People With Severe Mental Health Disorders Should be Priority for COVID-19 Vaccine, Researchers Say

As more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, researchers urge that those with severe mental health disorders take precedence. People in this group are more likely to have complications from COVID-19, but are generally less likely to receive a vaccine. Flu vaccination rates among people with severe mental health disorders are only about 25%.[1] A December 2020…

NIH Study Identifying the Impact of Adolescent Substance Use on Brain Development is in the Second Phase

In April 2020, the largest long-term study of brain development ever conducted in the US—the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—was renewed for another seven years. Among other factors that affect development, the study looks at the effect of substance use on the developing brain. The ABCD study…

Montgomery County-Based Glenstone Museum Donates Meals to Fresh Start Recovery Center

Through the Community Food Rescue, a program of the Manna Food Center in Montgomery County, Maryland, Glenstone Museum, whose cafe shut down in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, has continued to donate food to various organizations including Fresh Start Recovery Center in Gaithersburg. “Now, while we [Glenstone Museum and grounds] are temporarily closed and…

Tropicana Campaign Promotes Drinking to Cope With Parenting Stress

Tropicana, the brand most known for its orange juice, recently apologized for a campaign that suggested parents drink to cope with pandemic stress. The campaign encouraged parents to have a “mimoment”—time to themselves where they drink a mimosa—by stashing a mini-fridge of Tropicana and champagne somewhere private. (How is popping open a bottle of champagne…