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Military Culture Enables Tobacco Use
12/04/2014, American Journal of Health Promotion - A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that U.S. military culture perpetuates the notion that using tobacco provides stress relief. Previous studies of tobacco use for stress relief among soldiers have produced no evidence supporting the theory. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - December 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physician Behaviors May Contribute to Disparities in Mental Health Care
12/03/2014, Health Services Research - The way medical doctors initially assess, treat and refer racial and ethnic minority patients may contribute to known disparities in their use of mental health services, according to a new study in Health Services Research. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - December 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Urban Parks and Trails Are Cost-Effective Ways to Promote Exercise
12/02/2014, American Journal of Health Promotion - A new systematic review in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that providing public parks and walking and biking trails is the most cost-effective strategy to increase physical activity among large populations in urban areas. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - December 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Depression and Dementia in Older Adults Increase Risk of Preventable Hospitalizations
11/20/2014, Journal of General Internal Medicine - Older adults with mental health conditions, such as depression or cognitive impairment, have a higher risk of readmission within 30 days after a hospital stay for pneumonia, heart attack or congestive heart failure, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - November 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Schools Often Fail to Follow Their Own Written Wellness Policies
11/18/2014, Health Promotion Practice - A wide divide exists between public schools' written wellness policies and their actual day-to-day practices, finds a new study in Health Promotion Practice. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicaid Payments for Office Visits Impact Cancer Screening Rates
11/20/2014, Cancer - New research in the journal Cancer finds that Medicaid recipients are more likely to undergo cancer screening tests when their doctors receive higher reimbursements for routine office visits rather than for the tests themselves. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poor-Quality Weight Loss Advice Often Appears First in an Online Search
11/13/2014, American Journal of Public Health - More than 40 percent of U.S. Internet users use online search engines to seek guidance on weight loss and physical activity. A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that high-quality weight loss information often appears after the first page of search engine results. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - November 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some Psychiatric Patients Are More Frequent Users of Hospital ERs
11/13/2014, General Hospital Psychiatry - New research in General Hospital Psychiatry finds that homelessness, cocaine use, being on Medicare, having a personality disorder or having liver disease appears to be a predictor of frequent ED use by people with a psychiatric illness. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - November 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic Care Coordinators Improve Diabetes Monitoring But Not Blood Sugar Control
11/11/2014, Health Services Research - Getting support from a chronic care coordinator increases blood-glucose testing and foot and eye exams in people with type 2 diabetes, but it may not improve blood-sugar control, a new study in the journal Health Services Research indicates. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - November 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unhealthy Diets Linked With Mental Health of Children
11/06/2014, American Journal of Public Health - Children and adolescents who ate foods high in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates and processed foods appear to experience more depression and low moods, suggests a new systematic research review in the American Journal of Public Health. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - November 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coordination Eases the Transition From Pediatric to Adult Health Care
11/04/2014, Journal of Adolescent Health - New research in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that when a young person moves from pediatric care to an adult practice, the transition is eased and better care is provided when formal processes are in place for the handoff. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - November 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Time Spent Preparing Meals at Home Linked to Healthier Diet
10/30/2014, American Journal of Preventive Medicine - Spending less than one hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food and spending more money eating out, finds new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Not having time available may be one of the most significant barriers to achieving a healthy diet. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 31, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Care Shortfalls for LGBT Young Women
10/28/2014, American Journal of Preventive Medicine - Young sexual minority women including those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) were found to have higher elevated odds of adverse health conditions than heterosexual young women and lower odds of receiving a physical or dental examination, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nearly Half of Older Americans Need Support With Daily Routines
10/23/2014, Milbank Quarterly - About 18 million Americans age 65 and older require help with routine daily activities like bathing, handling medications or meals, finds a new study in Milbank Quarterly. The research shows a growing need for improved services and support for older Americans, their spouses, their children and other "informal caregivers." (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fecal Blood Test May Save More Lives Than Colonoscopy
10/21/2014, Health Services Research - Colorectal cancer, or CRC, is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. State public health programs could screen nearly eight times as many individuals and prevent nearly twice as many CRC cases by using fecal immunochemical testing, or FIT, instead of colonoscopies, finds a new study in Health Services Research. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children With Chronic Health Conditions Less Likely to Graduate From High School
10/16/2014, Journal of Adolescent Health - Approximately 32 million U.S. children have at least one chronic health condition, which can negatively affect their chances of receiving a high school diploma or its equivalent by age 21, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nationality at Birth Plays a Role in U.S. Adult Vaccination Rates
10/14/2014, American Journal of Preventive Medicine - A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that foreign-born adult U.S. residents, which make up about 13 percent of the population, receive vaccinations at significantly lower rates than U.S.-born adults. This gap in care puts them at greater risk of exposure to several vaccine-preventable diseases. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Timing of Epidural Is Up to the Mother
10/09/2014, The Cochrane Library - When a woman is in labor, the appropriate time to give an epidural during childbirth is when she asks for it, suggests a new review in The Cochrane Library. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sexting in Teens Linked to More Sexual Activity, Low Self-Esteem
10/07/2014, Journal of Adolescent Health - Relatively few teens say they have engaged in sexting, but those who do may put themselves at sexual risk, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Expanding Medicaid Increases Rural Health Care Access and Use
10/02/2014, Health Services Research - A new study in Health Services Research reveals that expanding Medicaid to cover more adults boosts health care access and use in rural populations. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Women Receive Unnecessary Pap Tests
09/30/2014, American Journal of Preventive Medicine - As many as half to two-thirds of women who've undergone hysterectomies or are older than 65 years report receiving Pap tests for cervical cancer, despite recommendations against it, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - October 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Only Half of U.S. Adults Over 45 Are Screened for Diabetes
09/25/2014, American Journal of Preventive Medicine - A new cross-sectional study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that only half of adults in the U.S. were screened for diabetes within the last three years, less than what is recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - September 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teens World-Wide Self-Medicate With Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs
09/23/2014, Journal of Adolescent Health - Adolescents around the world are frequently using over-the-counter and prescription medications without a doctor's order, a risky practice that can lead to overuse and abuse and is often continued into adulthood, reveals a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - September 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pressure from Providers Leads Some Women to Have C-Sections, Inductions
09/23/2014, Health Services Research - Pregnant women who felt pressured to have a labor induction or cesarean section by their obstetrical care providers were significantly more likely to have these procedures, even if there was no medical need for them, suggests a new study in Health Services Research. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - September 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Online Social Networking Linked to Use of Web for Health Info
09/16/2014, Journal of Health Communication - The use of social networking sites like Facebook may have implications for accessing online health information, finds a new longitudinal study from the Journal of Health Communication. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - September 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elderly Who Have Had Serious Falls May Show Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress
09/11/2014, General Hospital Psychiatry - Older adults who experience a serious fall may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the days following the event, finds a study published in General Hospital Psychiatry. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - September 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Few Overweight People with Diabetes Getting Recommended Physical Activity
09/09/2014, American Journal of Health Promotion - Women and men with diabetes who are trying to lose weight are not meeting the recommended amounts of physical activity for weight loss, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - September 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poor Health Habits Linked to Financial Insecurity
09/04/2014, American Journal of Health Promotion - Financial hardship, or feeling that one can't make ends meet, may be more predictive of health risk behaviors than actual income levels for people with low-incomes, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Health Promotion. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - September 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sexual Risk Behaviors of Hispanic Youth Vary by Language, Place of Birth
09/02/2014, Journal of Adolescent Health - A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that the sexual risk behaviors of young Hispanic people living in the U.S. vary considerably with their degree of acculturation. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - September 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Become Smokers
08/28/2014, American Journal of Health Behavior - A study in American Journal of Health Behavior examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seniors Face Barriers to Critical Dental Care
08/26/2014, American Journal of Health Behavior - Poor oral health can have a negative impact on seniors' overall health and well-being, but for many, there are significant barriers to visiting a dentist, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Behavior. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Leaving Their Pediatricians Tough for Some Teens with Chronic Conditions
08/21/2014, Journal of Adolescent Health - A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health has found that one in five young adults with chronic illnesses said the transfer of their care from pediatrics to adult-oriented health care was unsatisfactory. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Counseling Has Limited Benefit on Young People Drinking Alcohol
08/21/2014, The Cochrane Library - Counseling techniques used to help young people with drinking problems may be of limited benefit, suggests a new review in The Cochrane Library. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Self-Reported Health Information Predicts High-Need Medicaid Patients
08/19/2014, Health Services Research - Just three types of simple self-reported health measures can predict which Medicaid-eligible adults are more likely to access intensive and costly health services over the next year, a new study in Health Services Research suggests. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anxiety Associated With Ulcer Risk
08/14/2014, General Hospital Psychiatry - A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry finds evidence of a relationship between anxiety disorders and the prevalence and incidence of ulcer over a 10-year period in a sample of U.S. adults. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental Health Screening in Primary Care Helps Veterans
08/12/2014, General Hospital Psychiatry - Veterans who receive mental health screening during primary care visits are generally getting adequate follow-up treatment, but the process for acquiring care could be improved, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Family History of Undertreatment May Discourage Blacks from Seeking Mental Health Care
08/07/2014, Journal of Health and Social Behavior - Blacks with a family history of untreated mental health disorders are less likely to seek treatment, even when they rate their own mental health as poor, finds a new study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicare Changes Lower Hospital Use
08/05/2014, Health Services Research - A recent study in Health Services Research based on 15 years of hospital data suggests that cuts in Medicare prices under the Affordable Care Act may slow the growth in overall hospital spending. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Reduce Costs
07/31/2014, Health Services Research - As the number of patient centered medical homes has increased, a new report in the journal Health Services Research finds the model offers a promising option to reduce health care costs and utilization of some health care services. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - August 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Confidential Discussions Are Key to Improving Teen Health Visits
07/29/2014, Journal of Adolescent Health - Teens who have the option to privately and confidentially discuss health concerns with their doctor are more likely to talk about certain issues than they would be in discussions where a parent is present, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - July 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inadequate Mental Health Care for Blacks with Depression and Diabetes, High Blood Pressure
07/24/2014, General Hospital Psychiatry - A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry confirms that Blacks with depression plus another chronic medical condition, such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, do not receive adequate mental health treatment. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - July 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lacking Trust in One's Doctor Affects Health of Emotionally Vulnerable Cancer Patients
07/22/2014, General Hospital Psychiatry - The physical and mental well-being of people with cancer may be affected by how they feel about their relationship with their physician and by differences in attachment styles, finds a new study from General Hospital Psychiatry. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - July 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When It Comes to Health Disparities, Place Matters More Than Race
07/17/2014, Ethnicity & Disease - Blacks and Whites living in an integrated, low-income urban area had similar rates of treatment and management of hypertension, or high blood pressure, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - July 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asthma Drugs Suppress Growth
07/17/2014, The Cochrane Library - Corticosteroid drugs that are given by inhalers to children with asthma may suppress their growth, suggests two evidence reviews published in The Cochrane Library. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - July 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Saves Lives
07/15/2014, American Journal of Preventive Medicine - A federal screening program markedly reduced death and illness from cervical cancer in underserved, low-income women but reached just 10 percent of the likely eligible population, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - July 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early Palliative Care Cuts Costs for Critically Ill Patients
07/10/2014, Health Services Research - Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can help cut costs for critically ill patients, finds a new study in Health Services Research. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - July 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Neighborhoods with Healthy Food Options Less Likely to Have Overweight Kids
07/08/2014, American Journal of Health Promotion - Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - July 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental Health Wins When Teens Play School Sports
07/01/2014, Journal of Adolescent Health - Adolescents who play team sports in grades 8 through 12 have less stress and better mental health as young adults, finds new research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - July 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Little Progress Made in Reducing Health Disparities for People with Disabilities
06/26/2014, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved - Mental distress in people with disabilities is associated with increased prevalence of chronic illness and reduced access to health care and preventive care services, finds a new study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - June 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Health in Young Adults
06/24/2014, Journal of Adolescent Health - Socioeconomic adversity during childhood increases the likelihood of both depression and higher body mass index (BMI) in early adolescence, which can worsen and lead to illness for young adults, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - June 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news