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Death risk may be higher for participants of U.S. food assistance program

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study finds that subjects who are a part of the federal food assistance program SNAP may be at a much higher risk of death than nonparticipants.



Hospital-induced delirium may speed up dementia, study finds

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research suggests that delirium triggered by hospitalization can accelerate cognitive decline as well as dementia in senior patients.



A third of asthma patients are misdiagnosed, study finds

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada finds almost a third of adults recently diagnosed with asthma do not actually have it.



Eating hot red chili peppers may help us live longer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

A study of more than 16,000 U.S. adults suggests that consuming red hot chili peppers might lower the risk of all-cause mortality.



Rural Americans at higher risk of death from five leading causes

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new CDC study demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts.



Policymakers need to look at wider economic benefits of taxing sugary drinks

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

The wider economic benefits of a tax on sugary drinks need to be recognised by policymakers if retailers' pricing behaviour is to be changed, according to a study led by the University of East...



Nutritional quality of kids' menus at chain restaurants not improving despite industry pledges

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

U.S. chain restaurants participating in a National Restaurant Association initiative to improve the nutritional quality of their children's menus have made no significant changes compared with...



Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing, and that current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association...



Close to half of adults and one quarter of kids in the U.S. regularly consume artificial sweeteners

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Low-calorie sweeteners (LCSs) are often used in place of added sugars such as sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup in food and beverage products.



Cutting salt intake by 10 percent would be 'highly cost effective worldwide'

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

New study finds that nearly all countries would find a soft regulation strategy to cut salt intake by 10 percent over 10 years to be highly cost effective.



Medicaid expansion linked to better care quality at health centers

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

As the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump and members of the 115th U.S.



New study: What do health plan deductibles really mean for people with chronic illness?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

For tens of millions of Americans, the start of a new year means the counter has gone back to zero on their health insurance deductible.



Daily supplement of folic acid recommended to prevent birth defects

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PST

New state-issued report recommends a daily supplementary intake of folic acid to women capable of being pregnant in order to prevent neural tube defects.



Whiteheads: Causes, Treatment, and Self-Care

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

What is a whitehead and what causes whiteheads? Learn about the recommended treatment and self-care for whiteheads as well as self-help for acne.



Researcher turns 'SARS mask' into a virus killer

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A University of Alberta engineering researcher has developed a new way to treat common surgical masks so they are capable of trapping and killing airborne viruses.



Fixing overuse and underuse of medical care can improve health and save money

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Launched by The Lancet, the 'Right Care Series' features major commentaries by Vikas Saini (Lown Institute, Boston), Adam Elshaug (University of Sydney), Paul Glasziou (Bond University), Don...



New categorisation of food scares will help efficient development of strategies to prevent food chain being compromised

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers from the University of Surrey have developed a new comprehensive categorisation of food scares, a new study in the British Food Journal reports.



Is weekend exercise just as good as being active every day?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PST

A new study looks at different exercise patterns to see if 'weekend warriors' still get all the health benefits of daily physical activity.



Ignition interlock laws reduce alcohol-involved fatal crashes

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

State laws requiring ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders appear to reduce the number of fatal drunk driving crashes, a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health...



Diet drinks not 'diet' after all

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new review of existing research finds 'no solid evidence' that diet drinks are any better for weight management than full-sugar drinks.



Out in the cold: Why are the oldest people the most excluded?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

People over the age of 85 are significantly more likely to suffer social exclusion than those in the 65 to 84-year-old bracket, according to new research.



New study finds girls feel unprepared for puberty

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Girls from low-income families in the U.S. are unprepared for puberty and have largely negative experiences of this transition, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of...



Traffic exposure may increase risk of dementia, study finds

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

A large-scale study carried out by researchers in Canada suggests that living near major, busy roads may increase the risk of developing dementia.



Gun violence research underfunded, understudied compared to other leading causes of death

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

In a study appearing in JAMA, David E. Stark, M.D., M.S., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and Nigam H. Shah, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.



Ticks that carry Lyme disease found in eastern national parks

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks.