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December 5, 2019

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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

America's Packaged Food Supply Is Ultra-Processed

Americans are overexposed to products that are high in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt, according to a new study that reports the United States packaged food and beverage supply in 2018 was ... read more

30,000-Plus U.S. Lives Could Be Saved by Reducing Air Pollution Levels Below Current Standard

Research findings show significant human health benefits when air quality is better than the current national ambient air quality standard. The ... read more

Using Antibiotics Without a Prescription Is a Prevalent Public Health Problem

People using antibiotics without a prescription seems to be a prevalent public health problem. Antibiotics were obtained through various means, ... read more
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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

Alcohol and Tobacco Policies Can Reduce Cancer Deaths

Policies aimed at cutting alcohol and tobacco consumption, including the introduction of random breath testing programs and bans on cigarette advertising, have resulted in a significant reduction in ... read more

Increase in Calls to US Poison Control for Natural Psychoactive Substances

A new study found there were more than 67,300 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at calls from January 2000 through December ... read more

Who Is Left Behind in Mass Drug Administration?

Ensuring equity in the prevention of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is critical to reach NTD elimination goals as well as to inform Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Now, researchers have unmasked ... read more

Benefits of Exercise Referral Schemes Not as Large as Hoped

Exercise referral schemes are associated with many improvements in health and wellbeing, but the changes aren't as large as hoped, finds an analysis of outcomes ... read more

Disparities in Care Among Homeless Adults Hospitalized for Cardiovascular Conditions

Researchers have found that there are indeed striking disparities in in-hospital care and mortality between homeless and non-homeless ... read more

People in Counties With Worse Economies Are More Likely to Die from Heart Disease

Communities in the United States that experienced the most economic distress in the wake of the Great Recession saw a significant increase in death rates from heart disease and strokes among ... read more

Mapping Disease Outbreaks in Urban Settings Using Mobile Phone Data

A new study into the interplay between mobility and the 2013 and 2014 dengue outbreaks in Singapore has uncovered a legal void around access to mobile phone data -- information that can prove vital ... read more

Diet Trials Often Amend Their Outcome Measures as They Go

A study concludes that 86 percent of diet trials amended their desired study outcomes along the way. That raises the possibility of ... read more

In States Where Recreational Marijuana Is Legal, Problematic Use Increased Among Adults and Teens

Problematic use of marijuana among adolescents and adults increased after legalization of recreational marijuana use, according to a new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Columbia ... read more

Cholesterol Levels in American Adults Declining Since 2013 Guideline Release

The implementation of the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol has been linked to improved overall cholesterol levels for ... read more

Health Care, Mass Shootings, 2020 Election Causing Americans Significant Stress

A year before the 2020 presidential election, Americans report various issues in the news as significant sources of stress, including health care, mass shootings and the upcoming ... read more

Elite-Level Video Gaming Requires New Protocols in Sports Medicine

Study authors note multiple health issues including blurred vision from excessive screen time, neck and back pain from poor posture, carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive motion, metabolic ... read more

How to Alter Memories to Protect Consumers

A new study shows why it is sometimes difficult for consumers to internalize retracted information from companies or news ... read more

Research on Antibiotic Use Desperately Needed as Resistance Crisis Looms

Overuse of antibiotics in healthcare contributes to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, resulting in 2 million infections and 100,000 deaths in the US each year, but research is lacking ... read more

US-Born Residents More Than 5 Times Likely to Use Prescription Opioids Than New Immigrants

The longer immigrants live in the United States, the more likely they are to use prescription opioids -- a fact that contradicts popular views linking wealth and health, and suggests that American ... read more

Paid Leave May Widen the Mommy Gap but Increase Time With Children

Many policymakers and scholars believe offering paid leave to families would be a game changer for US moms and families, leading to increased equity in labor markets and helping eliminate the ... read more

Power of Family Resilience to Protect Children from Bullying

Studies show that children exposed to childhood trauma known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are at increased risk of being bullied or bullying others. New research suggests that family ... read more

Global Health Security Index Finds Gaps in Preparedness for Epidemics and Pandemics

A new Global Health Security Index released today, the first comprehensive assessment and benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across 195 countries, suggests that not a single ... read more

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