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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Feb. 16, 2017 — In some areas of the US, medical providers consistently order more tests and treatments for patients than providers do elsewhere -- a fact that has generated considerable public debate. Now a new ... read more

When Does a Man Say 'I'm the Father'?

Feb. 15, 2017 — American men much more readily acknowledge that they are the legal father of a child born out of wedlock when the woman involved is more affluent, educated, and healthy. It also helps (slightly) if ... read more

Sugar, Salt, and Fat Taxes Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs

Feb. 14, 2017 — Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting a combination of taxes on unhealthy foods and ... read more

Career Military Women Who Served in Vietnam: Happier and in Better Health Than All Women, Say Researchers

Feb. 13, 2017 — A study of American women deployed to Vietnam for military or civilian service shows that 48 percent of career military women were very happy compared to 38 percent of women in the general ... read more

Strong Alcohol Policies Protect Against Drunk Driving Deaths Among Young People

Feb. 13, 2017 — Stronger alcohol policies protect young people from dying in crashes caused by drunk driving according to researchers. The study supports the importance of comprehensive alcohol control policies to ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — In the largest epidemiological study conducted in the developing world, researchers found that as exposures to fine particulate air pollution in 272 Chinese cities increase, so do deaths from ... read more

Poor and Less Educated Suffer the Most from Chronic Pain

Feb. 8, 2017 — Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than ... read more

Who Needs a Flu Shot? Not Me

Feb. 8, 2017 — What impact do public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a communication researcher, probably not. And it's not because we think ... read more

How Can Marijuana Policy Protect the Adolescent Brain?

Feb. 8, 2017 — As more states begin to legalize the use of marijuana, more young people may believe that it's safe to experiment with the drug. However, those under 25 are more vulnerable to the effects of ... read more

Lack of Transportation Limits Healthy Food Access Among Washington State Residents

Feb. 8, 2017 — Having convenient or reasonable access to supermarkets is often associated with healthier diets and a lower risk for obesity among neighborhood residents. However, simply improving residents' ... read more

Air Pollution Linked to Heightened Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Obese Latino Children

Feb. 7, 2017 — Latino children who live in areas with higher levels of air pollution have a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Scientists tracked children's health and ... read more

Malaria Control Efforts Can Benefit from Forecasting Using Satellites

Feb. 7, 2017 — Links between patterns of malaria in Kenya and environmental factors (temperature, rainfall and land cover) are measurable by satellite imagery, says a researcher. In his doctoral dissertation, the ... read more

Medicare Could Overpay Medicare Advantage Plans by $200 Billion Over Ten Years

Feb. 7, 2017 — Current trends in diagnostic coding for patient risk scores will lead to Medicare overpaying Medicare Advantage (MA) plans substantially through 2026-likely to the tune of hundreds of billions of ... read more

World Lung Health Study Allows Scientists to Predict Your Chance of Developing Deadly Disease

Feb. 6, 2017 — A breakthrough advance offers the potential to defuse a 'ticking timebomb' for serious lung disease, including for over 1 billion smokers ... read more

Research Finds Flaws in Studies of Mass Deworming Efforts for Children in Poor Countries

Feb. 6, 2017 — Three widely cited research studies relating to mass deworming in Africa have substantial problems in their methods and analysis. The original researchers claimed that their results show long-term ... read more

Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs Among Young People: A Growing Global Concern

Feb. 3, 2017 — Balancing a country's need to make prescription drugs available to those in need while simultaneously curbing nonmedical use is one of our greatest challenges. A new article shows increased ... read more

Majority of Americans Say Benefits of Childhood Vaccines Outweigh Risks

Feb. 2, 2017 — Despite debate about the safety of childhood vaccines among some groups in the public, 82% of Americans support requiring children attending public school to be vaccinated for measles, mumps and ... read more

Current UK Salt Reduction Strategies Do Not Address Health Inequalities

Feb. 2, 2017 — The current salt reduction strategy in England has failed to reduce existing inequalities in salt consumption, cardiovascular disease, and gastric cancer burdens, outlines a new ... read more

Seven Heart-Healthy Habits Could Save Billions in Medicare Costs

Feb. 1, 2017 — At least $41 billion annually in Medicare costs could be saved if beneficiaries adopted five to seven of the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 healthy habits to reduce ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — SNAP benefits reduced the incidence of extreme poverty by 13.2 percent and child poverty by 15.5 percent between 2000 and 2009, research shows. Now, investigators have found that SNAP benefits also ... read more

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