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December 12, 2018

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December 12, 2018

Can Social Interactions Affect Spread of Disease?

Dec. 11, 2018 — Researchers draw connections between people's social activity and the spread of epidemics through a mathematical ... read more

Graphic Warnings Snuff out Cigarettes' Appeal to Kids

Dec. 7, 2018 — New research suggests graphic warning labels on cigarette ads have the same anti-smoking effect as similar warning labels on cigarette ... read more

What Does Expanded Medicaid Mean for the Health and Work Lives of Enrollees? A Lot

Dec. 6, 2018 — A new study could help states that will soon expand Medicaid, or may add a work requirement, understand what might be in store. Nearly half of enrollees in Michigan's expanded Medicaid felt ... read more

Hybrid Prevalence Estimation: Method to Improve Intervention Coverage Estimations

Dec. 6, 2018 — A new study outlines proposals for a more accurate estimator of health ... read more

Transforming Our Food System to Ensure a Sustainable Future

Dec. 6, 2018 — By 2050, the world will have almost 10 billion people. It will be impossible to feed everyone without exacerbating poverty, accelarting deforestation and increasing GHG emissions unless we start ... read more

Increasing Crop Insurances Adoption in Developing Countries

Dec. 6, 2018 — A bad crop can have severe consequences for farmers in developing countries. Despite the significant advantages crop insurances would offer in alleviating this risk, only a small percentage of ... read more

Stress from Using Electronic Health Records Is Linked to Physician Burnout

Dec. 5, 2018 — Researchers have found that health information technology-related stress was most common among primary care ... read more

High Lead Levels Found in Some Spices Purchased Abroad: New York City Cases

Dec. 5, 2018 — Investigations of lead poisoning cases in New York City have found high levels of lead in certain spices purchased abroad, a new study ... read more

Money Ills Add to Cancer Struggle

Dec. 5, 2018 — One in five cancer patients could be experiencing financial difficulties because of their care needs, according to new ... read more

Extent of US Lives Shortened by Gun Violence Twice as Great Among Blacks as Whites

Dec. 4, 2018 — The magnitude of lives shortened by gun violence in the US since the turn of the century has been more than twice as great among black Americans -- particularly those up to the age of 20 -- as it has ... read more

Too Few Fully Trained Nurses Linked to Daily 3 Percent Rise in Patient Death Risk

Dec. 4, 2018 — Admission to a hospital ward with below average numbers of fully trained (registered) nurses to care for patients is linked to a 3 percent rise in the risk of death for each day the shortfall ... read more

A Missed Opportunity: Telemedicine Use for Treating Substance Use Disorder Remains Low, Despite Unmet Need

Dec. 4, 2018 — A new study shows low use of telehealth services for substance use disorder. More than 20 million Americans have substance use disorders related to alcohol, opioids and other drugs. Less than one in ... read more

Retail Outlets Using Telehealth Pose Significant Privacy, Policy Concerns for Health Care

Dec. 3, 2018 — As retail outlets deliver health care services, including telehealth, physicians say more needs to be done to protect patient privacy, anticipate the capabilities of artificial intelligence and other ... read more

An Opioid Epidemic May Be Looming in Mexico -- And the US May Be Partly Responsible

Nov. 29, 2018 — Though opioid use in Mexico has been low, national and international factors are converging and a threat of increased drug and addiction rates exists. Many of these factors may have originated in the ... read more

High Costs of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Nov. 28, 2018 — Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common condition with a high economic impact in both children and adults, concludes an updated ... read more

Trends in Opioid Prescriptions in Children and Adolescents

Nov. 28, 2018 — Researchers observed a downward shift in opioid prescriptions in children and adolescents, which aligns with previously reported trends in adult ... read more

How Much Do You Trust Dr. Google?

Nov. 28, 2018 — Women experiencing signs of breast cancer vary in how they value, use, and trust 'Dr. Google' when making sense of their symptoms, a new study ... read more

Stigma Impairs Cognition in Men Living With HIV

Nov. 27, 2018 — A new study has drawn a direct link between the amount of stigma men with HIV report experiencing and their scores on cognitive tests, measuring abilities such as memory and ... read more

Reliance on 'YouTube Medicine' May Be Dangerous for Those Concerned About Prostate Cancer

Nov. 27, 2018 — The most popular YouTube videos on prostate cancer often offer misleading or biased medical information that poses potential health risks to patients, an analysis of the social media platform shows. ... read more

Smoke-Free Policies Associated With Lower Blood Pressure

Nov. 21, 2018 — Non-smokers who had access to smoke-free restaurants, bars and workplaces had lower systolic blood pressure readings than those who lived in areas without smoke-free laws. It's the first study ... read more

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