Deadly flu season spurs push for vaccinations
After the deadliest flu season in decades, U.S. public health officials called on the public to get vaccinated against the disease before this year’s season hits with full force. Read more
Teens not sleeping enough? Parents can help
Of parents who tell pollsters their teens have trouble sleeping, 23 percent say the kids are waking up at night worried about their social lives. A third are worried about school. All-night access to electronic devices only aggravates the problem, sleep scientists say. Read more
County jails struggle to treat inmates with mental illness
According to federal data from 2011 to 2012, more than 40 percent of jail inmates reported having been told by a mental health professional that they had a mental health disorder. And while about 1 in 4 jail inmates met the threshold for having serious psychological distress at the time of... Read more
Shelters for immigrant teenagers are expanded
The Trump administration is expanding its shelter capacity to handle a record number of immigrant teenagers who crossed the border seeking work and asylum. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now overseeing the care of 12,800 immigrant children under the age of 18. Read more
More older Americans turning to marijuana
A study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence this month suggests that increasing numbers of middle aged and older adults are using marijuana — and using it a lot. Read more

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