Why Urgent Care Centers Are Popping Up Everywhere

new York CNN — If you’re driving through a busy suburban shopping mall or walking down a street in a big city, chances are you won’t go long without spotting a Concentra, MedExpress, CityMD or other urgent care center. Demand for urgent care spaces has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic as people seek tests and … Read more

Mental health-related emergency department visits and return visits are on the rise among children, study finds

CNN — Children’s mental health-related emergency room visits and hospital readmissions are “rapidly increasing,” a new study shows. Between 2015 and 2020, mental health visits to pediatric emergency rooms increased by 8 percent annually, with about 13 percent of those patients returning within six months, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA … Read more

Study finds ‘huge’ increase in children going to emergency room with suicidal thoughts

Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, please call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or visit the helpline’s website. CNN — There has been a steady rise in the number of children being seen in emergency departments for suicidal thoughts, according to a new … Read more

Penn Highlands Healthcare to open state-of-the-art Center of Excellence in Dubois | Tripartite Sunday

DuBOIS — Penn Highlands Healthcare is opening a new $24.3 million Center of Excellence on the Penn Highlands DuBois West campus. The four-story complex will serve as the hub for DuBois Health System’s neurology, orthopedics and sports medicine, rehabilitation, gynecology/obstetrics and pediatrics outpatient services, according to a PHH press release. The Center of Excellence, located … Read more

Antenatal treatment with corticosteroids may increase the risk of psychiatric disorders in childhood

1. In a retrospective cohort study, antenatal exposure to corticosteroids increased the risk of childhood psychiatric disorders for late preterm and full-term infants. 2. Notable childhood mental health disorders associated with prenatal corticosteroids include developmental delay, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and affective disorders. Level of Evidence Rating: 2 (Good) Summary of the study: Antenatal maternal … Read more

Young children who experience eviction have an increased health risk

1. In a retrospective cohort of young children in the United States, previous expulsion was associated with poorer health, increased developmental risk, and hospital admission. 2. Previous eviction was also associated with poorer health of caregivers and increased risk of living difficulties, including food insecurity, energy insecurity, and limitations in childcare. Level of Evidence Rating: … Read more

Mayo Offers Webinar on Youth Mental Health | Local news

Almost a year ago, youth mental health was declared a national emergency, with the pandemic exacerbating an already prevalent problem. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children’s Hospital Association made the declaration in October 2021 as rates of depression and anxiety doubled among teenagers. The CDC’s … Read more

Citing a mental health crisis among young people, California lawmakers are turning to social media

Carla Garcia said her son’s addiction to social media began in fourth grade, when he got his own virtual learning computer and logged onto YouTube. Now, two years later, the video-sharing site has replaced both schoolwork and activities he loved — like composing music or serenading his friends on the piano, she said. “He just … Read more

Dealing with children’s mental health

stock photo of children playing outside With vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 widely available, some children in the United States are experiencing something normal for the first time. But some pandemic habits—staring at a screen all day, lounging on the couch, snacking on junk food—may be hard to break. The physical problems of these behaviors, … Read more

screenings for your children before school

(WGGB/WSHM) – As the new school year approaches, Baystate Chief of General Pediatrics Dr. John O’Reilly spoke to Western Mass News about the importance of getting your child screened. How important is it for your child to have a wellness check beforehand? O’Reilly: “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children have an annual … Read more