Healthcare – House passes mental health bill for COVID-19

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In health news, the House of Representatives today passed legislation to address the mental health toll of the pandemic on students.

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House passes bill addressing mental health concerns

The House on Thursday passed a bill seeking to address mental health concerns among students, families and teachers exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which lawmakers say has had a “severe impact” on those three groups.

The law Project, titled Mental Health Matters Act, was passed in a largely party line 220-205. One Republican, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania), joined all the Democrats present in her support.

Included in the invoice:

  • The legislation, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, would provide grants to create a pipeline for mental health service professionals in schools. In addition, the number of primary and secondary school mental health professionals located in high-need locations will increase.
  • The Department of Education will also be required to administer grants to government education agencies to go toward recruiting and maintaining school mental health providers in public primary and secondary schools deemed in urgent need.

Rep. Marc Desolnier (D-CA), the bill’s sponsor, said its legislation is needed to address the impact of students’ mental health concerns on schools and teachers.

“Teachers have been forced to play a large role in supporting and responding to students’ mental health needs, resulting in increased depression and trauma among teachers, their students, families and the community. However, our schools do not have the specialized personnel necessary to respond to the increasing prevalence and complexity of students’ mental health needs.

Read more here.

Food and Drug Administration proposes new rules for food packaging

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday proposed new rules that dictate when food products can make the world “healthy” on their packaging as part of an effort to promote healthy eating in the United States.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, New rules will change the definition of “healthy” To reflect the “current nutrition science”. Under these new rules, more foods such as nuts, seeds and certain oils will be allowed to be labeled “healthy”.

  • If the FDA’s proposed rules are approved, foods labeled “healthy” would need “meaningful” amounts from at least one food group or subgroup. Recommended by the Federal Government Dietary Guidelines. Products must also meet certain restrictions on nutrients such as saturated fats, sodium, and added sugars.
  • “Healthy food can reduce the risk of chronic disease. But many people may not know what constitutes a healthy diet. The FDA’s move will help educate more Americans to improve health outcomes and address inequalities,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra said in a statement. health and saving lives.

Old instructions: The Food and Drug Administration regulates foods that can have a “healthy” claim on food packaging. The term “healthy” was last defined by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1993 and was based on current recommendations at the time regarding issues such as fat intake and a certain amount of vitamins that people should consume.

As the agency noted in guidance issued in 2016, scientific understanding of nutrition has evolved in the more than 20 years since the definition of “health.” These changes include including “good fats,” such as polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats that have been shown to reduce the risk of certain diseases.

The FDA also notes that nutrient intake has changed and nutrient deficiencies such as vitamins A and C are no longer a public health concern.

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The Supreme Court to reopen for the next term, optional concealment

On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court announced new policies for its upcoming term, allowing the public to attend oral arguments in person and making the wearing of masks optional.

The court will continue to provide a live audio feed and will publish transcripts and audio of oral arguments, which it has begun amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, the courtroom was not open to the public and the wearing of masks was mandatory for those who appeared in the courtroom. Prior to the winter oral sessions, lawyers were required to wear N95 or KN95 masks.

In a press releasethe nation’s Supreme Court said all scheduled oral arguments will be held in person in a Washington, D.C. courtroom for the period beginning October 3.

Seats will be available to the public, members of the Supreme Court Bar and the press. The news comes after NPR reported in January that there was a row between Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch over mask wearing.

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The second booster is effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths

A new study published this week found that a second COVID-19 booster provided to U.S. adults over 50 this year was very effective in protecting nursing home residents from hospitalization and death, even though its ability to prevent infection was not. like that. strong.

The analysis, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report, compared nursing home residents who received a second booster dose of mRNA with those who did not get the extra shot.

  • According to the study, the second shot was 90% effective in preventing coronavirus-related deaths and 74% effective in preventing severe cases that either lead to hospitalization or death.
  • However, the injection was 26 percent effective in preventing infection. This study looked at cases between March 29 and July 25. During this period, the BA.5 omicron sub-variable grew to become dominant in the United States

“These results indicate that among nursing home residents, the second mRNA
The researchers wrote that the booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine provided additional protection than the first booster doses against severe COVID-19 outcomes during the onset of the Omicron variants. “Facilities must continue to ensure nursing home residents stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination, including booster doses of the bivalent vaccine, to prevent severe COVID-19 outcomes.”

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Coastal hospitals vulnerable to cyclone flooding: study

As Hurricane Ian continues to batter the southeastern United States, Harvard researchers have revealed that hundreds of coastal hospitals are at risk of flooding from such storms in the future.

Projected sea-level rise this century — as a result of climate change — increases the odds of hospitals being overwhelmed by 22 percent, according to scientists, who published their findings in GeoHealth Thursday.

  • The study warned that even relatively weak systems pose a serious flood risk to hospitals along the country’s coasts.
  • “Hurricanes are expected to become more severe and may strike more areas further north than in the past due to climate change,” senior author Aaron Bernstein, interim director of the Harvard T.H. Chan Center for Climate Public Health, said in a permit.

Systems at risk: Bernstein and colleagues identified 682 acute care hospitals in 78 metropolitan areas located within 10 miles of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. These areas cover a population of just under 85 million people, or about one in four Americans, according to the study.

Of the 78 metropolitan areas, researchers found that 25 had half of their hospitals or more at risk of flooding from a Category 2 storm. The researchers identified 10 central areas where a Category 2 hurricane would put hospital care at risk:

  • Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • New York – Newark – Jersey City, New York – New Jersey – Pennsylvania.
  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts
  • Orlando Kissimmee Sanford, Florida.
  • New Orleans Metairie, no.
  • Tampa St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida.
  • North Port Sarasota Bradenton, Florida.
  • Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Cape Coral Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA- NJ-Del.-Md.

Read more here.

what we read

  • Juul exec criticizes the FDA for its approach to regulating vaping (stat)
  • Step away from urgent care — and toward a big emergency bill (Kaiser Health News)
  • The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a controversial new drug designed to slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).NBC)

Country by state

  • Centene agrees to pay $14 million in Massachusetts for Medicaid prescription claimsKaiser Health News)
  • Hurricane Ian poses a threat to flood-prone Florida hospitals (Bloomberg)
  • Three Oregon hospital systems are suing the state for failure to accommodate civilly bound patients (Willamette week)


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