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School shootings and street violence: How they're alike and different
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The two types of youth gun violence couldn t be more different, but the ways to prevent them remain largely the same, according to a new report by some of America s top violence researchers. School rampage shootings and street shootings by youth differ in dramatic ways They are done by different types of youth for different reasons, and often have very different risk factors. It is amazing how different school shooters are from street shoo ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
High-deductible plans linked to lower use of medical imaging studies
January 14, 2016 - Patients enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans have lower rates of use and lower costs for imaging tests, suggests a study in the February issue of Medical Care . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Increased patient cost-sharing may contribute to reductions in diagnostic imaging utilization and spending, report Sarah Zheng, MA, of Boston University Questrom School of Business and colleagues. But they cite potential ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
A coffee to keep New Year fitness resolutions
For anyone struggling to keep the New Year Resolution to Do More Exercise science shows a solution could be found in a simple cup of coffee. In a paper published this month in the scientific journal Sports Medicine , Professor Samuele Marcora, a University of Kent endurance expert, suggests the use of caffeine could help people stick to their fitness plans. Responding to the findings that the majority of people give up their resolution to do more exercise ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
Health warning labels may deter parents from purchasing sugar-sweetened bevera...
PHILADELPHIA - Health warning labels similar to those found on tobacco products may have a powerful effect on whether parents purchase sugar-sweetened beverages SSB for their children, according to a new study led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study is the first of its kind to examine the influence of SSB warning labels. Results show that regardless of a parent s level of education, they may be significantly less ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
Study finds how diabetes drug metformin inhibits progression of pancreatic can...
Massachusetts General Hospital MGH investigators may have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of the diabetes drug metformin to inhibit the progression of pancreatic cancer. In their report that has been published in the open access journal PLOS One , the research team describes finding that metformin decreases the inflammation and fibrosis characteristic of the most common form of pancreatic cancer. Their findings in cellular and animal models ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
'No-buy' lists could cut kids' exposure to alcohol ads
PISCATAWAY, NJ - Young people s exposure to alcohol advertisements on television could be greatly reduced if alcohol companies improved their use of so-called no-buy lists, according to a study in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs . Alcohol manufacturers are self-regulated when it comes to advertising In 2003, the industry set guidelines that limit advertising to media that have a primarily adult audience -- with at least 71. ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
Could campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good?
Could alcohol abstinence campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good Two experts debate the issue in The BMJ today. Lack of evidence that such campaigns work and don t have unintended consequences, concerns Ian Hamilton, a lecturer at York University. The Dry January campaign estimates that Last year over 2 million people cut down their drinking for January, he writes. But popular doesn t necessarily mean effective, and he argues that this type of ca ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as safe as aspirin
FINDINGS PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is the first medicine that the Food and Drug Administration has approved to be shown effective to prevent infection with HIV. Nearly 50,000 new cases of HIV occur in the United States every year. Many doctors might be worried about prescribing PrEP for safety reasons. The researchers reviewed major studies of both PrEP for HIV prevention and aspirin for heart attack prevention. They found that both had similar lo ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
Couples’ Quality of Life Linked Even When One Partner Dies
When one spouse passes away, his or her characteristics continue to be linked with the surviving spouse s well-being, according to new research published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . The findings also indicate that this link between the deceased spouse and surviving spouse is as strong as that between partners who are both living. The people we care about continue to influence our quality of life even ...
Psychological Science - Thu. Jan 14
Transcendental Meditation May Help Relieve PTSD
Transcendental meditation may help ease post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD symptoms in some soldiers and seems to reduce their need for medication, a new study finds. Regular practice of transcendental meditation provides a habit of calming down and healing the brain, study lead author Vernon Barnes, a physiologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia, said in a college news release. The study included 74 active-duty U.S. ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 14
Could Reducing Your Stress Levels Help You Lose Weight?
Preliminary research may help explain how stress reduces your ability to lose weight. In tests with cells and mice, University of Florida researchers found that chronic stress triggers production of a protein called betatrophin, which inhibits an enzyme involved in burning fat. Betatrophin reduces the body s ability to break down fat, underscoring a link between chronic stress and weight gain, study co-first author Dr. Li-Jun Yang, a professor and lead inv ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 14
Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School
Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life, new research contends. A study of more than 1,000 urban children showed those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more likely to have social problems and to be aggressive toward others. The experiences included neglect or physical, sexual or psychological abuse. They ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 14
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