Health

Harmful ads more common in lower-income neighborhoods

Researchers say that may be harming health
March 7, 2014

New research from the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) finds that harmful advertisements that could negatively impact health are disproportionately present in non-white, lower-income communities.


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Patient falls off OR table: System error or human error?

March 6, 2014

An anesthetized patient fell to the floor headfirst from an operating room table during a laparoscopic appendectomy in Scotland. The table had been tilted into an extreme head down position to facilitate the operation. Fortunately, no injury occurred.


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Updates proposed for nutrition labels on food packages

"Added sugar" added, salt daily value lowered
March 5, 2014

Would having the calories-per-serving in VERY LARGE numbers influence your decision to purchase – or not purchase – a food item? You’ll get the chance to find out, if the FDA’s bid to revise the Nutrition Facts labels found on packaged foods is successful.


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Public health experts aim to reduce costs, improve worker health care

Initiative says certain tests, treatments are unnecessary - and some even harmful
March 4, 2014

Workers who perform safety-sensitive jobs, like operating motor vehicles, forklifts, cranes, or other heavy equipment, should not be prescribed opioids for treatment of chronic or acute pain.


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Obesity rate down in young children

“Scales are tipping” for U.S. kids aged 2-5
February 26, 2014

The obesity rate among American children aged 2 to 5 years dropped sharply from 2003-04 to 2011-12, from 14 percent to just over eight percent.


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Many Americans go to work when they’re sick

“Too much to do”
February 25, 2014

More than a quarter of American workers always go to work when they’re sick, according to a new survey from NSF International, a global public health and safety organization. The survey found that an additional one-third (34 percent) wait until they experience the full effect of their symptoms before deciding to stay home.


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Health map of the UK: Healthiest and unhealthiest places to work

February 21, 2014

London has the healthiest workers while Wales fares the worst, according to a new UK health map based on data on a combination of lifestyle choices and clinical outcomes of 10,000 employees across the country.


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Colon cancer treatment better, but not all Americans benefit from it

February 21, 2014

While new and better treatments have improved the odds of survival for patients diagnosed late stage colorectal cancer, that progress has been largely confined to non-Hispanic whites and Asians and those under age 65, according to a new study.


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Obese patients with judgemental doctors less likely to shed pounds

Study: Physicians should lose negative attitudes
February 20, 2014

Overweight and obese people who feel their physicians are judgmental of their size are more likely to try to shed pounds but are less likely to succeed, according to results of a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.


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Does your teen tan?

State restrictions succeed in reducing indoor tanning among teen girls
February 18, 2014

Female high school students in states with indoor tanning laws -- particularly those with parental permission laws and age restrictions -- were 42 percent less likely to engage in indoor tanning compared to students in states without any laws, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published online by the American Journal of Public Health.


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