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August 28, 2015

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August 28, 2015

Links Between Individual Characteristics, Disability Employment Gap Found

July 29, 2015 — Researchers have explored the characteristics of people with disabilities who have achieved success in the workplace. The employment gap was found to be smaller among women, married people, ... read more

School Competitive Food Policies Appears Tied to Neighborhood Socioeconomics

May 4, 2015 — Policy changes in California to make the food and beverages that compete with school meal programs more healthy for students appear to have improved childhood overweight/obesity prevalence trends, ... read more

Surveys Miss Majority of Poisonings, Underestimate Cost by Billions

Apr. 14, 2015 — Health surveys may underestimate the number of poisonings in the United States by 60 percent to 90 percent, according to a new report. As of 2009, poisonings became the leading cause of fatal injury ... read more

Major Occupational Health Groups Publish Guidance for Employers on the Impact of Marijuana in the Workplace

Apr. 13, 2015 — Experts have published guidance for employers aimed at helping them better understand the implications of marijuana use on the workforce as attitudes toward marijuana and laws restricting it continue ... read more

E-Cigarettes Can Be Regulated Now Without More Research, Expert Says

Mar. 13, 2015 — A legal scholar and tobacco control expert says he has developed a research-based roadmap that allows for the immediate regulation of e-cigarettes, and that his proposal would minimize the threats ... read more

Teens, Adults Hazy on Washington Marijuana Law, Study Shows

Mar. 9, 2015 — Only 57 percent of Washington parents surveyed knew the legal age for recreational marijuana use and just 63 percent knew that homegrown marijuana is illegal under the law, a new study ... read more

Bans Don't Help Smokers Quit, Researchers Say

Mar. 3, 2015 — No significant change in home habits of smokers have been observed in the aftermath of a ban on smoking in public spaces, researchers report. Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from ... read more

Despite Broad Awareness, Only Half of Doctors Surveyed Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Mar. 2, 2015 — In a new survey, researchers found that physicians report relatively high awareness of state databases that track drug prescriptions but more than one-fifth indicated they were not aware of their ... read more

People With Disabilities Experience Unrecognized Health Disparities, New Research Shows

Feb. 26, 2015 — People with disabilities have unmet medical needs and poorer overall health throughout their lives, and as a result should be recognized as a health disparity group so more attention can be directed ... read more

Should Smoking Be Banned in UK Parks?

Feb. 25, 2015 — Should smoking be banned in UK parks? Extending anti-smoking legislation in the UK to encompass a ban in parks and squares "is an opportunity to celebrate the great beacon of healthy living, ... read more

Opioid and Heroin Crisis Triggered by Doctors Overprescribing Painkillers

Feb. 4, 2015 — Researchers say policymakers must look beyond painkiller abuse in their efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths. New research reframes the heroin and prescription drug abuse problem as a wave of ... read more

Feb. 3, 2015 — As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is preparing to issue a final ruling on whether it will extend its tobacco regulatory authority to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), researchers have ... read more

Jan. 20, 2015 — A little bit of sensitivity training can help people form better first impressions of those with facial paralysis, reducing prejudices against people with a visible but often unrecognizable ... read more

US Needs Harm-Reduction Approach to Drug Use, Researcher Says

Jan. 14, 2015 — The United States' law-and-order approach to reducing the supply of drugs and punishing sellers and users has impeded the development of a public health model that views drug addiction as a ... read more

As Many as Two-Fifths of Never-Smoking Teens Are Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Worldwide

Jan. 12, 2015 — Many teens who have never smoked are being exposed to the health dangers of tobacco. A new study estimated the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure worldwide among teens who had never smoked, and ... read more

Survey of the General Population in France Identifies Knowledge Gaps in the Perception of Lung Cancer

Dec. 17, 2014 — A prospective nationwide survey on perceptions of lung cancer in the general population of France highlights a need for increased public education on the benefits of lung cancer screening, the good ... read more

U.S. Taxpayers Bear Financial Burden of Smoking-Related Disease

Dec. 10, 2014 — Cigarette smoking generates as much as $170 billion in annual health care spending in the United States, according to a new study. The study found that taxpayers bear 60 percent of the cost of ... read more

Educating on Sickle Cell Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nov. 24, 2014 — Members of the public in sub-Saharan Africa who are carriers of the hereditary disease sickle cell disease must be educated aggressively through public health campaigns to raise awareness of the ... read more

Smoking Study: Financial Incentives Double Quit Rates

Nov. 17, 2014 — Offering small financial incentives doubles smoking cessation rates among socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers, according to research. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the ... read more

California's Tobacco Control Efforts Losing Steam, Finds Report

Oct. 23, 2014 — California’s position as a leader in tobacco control is under threat, according to a new report. Once a highly successful program and international model, the state's anti-tobacco efforts now ... read more

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