Medical workers aren’t the only ones suffering burnout during COVID-19 in the US. The pandemic is exacting a steep toll from public health workers as well.   Meet Alexandra, a public health policy researcher for a municipal agency in a large northeastern city. She did 3…

60% of the 55 million families affected by Alzheimer’s globally live in low- and middle-income countries—yet the vast majority of genetic research on the disease has been limited to westerners.

Results from a new global survey released today show more than half of those who are unvaccinated in 50+ countries indicated they definitely or probably won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. Key reasons for hesitation, according to August 16–31 results from the survey, include:

One in every 100 deaths is a suicide—and in at least 20 countries, that’s considered a crime, The Guardian reports, according to a new United for Global Mental Health report released ahead of today’s World Suicide Prevention Day.  

The global toll of dementia is rising—and so is the cost, coming in at $1.3 trillion per year.   The WHO released its latest status report yesterday:

Today there are more adolescents in the world than ever before: 1 in 6 of the world’s population. Nearly 90% of these adolescents live in low- and middle-income countries. More than half of the people in Kyrgyzstan, a post-Soviet, landlocked country in the heart of Central…

Persistent cognitive issues and the troubling brain scans of recovering COVID-19 patients have led researchers to explore whether coronavirus infection ups the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. 

COVID-19’s mental health toll on health care workers has been documented—but what about public health workers? A new CDC survey shows that they experienced impacts comparable to other health workers. 

During the pandemic, when he was often the only emergency room physician on duty at his Utah hospital, Scott Jolley reached a tipping point. He took a sabbatical in August 2020 and sought help, but Jolley’s story ended in tragedy with his suicide.    

The US may be one of the planet’s most well-resourced countries, but it’s clearly doing a much worse job of providing health care—particularly mental health care—than many countries.