There has been a steady increase in the number of children who are seen in emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts, according to a new study — and the increase started even before the Covid-19 pandemic, which brought record high demand for psychological services for children.Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.

. An analysis for Reuters conducted by Seattle-based health data firm Truveta showed that patients with long COVID were nearly twice as likely to receive a first-time antidepressant prescription within 90 days of their initial COVID diagnosis compared with people diagnosed with COVID alone.The COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation it imposed took a dramatic toll on kids’ mental health, increasing the demand for services in an already overburden.

Cyberbullying increases the risk of suicide among children more than ‘traditional’ bullying

Victims of online bullying in early adolescence are more likely to report suicidal thoughts and attempts, going far beyond that of offline bullying.The odds of a teen attempting suicide in the past were 1.5 times higher among kids who could get a hold of a gun immediately within their home.Those who have regularly fasted intermittently for decades have a lower chance of being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 compared to people who do not practice the eating plan, according to a new American study.An adolescent’s genetic risk of suicide and exposure to adverse events could play a role in triggering suicidal thoughts, according to a VCU-led study.

A family tragedy sheds light on a burgeoning mental-health emergency.The report says emergency departments saw a 51% increase in suicide attempts for adolescent girls and a 4% increase of adolescent boys since the pandemic began.But the study, which began in 2013, may not fully reflect what’s happening today, when many more children are identifying as trans.

Deaths of parents and other terrible experiences have hurt hundreds of thousands, so new initiatives are trying to help families in pain. A new study has found that more than half of people infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 were unaware they had it. Undiagnosed infections could be the reason why the variant spread so rapidly, according to researchers.The pandemic is not the only reason.

. As Ontario hospitals warn of a possible ‘disturbing’ new trend in hospitalizations among infants, doctors are urging parents to be vigilant when monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms in children, and to get vaccinated if pregnant.Depression, self-harm and suicide are rising among American adolescents. For one 13-year-old, the despair was almost too much to take. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 966,575 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday after it corrected the data earlier this week, which reduced the death tallies in all age-groups, including children.COVID-19 transmission to a newborn from the birthing parent is fewer than two per cent, according to a new systematic review study that analyzed data from more than 470 studies.

Pediatricians are warning that some COVID-19 cases in children may be going untreated or misdiagnosed as other viruses, such hand, foot and mouth disease, amid a rising number of positive patients whose only symptom is a skin rash. Young adolescents who experienced cyberbullying had an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or attempts.Nearly two-thirds of doctors are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout, a huge increase from before the pandemic. But the situation is not irreparable, researchers say.

A new study led by the Stanford University School of Medicine is offering new insights into long COVID-19 symptoms, with evidence suggesting the brain fog experienced by some patients bears striking similarities to the cognitive impairment seen in cancer patients following chemotherapy. Here are 7 things you can do right now to help.Mental health visits increased in 2020, especially among teen girls, Canadian study finds. A large study in Britain found two specific windows of adolescence when some teenagers are most sensitive to social media.A new study found that suicide attempts among early adolescents has spiked more than fourfold since 2000, devastating families and straining the healthcare system.