which the CDC says has increased in recent years, primarily in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions from late spring to mid-fall, when ticks are the more active. Pennsylvania began detecting DTV-positive ticks after launching its five-year tick surveillance program in 2018. (Kummer, 3/10)
CNN: A dog’s affection is truly medicinal, new study finds
Dogs can also be a doctor’s best friend. For ER pain patients, just 10 minutes with a four-legged friend can help reduce pain, according to research published Wednesday. The results confirm what dog lovers have long suspected – canine affection cures all ills – and give some optimism to patients and healthcare providers often struggling with limited hospital resources in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Research shows that pets are an important part of our health in a variety of ways. They motivate us, they lift us up, (give us) routines, the human-animal bond,” the lead author said. study, Colleen Dell, the research chair. in One Health and Wellness and a professor at the University of Saskatchewan. (Holcombe, 3/9)
Public Media on Side Effects: Pandemic May Setback Progress in Closing Racial Gaps in Cancer Outcomes
For more than a decade, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has worked to reduce cancer rates among black people through a program that emphasizes prevention and healthy lifestyles. . Body & Soul is a national, evidence-based initiative recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Paulette Clark, a longtime Mt. Zion parishioner, started the church’s Body & Soul program with help from the Iowa Cancer Consortium. Church members created a community garden. Volunteers take care of it all year round, and the vegetables are distributed to whoever wants them. Clark recruited a certified fitness instructor from within the congregation to teach classes at the church. (Krebs, 3/8)
Stat: New research casts doubt on a cornerstone of thyroid cancer treatment
For decades, radiation therapy has been the cornerstone of thyroid cancer care. But it may soon be phased out entirely for many thyroid tumors as emerging research casts doubt on its benefit for patients. A study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that surgery alone may be enough to cure the lowest-risk thyroid cancers, and that follow-up treatment with radioactive iodine offers no additional benefit for these. patients. (Chen, 3/9)
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