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Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among …

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How worried should people be about the XBB.1.5 variant of Covid? Our medical analyst explains

CNN — A new variant of Covid-19, XBB.1.5, is spreading rapidly in the United States. In December 2022, the proportion of new Covid-19 infections attributable to this branch of Omicron increased from 4% to 18%, according to a January 6 announcement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is projected to to …

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Why experts worry that TikTok may be contributing to the mental health crisis among US teenagers

new York CNN — Jermone Yankey said he had a habit of staying up all night when he was in college — not studying or partying, but scrolling through TikTok until the sun came up. “I saw that I wasn’t putting effort into my own life, I was just trying to experience what I was …

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Mental health-related emergency department visits and return visits are on the rise among children, study finds

CNN — Children’s mental health-related emergency room visits and hospital readmissions are “rapidly increasing,” a new study shows. Between 2015 and 2020, mental health visits to pediatric emergency rooms increased by 8 percent annually, with about 13 percent of those patients returning within six months, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA …

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Leaked notes from Chinese health officials estimate 250 million Covid-19 infections in December: reports

Hong Kong CNN — Almost 250 million people in China may have caught Covid-19 in the first 20 days of December, according to an internal estimate by the nation’s top health officials, Bloomberg News and the Financial Times reported on Friday. If true, the estimate — which CNN could not independently confirm — would represent …

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Why this predominantly Republican Southern California county is declaring racism a public health crisis

CNN — Andrew Do was afraid to play sports during his last two years of high school. “I didn’t want to come home alone after practice and be harassed and beaten and strangled,” he said in an interview with CNN. After law school, while jogging for exercise, he said drivers would throw bottles and batteries …

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China’s Covid protests: Top health officials deflect blame while defending controversial policy

CNN — China’s top health officials vowed to adjust Covid-19 control measures to reduce their impact on people’s lives, while deflecting blame for public disillusionment with the policy itself, in their first press briefing since protests erupted against the strict policy of the government for zero Covid over the weekend. Lockdowns to curb the spread …

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The Covid-19 public health emergency has been extended in the US

CNN — The Biden administration on Friday extended the Covid-19 public health emergency for another three months. US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra officially renewed the declaration, extending it until October 13, 2022. The emergency declaration has been in effect since January 2020, and the latest renewal comes as the Omicron BA.5 …

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Working full-time doesn’t always make it easy to get workplace health insurance

CNN — Millions of Americans have signed up for health insurance with their companies in recent weeks. But for some full-time workers, especially in certain industries like construction, work-based coverage is not an option for them. This divide was even more evident as the labor market bounced back to life in 2021 after sharp losses …

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Study finds ‘huge’ increase in children going to emergency room with suicidal thoughts

Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, please call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or visit the helpline’s website. CNN — There has been a steady rise in the number of children being seen in emergency departments for suicidal thoughts, according to a new …

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