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Gaps in vaccine coverage highlighted with new report and online tool
As the 69th World Health Assembly discusses progress on the Global Vaccine Action Plan , a new data visualization platform--from the International Vaccine Access Center IVAC at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health JHSPH --provides stark numbers on where shortfalls exist in vaccine introduction and coverage. The Vaccine Information Epidemiology Window VIEW-hub incorporates data on Haemophilus influenzae type B Hib vaccine, pneumococcal conjug ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
Depression lowers women's chances of pregnancy, BU study finds
Women with severe depressive symptoms have a decreased chance of becoming pregnant, while the use of psychotropic medications does not appear to harm fertility, a study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine shows. The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology , found a 38 percent decrease in the average probability of conception in a given menstrual cycle among women who reported severe ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
Obesity rising in least walkable Ontario neighborhoods
TORONTO, May 24, 2016 -- Obesity rates in Southern Ontario cities have remained stable for more than a decade in highly walkable neighborhoods but continued to rise in less walkable ones, a new study has found. Neighbourhoods that were designed to be more walking-friendly also experienced a fall in the rate of new cases of diabetes. The study, led by Dr. Gillian Booth, an endocrinologist and researcher at St. Michael s Hospital and an adjunct scientist at ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
Low hormone levels linked to obesity in teens
Washington, DC -- Obese teenagers already show signs of hormonal differences from normal-weight peers that may make them prone to weight gain, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism . The study found obese teenagers have lower levels of a hormone potentially tied to weight management than normal-weight teens. Studies of adults have found that the hormone, called spexin, is likely involved ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
Sugar substitutes may cut calories, but no health benefits for individuals wit...
TORONTO, May 24, 2016 -- Artificial sweeteners help individuals with obesity to cut calories and lose weight but may have negative health effects, according to researchers at York University s Faculty of Health. Our study shows that individuals with obesity who consume artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don t take sugar substitutes, says Professor Jennifer Kuk, obesity researcher in the School of ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
UTHealth study finds e-cigarette marketing linked to teen e-cigarette use
HOUSTON - May 23, 2016 - Exposure to e-cigarette marketing messages is significantly associated with e-cigarette use among middle school and high school students, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston UTHealth . The study will be published in the June print edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health . Using data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey, researchers found that youth were exposed to e-cigare ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
Smoking during pregnancy associated with increased risk of schizophrenia in of...
A study by researchers at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Medical Center CUMC , New York State Psychiatric Institute and colleagues in Finland reports an association between smoking during pregnancy and increased risk for schizophrenia in children. The paper evaluated nearly 1,000 cases of schizophrenia and matched controls among offspring born in Finland from 1983-1998 who were ascertained from the country s nati ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
Money really does matter in relationships
Our romantic choices are not just based on feelings and emotions, but how rich we feel compared to others, a new study published in Frontiers in Psychology has found. We wanted a better understanding of the psychological importance of money in the development of romantic relationships because very little is known about this subject. That way people would have a better perspective of the relationships they are in, explained Professor Darius Chan from the De ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
On Gap Years and Privilege
Gap years are often a sign of privilege. It s true. Media coverage of Malia Obama s decision to take a gap year before college has brought a new level of attention and scrutiny to gap years in the US. Among the many opinions in the media, there are those who dismiss gap years because they are associated with privilege. Some even use this association as an opportunity to share assumptions that one has to be rich to take a gap year and that they are glorifie ...
Psychology Today - Mon. May 23
Evolutionary Psychology Goes Just Fine with Religion
When I tell people that I conduct work in the field of evolutionary psychology , a common response is about like this Oh, I bet you get a lot of resistance from religious people And folks are often surprised when I tell them that the answer is not really. There is plenty of resistance to the idea of human behavior resulting from evolutionary forces, but in my experience, the resistance is more likely to come from academics in other fields rather than from ...
Psychology Today - Mon. May 23
Novel strategy may improve seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness
New findings describe a novel strategy for predicting how circulating influenza viruses will evolve, an approach that may help scientists create better seasonal influenza vaccines. The findings, which appear in the journal Nature Microbiology , were conducted by scientists affiliated with the Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance CEIRS program of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases NIAID , part of the National ...
EurekAlert - Mon. May 23
New strategy could yield more precise seasonal flu vaccine
MADISON, Wis. -- During the 2014-15 flu season, the poor match between the virus used to make the world s vaccine stocks and the circulating seasonal virus yielded a vaccine that was less than 20 percent effective. While this year s vaccine is a much better match to the circulating seasonal strains of influenza, the shifty nature of the virus and the need to pick the viruses used to make global vaccine stocks well before the onset of the flu season can mak ...
EurekAlert - Mon. May 23
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