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Fardeen Sheikh

How to Support a Loved One with Mental Health Issues

How to Support a Loved One with Mental Health Issues Amanda Funger | Avant-y News Almost everyone has been affected by mental health struggles, whether personally or when trying to support a loved one. Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States with about one

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Tierra Ola

Doses of Hope: My COVID-19 Vaccine Experience, as a Black journalist

Doses of Hope: My COVID-19 vaccine experience, as a Black journalist Image from Avant-Youth With the increase of COVID-19 cases and deaths daily, last year was a standstill for everyone. The constant enforcement of social distancing, masks and demand for disinfectant products would become our new reality. Fast forward to

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Leslie Daniels

Is Keto the key to your weight loss?

Keto is a diet that changes the way your body produces energy. Instead of using carbohydrates like fruit and grains to create glucose, it uses ketones, which are generated by the liver when the body is in periods of starvation or fasting. This process is called gluconeogenesis, and it creates glucose.

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Tucker Bedingfield

Combatting the worst wedding crasher: The ‘Rona

Planning a wedding can take a lot of work. There are a lot of things to consider: the venue, food, drink, music, date, time, guest lists, weather and much more. On average, it takes a couple 13 to 18 months to plan a wedding, but it can be much longer. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that a lot can happen in any given time frame. Like a worldwide pandemic.

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Why Americans are buying more guns than ever

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and protests for racial justice, the gun industry’s trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, estimates that gun sales from March through July were 8.5 million. This is 94% higher the same period in 2019.

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Biases in algorithms hurt those looking for information on health

Several public health agencies, such as state health departments, have invested resources in YouTube as a channel for health communication. Patients with chronic health conditions especially rely on social media, including YouTube videos, to learn more about how to manage their conditions.
But video recommendations on such sites could exacerbate preexisting disparities in health.

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Ariel Pacheco

Contact Tracing 101

Contact tracing has been done for centuries for various diseases. In America, it was notably used to combat syphilis and AIDS outbreaks and has been shown to be an effective measure of containing outbreaks.

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Ricky Sweeting

COVID-19 Shouldn’t Turn State Parks Into an Amusement Park

COVID-19 Shouldn’t Turn State Parks into Amusement Parks Editor’s Note: This story is part of our COVID-19 (the ‘rona) series. Click to learn more about our local ‘rona coverage. Shortly after Gov. Kemp allowed a broader range of businesses to reopen on May 8, I headed outdoors to the local state

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Ashley Broadwater

The COVID-19 Quarantine Can Exacerbate Domestic Violence Situations; Here’s How You Can be a Much-Needed Ally to Survivors

“I have yet to talk to a victim of domestic violence that hasn’t come to believe her middle name is ‘Bitch’ because that’s what she’s called all the time,” said Nancy Friauf, president of Partnership Against Domestic Violence.
While domestic violence often starts with emotional abuse, it can snowball into other forms. Multiply that times 10 during the COVID-19 quarantine.

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Ashley Broadwater

Georgia Nurses Need Our Help as Hospitals Run Dangerously Low on PPE

“Hospitals are following current CDC best practices and encouraging our nurses, physicians and other clinical staff to adhere to the recommended PPE conservation methods to ensure their own safety as hospitals cope with the shortage.”
The situation isn’t as simple as just “following procedures.” Procedures can’t be fully followed if they don’t have enough PPE.

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Tyrone Scott

Class of 2020 – Are the Kids Really Alright?

For seniors, the spring semester typically means prom, senioritis, and graduation, a highly celebrated rite of passage into adulthood. Sadly, due to the persisting danger of having so many people gathered together, the class of 2020 will be missing the chance to celebrate this momentous occasion with their friends and family.

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Tucker Bedingfield

Stuck in the Middle: how Coronavirus Impacted College Students

College students across the country found themselves devastated and quite frankly, ignored. Like many people, their plans were cut short or cancelled altogether. There were no more classes, no formals, no more studying in the library and no graduation. While these all seem minuscule in the grand scheme of things, they were important to the individuals involved.

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