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If you rely on emails for TIE content, you’ve missed a lot of posts. Our post-to-email functionality broke in mid-December. We’ve been struggling mightily to fix it and finally have. At the end of this post is a list of links to great content you may have missed. Give it a skim and click through to catch up.

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What you may have missed:

Public Health and Climate Change —Much of the conversation around climate change centers on things like lowering carbon emissions, which is obviously critical, but we think the public health response to climate change should be a larger part of the conversation.

VHA’s Risk Prediction Model: Are There Prediction Disparities? — Discussing a paper exploring racial and ethnic differences in VHA’s opioid risk prediction model, STORM.

Even pro-vaxxers get worried sometimes. Why is that? — Vaccines work but some give even staunch supporters pause. These trends should not be ignored, and experts should modify their outreach accordingly.

Cancer is not a random assault of genetic bad luck — Environmental factors, not genetics, is more likely the driver of the escalation of cancer prevalence for the last 80 years.

Ways We Can Mitigate Climate Change — We’ve spent a bunch of time this year examining the many, many health effects of climate change. We’re going to dig into what look like some of the most promising mitigation strategies at the moment.

Antidepressants, Weight Loss Drugs, and Stigma — Drugs that do a pretty good job of easing symptoms of depression and drugs that really help people struggling with obesity have a couple things in common.

SNAP, WIC, and HIP: Programs of Benefit — Government food assistance programs are lifelines shaping health, economy, and communities.

4 Ways Clinicians Can Address the Non-Physical Side Effects of Serious Illness — Serious illness has serious side effects, both physical and non-physical.

Telehealth Use and Availability in VHA Outpatient Mental Health Care — A recent policy brief examines telehealth use within the Veterans Health Administration.

Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer — When we released a recent episode about the artificial sweetener erythritol, many of you brought up questions about recent news on other artificial sweeteners, sucralose and aspartame, so we went to take a look.

We Need Caregivers’ Voices When Designing Effective Smart Home Technology — Smart home technology is increasingly being used to help older adults age in place, but we can’t forget to include caregivers as stakeholders for these products, too.

How Do Geographic Variations affect Wait Times and Veteran Access? — In order to improve access to health care, the Veterans Health Administration passed the Choice Act and MISSION Act to expand Veteran care coverage in the community. PEPReC researchers analyzed wait time differences across the United States to better understand Veterans’ experiences.

Navigating an Eating Disorder Crossover — Eating disorders are more severe than ever, and many people seem to shift between disorders. This crossover could be due to how we diagnose and treat them.

Payers of Long-Term Services and Supports for Veterans — More Veterans are seeking access to long-term services and supports, but the array of programs to pay for these services is complicated. A new policy brief seeks to summarize available options.

Do Food Dyes Make Kids Wild Out? — Avoiding certain food dyes to help improve a child’s behavioral issues is common advice, and not just on TikTok! Several doctors stand behind this recommendation.

How Neuroimaging Could Change Mental Health Care — Most mental health diagnoses are made without ever looking at the brain, but can brain imaging technology change that?

Home and Community-Based Services: Exploring Options to Control Costs and Expand Access to Long-Term Care — Veterans are seeking greater access to long-term services and supports. Research shows VHA and Veterans alike prefer those services to be home- and community-based.

Do Processed Foods Lead to Depression? — Healthcare Triage is no stranger to dissecting studies about processed foods, but we were recently alerted to a study linking them to depression.

EMDR: A Popular, Yet Controversial New Approach to Trauma Therapy — Most mental health conditions are treated with medication and talk therapy, however, one emerging approach attempts to heal traumatic memories without either.

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