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CDC Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Situation Summary

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). On January 31, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. On March 11, WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 o

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HeartMath® Institute Giving Away 100,000 Copies of New Online Program to Help Kids Learn to Manage Emotions

New Initiative Aims to Put Kids on the Path to Avoid Depression and Anxiety, Learn to Manage Emotions

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 31% of high school students have depression. They also report one in every four students say they have been bullied in school. It’s clear that children from a young age need to learn more about managing emotions. One nonprofit organization is on a mission to help kids learn about how to manage their emotions in a healthy way. HeartMath Institute has created a new online interactive program, called HeartSmarts Adventure, to teach kids all about emotional well being and heart-healthy living. Through the “100,000 Coherent Kids Initiative,” they are giving away 100,000 copies of the program.

“We have spent two years creating this program that will teach kids what they need to know to be able to identify emotions and man

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Understanding how the brain predicts could make treating autism easier

Our brains make our lives easier by predicting what will happen next based on previous experiences. But what happens when those predictive powers don’t work like they should?

Autism spectrum disorder and other neurological disorders involve problems with brain prediction. For example, the brain usually remembers situations that can become dangerous – such as a hot stove or a car coming toward you while you’re crossing the street. For someone with autism, the brain can’t always predict those things.

A professor at Purdue University is discovering how complications with prediction lead to changes in sensory perception and learning impairments, both of which are common symptoms of autism.

“The brain precomputes everything,” said Alexander Chubykin, assistant professor of biological sciences. “When you see something familiar, it immediately tries to remember what it is and that’s how we k

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Outdoor Foundation Study: Half of the US population does not participate in outdoor recreation at all

Outdoor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), released the latest Outdoor Participation Report, showing about half the U.S. population participated in outdoor recreation at least once in 2018, including hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing and biking among many more outdoor activities. Unfortunately, the report highlights an alarming trend that just under half the U.S. population does not participate in outdoor recreation at all.

The report, also highlighted the following troubling trends:
Less than 20 percent of Americans recreated outside at least once a week.
Americans went on one billion fewer outdoor outings in 2018 than they did in 2008.
Kids went on 15 percent fewer annual outings in 2018 than they did in 2012.
Additionally, the report shows a continued gap between the diversity of outdoor participants and the diversity of the U.S. popula

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