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Romantic opportunities appear to influence women's sexual identities, but not ...
CHICAGO -- Romantic opportunities appear to influence women s sexual identities -- but not men s, suggests a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association ASA . This indicates that women s sexuality may be more flexible and adaptive than men s, said study author Elizabeth Aura McClintock, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame. McClintock s study relies on data from the Na ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Few gay teenage boys get tested for HIV
Only one in five gay and bisexual teen boys have been tested for HIV HIV infections are on the rise for young men who have sex with men Text messages, online program can identify nearby confidential testing sites Testing in schools would normalize the process. CHICAGO --- Young men who have sex with men have the highest risk for HIV infection, but only one in five has ever been tested for HIV, a much lower rate than testing for non-adolescents, reports a n ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Information handling by some health apps not as secure as it should be
Some health apps that have been clinically-accredited may not have been complying with principles of data protection, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine . In some instances health apps were found to be sending unencrypted personal and health information, which means users of these apps may have had their privacy put at risk. Use of smartphone health apps is now at an all-time high. It is currently estimated that one and ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Female genital cutting is based on private values rather than social norms
Worldwide an estimated 125 million girls and women are cut despite the fact that female genital cutting leads to serious health problems throughout life. Development agencies spend millions of dollars every year on interventions promoting the abandonment of cutting. Researchers at the University of Zurich and their collaborators in Sudan have collected new data that challenge the assumptions on which many of these interventions are based. The study shows t ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Rapidly assessing the next influenza pandemic
Influenza pandemics are potentially the most serious natural catastrophes that affect the human population. New findings published in PLOS Computational Biology suggest that with both timely and accurate data and sophisticated numerical models, the likely impact of a new pandemic can be assessed quickly, and key decisions made about potential mitigation strategies. Novel strains of influenza emerge periodically and can pose major challenges for health plan ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Do patients with age-related macular degeneration have trouble with touch scre...
September 24, 2015 - Older adults with central vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration AMD have no problem with accuracy in performing touch screen tasks, according to a study in the October issue of Optometry and Vision Science , official journal of the American Academy of Optometry . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . But their performance is slower--especially during the initial exploration phase of touch screen tasks, according ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Medications to treat opioid use disorders -- new guideline from the American S...
September 24, 2015 - Medications play an important role in managing patients with opioid use disorders, but there are not enough physicians with the knowledge and ability to use these often-complex treatments. New evidence-based recommendations on the use of prescription medications for the treatment of opioid addiction are published in the October November Journal of Addiction Medicine , the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine A ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Breaking the anxiety cycle
A woman who won t drive long distances because she has panic attacks in the car. A man who has contamination fears so intense he cannot bring himself to use public bathrooms. A woman who can t go to church because she fears enclosed spaces. All of these people have two things in common they have an anxiety disorder. They re also parents. Each of these parents sought help because they struggle with anxiety, and want to prevent their children from suffering ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Bravo to biomass
Biomass burning sometimes gets a bad rap. That s because many associate the burning of living and dead vegetation with human-caused fires and clearing of land that release unhealthy particles and gases that spur global warming. But what if you burned biomass in a controlled environment, such as in a power plant, that at least partially replaces using a fossil fuel Would there be demonstrable environmental and health benefits In a new study, researchers at ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Countries have a long way to go to reduce the burden of NCD (non-communicable ...
A new method published in the Lancet of monitoring countries performance in reducing the burden of NCD non-communicable disease , shows that many countries have a long way to go to reduce suffering and deaths from NCD. Scores to measure performance across four areas governance, risk factors, surveillance research, and health system response were gathered from 23 mostly low- and middle- income countries including China and India . Of these 92 scores, 56 wer ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
COPD heightens deadly lung cancer risk in smokers
Boston, MA -- Smokers who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder COPD may face nearly twice the risk of getting small cell lung cancer SCLC --the deadliest form of lung cancer--than smokers who don t have COPD, according to a large worldwide study led by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study was published online September 24, 2015 in EBioMedicine . The new study--the largest-ever epidemiologic study of SCLC--is the fi ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Understanding self-control: Eating and spending are different public policy is...
You can resist buying a candy bar while you re waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store--but you ll buy any pair of shoes that are on sale. Your best friend, in contrast, wouldn t dream of buying a pair of shoes he thinks he doesn t need, no matter how low the price--but he can t resist buying that same candy bar you so easily ignore. According to a new study in the Journal of Public Policy Marketing, it is precisely those differences in self-cont ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
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