Kaiser Permanente therapists continue strike, reject contract

Kaiser Permanente mental health workers in California are nearing their eighth week of being on strike and are expected to continue after the health care provider’s latest contract offer was rejected earlier this week.Nearly 40% of Kaiser’s therapists have established picket lines throughout the state, including several locations in Northern California. It’s an open-ended strike, meaning that members will be out as long as they need and until an agreement is reached with the hospital system. The unionized health care workers are demanding that the health system expand its ability to properly care for patients in a timely manner when needed. Sarah Soroken has been on the picket lines for seven weeks now and said her commitment comes from wanting to be a better mental health provider.”Currently our patients aren’t able to get the care that they need to get better and in some cases, this really becomes a life …

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Suicides in the US Climbed in 2021, CDC Data Shows | Healthiest Communities Health News

New federal data offers a sobering indicator of Americans’ mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both the overall suicide rate and total number of suicides increased in the US by approximately 4% from 2020 to 2021, according to an analysis of provisional data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

A total of 1,667 more suicides occurred in 2021 than in 2020, amounting to 47,646 deaths by suicide overall, according to the report. At the same time, the suicide rate rose from 13.5 per 100,000 standard population in 2020 to 14.0 per 100,000.

Both increases reversed two consecutive years of declines in suicides and suicide rates, including in 2020, the year the pandemic took hold and a year in which suicide fell out of the top 10 causes of death in the US The number of suicide deaths in 2021 was

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Lakers News: Kendrick Nunn Reaches Health Milestone – All Lakers

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Lakers combo guard Kendrick Nunn achieved a significant milestone on his continued road to recovery from the long-term injury that kept him off the floor for the entirety of the 2021-22 NBA season.

Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group reports that this past Tuesday marked Nunn’s first full team practice since suffering a right knee bone bruise during the 2021-22 preseason.

“Getting the rhythm back and feeling good on the floor with no injuries, feeling pain-free and able to play is everything for me,” Nunn reflected. “So today was a good day for me.”

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The former Heat guard inked a two-year, $10.25 million contract with the Lakers using the team’s taxpayer mid-level exception during the summer of 2021. It was among several offseason missteps for Rob Pelinka and the rest of LA’s front office brain trust. Per Shams Charania of The

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The FDA issues new guidelines on what foods can be labeled ‘healthy’

The Food and Drug Administration announced new rules Wednesday for nutrition labels that can go on the front of food packages to indicate that they are “healthy.”

Under the proposal, manufacturers can label their products “healthy” if they contain a meaningful amount of food from at least one of the food groups or subgroups (such as fruit, vegetable or dairy) recommended by the dietary guidelines. They must also adhere to specific limits for certain nutrients, such as saturated fat, sodium and added sugars. For example, a cereal would need to contain three-quarters of an ounce of whole grains and no more than 1 gram of saturated fat, 230 milligrams of sodium and 2.5 grams of added sugars per serving for a food manufacturer to use the word “healthy ” on the label.

The labels are at helping consumers more easily navigate nutrition labels and make better choices at the grocery

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Cooper health to announce a $2 billion expansion of its Camden health-care campus

Cooper University Health Care plans a $2 billion expansion of its Camden campus, adding three clinical buildings and likely intensifying the already stiff competition among hospital systems in South Jersey, the nonprofit is scheduled to announce Monday. The project is expected to take a decade to complete.

Construction of the first building, at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Haddon Avenue and in front of Cooper’s Roberts Pavilion, is scheduled to begin next year. It will be used for clinical care and education, Cooper officials said.

A later stage of the plan will create more than 100 new private rooms. When the project is completed, Cooper will have 745 beds, they said.

Other details, such as the cost of the first building, were not available.

“Not only does this announcement represent the culmination of Cooper’s amazing turnaround since it faced bankruptcy at the turn of the century,

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