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Once a Quadriplegic He Now Throws Ceremonial First Pitch After Breakthrough Treatment

first_img“Throwing out the first pitch at a Major League game is not something I could have imagined a year ago,” said Lucas.Only 14 months previously, Lucas had suffered a severe spinal cord injury when his car swerved off the road and into a tree in order to avoid hitting a deer. He was flown to the hospital and given immediate surgery to stabilize his spine. He was left without the ability to move his limbs below the neck and upper arms.CHECK OUT: First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper BodyThen, in June 2016, Lucas was given an innovative stem cell treatment by Shekar N. Kurpad, the director of the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Spinal Cord Injury Program.One of only five people to receive this treatment in the United States, Lucas has since regained the ability to move his triceps, hands, and fingers.“I want to show everyone that there is hope that spinal cord injury patients can regain function,” says Lindner. “I am looking forward to going back to school, pursuing my dream of working in the IT field and living independently someday.”“When I first met Lucas about a year ago, he had some use of his arms and little to no use of his hands or fingers,” said Dr. Kurpad. “The fact that he is throwing out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game is amazing. It illustrates the strides medical science is starting to make in helping paralyzed patients regain useful function. I’m very encouraged by the early results we are seeing with AST-OPC1”(WATCH the video below)Today we are pleased to welcome special guest Lucas Lindner! https://t.co/gt72w1UWEt pic.twitter.com/GA5BWtooUx— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 13, 2017Score Big With Your Friends: Click To Share (Photo by Caitlin Moyer)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNo one ever believed that Lucas Lindner would be able to use his arms again, let alone throw the first pitch at a Major League baseball game.That’s why the crowd erupted into cheers when the Eden, Wisconsin youth threw the first ball at Miller Park for the Reds versus Brewers game last week.last_img read more

Kingsley, SFA throttle Lamar

first_imgNACOGDOCHES — Too much Matt Kingsley and too little offensive cohesion put Lamar University in a hole it couldn’t dig out of here Saturday night. The 6-9 Kingsley scored 24 of his game high 26 points to help Stephen F. Austin build a 55-35 lead in the game’s first 30 minutes, and the East Division leading Lumberjacks fought off a free-throw fueled Cardinal rally for a 74-62 victory at Johnson Coliseum. Lamar, which shot only 37.8 percent while managing a season low four assists, made 12 consecutive free throws to climb within five points in the late going. SFA, however, iced the game with eight straight free throws in the final minute. The defeat, Lamar’s third in its last four games, drops the Cardinals to 3-7 in Southland Conference play and 12-10 on the season. SFA improved to 7-2, 15-6. Kenny Dawkins and Brandon McThay paced the Cardinals with 14 points apiece, but each hurt the Cardinals with turnovers. Dawkins, only 4-of-12 from the field, turned the ball over five times. McThay was a perfect 9-9 at the foul line, but offset that with four turnovers. Jay Brown added 12 points and six rebounds for the Cardinals, while freshman Charlie Harper chipped in with 12 points and four rebounds. Lamar began to unravel after a Dawkins trey produced its final lead of the game, 23-22, with 5:37 left in the opening period. The Cardinals then missed their next eight shots and trailed 34-23 before a Dawkins bucket and Harper’s midcourt buzzer beater got them within 34-28 at the break. SFA opened the final period with a 21-7 burst for a 20-point advantage, as LU missed its first seven shots. Brown broke a near 10-minute field goal drought with a putback, then McThay swished a trey, Ashton Hall sank a jumper and Coy Custer scored on a rebound to trim the deficit to 59-44. That’s when the Cardinals started taking the ball to the basket and getting to the foul line. Over the next seven minutes. LU wrapped 10 free throws around a Dawkins drive and Hall three pointer to narrow the gap to 64-59. Kingsley righted the ship for SFA with his final basket. Two more free throws by Harper got the Cardinals with 66-61, but that’s as close as it would get. Lamar’s four assists, which are less than Dawkins 4.5 per game average, underscored its problems getting good shots against SFA’s Southland Conference-leading defense. The Cardinals were 11-of-26 from the field in the first half and only 6-of-19 after the break. They finished 17–of-45 for 37.8 percent. SFA, with Kingsley sinking 12-of-16 from the field, shot 54.9 percent (28-of-51). The Lumberjacks got 13 points — 11 of them in the second half — from Josh Alexander and 12 points and 5 assists from Eric Bell. Thanks to Kingsley, who had nine rebounds to go with his 26 points, the Lumberjacks owned a 24-16 edge in points in the paint. Each team finished with 27 rebounds. Lamar steps out of Southland Conference play for its final non-conference game Monday night at Utah Valley State. The Cardinals return to league play Saturday night against Texas State at the Montagne Center. — BOB WESTlast_img read more

Kinetic Unfolds into the World of Rollers with new Prototype

first_imgThere are a lot of reasons for why you should train with rollers, but ease of transport and portability typically isn’t high on the list. That is probably why for Kinetic’s first set of rollers, they have focused not only on making a quality training tool, but one that is incredibly easy to fold up and take with you to your next race, training session, or whatever. Thanks to the tri-fold design, the aluminum roller frame folds up to a size that is more compact than their Road Machine trainer and will fit in a new trainer bag. This one here is just a prototype, but from the looks of it, it is incredibly simple to fold up and stow making it a great choice when portability is key. The rollers will use precision machined 90mm aluminum rollers which are 374mm wide. In order to facilitate left or right sided dismounts, the rollers use a dual groove so you can switch the band placement, and the rollers are adjustable to fit most bike sizes. Ready to ride straight from the box, the rollers will include an extra band and of course will carry Kinetic’s lifetime warranty. Expect these to be available this fall for somewhere around $300.In their never ending quest to get thru axle equipped bikes on trainers, Kinetic continues to develop new Traxles to do the trick. Traxles replace the thru axle on the bike and can be used both on the trainer and as an every day axle. The latest Traxle to get their attention is an option for 2013-14 Santa Cruz bikes that have a closed dropout on the drive side, which they will have available soon.kurtkinetic.comlast_img read more

10 steps for first-time home buyers

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Gina Roberts-GreyBuying your first home can be a daunting task. But millions of people have been there before you and survived. If you do your homework, you’ll have the best possible chance of finding  a place you can afford for a price you can handle. The big surprise for many first-timers is that they need to finish the first five steps on this list before they can even begin to look for a home.1. Review your financial health.Before clicking through pages of online listings or falling in love with your dream home, do a serious audit of your finances.First look at savings.  Don’t even consider buying a home before you have an emergency savings account with three to six months of living expenses. Look at how much is left over in your savings and investment accounts that could go toward a down payment.Next, review exactly how much you’re spending every month – and where it’s going. This will tell you how much you can allocate to a mortgage payment.  “Make sure to account for every dollar you spend on utilities, kids’ activities, food, car maintenance and payments, clothing, entertainment, retirement savings, regular savings, miscellaneous little items, etc., to know how and where a new mortgage payment fits into your budget,” says Liz Recchia, owner/broker at We Sell Real Estate, LLC, in Phoenix, Ariz., and author of “HELP! I Can’t Make My House Payment!”As you research neighborhoods, factor in how moving would change your transportation costs to work. The Commute Solutions cost calculator takes into account your car’s vehicle type along with car payments, gas, miles traveled and other factors to help you estimate the cost of a potential commute.2. Check into benefits for first-time home buyers.Before you start meeting with lenders, it’s good to know what constitutes a good deal. And that includes looking into special programs that might make it easier for you to find a property you can afford. Read Credits For First-Time Home Buyers to learn more about these options. Take this information with you when you start looking for a mortgage.3. Meet with lenders.Many realtors will not spend time with clients who haven’t clarified how much they can afford to spend. And in most instances, sellers will not even entertain an offer that’s not accompanied with a mortgage pre-approval.  That’s why – if you don’t have all cash (how many first-time buyers do do?) – your next step is talking to a lender and/or mortgage broker.A lender or broker will assess your credit score and the amount you can qualify for on a loan. He or she will also discuss your assets (savings, 401(k), etc.) and debt, as well as any local programs that might be available for down payment assistance. That’s where your homework on first-time home buyer programs can help. If you think you qualify, look for a lender that handles the program you hope to get. continue reading »last_img read more

Amendments to jury instructions in civil cases

first_imgAmendments to jury instructions in civil cases NOTES ON USE FOR 502.2d The estate may recover lost accumulations when the sole survivor is a parent without a cause of action in his or her own right, as well as when survivors include a spouse or lineal descendant. F.S. 768.21(6)(a) (1985); Vildibill v. Johnson, 492 So.2d 1047 (Fla. 1986). The committee expresses no opinion concerning whether “net accumulations” include income ending at death which is not derived from salary or business. See F.S. 768.18(5) (1985); Delta Airlines, Inc. v. Ageloff, 552 So.2d 1089 (Fla. 1989); Wilcox v. Leverock, 548 So.2d 1116 (Fla. 1989). c. Medical or funeral expenses: < p>Medical or funeral expenses due to (decedent’s) injury or death which [have become a charge against (decedent’s) estate] [were paid by or on behalf of (decedent) by one other than a survivor]. ELEMENTS FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE, CHILD OR PARENTS OF CHILD: In determining any damages to be awarded (decedent’s) personal representative for the benefit of (decedent’s) surviving [spouse] [children] [or] [parents], you shall consider certain additional elements of damage for which there is no exact standard for fixing the compensation to be awarded. Any such award should be fair and just in the light of the evidence regarding the following elements: d. Damages of surviving spouse: < p>The [(wife’s) (husband’s)] loss of (decedent’s) companionship and protection, and [her] [his] mental pain and suffering as a result of (decedent’s) injury and death [from the date of the injury]. In determining the duration of the losses, you may consider the [joint life expectancy of (decedent) and (surviving spouse)] [life expectancy of (surviving spouse)] together with the other evidence in the case. NOTES ON USE FOR 601.2 1. Expert witness. See F.S. 90.702 (1985), and Shaw v. Puleo, 159 So.2d 641 (Fla. 1964). The court will select one or the other introductory sentence in keeping with the court’s practice and preference in announcing before the jury, or acceding to counsel’s characterization, that a tendered witness is an “expert.” 1. F.S. 768.18 and 768.21 (1990), applicable to causes of action accruing after October 1, 1990, expand eligible survivor claimants in wrongful death actions by surviving parents and children, but are not applicable to claims for medical malpractice as defined by F.S. 766.106(1) (1989). 2. This instruction is intended to allow a jury determination, if warranted by the evidence, that the surviving spouse’s loss will continue beyond the “joint life expectancy” until the survivor’s death, or will end before that actuarial period has elapsed. < p>e. Damages by surviving child: < p>The loss by (name all eligible children) of parental companionship, instruction and guidance, and [his] [her] [their] mental pain and suffering as a result of (decedent’s) injury and death [from the date of the injury]. In determining the duration of those losses, you may consider the [joint life expectancy of (decedent) and (surviving child) [each of (surviving children)]] [life expectancy of (surviving children) [each of the surviving children]] together with the other evidence in the case. < p>f. Damages by surviving parent of child: < p>The mental pain and suffering of (parents) as a result of the injury and death of (child) [from the date of injury]. In determining the duration of mental pain and suffering, you may consider the life [expectancy] [expectancies] of (surviving parent(s)) together with the other evidence in the case. ELEMENTS FOR SURVIVORS, INCLUDING SURVIVING SPOUSE, CHILD OR PARENTS OF CHILD: In determining any damages to be awarded (decedent’s) personal representative for the benefit of [each of] (decedent’s) survivor[s]* (name them all) , you shall consider the following elements: *Further instructions may be required if there is a factual question of whether a person is a “survivor” within the meaning of F.S. 768.18(1). g. Lost support and services: The [survivor’s] [survivors’, (name them all)], loss, by reason of (decedent’s) injury and death, of (decedent’s) support and services [including interest at (legal rate) on any amount awarded for such loss from the date of injury to the date of death]. In determining the duration of any future loss, you may consider the joint life expectancy of the survivor(s) and (decedent) [and the period of minority, ending at age 25, of a healthy minor child]. < p>In evaluating past and future loss of support and services, you shall consider the survivor’s relationship to (decedent), the amount of (decedent’s) probable net income available for distribution to the survivor and the replacement value of (decedent’s) services to the survivor(s). [“Support” includes contributions in kind as well as sums of money. “Services” means tasks regularly performed by (decedent) for a survivor that will be a necessary expense to the survivor because of (decedent’s) death.]* *The bracketed material should be given only when warranted by the evidence and requested by a party. NOTES ON USE FOR 502.2g 2. Common knowledge and everyday experience. Except to the extent indicated in instruction 601.2, the committee recommends that the jury not be instructed that the jurors may bring to bear their “common knowledge and everyday experience.” < p>3. Failure to produce witness. The committee recommends that no instruction be given. While it may be permissible in some circumstances to instruct the jury regarding inferences arising from a party’s failure to produce a witness (compare Weeks v. Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co., 132 So.2d 315 (Fla. 1st DCA 1961), with Georgia Southern & Florida Railway Co. v. Perry, 326 F.2d 921 (5th Cir. 1964)), the committee believes that generally such inferences are more properly referred to in counsel’s argument. < p>4. Witness talked to lawyer. This may be given if requested as either a substantive or a curative instruction whenever there is testimony that a witness spoke to or met with an attorney for one of the parties. This instruction is not meant to prohibit or limit argument by counsel of the general considerations set forth in 601.2a. NOTE ON USE FOR 502.2b Let me speak briefly about witnesses. In evaluating the believability of any witness and the weight you will give the testimony of any witness, you may properly consider the demeanor of the witness while testifying; the frankness or lack of frankness of the witness; the intelligence of the witness; any interest the witness may have in the outcome of the case; the means and opportunity the witness had to know the facts about which the witness testified; the ability of the witness to remember the matters about which the witness testified; and the reasonableness of the testimony of the witness, considered in the light of all the evidence in the case and in the light of your own experience and common sense. < p>b. Expert witnesses: < p>[You have heard opinion testimony [on certain technical subjects] from [a person] [persons] referred to as [an] expert witness[es].] [Some of the testimony before you was in the form of opinions about certain technical subjects.] < p>You may accept such opinion testimony, reject it, or give it the weight you think it deserves, considering the knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education of the witness, the reasons given by the witness for the opinion expressed, and all the other evidence in the case. < p>c. Witness talked to lawyer: < p>[It is entirely proper for a lawyer to talk to a witness about what testimony the witness would give if called to the courtroom. The witness should not be discredited just because the witness talked with a lawyer about [his] [her] testimony.] Amendments to jury instructions in civil casesThe Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases submits these amendments to Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases 502.2 and 601.2. The committee proposes amending following Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases: Instruction 502.2 – Wrongful Death Damages: Elements for Estate and Survivors; and Instruction 601.2 – Believability of Witnesses. Interested parties have until December 30 to submit comments electronically or by mail to the Civil Committee at sjicivil@flcourts.org, or to the chair of the committee, Joseph Lang, Jr., Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Corporate Center Three at International Plaza, 4221 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa 33607, jlang@cfjblaw.com, and a copy to the Florida Bar liaison for the committee, Heather Telfer, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-6523, htelfer@flabar.org. 502.2 WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES: ELEMENTS FOR ESTATE AND SURVIVORS ELEMENTS FOR ESTATE: In determining the damages recoverable on behalf of (decedent’s) estate, you shall consider the following elements: a. Lost earnings: < p>The estate’s loss of earnings of (decedent) from the date of injury to the date of death, [less any amount of monetary support you determine a survivor lost during that period]. < p>b. Lost accumulations: < p>The estate’s loss of net accumulations: “Net accumulations” is the part of (decedent’s) net income [from salary or business] after taxes, including pension benefits [but excluding income from investments continuing beyond death], which (decedent), after paying [his] [her] personal expenses and monies for the support of [his] [her] survivors, would have left as part of [his] [her] estate if [he] [she] had lived [his] [her] normal life expectancy. 1. Period of minority. The period of minority for purposes of the wrongful death act is age 25. F.S. 768.18(2). The bracketed reference to the period of minority, in the first paragraph, should not be given if the minor survivor’s dependency will continue beyond that age because the child is not “healthy,” or if the decedent was a minor on whose support or services the claimant survivor would remain dependent beyond that time. 2. Support and services specially defined. The special definitions of these terms bracketed in the second paragraph should be given only when warranted by the evidence and requested by a party. < p>h. Medical and funeral expenses paid by survivor: < p>[Medical] [or] [funeral] expenses due to (decedent’s) [injury] [or] [death] paid by any survivor. < p> 601.2 BELIEVABILITY OF WITNESSES a. General considerations: December 1, 2015 Noticeslast_img read more

McCarville set to return as Gophers welcome trio to town for tournament

first_img“But everyone’s still got to have a scoring mindset,” forward Jamie Broback said. “Not just one person.”McCarville’s teammates said knowing she will be back in the lineup will give the whole team a boost.“We’re really uplifted,” point guard Shannon Schonrock said. “(McCarville) just has a presence about her on and off the court. She just has a huge presence and swagger.”Gophers’ opponentsAlthough they aren’t the toughest nonconference teams in the country, the strength of Minnesota’s Subway Classic opponents has improved each year.Arkansas State won a share of the Sun Belt Conference title and lost in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament last year.Valparaiso made the NCAA Tournament last year, and, although it lost in the first round, is favored to win the Mid-Continent Conference this year.After its seventh-straight 20-win season, which culminated in a first round win at the NCAA Tournament, Virginia Tech is projected in the middle of the pack in its first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. McCarville set to return as Gophers welcome trio to town for tournament David McCoyNovember 19, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s women’s basketball team probably doesn’t need any help in this weekend’s Subway Classic – a tournament the Gophers have won the last four years in a row, including beating Colorado 95-61 and Southern 92-41 last year.And it’s not like Minnesota will be hosting the cream of the crop this time either when Arkansas State, Valparaiso and Virginia Tech come to Williams Arena.But on top of that, Minnesota All-American center Janel McCarville is set to start her first game since the Gophers’ 67-58 loss to Connecticut in last year’s Final Four when the Gophers tip off for their home opener at 8 p.m. tonight at Williams Arena against Arkansas State.Valparaiso and Virginia Tech play right before that. Then on Saturday, the winners play for the championship and the losers play for third place.Regardless of which game it’s in, Minnesota’s game Saturday is scheduled for 8 p.m.McCarville, who had her first full practice Wednesday after recovering from a broken bone in her left hand, will only have her hand taped for the game, said she doesn’t consider re-injuring her hand a concern.“You’re going to get bumped and pushed around,” McCarville said. “But I don’t think it will bother me too much.”McCarville and coach Pam Borton said the amount of time McCarville plays will depend on her conditioning.With McCarville back in the lineup, Minnesota will focus even more on getting the ball inside, and Borton said she will be inserting new plays specially designed for McCarville.last_img read more

Residential and commercial land sales on rise

first_imgColliers International’s Second Half 2015 Land Research and Forecast report shows the pace of land sales accelerated through the end of last year, with double-digit gains recorded across proposed land uses.From the first half of 2015 to the second half of the year, sales of land parcels rose by 12 percent for residential construction, 36 percent for commercial uses and 25 percent for industrial uses.“We anticipate the rise in land transaction activity shown in the second half of 2015 should carry over into 2016, as the local residential and commercial markets continue to improve,” said Pete O’Neil, research director for Colliers in Greater Phoenix. “The primary driver of land sales will be the housing market, with single-family permitting likely to see an increase of more than 40 percent in 2016.”Report highlights are outlined below.Housing prices are generally trending higher, and the total number of homes sold in 2015 outpaced 2014 levels. New home sales surged, particularly in the second half of the year, although prices generally remained flat. The median price in land for industrial development fell 13 percent in 2015, reaching $2.18 per square foot. The median price for commercial land in the second half of the year was $4.75 per square foot, 40 percent higher than the median price in the first half. Although multifamily permitting for all of 2015 dropped 28 percent from 2015, permitting in the second half of 2015 topped levels recorded in both the first half of 2015, as well as second half of 2014. Pricing trends began to change direction in the second half of the year as demand and activity accelerated. The median price for all land sales rose 14 percent from the first half, reaching $2.71 per square foot in the second half of 2015. Single-family permitting was fairly consistent throughout 2015, but was considerably higher than 2014, with permits surging approximately 45 percent year-over-year. The median price in land parcels for residential was $2.09 per square from, down from $2.99 per square foot in 2014.last_img read more

I Was A Skeptic Of Mindfulness … Until I Tried To Make My Case

first_imgSometime around, oh, my 60th panic attack last year,1 I figured it was time to see a therapist. On top of weekly cognitive-behavioral therapy, she mentioned that I should really try this mindfulness thing people keep talking about. It sounded simple — you sit, you concentrate on your breathing, and you try to find some solace in the modern world. My therapist told me that meditation could make me feel better and that it had been shown to change the physiology of the brain.Hmmmm, I thought.Skepticism is a FiveThirtyEight staffer’s currency. The only mantras we chant around the office are: Wait for the evidence; wonder if the evidence has something wrong with it; trust the good evidence only until better evidence comes along.2 I was especially distrustful because mindfulness and meditation have been having a moment — meditation apps occupy some of the top spots on the App Store’s rankings of most popular health and fitness apps; Anderson Cooper has profiled the merits of mindfulness on “60 Minutes”; mindfulness is being used in schools as a way to help manage classrooms. Given the hype and this publication’s natural aversion to health trends, I figured I was safe disregarding my therapist’s big claims. Read the whole story: FiveThirtyEightlast_img read more

COVID-19 tied to poorer parent and child mental health

first_imgParent and child well-being has taken a serious hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, three studies published this week in Pediatrics show.The first study consisted of collecting survey data on daily moods from 645 hourly service workers with children 2 to 7 years old in large US cities from Feb 20 to Apr 27. The researchers also analyzed data from 561 subsample survey respondents collected from Mar 23 to Apr 26.The frequency of daily negative moods among both parents and children increased significantly during pandemic-related lockdowns, especially in those with crisis-related hardships such as job and income loss, caregiving burdens, and illness. Of all families, only 14% reported no hardships during the pandemic, while most had at least two.Before lockdowns, parents reported negative mood some of the time on 30% of days and all day on 7% of days; amid lockdowns, the proportion reporting negative mood some of the time rose to 33% of days, and the share of those reporting all-day negative mood increased to 9% of days.Parents who reported poor sleep quality during lockdowns continued to experience it after restrictions were eased. While the frequency of children’s unruly behavior and worry didn’t change substantially during this time, the trend was toward increasing frequency of both.Most respondents were women, and respondents had a mean age of 31 years and average education level of high school. Half were black, and about one-fifth were Hispanic. Mean income was $26,868 a year.The authors called for immediate increases in provision of social support and other interventions to address families’ economic and mental health needs. “As the crisis continues to unfold, pediatricians should screen for mental health, with particular attention to children whose families are especially vulnerable to economic and disease aspects of the crisis,” they wrote.”What we really see here is that, as hardships pile up, the combined weight causes severe distress for families. Resilience only takes you so far, and the multiple dimensions of hardship caused by this pandemic—lost jobs, lost child care and education, sickness—are stretching families to the breaking point,” said coauthor Elizabeth Ananat, PhD, an economist with Barnard College, in a Duke University press release.”Families need support, from their pediatricians and, hopefully, from the government.”Disrupted routines, lost incomeThe second study, which involved a national survey of 1,011 US parents in early June, showed that 27% said their mental health had worsened since March, and 14% said their children’s behavior problems had intensified. Nearly 18% of parents reported a deterioration of their physical health, and 4% said their children’s health had declined.Families with younger children reported poorer mental and behavioral health than those with older children. About 10% of all parents said both their and their children’s mental and behavioral health had worsened.As a result of the pandemic, 48% of parents reported loss of regular childcare, 16% said they had a change in insurance status, and 11% said they had greater food insecurity.The Vanderbilt University researchers said that disrupted routines are hard on children, particularly those with behavioral problems. The pandemic may have worsened their behavior because of challenges in accessing both office- and school-based mental health services during school closures.”In some communities, school will be remote, and schools should consider working with pediatricians and mental health professionals on how they may address mental health of children, parents and staff even when school is remote,” the researchers wrote. “To implement these strategies effectively, Congress could consider enhanced funding to schools to address schools’ budgetary challenges related to implementing these recommendations.”In a commentary in the same journal, Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, and Sarah Webber, MD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said that previous research has detailed the negative consequences of stay-at-home orders on parents and children, including stress, depression, fear, anger, boredom, stigma, and other negative feelings.”The unique consequences that COVID-19 exerts on children risk being overlooked,” they wrote. “Data on child and family well-being during COVID-19 are sparse, yet recent reports of increased family violence are ominous.”Coronavirus-related xenophobia According to the third study, a self-reported survey involving 543 Chinese-American parents and children from Mar 15 to May 31, nearly half of respondents reported being targeted by coronavirus-related xenophobia, or prejudice against people from other countries.Specifically, 172 parents (31.7%) and 105 children (45.7%) said they were targeted online, while 276 parents (50.9%) and 115 children (50.2%) reported in-person bullying.Of parents, 417 (76.8%) reported at least one incident of COVID-19 discrimination online, as did 176 youth (76.5%), while 481 parents (88.5%) and 211 youth (91.9%) experienced racism in person.Perceptions of health-related anti-Chinese sentiment were reported by 267 parents (49.1%) and 164 youth (71.1%), and 274 parents (50.4%) and 129 youth (56.0%) perceived media-related anti-Chinese sentiment. Both parents and children who perceived racism and discrimination reported poorer mental health.The authors noted that Asian-Americans have historically been seen as public health problems in Western societies and that SARS-CoV-1, the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), also increased racism against Asians.They called for pediatricians to provide culturally sensitive care and pay attention to the unique challenges of Asian-American families during the pandemic to decrease health disparities in this growing population.”Healthcare professionals must attend to the racism-related experiences and mental health needs of Chinese American families, especially children/adolescents, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic via education and making appropriate mental health referrals,” the researchers wrote. “The long-term consequences of these experiences need further examination.”last_img read more

Keeping up appearances

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