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The pandemic was a particularly stressful period for communities that have faced discrimination in the United States — ScienceDaily

Everyday discrimination experienced by people of racial and ethnic minority groups during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with significantly increased odds of moderate to severe depression and thoughts of suicide, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and their colleagues have found. In a study in JAMA Psychiatry, the team reported that […]

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Disparities in United States COVID-19 vaccine distribution — ScienceDaily

When reports showed COVID-19 vaccination rates were lower among racial/ethnic minority groups, most discussions focused on mistrust and misinformation among these populations or their reduced access to health care facilities. But new research from University of California San Diego and collaborating institutions has identified an additional barrier to equity: whether or not each health care […]

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U.S. youth firearm mortality increased over the past decade; trends differ significantly across states, study finds — ScienceDaily

Not a day goes by without reports of more tragic incidents of gun violence against children. In 2020, firearms were the leading cause of death in children in the United States. While alarm at increasingly frequent school shootings, suicides, accidents, and other senseless deaths is mounting, the US has not moved forward as a nation […]

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Research methodology offers a model that can be followed in other states using public data and open-source software — ScienceDaily

Air pollution remains a silent killer in Massachusetts, responsible for an estimated 2,780 deaths a year and for measurable cognitive loss in Bay State children exposed to fine particulate pollutants in the air they breathe, according to a new study by researchers at Boston College’s Global Observatory on Planetary Health. The study was supported by […]

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More young people begin recreational cannabis use illegally in states that legalize it — ScienceDaily

Once a state legalizes recreational cannabis, residents are more likely to start using it, including those too young to do so legally, report researchers at University of California San Diego. The findings, published online in the May 26, 2022 issue of Addiction, counter claims that legalization does not increase cannabis use, particularly among youth. The […]

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Total economic burden of MS in United States is more than $85 billion — ScienceDaily

The estimated cost of multiple sclerosis (MS) reached $85.4 billion in 2019 in the United States, according to a new report published in the April 13, 2022, online issue of Neurology┬«, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In addition, when researchers compared people with MS to people without MS they found that […]