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May 19, 2019

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Legal Marijuana Reduces Chronic Pain, but Increases Injuries and Car Accidents

The legalization of recreational marijuana is associated with an increase in its abuse, injury due to overdoses, and car accidents, but does not ... read more

Historically 'Safer' Tramadol More Likely Than Other Opioids to Result in Prolonged Use

Surgical patients receiving the opioid tramadol have a somewhat higher risk of prolonged use than those receiving other common opioids, new research ... read more

Education May Be Key to a Healthier, Wealthier US

A first-of-its-kind study estimate the economic value of education for better health and longevity. The new study finds that the reduced disability and longer lives among the more educated are worth ... read more

Democracy Linked to Global Health Gains in Low-, Middle-Income Countries

A new study suggests that a better way to measure the role of democracy in public health is to examine the causes of adult mortality, such as noncommunicable diseases, HIV, cardiovascular disease and ... read more
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Progress Against Child Mortality Lags in Many Indian States

India in 2015 had more deaths among children under five than any other country and had large disparities in the under-five mortality rate between richer and poorer states, according to a new ... read more

Children, Their Parents, and Health Professionals Often Underestimate Children's Higher Weight Status

More than half of parents underestimated their children's classification as overweight or obese -- children themselves and health professionals also share this ... read more

Significant Delays in West Nile Virus Reporting

Researchers found significant delays in reporting human cases of West Nile virus, hampering real-time forecasting of the potentially deadly mosquito-borne ... read more

Lung Cancer Under-Recognized in People Who Have Never Smoked

Lung cancer in people who have never smoked is more common than most people think, and on the rise. Historically strong, and correct, messaging on smoking and lung cancer has inadvertently ... read more

Stroke Patients Receive Different Amounts of Physical Therapy

Medicare-covered stroke patients receive vastly different amounts of physical and occupational therapy during hospital stays despite evidence that such care is strongly associated with positive ... read more

Genetic Testing in Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Decreases Cost of Care Nationwide

A new study suggests that Oncotype DX-guided treatment could reduce the cost for the first year of breast cancer care in the US by about $50 million (about 2 percent of the overall costs in the first ... read more

Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors

A new study finds that air pollution significantly increases the risk of hospitalizations for young cancer ... read more

Information Technology Can Support Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

The incorporation of information technology (IT) into an antimicrobial stewardship program can help improve efficiency of the interventions and facilitate tracking and reporting of key ... read more

Effectiveness of Different Forms of Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Helping People Give Up Smoking

New evidence published in the Cochrane Library provides high quality evidence that people who use a combination of nicotine replacement therapies (a patch plus a short acting form, such as gum or ... read more

Number of Women Who Aren't Physically Active Enough Is High and Growing

Using data from a national survey representing more than 19 million US women with established cardiovascular disease, researchers say that more than half of women with the condition do not do enough ... read more

Achieving Sugar Reduction Targets Could Cut Child Obesity and Healthcare Costs

Reducing the sugar content of certain foods by 2020, in line with UK government policy targets, could cut child obesity and related illness, and save the NHS in England £286 million over 10 years, ... read more

National Effort Urged to Overhaul 'Broken' Health Data System

Our system for protecting health data in the United States is fundamentally broken and we need a national effort to rethink how we safeguard this information, say three experts in data ... read more

Australian Heavy Drinking Trends: Heavy Drinkers Consuming More Than Half of All Alcohol

Researchers have found the heaviest drinking 10 percent of Australians drink over half the alcohol consumed in Australia, downing an average of six standard drinks per ... read more

Study Finds Natural Variation in Sex Ratios at Birth and Sex Ratio Inflation in 12 Countries

Biostatisticians have developed a new estimation method for assessing natural variations in the sex ratio at birth (SRB) for all countries in the ... read more

Common Sleep Myths Compromise Good Sleep and Health

People often say they can get by on five or fewer hours of sleep, that snoring is harmless, and that having a drink helps you to fall asleep. These are, in fact, among the most widely held myths ... read more

FDA Added Sugar Label Could Be a Cost-Effective Way to Improve Health, Generate Savings

The FDA's mandatory added sugar labeling policy for packaged foods and beverages could generate important health gains and cost-savings for the healthcare system and society, according to a new ... read more

National Handwashing Campaign Reduces Incidence of Staphylococcus Aureus Infection in Australia's Hospitals

Since its implementation in 2009, the National Australian Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) has seen significant, sustained improvements in hand hygiene compliance among Australian healthcare workers, ... read more

Low Hand Hygiene Compliance in ICUs

Healthcare workers on intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection control, ... read more

Population Health: A Rapidly Evolving Discipline in US Academic Medicine

Leaders from department-level initiatives across the US weigh in on how academic medicine is embracing population health and the opportunities med schools have to make an impact, according to a new ... read more

Opioid Epidemic May Have Cost US Governments $37.8 Billion in Tax Revenue

The opioid epidemic may have cost U.S. state and federal governments up to $37.8 billion in lost tax revenue due to opioid-related employment ... read more

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