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June 26, 2022

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High Optimism Linked With Longer Life and Living Past 90 in Women Across Racial, Ethnic Groups

Higher levels of optimism were associated with longer lifespan and living beyond age 90 in women across racial and ethnic ...

Half of Older Adults Now Die With a Dementia Diagnosis, Up Sharply

Nearly half of all older adults now die with a diagnosis of dementia listed on their medical record, up 36% from two decades ago, a new study shows. But that sharp rise may have more to do with ...

Subsidy Would Improve Fruit and Veggie Intake by as Much as 15%, Say Economists

High fixed costs for retailing fresh fruit and vegetables means that they cost 40% more than would be efficient, unlike unhealthy alternatives, which ...

Link Between High Cholesterol and Heart Disease 'Inconsistent', New Study Finds

New research has revealed that the link between 'bad' cholesterol (LDL-C) and poor health outcomes, such as heart attack and stroke, may not be as ...
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Attitudes Around Older Motherhood Too Often Emphasize Risk and Pregnancy Timing

A political science professor argues that much of the official language around older motherhood is rooted in both ageism and ableism, as well as being out of step with current childbirth trends. The ...

US Infertility Rate Plateaus

During recent decades, the rate of infertility among women in the United States has remained largely the same, according to researchers. Their new analysis of data collected from 1995 and 2019 found ...

Sampling Surfaces for COVID-19 Virus at Public Health Laboratories

A new study shows that the methodology used to detect the COVID-19 virus in nasal swabs at public health clinics can be used to detect the virus on surfaces in indoor settings such as ...

Suicide Rates Didn't Increase During Pandemic, Study Finds

Many people, including mental health experts, anticipated a dramatic increase in suicide rates following the outbreak of COVID-19. But in fact, this has not been the case and most of the research ...

Polio Outbreak Risk Increases in Western Ukraine as War Ensues

The reintroduction of the wild-type poliovirus or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) is a sizeable threat in Ukraine, which is considered a high-risk country for vaccine-preventable ...

Preventing Adverse Birth Outcomes Could Boost Education, Income

Reducing the excess prevalence of low birthweight, preterm birth or small-for-gestational-age birth in low- and middle-income countries may lead to substantial long-term human capital gains when it ...

COVID-19 Accounted for 62% of Duty-Related Law Enforcement Deaths in 2020, Study Finds

While the study looked specifically at COVID-19 deaths among members of law enforcement in 2020, there are important lessons for police and other first responder organizations going ...

Removing Barriers to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Shows Success During Pandemic

Pandemic-era changes to prescribing guidelines for the lifesaving drug buprenorphine led to improved treatment outcomes for patients with opioid use disorder in Philadelphia, according to a recently ...

COVID-19 Pandemic Reduced Breast, Cervical, Colorectal Cancer Screenings by Millions in 2020, Study Finds

New findings show the number of women in the United States who reported having a recent (in the past year) breast cancer or cervical cancer screening dropped by 2.13 million (6%) and 4.47 million ...

A New Data-Driven Model Could Provide a Powerful Policy Planning Tool to Combat the Nation's Opioid Crisis

A team of public health modelers and substance use experts has developed a dynamic model based on national data from 1999 to 2020 that tracks the evolution of the opioid crisis for public policy ...

End of Strict COVID Measures in China Could Result in 1.5 Million Deaths, Study Finds

Researchers recently predicted that the end of Zero-COVID policies in China could result in the death of 1.5 million ...

Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Labels Led Smokers to Hide Packs

Graphic warning labels led smokers to hide their packs but not change other smoking behaviors, according to a new ...

Dementia Diagnosis Often Comes as Part of Costly Crisis

Medicare costs around the time of a dementia diagnosis are much lower for older adults screened proactively rather than those diagnosed while experiencing a health ...

What Will It Take to Transform Obesity Care for All?

A new framework for managing obesity care in primary care settings, and efforts to educate clinicians about the appropriate use of obesity medications, aim to improve care for this chronic ...

Too Much Self-Confidence Can Endanger Health

Older people who overestimate their health go to the doctor less often. This can have serious consequences for their health, for example, when illnesses are detected too late. By contrast, people who ...

Nearly 108,000 Overdose Deaths in US in 2021

A grim prediction made half a decade ago by epidemiologists and modelers has come true: More than 100,000 people are now dying from drug overdoses annually in the ...

COVID Vaccine Trial Locations Influenced in Vaccine Efficacy Results

A new study shows that COVID vaccine trials conducted in geographic locations with low infection rates had higher efficacy results, compared to trials in locations with high infection ...

Industry Lobbying on WHO Overshadowing Public Health Policy, Researchers Suggest

A new article looks at how producers of such products as commercial milk formulas, processed foods, alcoholic beverages, pharmaceuticals and electronic gaming software have been ramping up efforts to ...

U.S. Study Analyzing Tooth Survival After Root Canal in General Population

Oral health is a public health issue that significantly affects people's overall health. A ground-breaking study of root canal longevity using electronic dental record data from 46,000 root ...

Cutting Air Pollution Emissions Would Save 50,000 US Lives, $600 Billion Each Year

Eliminating air pollution emissions from energy-related activities in the United States would prevent more than 50,000 premature deaths each year and provide more than $600 billion in benefits each ...

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