Welcome to another edition of Weekend Reading! October is packed full of important national health awareness campaigns – many of which will be covered in upcoming Weekend Reading series. This month’s national health awareness campaigns include health literacy, breast cancer, and health care quality! Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 3–9 and World Mental Health Day is October 10th.
October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). In 1989, Congress declared October as DVAM to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness. Domestic violence can take many forms including physical, emotional, coercive control, and economic abuse. It can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death.
A few statistics about domestic violence:
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During the course of a year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
- Victims of intimate partner violence loose a total of 8.0 million days of paid work each year.
- The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year.
Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It can spillover to the workplace and impact worker productivity and safety.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or text “START” to 88788.
This Weekend Reading series begins with Sticks & Stones and Been There with a look at domestic violence and its impact. Next check out News Time with articles on current healthcare news. In Things are Looking Better, explore articles on the progress of medical treatments and latest research results. Last but not least, do not miss For Fun – and sure to cast a vote for your favorite bear in this week’s annual fat bear contest!
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. Sticks & Stones
- Kaiser Permanente: Learning About Domestic Abuse
- WebMD: The New Domestic Violence: Technology Abuse
- New York Times: What Defines Domestic Abuse? Survivors Say It’s More Than Assault
- JSTOR Daily: Ending the Myths about Domestic Homicide
2. Been There
- New York Times: I Know All Too Well How a Lovely Relationship Can Descend Into Abuse
- Swaay: What Does A Survivor Of Abuse Look Like? Well, They Look Like Me…
3. News Time
- Kaiser Health News: The Part of the ‘Free Britney’ Saga That Could Happen to Anyone
- Axios: Ivermectin prescriptions soar
- Kaiser Health News: Will ‘Dr. Disinformation’ Ever Face the Music?
- Fierce Healthcare: Biden admin releases surprise billing rule detailing arbitration process
4. Things are Looking Better
- New York Times: Cancer Without Chemotherapy: ‘A Totally Different World’
- WebMD: Epidurals Not Linked to Autism in Children
- Associated Press: Merck says COVID-19 pill cuts risk of death, hospitalization
5. For Fun
- Fat Bear Week: Vote for choice of the fattest bear form September 29th to October 5th.
- JSTOR Daily: How Pigeons Helped Fight World War I
- The Guardian: Cows ‘potty-trained’ in experiment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- JSTOR Daily: Why You’ll Never Get Lead Poisoning from a Pencil
Enjoy your weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
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