This Doctor Is Teaching Black Youth To Cope With Mental Health Issues

The COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus pandemic, has caused many Americans across the country to adapt to a new reality following the devastating economic fallout. According to the CDC, 40% of Americans have reported they were struggling with mental health issues since June, with 31% reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression. Young adults and teenagers have also been severely impacted, with many unsure about the future of their academic pursuits with school closures due to social distancing restrictions and a pivot to online learning.

To help with the transition, programs like Peer Health Exchange are working with young adults to help them learn to cope with their mental health issues. Angela Glymph, Ph.D., vice president of Programs and Strategic Learning of Peer Health Exchange, discusses why organizations like hers are so important especially during this time.

“I’ve been working with the organization [since] 2014,” says Glymph in an interview with

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UP Visayas alumni help students cope with online learning

SCHOOL AT HOME A group of students from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) turns the house of a UPV alumnus in Pandan, Antique, into a virtual classroom. —PHOTO COURTESY OF ARDEN ROD CONDEZ

ILOILO CITY—For the past month, Aienna Guerra and eight other freshman students of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) have been attending classes in their hometown of Pandan in Antique province, about 185 kilometers from the UPV campus in Miag-ao town, Iloilo province.

While many students are struggling to cope with online classes due to lack of gadgets and stable internet connection, Guerra and her schoolmates are thankful that a group of UPV alumni and students in their town is helping provide them learning spaces and laptop computers.

It takes about three hours of land travel to reach Pandan from the capital town of San Jose in Antique, five hours

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To cope with pandemic stress, many women turned to alcohol, continuing a worrying trend

Alcohol-related deaths are on the rise in the U.S., a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

The report, from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, found that deaths from alcohol use increased by 43 percent from 2006 to 2018.

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The findings, which don’t include data from this year, come as other research highlights how drinking remains a problem for many in the U.S., particularly among women.

Indeed, the CDC report found that the impact was greatest on women. “While rates were higher for males than females for each year,” the study authors wrote, “the rate of change was greater for females.”

The report didn’t give reasons for the increase among women, but it suggested that women living far outside city limits may have been more at risk. “From 2000 through 2018, greater percentage increases in the rates

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Foundation Fighting Blindness To Jointly Host Online Continuing Medical Education (CME, COPE) Webinar

COLUMBIA, Md., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Foundation Fighting Blindness, the world’s leading private funding source for retinal degenerative disease research, will host an online  continuing medical education (CME and COPE) course on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. eastern time.

The continuing education course will review a number of topics related to care and management of patients with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) including:

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recommended functional and structural tests,

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potential manageable complications,

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genetic testing and why it is a critical element in IRD care,

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clinical trials and additional resources. 

The course will be delivered by Rachel Huckfeldt, MD, PhD, associate surgeon and director of inherited retinal degenerations fellowships at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and assistant professor of ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Huckfeldt share her extensive knowledge and experience in care for IRD patients

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