Field education for social workers is changing as more online programming has become available, while social media has created new ethical considerations and interdisciplinary efforts have increased, write Kimberly Gibson and Mary Jacque Carroll. "Being able to adapt to innovative shifts and technological advances offers varied learning opportunities for all students," say the authors.
The deployment of police-social worker teams to help the homeless has taken a tougher tack in Arlington, Wash., than in Seattle, and officials say results support the approach. A less lenient policy toward prosecution of minor offenses is reflected in lower crime and fewer encampments, police chief Jonathan Ventura asserts.
Delaware would increase the ranks of counselors, psychologists and mental health professionals in elementary schools and create health centers in "high needs" high schools under bills proposed by two legislators. Supporters cite national data showing the high incidence of mental illness among the young and point to its links to school failure, crime and death by suicide.
The Florida House Appropriations Committee approved legislation that would allow importation of FDA-approved medications to manage the cost of prescription drugs, and Gov. Ron DeSantis supports the idea. At least 14 states have some type of active legislation that addresses importation, and the federal government has signaled interest in the idea.
Six in 10 US adults received a prescription for medication in the past year, according to 2017 survey data, and one-fifth of them said they asked for a cheaper drug. More than 11% said they skipped doses, took less of the medication than prescribed or waited to have a prescription filled to save money, putting them at risk of health consequences.
Specialty drugs accounted for nearly one-third of spending under Part D and Medicaid in 2015 but represented just 1% of all prescriptions, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and spending on specialty medications is expected to continue to grow.
More can be done to rein in the cost of prescription drugs, according to the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, but the group said proposed Illinois legislation that would place new restrictions on pharmacy benefit managers is not the answer.
Novo Nordisk has reached a patent settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA protecting its blockbuster Victoza from a Teva generic until at least Dec. 22, 2023, unless certain conditions are met, such as another manufacturer successfully challenging the drugmaker.
Registered dietitian Lisa Young recommends cutting back on fast carbohydrates from white bread and pasta and other refined grains, but not slow carbs found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Slow carbs take longer to digest, lead to slower increases in blood sugars and promote satiety, while fast carbs can cause a rapid increase in blood sugar and leave people feeling hungry.
Stone fruits such as peaches and cherries are good sources of fiber and inflammation-fighting phytonutrients, and are naturally sweet and low in calories. Registered dietitian Amy Goodson says a half-cup of fresh apricots provides about half of daily vitamin A requirements, and a large peach has about 15% of daily vitamin C needed.