Health and Wellness News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners choose December for National Influenza Week to remind people that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.
The December issue of the “NIH News in Health,” the newsletter of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), features this article on how new technology may help people better manage their diabetes.
Researchers tested a new online program, adapted from a face-to-face group therapy program, which was designed to help people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) overcome challenges in recognizing and controlling their feelings and reactions to those feelings. Though more study is needed to identify the direct impact of the program, most participants reported positive outcomes.
This policy brief from the National Council on Disabilities (NCD) provides insights into the lack of dental care many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) continue to experience due to a shortage of properly trained dental care providers. The brief examines the American Dental Association's Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct; surveys dental training and dental school curricula requirements; provides examples of programs that do train dental students in the care of patients with I/DD; explores the impact of Medicaid on the issue; and discusses the concept of medically underserved populations. The brief concludes with recommendations to federal and state policymakers, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and the American Dental Association.