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Medical Experts, Health Officials Pushing For Depression Screening for All Adults

In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, a 16-year-old HIV-positive Kenyan girl whose mother died from AIDS-related complications, recounts her experiences on condition of anonymity because of her age and to avoid stigma in her community, at a center run by a Kenyan non-governmental organization in the Korogocho slum neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, global health agencies said Tuesday. (Ben Curtis/AP Photo)
 (Ben Curtis/AP Photo)

Jeff Riley, THE DAILY TIMES GAZETTE

 
(Daily Times Gazette) — With the combined efforts of health officials in the United States and US Preventive Services Task Force (USPFTS), proposals to combat depression on all US adults are underway, according to a publication in Medical News Today.

The USPFT has now upgraded its 2009 recommendation that pushes adults in US to screen in doctor’s offices with the availability of staff-assisted depression care.

Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, from University of California, San Francisco, said, “This is a recommendation to screen all adults in the primary care setting, including pregnant and postpartum women.”

She added that screening is the most efficient way to fight depression and the United States population would likely benefit from this program.

 

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