Patients with cancer are at increased risk for both suicidal ideation and completed suicide due to a combination of biological and psychological factors that must be addressed to increase quality of life.,Unique to cancer is that the risk of suicide persists more than 15 years past diagnosis.4

In addition to increased suicide risk, patients with head and neck cancers have higher depression scores than the general population even before a cancer diagnosis, leading to the question whether this subset of patients are struggling with a biological cause in addition to diagnosis-related symptoms.5 Complicating these cases is the well-known association of many head and neck cancers with tobacco, alcohol, and other substance use, leading to the question of whether the pre-existing mood disorders lead to substance use that increases the risk of cancer.,Depression is a major risk factor, as it is in the general population, but the cancer population is at higher baseline risk for depression, which has been linked to immunological changes.12 Identification and treatment of depression in cancer patients has been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality.13 read more

Some confusion set in after a few people claimed that in instances where they were extra vaccines at the end of the day, people not within the parameters of what officials have laid out were receiving an early dose.,The Los Angeles Fire Department says it is unaware of anyone not fitting into the appropriate category who received the vaccine at the Hansen Dam vaccination site.,However, officials did say in Phase 1A guidelines that “exceptions may be made” to the included groups in this phase of distribution “in order to prevent any vaccine wastage.”,Los Angeles County health officials say they do not condone wasting coronavirus vaccine doses and is not directing providers to throw away unused doses.,Adults 65 and older have recently been able to join the list of those allowed to receive the coronavirus vaccine, which includes healthcare workers, outreach workers, and residents of long term health care facilities.

Many providers can be accessed through the VAMS scheduling system including:

Trinity Health of New England (hospitals and other locations) Griffin Hospital Nuvance Health Stamford Hospital Bristol Hospital Local Health Departments Federally Qualified Health Centers read more

California is immediately allowing residents 65 and older to get scarce coronavirus vaccines, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.,“With our hospitals crowded and ICUs full, we need to focus on vaccinating Californians who are at highest risk of becoming hospitalized to alleviate stress on our health care facilities,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, director of the California Department of Public Health and the state's Public Health Officer.,But it comes after members of a state advisory panel on Tuesday worried that adding seniors will inevitably delay vaccines for others.,Adding the aging “does not mean we’re abandoning our commitment” to those already in line for vaccines, the panel’s co-chairwoman, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris said later.,Newsom also announced a new system to let people know if they are eligible to receive a vaccine, to start next week.