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Article ID: 574481

Japan in Need of Psychological First Aid: Psychologist Available for Comment

University of Alabama at Birmingham

With the number of traumas currently affecting Japan, it's people will reach a breaking point without some psychological first aid.

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16-Mar-2011 2:40 PM EDT
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 574462

New Jersey Experts Available to Address Smoking Cessation, Lung Cancer in Relation to Kick Butts Day

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

As youth across the nation prepare for the annual “Kick Butts Day” to speak out against “Big Tobacco,” experts from New Jersey’s only NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center are available for comment on cessation efforts, the development of lung cancer and other related effects of smoking.

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Article ID: 574362

Seniors in Public Housing Suffer Worse Health Than Others in Community

Health Behavior News Service

In a study of more than 16,000 older adults, fatigue, cardiac conditions, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and psychiatric problems were more prevalent among those living in public housing.

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14-Mar-2011 10:50 AM EDT
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Article ID: 574424

Oral Vaccine Could Prevent Half of Cholera Cases, But Less Effective in Kids

Health Behavior News Service

Oral vaccines could prevent 52 to 60 percent of cholera cases in the first two years after vaccination, according to a new review of vaccine studies.

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15-Mar-2011 1:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 574353

Prevalence of Heavy Smokers in U.S. Decreases

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

From 1965 to 2007, the population prevalence of persons who smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day declined significantly, and there was also a decrease in the prevalence of smoking 10 or more cigarettes a day, with these declines greater in California than in the rest of the U.S., according to a study in the March 16 issue of JAMA.

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Article ID: 574379

Guided Care Reduces the Use of Health Services by Chronically Ill Older Adults

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Older people who receive Guided Care, a new form of primary care, use fewer expensive health services compared to older people who receive regular primary care.

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14-Mar-2011 2:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 574233

“Microparticles” Useful in Identifying Earliest Signs of Emphysema

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Monitoring blood for tiny particles released by cells lining the lungs may help clinicians diagnose emphysema in its earliest stages, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College. The particles, called endothelial microparticles (EMPs), are shed during the disease process as tiny blood vessels in the lungs, called pulmonary capillaries, are injured and die.

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9-Mar-2011 12:30 PM EST
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Article ID: 574204

Simple Blood Test Detects Early Emphysema in Smokers Before Symptoms Appear

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College

During a regular annual physical exam, blood is usually drawn to check the health of a person's heart, kidneys and liver. Now, researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center say a blood test that detects the early development of emphysema -- well before symptoms occur -- may someday also be offered.

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8-Mar-2011 4:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 574277

Adverse Reactions to Medications Account for Over 1.1 Million Emergency Department Visits by Older Americans Each Year

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Adults aged 50 and older comprise 51.5 percent of all emergency department visits each year related to adverse reactions to medications, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report says 61.5 percent were made by people aged 65 or older and 60.9 percent involved women.

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10-Mar-2011 2:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 574197

Hazardous Neighborhoods Linked to Impaired Mental Abilities

Drexel University

Residing in a psychosocially hazardous neighborhood is associated with worse cognitive function in older age for persons with the apolipoprotein E ε4 allele (an alternative form of the gene), according to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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