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Gallup: 1 in 5 U.S. adults can’t afford needed healthcare

Gallup: 1 in 5 U.S. adults can’t afford needed healthcare

Health
March 31 (UPI) -- Roughly one in five adults in the United States reports not being able to afford needed healthcare, a survey released Wednesday by Gallup and West Health found. This includes nearly 30% of Black adults and more than 20% of Hispanic adults, compared with 16% of White adults, the data showed. Advertisement In addition, non-White adults age 65 and older were twice as likely to indicate they were unable to afford quality healthcare than White adults in that age group, the survey found. Approximately one in eight adults said they cut back spending on food and over-the-counter drugs to pay for healthcare or medicine, according to Gallup. More than one-third of respondents reported that they reduced spending on recreational or leisure activities in the previous 12 months to af...
CDC: Depression, anxiety continue rise in U.S. due to COVID-19 pandemic

CDC: Depression, anxiety continue rise in U.S. due to COVID-19 pandemic

Health
March 26 (UPI) -- More than 40% of adults in the United States experienced symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders at some point between August 2020 and the end of January, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the roughly six-month period, the percentage of adults reporting symptoms of these disorders nationally increased from to 42% from 36%, roughly a 17% jump, the data showed. Advertisement The percentage of adults across the country who took a prescription for one of these disorders during this time rose to 25% from 22%. As of the end of January, 12% of adults of all ages nationally indicated that they needed mental health treatment, but did not receive it, up from 9% in early August. The trends are likely linked with the ongoi...
Nasdaq drops 2% as U.S. markets fall broadly behind tech decline

Nasdaq drops 2% as U.S. markets fall broadly behind tech decline

Business
March 24 (UPI) -- U.S. markets fell broadly on Wednesday amid a widespread sell-off in tech stocks and the second day of testimony from federal economic leaders. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.01%, while the S&P 500 fell 0.55% after having risen as much as 0.8% earlier in the day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day flat, falling 3.09 points. Advertisement Tech stocks helped to lead the decline on Wednesday as Facebook stock fell 2.92%, Netflix dropped 2.67% and Apple slid 2%. GameStop stock plummeted 33.79% after the company ended a post-earnings conference call on Tuesday as it missed fourth quarter earnings estimates. Airline stocks had rebounded earlier in the day after losses on Tuesday, but ultimately fell flat with United dropping 0.97% and American Airli...
EU, U.S. impose new sanctions against Myanmar military over coup

EU, U.S. impose new sanctions against Myanmar military over coup

World
March 23 (UPI) -- The European Union and the United States have leveled new rounds of sanctions against Myanmar's military leadership over its February coup and subsequent escalation of violence deployed against protesters. The EU announced the sanctions Monday targeting 11 people, 10 of who are among the highest ranks of the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, including its commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing. The 11th person is the chair of the Union Election Commission over his role in cancelling the results of the 2020 Myanmar parliamentary elections. Advertisement The Tatmadaw seized control of the country Feb. 1 in a coup on accusations that the fall elections were fraudulent, declaring itself the State Administrative Council and arresting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other members...
Racial inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution reflects ‘broken’ U.S. healthcare system, experts say

Racial inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution reflects ‘broken’ U.S. healthcare system, experts say

Health
March 18 (UPI) -- The racial inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution across the United States reflects a "broken" healthcare system that has long overlooked communities of color, Stephen B. Thomas, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, said Thursday. In an analysis of roughly 50 million of the 113 million vaccine doses administered nationally so far, shots were given to 16% of residents of counties with low rates of poverty and unemployment and higher per capita income, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released earlier this week showed. Advertisement In comparison, about 14% of residents of U.S. counties with higher rates of poverty and unemployment have received the shot, the agency reported. At least some of this disparity can be attribute...