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June 26, 2022

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Stress Accelerates Immune Aging, Study Finds

Stress -- in the form of traumatic events, job strain, everyday stressors and discrimination -- accelerates aging of the immune system, potentially increasing a person's risk of cancer, ...

Climate Change Could Spark the Next Pandemic, New Study Finds

As Earth's climate continues to warm, researchers predict wild animals will be forced to relocate their habitats -- likely to regions with large human populations -- dramatically increasing the risk ...

Geoengineering Could Return Risk of Malaria for One Billion People

Geoengineering the climate would have massive repercussions for the health of billions of people at risk of malaria who live in tropical countries, according to a new finding. This is the first ...

Study Links Fracking, Drinking Water Pollution, and Infant Health

New research documents the pollution of public water supplies caused by shale gas development, commonly known as fracking, and its negative impact of infant health.  These findings call for closer ...
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Cardiac Rehab Attendance Lower Among Asian, Black and Hispanic Adults at All Income Levels, Study Finds

In a study of more than 107,000 people eligible for cardiac rehabilitation programs, Asian, Black and Hispanic adults were significantly less likely to attend cardiac rehabilitation programs compared ...

'Structural Racism' Cited in Study of Breast-Biopsy Delays

Black and Asian women are more likely than white women to experience significant delays in getting breast biopsies after a mammogram identifies an abnormality. Moreover, those delays appear to be ...

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 ...

30-Year Study Links Childhood Obesity and Fitness to Midlife Cognition

A new study of the impact of childhood fitness and obesity on cognition in middle age, followed over 1200 people who were children in 1985 for over 30 years, has found that better performance on ...

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 ...

Factors Causing Low COVID-19 Vaccination Have Spilled Over to Lower Flu Vaccination Rates, Study Finds

A new study finds that adult flu vaccination dropped in states with low rates of COVID-19 vaccination, suggesting that decades of successful public health vaccination efforts may be unraveling in the ...

No Peers, No Beers: Research Shows Youth Substance Use Declined During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, youth spent more time at home with family and were more isolated from in-person interaction with peers. Largely due to this social isolation ...

Cancer Clinical Trials Bounce Back After Significant COVID-19 Disruption: Data from Two Large US Cancer Centers

Data from two large cancer centres in the United States have shown that the COVID-19 pandemic caused substantial disruption to clinical trials for cancer treatment and care. After a 46% decrease in ...

Omicron Hit Rural America Harder Than Cities

The omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2021 and early 2022 spread rapidly America's densely populated cities, but led to higher rates of death in rural counties where vaccinations are ...

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 ...

Children in Remote School Faced More Sleep, Behavior and Social Challenges

Elementary school-aged children enrolled in remote learning experienced greater behavioral, learning-related, and sleep difficulties compared with children receiving in-person instruction, according ...

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 ...

Heavy Drinkers Four Times More Likely to Smoke in England, Study Finds

Those who are among the heaviest drinkers in England are four times more likely to smoke than the general population and should be prioritized by the government in its plans to achieve ...

A Bellwether for COVID-19

An analysis of data from university COVID-19 screening programs reveals omicron arrived earlier and took over more quickly than experts predicted. Data from university screening programs helped ...

Higher Socioeconomic Status Linked to Increased Air Pollution Exposure in China

Researchers have uncovered that people living in China who have a higher socioeconomic status are actually more exposed to outdoor air pollution, also known as ambient air pollution. This finding ...

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 ...

Screen Time, Alcohol, and Poor Sleep for Girls: How the Pandemic Has Impacted Teens in Australia

A new study finds that Australian teens had overall improvements in sleep over the two years and some improvements in dietary choices during lockdown, but these were offset by increases in already ...

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 ...

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