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May 29, 2017

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May 29, 2017

World No Smoking Day: Increasing the Price of Tobacco by 5% Reduces Consumption by 3.5%

May 29, 2017 — In a 30-year-old study into pricing policy and tobacco consumption, it was found that increasing prices by only 1% reduces consumption by 0.5%. The results have now been published to mark World No ... read more

Sorting out HIV: Research Collaboration Devises a New Method That Could Speed Up Vaccine Development for HIV

May 25, 2017 — A new technique for rapidly sorting HIV viruses has now been created, which could lead to more rapid development of a vaccine for HIV, say experts. The technique will enable scientists to identify ... read more

Safe Space for Illegal Drug Consumption in Baltimore Would Save $6 Million a Year

May 25, 2017 — $6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single 'safe consumption' space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore, a new cost-benefit analysis ... read more

How Sharing Cancer Data Can Save Lives

May 24, 2017 — Global leaders in cancer research have called for the worldwide sharing of cancer data to save lives. The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health argue how the ‘freeing of data’ for a disease ... read more

Patients in Rural Hospitals Can Save Thousands of Dollars If Local Hospital Is Part of Tele-Emergency Room Network

May 24, 2017 — Patients in small towns can save thousands of dollars in health care costs by avoiding transfer to a larger facility if their local rural hospital is part of a tele-emergency room network, according ... read more

Aging Population With Care Needs Set to Grow by 25% Within a Decade in England and Wales

May 23, 2017 — Urgent need for better disease prevention policies targeting poor diet, smoking, alcohol, high blood pressure and physical inactivity, as well as increased investment in health and social care. The ... read more

Pediatricians Can Play a Pivotal Role in Reducing Pediatric Firearm-Related Injuries

May 23, 2017 — While firearms are present in 18 percent to 64 percent of US homes, almost 40 percent of parents erroneously believe that their children are unaware where weapons are stored, and 22 percent of ... read more

School Choice Policies May Impact Segregation and Diversity of Public Schools

May 23, 2017 — Despite decades of educational reform and legal efforts, many U.S. schools are experiencing increasing segregation, with 16 percent of public schools serving both minority and high poverty ... read more

Deaths from Chagas Disease Under-Reported

May 18, 2017 — Chagas disease, affecting millions of people in Central and South America, is classified as one of the 17 most important neglected diseases by the World Health Organization. Now, researchers have ... read more

HPV Vaccination May Reduce Oral HPV Infections, but Still Under-Utilized

May 18, 2017 — In one of the first large studies to explore the possible impact of HPV vaccination on oral HPV infections, researchers found it may confer a high degree of protection. The study of young adults in ... read more

The Charlie Sheen Effect on HIV Testing

May 18, 2017 — On Nov. 17, 2015, actor Charlie Sheen publicly disclosed he was HIV-positive on NBC's Today Show. In previous research, scientists found that Sheen's disclosure corresponded with millions ... read more

Costs for Generic Hepatitis C Drugs Available in India Would Be Paid Back in 5 to 10 Years

May 17, 2017 — Use of the generic versions of directly-acting antiviral drugs that are available in India to treat hepatitis C virus infection is not only cost effective but actually saves lifetime costs for ... read more

Even Small Quantities of Opioids Prescribed for Minor Injuries Increase Risk of Long-Term Use

May 17, 2017 — Patients who received their first opioid prescription for an ankle sprain treated in U.S. emergency departments commonly received prescriptions for anywhere from 15 to 40 pills, according to new ... read more

Important Step Taken Toward an HIV Vaccine

May 17, 2017 — Researchers have developed a strategy that can revolutionize vaccine design. The new strategy is used to develop vaccines that can prevent HIV infection and the development of ... read more

Substantial Differences Between US Counties for Death Rates from Ischemic Heart Disease, Stroke

May 16, 2017 — Although the absolute difference in US county-level cardiovascular disease mortality rates have declined substantially over the past 35 years for both ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular ... read more

More Than Half of Eligible US Travelers Not Receiving Measles Immunization

May 15, 2017 — 53 percent of individuals seeking pre-travel consultations at clinics across the country who were eligible to receive the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine were not vaccinated during the clinic visit, ... read more

May 15, 2017 — Vaccinating pregnant mothers year-round against flu in the resource-challenged region of subtropical Nepal reduced infant flu virus infection rates by an average of 30 percent, increased birth ... read more

Priority Actions to Achieve U. S. Health Security

May 15, 2017 — A new report identifies global health priorities in light of current and emerging challenges and makes 14 recommendations for the US government and other stakeholders to address these ... read more

Ebola: Lives to Be Saved With New Management Approach

May 15, 2017 — Ebola outbreaks are set to be managed quickly and efficiently, saving lives, with a new approach developed by an international team of researchers, which helps to streamline outbreak ... read more

Two Dose HPV Vaccine Effective in Preventing Genital Warts, Study Finds

May 15, 2017 — New research offers the first published clinical evidence to support new recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a two-dose HPV vaccine to prevent genital warts. ... read more

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