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Black-Owned Hospice Seeks to Bring Greater Ease in Dying to Black Families

Willie Murphy died the day after Thanksgiving 2021. His wife, Mary, cared for him in their Nashville, Tennessee, home with the help of a new hospice agency focused on serving Black patients. (BLAKE FARMER / WPLN NEWS) By Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio This time, it didn’t take much persuading for Mary Murphy to embrace home hospice. When her mother was dying from Alzheimer’s disease in 2020, … Continue reading Black-Owned Hospice Seeks to Bring Greater Ease in Dying to Black Families

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Deep Roots Help This Chicago Pharmacist Avoid Creating Another Drugstore Desert

By Markian Hawryluk CHICAGO — Del-Kar Pharmacy in the North Lawndale neighborhood has had a front-row seat to history. Martin Luther King Jr. bought his daily newspaper there when he lived in Chicago in the late 1960s. The Black Panthers’ local headquarters was a block away, and the pharmacy shared a building with the Conservative Vice Lords, a notorious street gang whose members still check in … Continue reading Deep Roots Help This Chicago Pharmacist Avoid Creating Another Drugstore Desert

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Amid COVID-19 stressors, international students and their university communities should prioritize mental health supports

Ezgi Ozyonum, Concordia University and Qiyang Zhang, Johns Hopkins University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/amid-covid-19-stressors–international-students-and-their-university-communities-should-prioritize-mental-health-supports After experiencing weeks or months of excitement building up before you left your home for the thrill of a North American education, you might now be feeling vulnerable in a foreign country, especially with news of the new omicron variant. You may feel lonely and wondering what to do during this holiday as your … Continue reading Amid COVID-19 stressors, international students and their university communities should prioritize mental health supports

How (and Why) a Horror Show Soothed My Pregnancy Loss

Erin Greene, played by Kate Siegel in “Midnight Mass”COURTESY OF NETFLIX In college, I used scary movies and books to challenge the monsters of my abuse-filled youth. As a 10-year-old and through my early teens, I was so convinced Freddy Krueger was trying to possess me, I slept with the light on and the door open. Out on my own as an undergraduate trying to … Continue reading How (and Why) a Horror Show Soothed My Pregnancy Loss

Pandemic Poses Short- and Long-Term Risks to Babies, Especially Boys

By Liz Szabo The pandemic has created a hostile environment for pregnant people and their babies. Stress levels among expectant mothers have soared. Pregnant women with covid are five times as likely as uninfected pregnant people to require intensive care and 22 times as likely to die. Infected moms are four times as likely to have a stillborn child. Yet some of the pandemic’s greatest threats to infants’ health may not be … Continue reading Pandemic Poses Short- and Long-Term Risks to Babies, Especially Boys