There is a shortage in African American blood and stem cell donors. This leaves many African American patients with blood cancers and sickle cell disease scrambling to find matches. The need is huge, but the barriers also run deep.
It's been a year since the COVID crisis began to dominate our lives. To mark that milestone, Side Effects is producing a series of non-narrated features in March that reflect on COVID's impact.
Administrative burdens — like haggling with insurers over payments — cut into the already low reimbursement rates Medicaid provides doctors for services.This can disincentivize doctors from accepting Medicaid, according to a new working paper from the University of Chicago.
Side Effects Public Media recently received questions from audience members through our texting group, the Midwest Checkup, about how the changes wrought by the pandemic may affect child development.
The ACLU of Indiana has filed several federal lawsuits on behalf of prisoners at the Miami Correctional Facility who say they were held under conditions that amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
In recent weeks, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in Iowa has declined sharply, but the number of Iowans who have had at least one shot hasn't even reached 70 percent. That's raising concern among public health officials.
This community garden is offering Indianapolis high schoolers much-needed space to belong, innovate and "change their world".
Life After COVIDIndiana Public Broadcasting's talk show "All IN" discusses the growing concern around children's mental health.
Life After COVIDMore psychologists and social workers in schools. Early screening. Loan forgiveness for child psychiatrists serving rural areas. Fixing a strained system will take time. But COVID stimulus funds can speed up efforts across the Midwest.
Life After COVIDMonths long waitlists, out-of-pocket costs and a burgeoning mental health crisis is pushing care out of reach for some families.
Life After COVIDMeg Hartz spent four years trying to secure comprehensive mental health care for her son, and she believes he could have avoided in-patient treatment if she would not have faced so many delays and roadblocks.
Life After COVIDHospital ERs are being upended by a surge of children and adolescents in mental distress during COVID. Staff bring in snacks or queue up Netflix to keep them occupied as they seek beds in psychiatric centers. Private insurance can make the task harder.
Life After COVIDAcross the Midwest, there are not nearly enough psychiatrists, therapists or direct-care staff to treat a rising tide of young people spiraling into crisis. For these families, the strain can seem unbearable. It’s a story echoed across much of the country. This was true even before COVID-19.
A growing number of kids struggle with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. A new way of linking hospitals and schools may be the key to getting more of them help.
The COVID pandemic has exposed deep flaws in the way America handles children’s mental health. More and more children are facing anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. But there’s a shortage of providers and services — and no quick way to increase them. As a result, many children and families are scrambling for help.
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The new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have changed our lives in countless ways. Side Effects will explain the important medical issues, as well as their impact on the Midwest.
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Side Effects examines the health care challenges that refugees and immigrants face in the U.S.
Front-line workers on the COVID-19 crisis
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Across the country, many small rural hospitals are having financial problems. In less than a decade, more than a hundred have closed.
Side Effects examines what responsibility schools have in this fight, and what counselors, teachers and administrators are doing to address this quiet crisis.
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