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Black youth may be less likely to share their thoughts of loneliness or depression than other youth, which could be a reason for higher rates of death by suicide among black youth. Motortion Films/Shutterstock.com

Black kids and suicide: Why are rates so high, and so ignored?

African American youth are at increased risk for death by suicide. An expert explains why it's important to better understand the effects of racism, bullying and alienation on black youth.
Vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin. FotoHelin/Shutterstock.com

Why you need more Vitamin D in the winter

Vitamin D is essential for good health and particularly for fighting infections and keeping the microbes in the human gut healthy. But in winter it can be difficult to get enough.
Speciality drug prices are so high priced that many patients skip or ration them. Ravital/Shutterstock.com

High-priced specialty drugs: Exposing the flaws in the system

High prescription drug costs are a widespread concern for consumers and policymakers. For patients who need specialty drugs, though, the problem is even worse, with no relief in sight.
The everyday stressors of life can lead to worrisome thoughts. PR Image Factory

Why we are hard-wired to worry, and what we can do to calm down

Are you a worry wart? Not to worry. Turns out you were born that way, to some degree. Humans have a default mode in their brains that lead them to worry, but there are many ways to switch gears.
Thomas Uhle, a grow manager, tends to marijuana plants growing at GB Sciences Louisiana in Baton Rouge in August 2019. Gerald Herbert/AP Photo

Tweets about cannabis’ health benefits are full of mistruths

Claims about the medical benefits of cannabis are greatly exaggerated on Twitter, a recent study found. Most of the mistruths came from bots. How can the medical falsehoods online be stopped?
Bill Clinton’s 1993 health care plan called for universal coverage. It was dead by 1994, but the political wrangling it started over health care lives on. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Universal coverage, single-payer, ‘Medicare for All’: What does it all mean for you?

The US has been trying to reform its complicated health care system since 1993. In 2020, it continues to be one of the biggest and most complicated issues of the presidential campaign.
Remembering why you want to eat better and take better care of yourself can help you stick to your resolutions. Being present to family is one important reason. Prostock studio/Shutterstock.com

How putting purpose into your New Year’s resolutions can bring meaning and results

New Year's resolutions are often no more than good ideas that last a few weeks. Research suggests, however, that putting purpose behind your resolutions can make a big difference. Here's how.
Young children are captivated by the Santa Claus myth. Yoganov Konstantin/Shutterstock.com

What do kids really think about Santa?

Santa is the best part of Christmas for many children, but do they really believe in a magical man flying around the globe on Christmas Eve?
Open enrollment for health care in the ACA marketplaces ended at 3 a.m., Dec. 18, 2019, the same day a panel ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/AP Photo

How undoing ‘Obamacare’ would harm more than the health of Americans

Obamacare has been under siege since its passage in 2010. A ruling by a three-judge panel on Dec. 18 further chopped at the law by saying a key provision is unconstitutional.
The holidays for many are not always about joy. Grief is a significant part of the holidays for those who have lost loved ones in the past year. Smileus/Shutterstock.com

The holidays remind us that grief cannot be wished away

Grief has been thought to present itself in five stages, but newer studies into how people process grief shows that, in many ways, it never ends. Grief can be especially powerful at the holidays.
Holiday drinking can get out of hand before we know it. It’s important to know the signs of overuse. Steve Cukrov/Shutterstock.com

Alcoholic? Me? How to tell if your holiday drinking is becoming a problem

The holidays are not solely about religious observations or societal celebrations, as alcohol has established itself in the festivities. But how much is too much? An addiction specialist examines.
Dr. Kyle Parks, the only surgeon at Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, Ga. The hospital struggles to stay in business while serving large numbers of rural poor. Russ Bynum/AP Photo

As rural Americans struggle for health care access, insurers may be making things worse

Americans who live in rural parts of the country have fewer doctors, specialists and hospitals than those who live in cities. It also appears that insurers are working against them.