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May 4, 2016

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May 4, 2016

Zika Virus and Health Systems in Brazil: From Unknown to a Menace

May 3, 2016 — A new article examines the Zika Virus epidemic in Brazil and the Americas. On February 1, 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee declared clusters of birth defects suspected of ... read more

Giving Patients a Tool to Search for Health Care Prices Did Not Result in Lower Spending

May 3, 2016 — Offering a price transparency website and app to employees at two large companies was not associated with reduction in outpatient spending or out-of-pocket ... read more

Funding Decline for a US Government HIV/AIDS Initiative Raises Concerns

May 3, 2016 — A new study finds a significant decline in funding for an important part of the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. The study finds a 33 percent drop in funding ... read more

Nonprofit Hospitals Earn Substantial Profits

May 2, 2016 — Seven of the 10 most profitable hospitals in the United States in 2013 – each earning more than $163 million in profits from patient care services – were nonprofit hospitals, according to new ... read more

Study Underscores Need for Health Interventions for Single Parent Households in Urban Subsidized Housing Programs

May 2, 2016 — Single parents who participate in a housing support program in an urban setting with high levels of community violence had significant symptoms of stress and depression, a new study ... read more

Exempt from Passenger Restraint Laws, Taxis Pose Risky Rides for Small Children

Apr. 30, 2016 — The vast majority of small children riding in taxis are not restrained in car safety seats, according to new research, even though there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle collisions involving ... read more

Stronger State Policies Reduce Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Deaths Among Teens

Apr. 30, 2016 — Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among youth in the United States, and one in three deaths from automobile crashes are alcohol-related. However, stronger alcohol policies adopted ... read more

Factors That Help Children Thrive in the Face of Adversity

Apr. 30, 2016 — Research shows that people who experience four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as economic hardship, exposure to violence or the death of a loved one, are more likely to have ... read more

Legalization of Marijuana in Washington Had No Effect on Teens' Access to Drug

Apr. 30, 2016 — Despite concerns that legalizing marijuana use for adults would make it easier for adolescents to get ahold of it, a new study in Washington State shows that teens find it no easier now than before ... read more

Asthma-Related Twitter Posts Can Predict Rise in Hospital Visits

Apr. 30, 2016 — New research suggests that to predict -- and possibly prevent -- severe asthma attacks in a community, physicians can look for clues in social ... read more

Failure to Publish Trial Results Exposes Patients to Risks Without Providing Benefits

Apr. 30, 2016 — Although the publication of results of clinical trials carried out in the USA within 12 months of their completion has been mandatory since 2007, an astoundingly high number of Phase III radiotherapy ... read more

Ebola Virus Genome Provides Clues to Repeated Disease 'Flare-Ups' in Western Africa

Apr. 29, 2016 — Ebola virus samples taken from Liberian patients in June 2015 are genetically similar to other Ebola virus sequences from Western Africa, according to new research. The study sheds light on several ... read more

HPV Vaccination Expected to Reduce Cancer in All Races, May Not Eliminate All Disparities

Apr. 28, 2016 — Human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers occur more frequently among Hispanics, blacks, American-Indians, and Alaska Natives than among whites. A new study finds that HPV vaccination is expected ... read more

Costs for Orally Administered Cancer Drugs Skyrocket

Apr. 28, 2016 — New cancer drugs, taken in pill form, have become dramatically more expensive in their first year on the market compared with drugs launched 15 years ago, calling into question the sustainability of ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A health expert has called for a commitment to contribute resources and energy to control cancer in less-resourced countries, where there are significant gaps in cancer awareness, prevention, ... read more

Electronic Cigarettes Are Beneficial to UK Public Health, New Report Shows

Apr. 27, 2016 — Electronic cigarettes have the potential to contribute to reducing death and disability caused by Britain's biggest killer, say experts. The evidence summarized in the report shows that ... read more

Living in a High-Deprivation Neighborhood Has Long Term Health Effects, According to Unique Refugee Relocation Study

Apr. 27, 2016 — Living in a high-deprivation neighborhood may lead to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a unique study looking at the health of refugee immigrants in ... read more

Decoding Zika to Fight Future Outbreaks

Apr. 27, 2016 — Zika virus has been associated to several cases of neurological disorders and has raised worldwide public health alerts. Now due to the urgency, researchers are detailing the characteristics of the ... read more

Study Finds High Death Rate Among People Who Are or Have Been Incarcerated

Apr. 27, 2016 — People recently released from correctional facilities in Ontario had a risk of dying from a drug overdose 56 times greater than the general population, a new study has ... read more

Early Detection of Allergies, Especially in Children

Apr. 27, 2016 — People can become allergically sensitized straight from birth. The importance of early screening is therefore important to detect allergies early for the purposes of preventing serious illness. ... read more

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