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March 22, 2019

First of Its Kind Statistics on Pregnant Women in US Prisons

Mar. 21, 2019 — In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind systematic look at pregnancy frequency and outcomes among imprisoned US women, researchers say almost 1,400 pregnant women were admitted to 22 US state ... read more

C-Sections Are Seen as Breastfeeding Barrier in US, but Not in Other Global Communities

Mar. 21, 2019 — A new study finds that indigenous mothers in farming communities in Yucatán, Mexico, breastfeed for about 1.5 months longer following cesarean deliveries than they do following vaginal deliveries. ... read more

Neglected Diseases Continue to Require Attention Despite Progress

Mar. 21, 2019 — Few novel drugs have been developed to treat neglected diseases in recent decades, Brazilian researchers ... read more

African-Americans More Likely to Be Misdiagnosed With Schizophrenia, Study Finds

Mar. 21, 2019 — African-Americans with severe depression are more likely to be misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia, according to a new ... read more

Analyzing a Facebook-Fueled Anti-Vaccination Attack: 'It's Not All About Autism'

Mar. 21, 2019 — Pitt scientists find a viral anti-vaccination Facebook campaign wasn't 'all about autism,' but instead centered on four distinct ... read more

Medical Marijuana Laws Linked to Health and Labor Supply Benefits in Older Adults

Mar. 19, 2019 — A study that examined older Americans' well-being before and after medical marijuana laws were passed in their state found reductions in reported pain and increased hours worked. The study ... read more

Central American Kidney Disease Epidemic Linked to Occupational Heat Exposure

Mar. 14, 2019 — For two decades, Nicaragua and El Salvador have seen increasing mortality from an unusual form of chronic kidney disease (CKD), also called Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN). The disease has ... read more

Most Deaths in Children Aged 5 to 14 in India, China, Brazil, Mexico Are Preventable

Mar. 12, 2019 — Most deaths of children aged five to 14 in India, China, Brazil and Mexico arise from preventable or treatable conditions, suggests a new ... read more

Adolescents Are More Likely Than Adults to Use Fruit And Candy-Flavored E-Cigarettes, Study Finds

Mar. 12, 2019 — As the FDA looks for more information on e-cigarettes and e-juice flavors, a new study shows that adolescents and young adults cite appealing flavors as a main reason for using e-cigarettes, that ... read more

College Campuses Are Thinking About Lactation Spaces -- But Could Be Doing More

Mar. 11, 2019 — Breastfeeding mothers in higher-education environments can typically find a place to pump, but only recently have institutions begun to prioritize access to this ... read more

How the Global Gag Rule Stifles Free Speech

Mar. 7, 2019 — A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health argues that the Expanded Global Gag Rule is having ... read more

Researchers Develop Innovative, More Cost-Effective Method to Make Drugs

Mar. 7, 2019 — Continuous manufacturing is a modern process that promises to enable the pharmaceutical industry to scale operations more easily in order to meet demand and help reduce drug shortages. A new research ... read more

Ebola Survivors in Liberia Face Ongoing Health Issues, Study Finds

Mar. 6, 2019 — Survivors of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia had a higher prevalence of certain health issues -- including uveitis (eye redness and pain), abdominal, chest, neurologic, and musculoskeletal ... read more

Fake Warnings on E-Cigarette Ads Distract Kids from Truth

Mar. 6, 2019 — When adolescent boys viewed fake-warning ads with messages such as 'IMPORTANT: Contains flavor,' those marketing messages stuck with them, according to a new ... read more

More Immediate Concerns Beat Heart Health in the Priorities and Behaviors of Young Women

Mar. 5, 2019 — Although it is the leading cause of death in women, more than 75 percent of young women worry little or not at all about getting heart disease. Most young adult women have taken some actions to ... read more

First Experimental Evaluation of Pharmaceutical Industry-Led Access Program

Mar. 5, 2019 — A new study is the first to use a randomized trial design to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of a pharmaceutical industry-led medicines access ... read more

Smokers Often Misunderstand Health Risks of Smokeless Tobacco Product, Study Finds

Mar. 4, 2019 — American smokers mistakenly think that using snus, a type of moist snuff smokeless tobacco product, is as dangerous as smoking tobacco, according to a study. The study provides new research on what ... read more

Junk Food Purchases Increase After Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Feb. 28, 2019 — New research found a link between state recreational marijuana legalization and increased consumption of certain high-calorie ... read more

Feb. 26, 2019 — Children who grow up with greener surroundings have up to 55 percent less risk of developing various mental disorders later in life. This is shown by a new study emphasizing the need for designing ... read more

Could Blockchain Ensure Integrity of Clinical Trial Data?

Feb. 22, 2019 — Researchers have created a proof-of-concept method for ensuring the integrity of clinical trials data with blockchain. The system creates an immutable audit trail that makes it easy to spot any ... read more

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