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Crisis and suicide prevention services struggle with demand after celebrity suicides

The United States may lack the resources needed to meet increases in demand for suicide prevention services that occur after celebrity suicides, according to a recent study of crisis mental health services. The study, conducted by a team of researchers, which included scientists from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, highlights the need for suicide prevention hotlines to procure additional funds, allocate existing funds more efficiently, and develop contingency plans to accommodate increases in call volumes, particularly for the first two days after a celebrity suicide. The findings appear in the journal Psychiatric Services.

Guidelines proposed for newly defined Alzheimer’s-like brain disorder

A recently recognized brain disorder that mimics clinical features of Alzheimer’s disease has for the first time been defined with recommended diagnostic criteria and other guidelines for advancing and catalyzing future research. Scientists from several National Institutes of Health-funded institutions, in collaboration with international peers, described the newly-named pathway to dementia, Limbic-predominant Age-related TDP-43 Encephalopathy, or LATE, in a report published on April 30, 2019, in the journal Brain.

How to Inject 'Health' Back Into the EHR

It seems that you can't open a medical journal these days without reading about physician burnout. According to the American Medical Association, about 50% of practicing physicians are experiencing some evidence of it. Thirty percent of practicing physicians say they would not embark on a medical career if they could start over. Even more disheartening, one in four final-year residents regret going into medicine, despite being hot commodities in the job market. Healthcare CEOs are decrying this woeful state of affairs as a "national health crisis."

U.S. Measles Cases Hit 25-Year High

This year is now the worst for measles in the U.S. in 25 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, as health officials continue to battle a large and growing outbreak in New York City that has also spawned flare-ups in other locales.
 The number of measles cases reached 695 in 22 states as of Wednesday afternoon, the CDC said, reflecting the difficulties of curbing domestic outbreaks of a highly contagious disease when cases internationally have risen and antivaccine sentiment has grown. That is the highest total since 1994, when 963 cases were reported.

Measles Cases Continue To Rise

The number of new U.S. measles cases climbed again last week, and health authorities are worried about a potential surge in cases after families travel for Passover.
 There were 626 cases of measles in 22 states as of April 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday, 71 more than the previous week.
 At that rate, 2019 is on track by this week to become the worst year for measles in the U.S. since the disease was officially eliminated in 2000, meaning that it stopped circulating continuously.
 This year's total so far is 41 cases shy of the 667 cases reported in 2014.

Why Science Can't Seem to Tell Us How to Eat Right

Eggs once fell from grace, going from the sunny breakfast staple of choice to a hard pass if you wanted to avoid heart attacks. Then, like all disgraced celebrities, they seemed to make a comeback -- in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Health experts said we could stop worrying about the cholesterol or eating too many eggs. (Brunch never looked so fantastic.) Then last month, a study seemed to say -- hold up! -- cholesterol in your diet and eating eggs was linked to a higher heart risk.