Maybe you have poured a bucket of ice on your head, or maybe you have just seen videos of friends doing it. Either way, the viral "ice bucket challenge" has accomplished its goal this summer: raising awareness and money for ALS, a fatal illness that was little-known a month ago.
Grim news about the Ebola virus is filling the airwaves these days. And although the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak. Colleges are also starting to get questions from parents about whether international students could carry the virus to campuses.
Let’s talk about it. Let’s stop whispering about mental illness and suicide. Two suicides - one close to home, Cheryl Hanna who many of us had known and loved - and another - Robin Williams - somebody we had known as an actor, who made us laugh and sometimes cry - have forced us to ask, “Why?”
Each was at the prime of life, why would they have wanted to kill themselves? We never knew, we didn’t have a clue, or so it seemed.
The death of well-respected law professor and media analyst Cheryl Hanna has continued to reverberate in the many communities she touched.
Her husband, Paul Henninge, has been speaking out about his wife’s struggle with depression, expressing his desire for more openness about the often debilitating condition and for more people to come forward and bring the topic out of the shadows.
Earlier this week a widespread bloom of blue-green algae prompted a warning for hundreds of thousands of people in Toledo, Ohio. Health officials said the algae found in Lake Erie made drinking water from the lake unsafe.
Vermont is done with CGI, the vendor it hired to develop the troubled Vermont Health Connect, officials announced today. The contract for development will shift to a new vendor as part of "new management structure to ease frustrations for Vermonters affected by the change of circumstance issue," according to a press release from the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.
As an ever increasing number of people seek help with alcohol and drug addiction, a payment loophole is preventing many of those patients from getting timely treatment. That’s in part because Medicaid does not reimburse private providers who treat their patients for addiction, unless they are also diagnosed with a mental illness.
But not every patient who abuses alcohol or drugs is mentally ill.
Two years ago, Vermont’s House Committee on Health Care became the first legislative panel in the country to approve a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The vote triggered a massive response from the beverage industry, which poured more than $600,000 into advertising and lobbying aimed at killing the measure.
“We really got outspent, big time,” says Tina Zuk, director of government relations for the American Heart Association. “I think we got outspent 80-to-1.”