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Poverty-Obesity Link is More Prevalent for Women Than Men, Study Shows

New UT Austin study shows women are more likely than men to become obese in midlife due to socioeconomic disadvantage

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Poverty, Not Bias, Explains Racial/Ethnic Differences in Child Abuse

Poverty—rather than biased reporting—seems to account for the higher rates of child abuse and neglect among black children, reports a study in the September Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Poor Health Habits Linked to Financial Insecurity

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.

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Poor People with Diabetes Up to 10 Times Likelier to Lose a Limb Than Wealthier Patients

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A UCLA study finds that California diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are up to 10 times more likely to lose a limb than patients in more affluent areas. Earlier diagnosis and proper medical care could prevent these amputations.

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Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Illness in Young Adults

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.

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Children in Low-Income Homes Fare Better in Kindergarten if Moms Work When They Are Babies

Kindergarteners from lower-income families who were babies when their mothers went to work outside the home fare as well as or even better than children who had stay-at-home moms, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

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As Economy Declines, African Americans Appear “Blacker,” NYU Study Shows

When the economy declines, African Americans are more likely to be seen as “Blacker” and to bear stereotypical features, according to a new study by psychology researchers at New York University.

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Affordable Housing Linked to Children’s Intellectual Ability

It’s long been accepted – with little science to back it up – that people should spend roughly a third of their income on housing. As it turns out, that may be about how much a low-income family should spend to optimize children’s brainpower.

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5 Years After the End of the Great Recession, Harvard School of Public Health Experts Available to Discuss Hidden Health Costs of Economic Meltdown

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Saint Louis University Medical Students Wash Feet of the Homeless

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New initiatives on campus provide socks, hygiene kits to the homeless.

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