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Ginseng Can Treat and Prevent Influenza and RSV

Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, according to research findings by a scientist in Georgia State University’s new Institute for Biomedical Sciences.

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Want to Quit Smoking? New Study Says Try "Self-Expanding" Activities

If you are trying to quit smoking one method to incorporate is to do new, exciting “self-expanding” activities that can help with nicotine craving. This is the take-home message from a new study published online in PLOS ONE.

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Death of Public Figures Provides Important Opportunities for Health Education

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An Indiana U. study of reactions to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death suggests a critical window after a public figure dies to disseminate information about disease prevention and detection.

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Fighting Malaria Using Environmental, Disease Data

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Financial Incentives Help Economically-Disadvantaged Pregnant Smokers Quit and Improve Fetal Growth

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Smoking prevalence varies by socioeconomic status – particularly in terms of educational attainment – making smoking during pregnancy more common among economically-disadvantaged women, who face an increased risk of poor pregnancy outcomes, including miscarriage, preterm birth, SIDS, and later adverse effects. Recent findings from the University of Vermont demonstrate that providing incentives more than doubled smoking abstinence rates during pregnancy and increased fetal growth.

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Counterfeit Contraceptives Found in South America

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A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all.

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Embargoed AJPH Research: School Bullying and Fighting, Smoke-Free Impacts, Firearm Safety Laws

In this month’s release, find studies about recent trends in the decrease of bullying and physical fighting among school-aged youth; the decrease in COPD hospitalizations in smoke-free communities; and the association between firearm safety laws and gun ownership among parents of preschool-aged children.

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Tobacco Use Varies Widely Among Asian and Pacific Islanders in U.S.

A new study in American Journal of Health Behavior finds significant differences in tobacco use when analyzed by specific Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity.

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New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazil

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An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The report appeared in the April 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Non-Vaccine Measles Treatment Identified: UPDATE - Watch Pre-Recorded Q&A with Researchers

A novel antiviral drug may reduce the spread and severity of measles without a vaccination. Dr. Richard Plemper from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University and Dr. Michael Natchus of the Emory Institute for Drug Discovery (EIDD) will be available to answer questions from the media at a live virtual press conference at 1 PM EDT, Wednesday, April 16th.

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