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This Week In Public Health: Using Food Stamps Online, Taking The Stage To Cure Addiction

University of Indianapolis

This week: Seems like we've tried almost every possible avenue to cure addiction, but one program is hoping taking to the stage might help. ... There's a fight on over letting people on food stamps buy groceries online. ... these stories and more. 

Playing a New Role—On Stage—Can Help People Stay In Recovery From Addiction Decades ago acting was used widely in therapy as a way to change behavior but in recent years it’s taken a back seat. But can acting, acting as a diversion, help people kick the habit? Jill Sheridan reports for Side Effects

The Fight To Use Food Stamps Online About 46 million people rely on food stamps, but it's often impossible for them to use money in the $76 billion program to buy food online from places like Amazon or FreshDirect. But now a new grocer, Thrive Market is banding with other companies and groups to change that. Alex Fitzpatrick reports for Time.

Why Peer Support Is Playing A Growing Role In Addiction Recovery A new program is offering addicts another way out, support from people farther along in their recovery. Support from someone who has often faced similar problems can be the difference between recovery and relapse. Bram Sable-Smith has this story for Side Effectshas this story.

Why Some Kids Might Not Get FluMist This Year Getting kids to sniff in is a lot easier than convincing them to get poked with a needle, but doctors this year might administer more flu shots after the CDC recommended traditional shots for kids instead of the popular FluMist. Here are the details behind the move, writes Michigan Public Radio's Tracy Samilton.

Quick Hits

James Hamblin at The Atlantic reports that fewer women than ever in the U.S. have an infant. The rate, which has been tracked since 1909 has dropped 10 percent since 2007, and that might not be so bad.

And, more and more women are dying in childbirth, but only in the U.S., which has the highest rate of maternal death in all developed nations. What gives? Vox's Sarah Frostenson looks for answers.