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USA Today: Suicide: College sports can put a strain on the mental health of student-athletes

Cross it. Endure. Suck it up. Shake. Calm. Let’s go let’s go! And, of course, there is a “snack”. “Those last four words may have worked well for Cher and Nicolas Cage in ‘Moonstruck,’ but it’s just another awkward phrase for high school and college student-athletes when they struggle to balance their mental health with the demands of academics, social life and excelling in competitive sports — training, conditioning, training, travel and play (Gary E. Fendler, 5/9)

Los Angeles Times: The Senate could save a woman’s right to control her own body. But it probably won’t.

With the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to ban abortion, Senate Democrats will attempt Wednesday to pass a nationwide bill to protect a woman’s right to control his own body. (5/10)

The New York Times: FDA ban on menthol cigarettes will help black communities

As tobacco industry regulation has become increasingly extensive over the past few decades, menthol cigarettes have been an exception. They account for more than a third of cigarette sales in the United States and are particularly dangerous because menthol enhances the already powerful addictive effects of nicotine. (Keith Wailoo, 5/11)

Stat: Primary care shouldn’t be an alternative for burnt-out ER doctors

One of the most well-known effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the stress and feeling of being overwhelmed by frontline healthcare workers. Often underfunded and claiming casualties in their own ranks, they have been strained under the weight of the responsibility of dealing with a tsunami of Covid victims. At the center of this relentless firestorm are emergency physicians, who have been called upon to give more of themselves than anyone should ever be asked. Their burnout and exhaustion are unbearable. (Sara Pastor, 5/11)

Scientific American: Air conditioning should be a human right in the climate crisis

A record-breaking heat wave is sweeping across South Asia, threatening hundreds of millions of people with deadly temperatures well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As the world heats up, billions of people need air conditioning. This 120-year-old technology was once considered a luxury, but in the age of climate change, it’s a necessity for human survival. Naturally, this created anxiety over the climate threat of a world overrun by CAs. But the coming air conditioning boom is an essential shift towards closing the huge gap in cooling availability that exists between rich and poor people and nations, and towards producing a more equitable world. (Rose M. Mutiso, Morgan D. Bazilian, Jacob Kincer, and Brooke Bowser, 5/10)

Cincinnati Enquirer: Embattled nurses need support from Ky Legislature.

One of the most frequently discussed topics in Frankfurt over the past two years has been the nursing shortage in the Commonwealth. The long-running COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated what has been a dangerously growing problem in Kentucky and across the country – the lack of an adequate nursing workforce to meet health care needs. Population. (Donna Meador and Delanor Manson, 5/10)

Dispatch from Columbus: What can be done to combat deaths like overdoses in the state of Ohio?

Although we don’t like to admit it, drug use is often a common part of a student’s life. Adderall is a stimulant – other similar drugs are Ritalin and Vyvanse – and is often used to help with concentration during studies. A nationwide study, conducted by Ohio State University itself, found that one in six college students have used an over-the-counter stimulant medication. (Avery Meyer, 5/10)

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