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November 25, 2015

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November 25, 2015

City-Wide Effort Boosts NYC's Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Nov. 23, 2015 — Work to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in New York City have resulted in a 40 percent increase in screening rates over four ... read more

Hiding Tobacco Products at Convenience Stores Reduces Teens' Risk of Future Tobacco Use

Nov. 23, 2015 — A one-of-a-kind laboratory replica of a convenience store is the first to use a realistic setting to examine whether limiting displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products in retail outlets can ... read more

Law Experts Propose Revisions for International Health Regulations

Nov. 23, 2015 — A trio of global health law experts warn the window for fundamental reform of the International Health Regulations -- opened by the Ebola epidemic -- is 'rapidly ... read more

Independent Panel of Global Experts Calls for Critical Reforms to Prevent Future Pandemics

Nov. 23, 2015 — A hard-hitting analysis of the global response to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been issued by an independent group of 20 experts from around the ... read more

Marked Decline in Retailer Compliance After Enactment of NYC's Tobacco 21 Law

Nov. 20, 2015 — In a study examining compliance with NYC's law increasing legal age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21, researchers found retailer compliance with ID checks significantly decreased since ... read more

European Hospitals Overlook Every Other Person With HIV

Nov. 20, 2015 — Many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection, a new study reveals. If tests were more widely used in healthcare, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, ... read more

British Hospitals Face Serious Shortage of Liver Specialists

Nov. 19, 2015 — Fewer than one in three hospitals employ a full-time doctor who specializes in liver medicine, according to a survey of 144 hospitals in the UK. The results suggest that staffing levels for liver ... read more

'Orphan Drug' Loophole Needs Closing, Researchers Say

Nov. 19, 2015 — Health experts are calling on lawmakers and regulators to close loopholes in the Orphan Drug Act they claim give drug companies millions of dollars in unintended and misplaced subsidies and tax ... read more

Poorer Dementia Patients in England Less Likely to Be Prescribed Drugs

Nov. 19, 2015 — Dementia patients from more affluent areas in England are 27 percent more likely to be prescribed anti-dementia drugs than patients from poorer areas, finds a new study of 77,045 dementia patients ... read more

Critical Gaps in Antenatal Care Identified in Cases of Term Stillbirths

Nov. 18, 2015 — An expert enquiry identifies key steps for hospitals to improve care for pregnant mothers and babies. The study follows an investigation by a team of experts into 133 cases of stillbirth in 2013 in ... read more

Gunshot Survivors in High-Crime Community Face Elevated Risk of Early Death, Study Shows

Nov. 18, 2015 — One in 20 survivors of gunshot violence in an urban area with high crime died within five years, mainly by homicide, according to the results of a study that tracked patients after they had been ... read more

Has Syria Painted a Target on Medical Teams Around the World?

Nov. 18, 2015 — Even in war, hospitals have a kind of invisible bubble around them. But in Syria, that bubble has burst dozens of times, says a new report. And that may put medical facilities and workers in other ... read more

Population Health Promotion: Stratified Approach for Cardiovascular Health

Nov. 16, 2015 — Promoting cardiovascular health worldwide, experts discuss how the practice of medicine will change to reflect an increase in ambulatory ... read more

Kids With Medicaid, CHIP Get More Preventive Care Than Those With Private Insurance

Nov. 16, 2015 — Children insured by Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were more likely to get preventive medical and dental care than privately insured children in a study that compared ... read more

Public Health Leaders Urge Far-Reaching Reforms to Curb Prescription Opioid Epidemic

Nov. 16, 2015 — A group of experts has issued recommendations aimed at stemming the prescription opioid epidemic, a crisis that kills an average of 44 people a day in the ... read more

Lung Transplant Criteria Biased Against Shorter Patients

Nov. 16, 2015 — Short people have several health advantages over tall people, including lower risk for cancer and heart disease, and longer life expectancy. But there's at least one health-related downside to ... read more

Study Ranks Six American Cities on Preparation for Climate Change

Nov. 16, 2015 — A new study assesses the factors that affect climate change adaptation and ranks six American cities, finding that Portland, Boston and Los Angeles are all in the advanced to middle stages of ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — More than three fourths of both teens and adults say e-cigarettes should be restricted in public spaces, come with health warnings and be taxed like conventional ... read more

Large Study Sums Up Health Issues for New Child Refugees to U.S.

Nov. 13, 2015 — For refugee children newly arrived in the US, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, parasitic worms, high blood lead levels and anemia are among the top public health concerns covered by screening programs. In ... read more

Child Abuse Rises in Connection With Soldiers' Deployments

Nov. 13, 2015 — Children under age two may be at heightened risk for abuse and neglect during the six months immediately following a parent's return from deployment in the US Army, and the risk may rise among ... read more

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