Fast Food Diet Linked to Depression in Teens

According to new research, diets consisting of lots of fast food and few fruits and vegetables, may be linked to severe symptoms of depression in teens. It was found that teens with higher sodium levels and lower potassium were likely to report frequent symptoms of depression. This was after adjusting for age, baseline depression levels and […]

Long Ignored Public Health Emergencies of Addiction

What I am about to say, perhaps no one wants to hear or read, as it were. But, I would be perpetuating a fraud, to myself and to those communities, groups and individuals who not only want to say, but need to hear someone else say these words. So, this goes out to the strong-minded, […]

U.S. Immigration: Here’s What We Do Know

Question #1: Why do most people, families, migrate from other parts of the world into the United States of America? Question #2: Why did our original colonizing settlers and most European natives come to these United States of America, beginning in the early 1600’s? Answer: To find a safer, more life-affirming place to call their […]

How Substance Use Affects Child Welfare Systems

After more than a decade of sustained declines in the national foster care caseload, the number of children entering foster care began to rise in 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of children in foster care nationally rose by 10 percent, from 397,600 to 437,500. Although the experience of individual states varied, more than […]