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This week: Child mental health crisis; fertility effects of COVID-19

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, and it's part of why mental health challenges are soaring among children, adolescents and their families. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children's Hospital Association have jointly declared a national state of emergency in children's mental health. In this interview, two experts from the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital explain why this is so important: Gregory Conners, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics, and child psychologist Jennifer Rapke, PsyD, chief of the child psychiatry consult service.

Also, fertility researcher Kazim Chohan, PhD, explains whether the COVID-19 virus or the vaccines have any effect on fertility for women and men. Chohan is a professor of pathology, and of obstetrics and gynecology at Upstate, and he is the director of andrology.

And Elizabeth Asiago-Reddy, MD, chief of infectious disease at Upstate, talks briefly about what it’s like to become infected with HIV nowadays.

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