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Philly Issues First ‘Code Blue’ of Season: USciences Prof Explains What That Means to Homeless Population

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Those fortunate enough to be somewhere warm during this recent cold snap might wonder how Philadelphia’s homeless population can survive the frigid outdoor conditions, said Stephen Metraux, PhD, associate professor of health policy and public health at University of the Sciences

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Lean Times Ahead: Preparing for an Energy-Constrained Future

Some time this century, the era of cheap and abundant energy will end, and Western industrial civilization will likely begin a long, slow descent toward a resource-limited future characterized by "involuntary simplicity."

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Being Poor Is Not the Same Everywhere

Young people growing up in impoverished neighborhoods who perceive their poor communities in a positive light report better health and well-being than those with worse perceptions of where they live, new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

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Survey of Perceptions of Homelessness Finds Evidence of Stigma

Treatments for homelessness are increasingly community-focused, yet little is known about whether those who are currently or formerly homeless are accepted by their communities.

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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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