Friday Fix: January 26, 2018

Students To Learn Stress Management, Flu Season Continues to Hit Hard with Baby Boomers, and NY to continue health coverage for DACA residents

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “North country students learn stress management”

Just like adults, children experience stress — especially children living in poverty or those who have faced trauma. Recognizing the negative effect of stress on a child’s education, Watertown’s Ohio Street Elementary School has begun to explore mindfulness lessons for its students.

In this article from the Watertown Daily Times, teachers explained that using mindfulness in the classroom helps students stay focused on a task without getting stressed or emotional about other things in their lives. Example of mindfulness exercises could be deep breathing, listening to relaxing music, or going to sit in a quiet area of the classroom, they said.

“So the goal of this is to teach them some self-evaluation techniques; we want them to know it’s OK to feel those emotions, but that they need to move past it and become a productive member of the classroom again,” Jennifer E. Surette, a fourth-grade teacher told the Times.

To read more about this mindfulness initiative, click here.

2. “Flu Season Rages On, Hitting Baby Boomers Unusually Hard”

According to this report from NPR, this flu season continues to be a concern for the whole country, with cases of the flu still widespread in almost all 50 states.

This year, says Dr. Dan Jernigan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults ages 65 and older have been hit the hardest, followed by adults in the 50-64 age group. That’s relatively unusual, because young children are typically the second-hardest hit by the flu.

The reason for this is unclear, but Dr. Jernigan told NPR that it might be because baby boomers were exposed to different strains of the flu as children and thus do not have as much immunity as other younger adults do. Click here to read more.

Related from NPR: “Flu Virus Can Trigger a Heart Attack”

3. “NY to keep Medicaid benefits for young immigrants”

According to this Associated Press story, which appeared on North Country Public Radio, New York State will continue providing Medicaid benefits to people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, no matter what happens to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA, which was adopted by former President Barack Obama, has been halted by President Donald Trump. However, the article states, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the around 42,000 state residents affected by DACA’s repeal will not lose healthcare coverage.

Click here to read more.

The Friday Fix will be delayed until February 16. See you then!

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