Maddinson out of Australia A side due to mental health issues

Cricket Australia say it is committed to better understanding the mental health challenges in the game after Nic Maddinson yesterday became the second player this season to withdraw from a national side due to the issue. The in-form batsman was potentially one big score away from a Test recall when he pulled out of the Australia A game against Pakistan due to start on Monday. Sean Abbott was swarmed by his Australian teammates after a wicket against Pakistan. Western Australia’s Cameron Bancroft has been drafted into the Australia A side…

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SC panel declares public health emergency in Delhi-NCR, bans construction till Nov 5

A Supreme Court mandated panel on Friday declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned construction activity till November 5. As pollution level in the region entered the “severe plus” category, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority also banned the bursting of crackers during the winter season. The air quality in Delhi-NCR deteriorated further Thursday night and is now at the severe plus level, EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said in a letter to the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. “We have to take…

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Mental health days for students: An increasingly accepted reason to stay home from school

Public school students would be allowed to cite the need for a mental health day as an excuse to miss school, under a bill filed in the Florida Legislature for the 2020 session. The proposal is part of a growing movement in multiple states aimed at improving students’ mental well-being. Rep. Susan Valdes, D-Tampa, says she wants to elevate mental and behavior health issues to the same level as the flu, colds and dental appointments as a legitimate reason for students to call in sick. “It is time for us to take mental…

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Americans now spend twice as much on health care as they did in the 1980s

The average American household spent almost $5,000 per person on health care last year. That’s a 101% increase from the roughly $2,500 per person that Americans spent about 34 years ago in 1984, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditures Survey by data company Clever. To make accurate comparisons, Clever adjusted all dollar amounts for inflation. It’s perhaps not surprising that health care expenses have risen over the past three decades. But the main driver of the increase is not drug costs or medical services. In…

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Help us report! Share your health costs story and search prices

The health care market in the United States is opaque. Most people don’t know the costs of medical procedures they need until after the fact, leaving patients with little to no ability to factor price into their health care decisions. In an effort to change this, CBS News is working on a series of reports designed to bring transparency to the health care marketplace. CBS News has teamed up with journalists at ClearHealthCosts to gather information from you about the amounts you’ve been billed for medical procedures. We will use this crowdsourced…

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Deepika Padukone launches Live Love Laugh lecture series on mental health: Long way to go

Deepika Padukone at the launch of Live Love Laugh lecture series Photo: Yogen Shah Mental health and promoting an empathetic discussion around it has been the centre of Deepika Padukone’s agenda ever since she came out with her story of dealing with depression. Deepika became one of the first celebrities in Bollywood to break the stigma and start an open dialogue around mental health. In fact, four years ago when she launched her project Live Love Laugh Foundation, aimed at doing the same, she received a lot of acclaim for…

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