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January 29, 2020

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The cancer death rate declined by 29 percent from 1991 to 2017, including a 2.2 percent drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest ... read more
Reductions in air pollution yielded fast and dramatic impacts on health-outcomes, as well as decreases in all-cause morbidity, according to ... read more
Researchers have developed a more accurate method of measuring bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans and found that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical is far higher ... read more

Cost Savings from Same-Day Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

According to a new study, providing adolescents seeking birth control the ability to obtain a long-acting reversible contraceptive on the same day as their clinic visit could lead to significant cost ... read more
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Focus on Opioids and Cannabis in Chronic Pain Media Coverage

New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have ... read more

More Federal Funding Needed to Increase Americans' Active Transportation Habits

The federal government has allocated only about 2 percent of its transportation funds to encourage walking and cycling, not nearly enough to make a significant difference, according to new ... read more

Correcting Vaccine Misinformation Is a Difficult Process, Study Shows

Researchers found that vaccine misinformation in Danish media outlets from 2013-2016 led to HPV vaccinations dropping by 50.4%. An information campaign geared toward concerned parents helped increase ... read more

California's Stricter Vaccine Exemption Policy and Improved Vaccination Rates

California's elimination, in 2016, of non-medical vaccine exemptions from school entry requirements was associated with an estimated increase in vaccination coverage at state and county levels, ... read more

AI's Future Potential Hinges on Consensus

The role of artificial intelligence, or machine learning, will be pivotal as the industry wrestles with a gargantuan amount of data that could improve -- or muddle -- health and cost priorities, ... read more

Long Work Hours at the Office Linked to Both Regular and Hidden High Blood Pressure

Office workers who logged 49-plus hours on the job weekly were 70% more likely to have a hidden form of high blood pressure called masked hypertension, compared to people who work less than 35 hours ... read more

Healthy Diet Could Save $50 Billion in Health Care Costs

Investigators analyzed the impact of 10 dietary factors -- including consumption of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, processed meats and more -- and estimated the annual CMD costs of suboptimal ... read more

New Health Insurance Insights

Economists analyze how patients and health care providers value ... read more

Home Hospital Reduces Costs, Improves Care

The results of the investigators' randomized controlled trial with more patients strengthens the evidence, showing that home hospital care reduced cost, utilization, and readmissions while ... read more

More Than 1 in 3 Low And Middle-Income Countries Face Both Extremes of Malnutrition

Being undernourished or overweight are no longer separate public health issues. A new article details how more than one in three low- and middle-income countries face both extremes of malnutrition -- ... read more

Excessive Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children in Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Between 2007 and 2017, children in eight low- and middle-income countries received, on average, 25 antibiotic prescriptions from birth through age 5 -- up to five times higher than the already high ... read more

Study Highlights High Cost of Fossil Fuel Pollution on Children's Health

A new study has compiled the estimated per-case costs of 6 childhood health conditions linked to air pollution -- estimates that can be incorporated into benefits assessments of air pollution ... read more

Focus on Food Security and Sustainability

The number of malnourished people is increasing worldwide. More than two billion people suffer from a lack of micronutrients. Infant mortality rates are unacceptably high. Against this background, ... read more

Regional Trends in Overdose Deaths Reveal Multiple Opioid Epidemics

The United States in the grip of several simultaneously occurring opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis. The epidemics came to light after the researchers analyzed county-level data on ... read more

Medicaid Expansion Doubled Access to Primary Care, Increased Attention to Health Risks

When Michigan expanded its Medicaid program to cover more low-income residents, its leaders built in special features to encourage enrollees to understand their health risks, and incentivize them to ... read more

Infant Morbidity Decreases With Incentive-Based Prenatal Tobacco Interventions

A new study reveals a significant reduction in NICU (up to 55%) and preterm births due to incentive-based programs implemented to help low-income pregnant women stop smoking cigarettes. Colorado ... read more

Bystanders Can Help More Cardiac Arrest Victims Survive

Only 8% of Americans survive cardiac arrest outside a hospital, but that percentage could increase significantly if bystanders recognize cardiac arrest and perform simple lifesaving tasks, a ... read more

Medical Marijuana Cards Often Sought by Existing Heavy Users

Young adults who seek enrollment in state medical marijuana programs are often those who already use heavily rather than those with mental or physical issues that could be addressed by the ... read more

Lack of Specialists Doom Rural Sick Patients

Residents of rural areas are more likely to be hospitalized and to die than those who live in cities primarily because they lack access to specialists, according to new ... read more

One in Two Homeless People May Have Experienced a Head Injury in Their Lifetime

People who are homeless experience a disproportionately high lifetime prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a new ... read more

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