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Half of children in with treatable mental health disorders in the United States do not get treatment; a small study demonstrated benefit with immunotherapy for glioblastoma; a task force recommends counseling services for new mothers at risk of depression.

Children With Mental Health Issues Not Treated

Of the 7.7 million children in the United States with a treatable mental health disorder, half do not receive the necessary treatment, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The study also found that there was significant variation by state, with Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Utah having the highest rates of untreated children.



Immunotherapy in Brain Cancer

A small study demonstrated that giving patients with glioblastoma immunotherapy before surgery helped them live longer than patients who started drugs after the surgery, STAT. While most patients died by the end of the study, the researchers said the results suggest that timing may be an important factor in treating the disease with the class of drugs.



Counseling Services for New Mothers at Risk of Depression

As a result of a recommendation from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Tuesday, women who are pregnant or have just given birth will get coverage for counseling services if they are risk of depression. According to The Wall Street Journal, USPSTF recommended that women receive counseling if they have any risk factors, including a history of depression or anxiety or complications during pregnancy.

 
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