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Nutrition, SNAP, eating behaviors, low income populations, Food Insecurity, Dietary Quality

Enrollment in SNAP Does Not Substantially Improve Food Security or Dietary Quality

. In the past, SNAP has been shown to reduce poverty among the poorest Americans and generate economic activity. However, according to a new study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, SNAP benefits alone may not be enough to provide its beneficiaries with the long-term food security or dietary quality they need.

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Breast Cancer, health messages, Public Health, Health Communication

Study Finds that Website Videos are More Effective than Just Text in Getting Women to Take Action Against Potential Breast Cancer Risks

A new study finds that video clips embedded on websites with public health messages do a better job than text alone at drawing attention to hazards, and in prompting the public to take recommended protective actions. The study, “Testing the Effects of the Addition of Videos to a Website Promoting Environmental Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Practices: Are Videos Worth It?” was published online today in the National Communication Association's Journal of Applied Communication Research.

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Starting Dialysis After—Not Before— Conception May Improve Birth Rates in Women with Advanced Kidney Disease

• Compared with women with advanced kidney disease who conceived after starting dialysis, women who conceived and then started dialysis during the pregnancy had a much better live birth rate (91% vs 63%), but their infants were of similar birth weight and gestational age. • In both groups of women with kidney disease, babies were likely to be premature and of low birth-weight, which reflects the high-risk nature of these pregnancies.

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Alcohol, Marketing, Underage Drinking, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Of Public Health

Analysis of Alcohol Ads in Magazines Finds Current Codes and Regulations Do Not Protect Consumers From Risky Content and Messages

A new report from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health calls into question whether existing federal and voluntary standards for alcohol advertisements curtail potentially damaging content and protect public health.

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Journal of Medical Regulation Examines State Medical Board Exposure to Threats of Violence

National study urges medical licensing boards to be aware of the possibility of threats of violence aimed at state medical board members and staff

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Alzheimer's Disease, Neuroscience, Genetics, Genomics, Stem Cells

Understanding a Protein’s Role in Familial Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used genetic engineering of human induced pluripotent stem cells to specifically and precisely parse the roles of a key mutated protein in causing familial Alzheimer’s disease (AD), discovering that simple loss-of-function does not contribute to the inherited form of the neurodegenerative disorder.

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Public Health, CDC, Uninsured, health disparites

Cuts to Local Health Departments Hurt Communities

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that many local health departments aren’t able to meet goals to increase health care access.

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smartphone app, Smoking Cessation

Smartphone Apps to Help Smokers Quit Come Up Short

Most popular smartphone apps do not include evidence-based practices known to help smokers quit, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Wildfire, Janice Coen, NCAR, National Center For Atmospheric Research, Fires, Computer Model, NSF, FEMA, NASA, Coupled Atmosphere-Wildland Fire Environment, CAWFE, weather simulations, Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, VIIRS

Scientists Nearing Forecasts of Long-Lived Wildfires

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Scientists have developed a new computer modeling technique that offers the promise, for the first time, of producing continually updated daylong predictions of wildfire growth throughout the lifetime of long-lived blazes. The technique, developed by a research team led by NCAR, combines detailed computer simulations with newly available satellite observations.

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State Child Restraint Laws Leave Many Unprotected

Child restraint laws across many states have gaps that leave unprotected passengers highly vulnerable to vehicle-crash injuries, a study by New York University has found. The findings show that many child restraint laws lag behind existing research on vehicular safety and fail to follow guidelines adopted by medical experts.







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