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October 24, 2020

Preventing Veteran Suicides & Avoiding Costly Health Risks
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Preventing Veteran Suicides
Tragically, the rate of suicide among US military veterans is rising. But why? Farrokh Alemi, PhD, from George Mason University College of Health and Human Services, was surprised when his study revealed that while social factors like family problems and homelessness can predict suicide, they are not the cause of it -- mental illness is.
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Avoiding Costly Health Risks
Five major health risks, things such as obesity, high blood pressure and smoking, were linked to over $730 billion in preventable health care spending in the US in 2016. Joseph Dieleman, PhD, from the University of Washington, explains how you can avoid these costly lifestyle choices.
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COVID's Effect on Youth Sports
Youth sports can help kids via exercise and the development of socialization skills, but the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on sports programs nationwide. David Soma, MD, Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist at the Mayo Clinic, explains how the risks vary from one sport to another, and what parents and student athletes can do to reduce their chances of contracting the virus during sports activities.
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