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'9/26/2022 4:08:29 PM'

New tool assesses which countries need COVID-19 vaccines the most

A new scoring tool that helps to 'transparently' prioritize which countries are in greatest need of COVID-19 vaccines, has been developed by researchers.

'9/22/2022 8:44:45 AM'

Motherhood at work: Exploring maternal mental health

Up to 1 in 5 women in the postpartum period will experience a mental health disorder like postpartum depression or generalized anxiety disorder. How an organization handles a mother's return to work can have a significant impact on her mental heal...

'9/22/2022 8:44:40 AM'

Cancer and diabetes aren't the only conditions driving medical debt

Expensive ongoing treatment for cancer and diabetes are the best-known drivers of the medical debt that contributes to two-thirds of personal bankruptcies, but a new study indicates other chronic conditions contribute significantly, too.

'9/21/2022 5:00:41 PM'

Maternal education and household income at birth can increase a child's chances of overweight and obesity at age 10, according to new research

A mother's level of education can be an important predictor of early childhood overweight and obesity, according to a new international study. The paper looks at the relation between early childhood socioeconomic status (SES) -- as measured by mat...

'9/21/2022 10:15:05 AM'

Smoking to blame for most of England's socioeconomic disparity in cancer incidence, study finds

The majority of the socioeconomic disparity, or deprivation gap, in cancer incidence could have been prevented in England between 2013 and 2017 if nobody had smoked, according to a new study.

'9/20/2022 10:14:21 AM'

Women facing food insecurity could be at high risk for addiction to highly processed food

Lack of access to affordable, nutrient-rich food is associated with an addictive pattern of eating that resembles substance abuse disorders, researchers report in a new study.

'9/20/2022 7:56:01 AM'

Telehealth makes hearing health care more equitable

Scientists explore how digital health solutions can expand audiology services in clinical and research settings. Audiology assessment via telehealth would allow patients to access care while a specialist is located hundreds of miles away and, as a...

'9/20/2022 6:07:32 AM'

As health problems stack up, so do serious financial woes, study shows

The more chronic conditions a person has, the higher their odds of having unpaid debts, poor credit scores and bankruptcy, a large analysis of medical and financial records finds.

'9/19/2022 6:32:05 AM'

COVID-19 took serious toll on Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander mental and physical health

Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, or NH/PIs, comprising more than 20 ethnic groups hailing from Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia, are understudied despite being the third fastest growing racial group in the United States. Two studies now rep...

'9/16/2022 7:24:21 AM'

Study explores the use of telemedicine in child neurology in largest study to date

Researchers found that across nearly 50,000 visits, patients continued to use telemedicine effectively even with the reopening of outpatient clinics a year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, prominent barriers for socially vulnerab...

'9/15/2022 8:36:59 AM'

'Digital mask' could protect patients' privacy in medical records

Scientists have created a 'digital mask' that will allow facial images to be stored in medical records while preventing potentially sensitive personal biometric information from being extracted and shared.

'9/15/2022 6:48:26 AM'

Resident physicians report COVID-19 impacts

A study assessed resident physicians' perceptions, coping strategies and self-reported levels of depression, anxiety and stress experienced during the early phase of the pandemic.

'9/15/2022 6:48:11 AM'

Cost of cancer treatment can impact health of survivors

A significant number of people who have survived cancer are living in poverty, which can have negative effects on their physical and mental health, according to researchers.

'9/15/2022 6:47:17 AM'

Typical movement behavior at large events increases risk of spreading infectious diseases

What is the typical movement behavior of visitors to large events, such as concerts, and what does this mean for the risk of spreading infectious diseases like COVID-19? Researchers set out to investigate using data from events in a large stadium ...

'9/14/2022 6:22:52 AM'

Survey finds stress and worry over the state of the world keeps some Americans up at night

A new national survey finds many Americans are losing sleep over stress and worry about the current state of the world. After a global pandemic, polarizing political division and more than two years of turbulent events, nearly one in five survey r...

'9/14/2022 6:20:05 AM'

Intelligent cooperation to provide surveillance and epidemic services in smart cities

Scientists explore the potential uses of integrated unmanned aerial vehicles and mobile robots for public good.

'9/13/2022 2:31:42 PM'

COVID was deadlier for those with intellectual and development disabilities

A new study has found that COVID was the leading cause of death for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in 2020. People with IDD were dying at a higher rate and at an earlier age due to COVID as compared to those without ...

'9/13/2022 7:03:57 AM'

Pet neuter surgeries fall off during pandemic, driving shelter overpopulation, survey finds

A survey of vet clinics finds that the COVID-19 pandemic postponed millions of spay and neuter surgeries for pets, halting decades of progress in reducing pet overpopulation.

'9/13/2022 7:03:40 AM'

Disproportionately focusing vaccination efforts on the least advantaged populations benefits everyone

A new study uses a data-intelligent model to highlight the need to boost vaccination campaign budgets for disadvantaged, vulnerable populations to reach the maximum health benefit for everyone.

'9/9/2022 12:03:40 PM'

Fix up Earth to exit COVID-19: Critical link between environment, pandemics

Ecosystem restoration can assist in COVID-19 recovery if it is closely integrated with socioeconomic, health and environmental policies, scientists say. The repair of ecosystems as a core public health intervention can reduce the risk of infection...

'9/8/2022 9:18:58 AM'

New study provides insights into each US state's COVID-19 vaccination rate

Many people unvaccinated for COVID-19 remain unconvinced of its necessity, and the social and demographic factors underlying this decision vary substantially from region to region, researchers report.

'9/7/2022 3:26:08 PM'

More detailed alcohol warning labels could reduce health harms, researchers suggest

In a new perspective piece, experts propose updating alcohol container warning labels as a strategy to help consumers make more informed decisions about how much they imbibe.

'9/7/2022 10:33:17 AM'

Climate data can help model the spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 transmission can be more accurately modeled by incorporating meteorological factors, with ultraviolet (UV) radiation as the main driver, according to a new study.

'9/7/2022 9:32:13 AM'

Growing numbers of Native American households in Nevada face plumbing poverty, water quality problems

A growing number of Native American households in Nevada have no access to indoor plumbing, a condition known as 'plumbing poverty,' according to a new study.

'9/6/2022 7:43:36 AM'

Lessons learned from COVID-19 mitigation measures

Due to the uncertainty of the timing of vaccine approval at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers struggled to find the best mitigation measures. In a new study, researchers analyzed how the expectation of a vaccine influences optim...

'9/2/2022 11:49:14 AM'

COVID-19: U.S. life expectancy continued to decrease in 2021, study finds

An updated analysis of American COVID-19 deaths throughout 2021 highlights a continued drop in overall life expectancy as well as persistent disparities by race and ethnicity.

'9/2/2022 8:27:38 AM'

How historical precedents impeded recognition of airborne COVID-19 transmission

A comprehensive historical assessment of knowledge and beliefs about disease transmission sheds light on why influential institutions worldwide took too long to recognize that COVID-19 is primarily airborne. The authors trace this deadly resistanc...

'9/2/2022 7:13:30 AM'

Study raises red flags about corporatization of health care, researcher says

New research reveals private equity firms that acquire physician-owned medical practices appear to be imposing measures to squeeze out more profits. It's not clear whether these practices hurt clinical outcomes for patients. However, the findings ...

'8/31/2022 5:00:17 PM'

Double burden of paid and unpaid labor leading to poorer mental health in women, review finds

Women still do the bulk of unpaid work at home while also holding down a job. A new review finds this double burden is taking a toll on their mental health.

'8/31/2022 12:25:14 PM'

SAFER Ukraine provides a blueprint for responding to global health crises

St. Jude Global and international partners launched SAFER Ukraine to help Ukrainian children with cancer and blood disorders safely continue treatment, creating a model for how organizations can respond to other crises.

'8/31/2022 11:28:00 AM'

Risk of children orphaned from COVID-19 highest in poorest countries

The risk of children being orphaned per COVID-19 death is highest in the poorest countries and those where people of reproductive age have the highest rates of non-communicable diseases, according to a new study.

'8/31/2022 7:40:42 AM'

Increased use of telehealth for opioid use disorder services during COVID-19 pandemic associated with reduced risk of overdose

The expansion of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with individuals staying in treatment longer and reducing their risk of medically treated overdose, according to a new study.

'8/30/2022 10:52:08 AM'

Understanding the expanded role of clinical ethicists

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many troubling ethical issues to the frontlines of clinical care, creating significant distress for clinicians, patients, and families. Behind the scenes, clinical ethicists managed those issues to support front-line ...

'8/30/2022 10:51:48 AM'

How COVID-19 may have reversed gains in maternal and child mortality

Declines in essential health care utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and lower-middle-income countries devastatingly impact women and children's health, according to a new study. In some of the world's poorest countries, the projecte...

'8/30/2022 5:33:01 AM'

Reading global catastrophes needs a new lens for sharp solutions

If the global community doesn't learn to spot and address the short- and long-term environmental and socio-economic changes, both harm and opportunity can be unchecked. Metacoupling offers a sharper lens.

'8/30/2022 5:32:23 AM'

Wildlife crossings potentially save millions annually in Washington state

Crossings over highways intended to preserve biological diversity also appear to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions in Washington state. An economic analysis found there were one to three fewer collisions involving wildlife per mile, each year in ...

'8/29/2022 7:28:14 AM'

Access to paid sick leave linked to lower mortality rate among US adult workers

Access to paid sick leave is linked to a lower rate of mortality among US working age men and women, according to new research.

'8/26/2022 9:11:59 AM'

Majority of clinicians in U.S. safety net practices report 'moral distress' during COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

A recent study found that most healthcare providers experienced either mild or intense levels of moral distress during the first year of the pandemic due to issues related to patient care and their workplaces.

'8/25/2022 8:03:52 AM'

Distress leads to higher COVID vaccine rates, less adherence to distancing guidelines, study finds

People who were more distressed -- showing signs of anxiety or depression -- during the COVID-19 pandemic were less likely to follow some best practice recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new study. ...

'8/25/2022 8:01:32 AM'

Study: Has prescription monitoring curbed the opioid epidemic?

Mandates to decrease opioid prescriptions in the U.S. have worked, but they also have had an unintended and undesirable public health outcome, according to new research.

'8/24/2022 1:01:39 PM'

NIH experts review monkeypox challenges

Lessons learned from the public health responses to the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics should help guide the response to the current outbreak of monkeypox, National Institutes of Health experts write in a new editorial.

'8/24/2022 11:22:16 AM'

Socioeconomic and health risk profiles among mothers of young children predicts risk of food insecurity, study finds

A new study identified multiple risk factors, including high utility bills, employment hardship, and medical hardship, that may lead to food insecurity among mothers of young children.

'8/24/2022 11:22:13 AM'

Twitter shows lower-to-middle income countries have higher unemployment post pandemic

Lower-to-middle-income countries still struggle with high unemployment rates after COVID-19 lockdowns and economic restrictions, unlike higher-income countries such as Canada, finds a new study.

'8/24/2022 11:22:06 AM'

Which teens are more likely to vape? Research shows surprising patterns across race and sexuality groups

A new study aims to examine differences in current e-cigarette use prevalence among U.S. youth at the intersections of sexual orientation with race and ethnicity.

'8/24/2022 8:09:29 AM'

Danes lost 30,000 years of healthy life due to COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic, study finds

Every Dane who died from COVID-19 in 2020 lost an average of 13 healthy years of life, according to new figures that show the burden of the disease.

'8/24/2022 6:30:26 AM'

First-of its-kind study of antimicrobial stewardship programs sheds light on how health systems can enhance care and reduce overuse of antibiotics

Researchers have conducted a landmark survey to identify and stratify antimicrobial stewardship programs into four different groups -- a first step toward studying the effectiveness of these models to best enhance patient care and reduce the rise ...

'8/24/2022 6:29:16 AM'

More Danes quit smoking during COVID, study finds

Danish smokers bought less tobacco and more of them quit smoking than usual during the COVID pandemic, according to new research. The result comes as a surprise given that mental health and exercise habits waned during the lockdown, according to a...

'8/24/2022 6:29:11 AM'

Religiousness, spirituality linked to better heart health among African Americans

In a study of nearly 3,000 African American adults, those who reported more frequent church attendance, private prayer and 'feeling God's presence' were more likely to meet the American Heart Association's key metrics for optimal cardiovascular he...

'8/23/2022 9:57:09 AM'

Despite flexibility, gig work and insecure income prove harmful to U.S. workers, according to study

Insecure income associated with nontraditional employment known as 'gig work' has a negative impact on the overall health and well-being of U.S. workers, according to a new article.

'8/22/2022 9:04:44 AM'

More folic acid in flour needed to prevent severe birth defects, researcher says

The UK Government's current proposal to fortify one type of flour with folic acid is inadequate as it suggests a low dose that would fail to prevent hundreds of cases of severe birth defects each year, according to a new paper.

'8/18/2022 5:13:00 AM'

Considering genetic risk in prostate cancer referrals could lead to earlier diagnosis

A large-scale study looked at the impact of incorporating genetic risk for cancer into the GP triage and referral processes in the UK. The research concluded that considering genetic risk could improve referrals for those in need -- and importantl...

'8/17/2022 10:40:52 AM'

Professor working to heal homelessness, fix broken aid industry

Inspired by an encounter with Mother Teresa nearly four decades ago, University of Houston professor Dr. David Buck suggests three strategies to treat homeless individuals and improve health outcomes more effectively.

'8/17/2022 10:40:30 AM'

'Nutri-Score' label may counter misleading sugar claims on groceries, analysis suggests

A new analysis suggests that the Nutri-Score -- a label indicating the overall nutritional quality of a food product -- can counteract the misleading effects of sugar claims.

'8/17/2022 6:40:44 AM'

Interdisciplinary panel offers solutions to improve recruitment for Alzheimer's clinical trials

Researchers aim to develop solutions to overcome some of the steepest barriers to clinical trial recruitment.

'8/16/2022 10:27:56 AM'

Is universal healthcare progress related to changes in childhood vaccination rates?

Countries with greater progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) had smaller declines in childhood vaccination coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

'8/16/2022 10:27:48 AM'

Sleep medication use drops dramatically among Americans, study finds

The use of medication to treat sleep disturbances has fallen dramatically in the United States in recent years after several decades of climbing steeply, according to a new study.

'8/15/2022 11:03:39 AM'

Delays in contact tracing impeded early COVID-19 containment

Contact tracing programs were deployed around the globe to slow the spread of COVID-19, but these programs could not prevent the multiple waves of transmission and loss of life that have occurred since March 2020. Researchers found that a five-day...

'8/15/2022 11:03:35 AM'

Low school test scores linked to racial segregation and lead exposure in North Carolina

Birth data, blood lead levels and fourth grade end-of-grade test scores for more than 25,000 children living in North Carolina show how childhood lead exposure and neighborhood racial residential segregation affect early childhood educational outc...

'8/15/2022 7:28:12 AM'

Meth use drives overdose epidemic in rural U.S. communities, study finds

Methamphetamine remains a stubbornly prevalent illicit substance in large swaths of rural America, according to a new study. The findings show that methamphetamine remains a common drug, and is driving overdoses in rural communities. About four of...

'8/12/2022 7:40:27 AM'

Chemistry lab students predict spread of COVID-19 with kinetics models

Chemist Jixin Chen looked at the rapid spread of COVID-19 early in the pandemic and saw a novel opportunity for his kinetics lab, where they study the rates of reactions.