Luring Out-of-State Professionals Is Just the First Step in Solving Montana’s Health Worker Shortage

Jenna Eisenhart spent nearly six years as a licensed therapist in Colorado before deciding to move to a place with a greater need for her services. She researched rural states facing a shortage of behavioral health providers and accepted a job as a lead clinical primary therapist at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena, Montana, in January 2018. But she couldn’t […]

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DOLF Project’s role in effort to eliminate tropical disease recognized

The work of Washington University’s Death to Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis (DOLF) Project, which performs research in support of global efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases, has been recognized with a Public Library of Science (PLoS) collection of publications. The DOLF Project is co-led by Peter U. Fischer, PhD, a professor of medicine, and Gary J. Weil, MD, the Gerald […]

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Buy and Bust: When Private Equity Comes for Rural Hospitals

MEXICO, Mo. — When the new corporate owners of two rural hospitals suddenly announced they would stop admitting patients one Friday in March, Kayla Schudel, a nurse, stood resolute in the nearly empty lobby of Audrain Community Hospital: “You’ll be seen; the ER is open.” The hospital — with 40 beds and five clinics — typically saw 24 to 50 […]

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Pagliarini named Hugo F. and Ina C. Urbauer Professor

David J. Pagliarini, PhD, a nationally recognized leader in mitochondrial biology and a BJC Investigator at the School of Medicine, has been named the inaugural Hugo F. and Ina C. Urbauer Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Pagliarini was installed by Chancellor Andrew D. Martin and David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, […]

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Profit Strategy: Psychiatric Facilities Prioritize Out-of-State Kids

South Carolina children who need immediate, around-the-clock psychiatric care risk being stranded for days — even weeks — waiting for help, only to be sent hundreds of miles away from home for treatment. When no psychiatric residential treatment beds are open in South Carolina, some children must travel across the Southeast to facilities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, […]

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Will BA.2 Cause Another COVID Wave in the U.S.?

A subvariant of Omicron, called BA.2, has been sweeping across Europe and Asia in recent weeks, raising questions about if and when it will cause a surge in the United States. The subvariant, sometimes called "stealth Omicron," has been shown to spread more easily, leading some experts to warn that it could prolong the Omicron surge in the states. But […]

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'Prolonged Grief Disorder' Is Now an Official Mental Health Condition—These Are the Symptoms to Know

An extended grieving period may now be classified as a mental health condition, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The new diagnosis—prolonged grief disorder—provides a new framework for treating patients affected by loss, and allows providers to bill insurance companies for treatment services.  The March addition to the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) […]

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