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Experts declare national emergency in children’s mental health, and more in this week’s roundup

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Nation’s youths swamped with severe mental health crises, a group of experts say
Erin Blakemore, The Washington Post, Oct. 23
As children and families face enormous adversity, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association have declared a national state of emergency in child mental health.

Black and Latino families continue to bear pandemic’s great economic toll in U.S.
Laurel Wamsley, NPR, Oct. 25
Thirty-eight percent of households across the U.S. report facing serious financial problems over the last few months. Black, Indigenous, and Latino families face greater financial strain than white families. One major factor in the unequal financial toll of the past few months: lack of savings.

Unsalvageable: Preventable amputations rise during COVID
Eli Cahan, WebMD Health News, Oct. 7
Even before the pandemic, Black and Hispanic Americans were significantly more likely than white Americans to losing limbs to amputation, often the result of diseases such as diabetes. Experts say the pandemic has only made these disparities worse, and some warn that an increase in diabetes among children of color during the pandemic will increase the number of patients at risk of amputation.

Ranking of Connecticut medical board’s ‘serious disciplinary actions’ echoes members’ concerns
Lisa Backus, Connecticut Health Investigative Team, Oct. 26
The state’s medical board, which oversees the discipline of physicians, currently ranks 37th in the nation in its annual rate of serious disciplinary actions. The state medical board is unfunded, lacks staff, and has no independent investigatory or policy-making powers under the existing statute