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August 30, 2015

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August 30, 2015

15 Percent of Cigarettes Sold in NYC Have Illegal Tax Stamps, Study Finds

Aug. 27, 2015 — Licensed tobacco retailers throughout New York City are selling a substantial number of cigarette packs carrying either counterfeit or out-of-state tax ... read more

One in Four Hepatitis C Patients Denied Initial Approval for Drug Treatment

Aug. 26, 2015 — Nearly one in four patients with chronic hepatitis C are denied initial approval for a drug therapy that treats the most common strain of the ... read more

American Women Use Book Club Memberships in Dating Field

Aug. 22, 2015 — For American women, a book club membership means more than having status as a reader, as it might pay dividends to them in the dating field as ... read more

Identifying the Factors That Contribute to Flood Fatalities

Aug. 21, 2015 — Levels of economic development, population, investment, openness and education can all impact the total amount of human misery and economic devastation caused by floods, according to a new ... read more

Study Documents Extent of Unexpected Sexual Consequences for Young Women Who Drink Alcohol

Aug. 20, 2015 — In-depth interviews of 20 young women attending an urban sexually transmitted disease clinic have documented a variety of unexpected, unintended sexual encounters linked to their alcohol use before ... read more

Uninsured Texans Are Twice as Likely to Delay Seeking Primary Care, Mental Health Care, Report Shows

Aug. 20, 2015 — Texans without health insurance are twice as likely to skip seeking primary and mental health care because of cost, find ... read more

The Global Cost of Unsafe Abortion

Aug. 19, 2015 — Seven million women a year in the developing world are treated in healthcare facilities for complications following unsafe abortion, finds a new study, and every day, approximately 800 women die from ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — A multifaceted farming intervention can reduce food insecurity while improving HIV outcomes in patients in Kenya, according to a randomized, controlled ... read more

Surge in Heroin Use Tied to Prescription Opioid Abuse

Aug. 18, 2015 — Heroin use has increased 63 percent over the last 10 years in the United States, experts report. That increase is closely tied to the growing abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone ... read more

E-Cigarettes Could Have Health Impacts in Developing World, Research Suggests

Aug. 18, 2015 — Two researchers are urging greater regulatory oversight of e-cigarettes in poorer countries, where sales of the devices are growing. Public awareness of the devices is high in some developing ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — As hospitals across America brace for rigorous mandates for care of septic patients that will be adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in October, a new review unveils ... read more

Researchers Report on Hurricane Sandy's Mental Health Impact on Older Adults

Aug. 18, 2015 — Strong neighborhood relationships reduced the incidence of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among older adults exposed to Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that devastated the Northeast ... read more

Researchers Sound Off on the Dangers of Hospital Consolidation

Aug. 18, 2015 — Consolidation of hospitals into massive chains threatens healthy competition, reduces patient choice and could drive up medical expenses, experts say in a new ... read more

Some Health Insurance Websites Show Improved Efforts to Support Patient Decision Making

Aug. 17, 2015 — Websites for national and state health insurance marketplaces show evidence of improved efforts to assist patients in choosing health insurance plans, such as providing decision support tools, ... read more

Return on Investment Slipping in Biomedical Research

Aug. 17, 2015 — As more money has been spent on biomedical research in the United States over the past 50 years, there has been diminished return on investment in terms of life expectancy gains and new drug ... read more

Opiate Addiction Spreading, Becoming More Complex

Aug. 17, 2015 — The growing availability of heroin, combined with programs aimed at curbing prescription painkiller abuse, may be changing the face of opiate addiction in the US, according to ... read more

In First Year, Two Florida Laws Reduce Amount of Opioids Prescribed, Study Suggests

Aug. 17, 2015 — Two Florida laws, enacted to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse in that state, led to a small but significant decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed the first year the laws were in ... read more

Breastfeeding Could Reduce Commons Infections Among Indigenous Infants

Aug. 17, 2015 — Promoting breastfeeding could lead to a substantial reduction in common infections and even deaths that are more common in Indigenous infants than non-Indigenous infants, a new study ... read more

African-Americans Most Likely to Stop Taking Meds in Medicare Part D's Coverage Gap

Aug. 14, 2015 — Medicare Part D provides help to beneficiaries struggling with the cost of prescriptions drugs, but the plan's coverage gap hits some populations harder than others, particularly ... read more

Tdap Booster Vaccine Rates Triple at Family Care Clinics Using Automated Reminders

Aug. 14, 2015 — Electronic reminders at clinics helped boost rates of Tdap booster that protects against tetanus, diptheria, and whooping cough, a study shows. Guidelines recommend that adolescents and adults ages ... read more

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