Suicide rates for black children twice that of white children, new data show

(iStock) African American children are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new study that shows a widening gap between the two groups. The 2001-2015 data, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, confirm a pattern first identified several years ago when researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio found that […]

U.S. plans to provide several million dollars for Ebola outbreak in Congo

Health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to tend to suspected Ebola patients on Saturday at Bikoro Hospital, the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Mark Naftalin/AFP/Unicef) The United States is planning to provide several million dollars to support the global response to the growing Ebola outbreak in […]

Trump administration will pull funds from groups that perform abortions or provide referrals

The Trump administration is proposing to bar clinics that provide abortion services or referrals from receiving federal family-planning funds, a far-reaching move that would deprive Planned Parenthood and other women’s health centers of millions of dollars a year. The proposal would require a “bright line” of physical and financial separation between clinics that receive $260 million […]

PrEP: Protection against HIV in a pill? – Harvard Health Blog

HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus) weakens the human immune system and destroys the important cells that fight disease and infection. A person can get HIV when bodily fluids — including blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, or vaginal fluids of a person with the virus — come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged […]

Acupuncture is a popular offering at fertility clinics, but it doesn’t improve fertility, study says

(iStock) Wellness services are the latest craze at fertility clinics. They’re side businesses that offer such things as massages, mindfulness meditation and advice on herbs to sprinkle on food that go beyond the medical treatments people are seeking from their physicians. One of the most popular services is acupuncture. The traditional Chinese treatment involves placing sterile needles […]

Duncan Selbie’s Friday message – 18 May 2018

Dear everyone This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the focus this year is on stress, which most of us have experienced or been affected by in one way or another. For some, it comes in bouts but for others, it can be a constant burden that can escalate to mental health problems including […]