People between the ages of 12 and 17 are now eligible to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and health officials expect this age group will soon be able to receive the Moderna one. NPR health reporter Pien Huang and Short Wave producer Rebecca Ramirez talked to teens about their questions about the vaccine and what a strange year the pandemic has been for them. Read more »
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Sometimes, the pace of modern life barely gives you time to stop and rest. It can make getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis seem like a dream.
But sleep is as important for good health as diet and exercise. Good sleep improves your brain performance, mood, and health. Read more »
Focusing on depression and suicide prevention, Newton resident Sarah Mausner has coordinated the release of Promise Me, one of three comic books to educate teenagers about mental health issues through artwork and illustrations.
The comic is a collaborative effort from artists, writers, mental health experts, and young people in the region who have some experiences with depression and suicide, Mausner said.
After relentless months of social distancing, online schooling and other restrictions, many kids are feeling the pandemic’s toll or facing new challenges navigating reentry. Read more »
Spending just one hour per week for a month with therapy dogs led to a significant improvement in executive functioning for college students at risk of failing academically. Read more »
In recent weeks, governors, mayors and superintendents have discussed plans to reopen schools and get “back to normal” in the fall.
For schools, seeking a return to normalcy is only natural, but it may actually be counterproductive. Students coming back through our doors in the fall will be carrying the stress, anxiety and trauma of the past year.
One evening in late March, a mom called 911. Her daughter, she said, was threatening to kill herself. EMTs arrived at the home north of Boston, helped calm the 13-year-old, and took her to an emergency room.
Melinda, like a growing number of children during the covid-19 pandemic, had become increasingly anxious and depressed as she spent more time away from in-person contact at school, church and her singing lessons. Read more »
Digital vaccine cards are now available to Californians through the California Department of Public Health.
If you haven’t signed up yet, read on for more details of what CDPH’s digital vaccine verification looks like, why you might want to have one, how to request your digital vaccine record online and what do do if you have problems with the system. Read more »