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Released: 5-Dec-2014 1:00 PM EST
Military Culture Enables Tobacco Use
Health Behavior News Service

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that U.S. military culture perpetuates the notion that using tobacco provides stress relief.

Released: 3-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST
Physician Behaviors May Contribute to Disparities in Mental Health Care
Health Behavior News Service

The way medical doctors assess, treat and refer racial and ethnic minorities for mental health services may contribute to disparities in their use, according to a new study in Health Services Research.

Released: 3-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST
Urban Parks and Trails Are Cost-Effective Ways to Promote Exercise
Health Behavior News Service

Providing public parks and walking and biking trails is the most cost-effective strategy to increase physical activity among large populations in urban areas, finds a new systematic review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Released: 21-Nov-2014 11:00 AM EST
Medicaid Payments for Office Visits Impact Cancer Screening Rates
Health Behavior News Service

New research in the journal Cancer finds that Medicaid recipients are more likely to undergo cancer screening tests when their doctors receive higher reimbursements for routine office visits rather than for the tests themselves.

Released: 14-Nov-2014 1:00 PM EST
Poor-Quality Weight Loss Advice Often Appears First in an Online Search
Health Behavior News Service

More than 40 percent of U.S. Internet users use online search engines to seek guidance on weight loss and physical activity. A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that high-quality weight loss information often appears after the first page of search engine results.

Released: 7-Nov-2014 12:00 PM EST
Time Spent Preparing Meals at Home Linked to Healthier Diet
Health Behavior News Service

Spending less than one hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food and spending more money eating out, finds new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Not having time available may be one of the most significant barriers to achieving a healthy diet.

Released: 23-Oct-2014 3:30 PM EDT
Nearly Half of Older Americans Need Support with Daily Routines
Health Behavior News Service

About 18 million Americans age 65 and older require help with routine daily activities like bathing, handling medications or meals, finds a new study in Milbank Quarterly. The research shows a growing need for improved services and support for older Americans, their spouses, their children and other "informal caregivers."

Released: 21-Oct-2014 4:30 PM EDT
Fecal Blood Test May Save More Lives Than Colonoscopy
Health Behavior News Service

State public health programs could screen nearly eight times as many individuals and prevent nearly twice as many CRC cases by using fecal immunochemical testing, or FIT, instead of colonoscopies, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Released: 14-Oct-2014 5:00 PM EDT
Nationality at Birth Plays a Role in U.S. Adult Vaccination Rates
Health Behavior News Service

Nationality at birth appears to play a significant role in whether or not adults in the United States are routinely vaccinated for preventable diseases, a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds, reflecting a risky medical lapse for more than one in ten people nationwide.

Released: 7-Oct-2014 3:20 PM EDT
Sexting in Teens Linked to More Sexual Activity, Low Self-Esteem
Health Behavior News Service

Relatively few teens say they have engaged in sexting, but those who do may put themselves at sexual risk, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Released: 2-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Expanding Medicaid Increases Rural Health Care Access and Use
Health Behavior News Service

A new study in Health Services Research reveals that expanding Medicaid to cover more adults boosts health care access and use in rural populations.

Released: 30-Sep-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Many Women Receive Unnecessary Pap Tests
Health Behavior News Service

As many as half to two-thirds of women who’ve undergone hysterectomies or are older than 65 years report receiving Pap tests for cervical cancer, despite recommendations against it, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Released: 25-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Only Half of U.S. Adults Over 45 Are Screened for Diabetes
Health Behavior News Service

A new cross-sectional study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that only half of adults in the U.S. were screened for diabetes within the last three years, less than what is recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Released: 23-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Teens World-Wide Self-Medicate with Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs
Health Behavior News Service

Adolescents around the world are frequently using over-the-counter and prescription medications without a doctor’s order, a risky practice that can lead to overuse and abuse and is often continued into adulthood, reveals a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Released: 16-Sep-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Online Social Networking Linked to Use of Web for Health Info
Health Behavior News Service

The use of social networking sites like Facebook may have implications for accessing online health information, finds a new longitudinal study from the Journal of Health Communication.

Released: 11-Sep-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Elderly Who Have Had Serious Falls May Show Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress
Health Behavior News Service

Older adults who experience a serious fall may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the days following the event, finds a study published in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Released: 9-Sep-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Few Overweight People with Diabetes Getting Recommended Physical Activity
Health Behavior News Service

Women and men with diabetes who are trying to lose weight are not meeting the recommended amounts of physical activity for weight loss, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Released: 4-Sep-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Poor Health Habits Linked to Financial Insecurity
Health Behavior News Service

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.

Released: 2-Sep-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Sexual Risk Behaviors of Hispanic Youth Vary by Language, Place of Birth
Health Behavior News Service

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that the sexual risk behaviors of young Hispanic people living in the U.S. vary considerably with their degree of acculturation.

Released: 28-Aug-2014 4:25 PM EDT
Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Become Smokers
Health Behavior News Service

A study in American Journal of Health Behavior examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking.

Released: 26-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Seniors Face Barriers to Critical Dental Care
Health Behavior News Service

Poor oral health can have a negative impact on seniors’ overall health and well-being, but for many, there are significant barriers to visiting a dentist, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

Released: 21-Aug-2014 1:40 PM EDT
Leaving Their Pediatricians Tough for Some Teens with Chronic Conditions
Health Behavior News Service

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health has found that one in five young adults with chronic illnesses said the transfer of their care from pediatrics to adult-oriented health care was unsatisfactory.

Released: 19-Aug-2014 2:35 PM EDT
Self-Reported Health Information Predicts High-Need Medicaid Patients
Health Behavior News Service

Just three types of simple self-reported measures can predict which Medicaid-eligible adults are more likely to access intensive and costly health services over the next year, a new study in Health Services Research suggests.

Released: 7-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Family History of Undertreatment May Discourage Blacks from Seeking Mental Health Care
Health Behavior News Service

Blacks with a family history of untreated mental health disorders are less likely to seek treatment, even when they rate their own mental health as poor, finds a new study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Released: 5-Aug-2014 3:15 PM EDT
Medicare Changes Lower Hospital Use
Health Behavior News Service

A recent study in Health Services Research based on 15 years of hospital data suggests that cuts in Medicare prices under the Affordable Care Act may slow the growth in overall hospital spending.

Released: 31-Jul-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Patient-Centered Medical Homes Reduce Costs
Health Behavior News Service

As the number of patient centered medical homes has increased, a new report in the journal Health Services Research finds the model offers a promising option to reduce health care costs and utilization of some health care services.

Released: 29-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Confidential Discussions Are Key to Improving Teen Health Visits
Health Behavior News Service

Teens who have the option to privately and confidentially discuss health concerns with their doctor are more likely to talk about reproductive health, mental health, issues at school, and some self-care topics than they would be in discussions where a parent is present, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Released: 24-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Inadequate Mental Health Care for Blacks with Depression and Diabetes, High Blood Pressure
Health Behavior News Service

A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry confirms that Blacks with depression plus another chronic medical condition, such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, do not receive adequate mental health treatment.

Released: 22-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Lacking Trust in One's Doctor Affects Health of Emotionally Vulnerable Cancer Patients
Health Behavior News Service

The physical and mental well-being of people with cancer may be affected by how they feel about their relationship with their physician and by differences in attachment styles, finds a new study from General Hospital Psychiatry.

Released: 15-Jul-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Saves Lives
Health Behavior News Service

A federal screening program markedly reduced death and illness from cervical cancer in underserved, low-income women but reached just 10 percent of the likely eligible population, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Released: 10-Jul-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Early Palliative Care Cuts Costs for Critically Ill Patients
Health Behavior News Service

Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can help cut costs for critically ill patients, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Released: 8-Jul-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Neighborhoods with Healthy Food Options Less Likely to Have Overweight Kids
Health Behavior News Service

Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Released: 1-Jul-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Mental Health Wins When Teens Play School Sports
Health Behavior News Service

Adolescents who play team sports in grades 8 through 12 have less stress and better mental health as young adults, finds new research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Released: 26-Jun-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Little Progress Made in Reducing Health Disparities for People with Disabilities
Health Behavior News Service

Mental distress in people with disabilities is associated with increased prevalence of chronic illness and reduced access to health care and preventive care services, finds a new study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Released: 24-Jun-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Illness in Young Adults
Health Behavior News Service

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.

Released: 19-Jun-2014 4:35 PM EDT
Class and Insurance Stigma Are Barriers to Good Health Care
Health Behavior News Service

Some low-income, uninsured and Medicaid patients report feeling stigma when interacting with health care providers, finds a new report in The Milbank Quarterly.

Released: 17-Jun-2014 1:45 PM EDT
Psychological Distress Affects Tobacco Use Differently for Men and Women
Health Behavior News Service

A new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior finds that women are more likely than men to use tobacco products after experiencing severe psychological distress.

Released: 12-Jun-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Shared Decision Making Missing in Cancer Screening Discussions
Health Behavior News Service

A national survey of patients reveals that physicians don’t always fully discuss the risks and benefits of cancer screening, reports a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Released: 10-Jun-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Customized Text Messages Can Help Smokers Quit
Health Behavior News Service

Sending smokers individualized text messages was found to be twice as effective at helping them quit smoking than simply providing self-help materials, according to a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Released: 5-Jun-2014 4:55 PM EDT
Life-Changing Events Can Lead to Less Physical Activity
Health Behavior News Service

Adults tend to engage in less leisure-time physical activity after changes in both lifestyle and physical status, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Released: 3-Jun-2014 3:50 PM EDT
Vitamin D with Calcium May Prevent Bone Fractures for High-Risk Seniors
Health Behavior News Service

For seniors over the age of 65, taking a daily supplement of vitamin D with calcium—but not vitamin D alone—can offer some protection against the risk of common bone fractures, according to an updated review from The Cochrane Library.

Released: 28-May-2014 9:15 AM EDT
Families with Preschoolers Buying Fewer High Calorie Foods and Beverages
Health Behavior News Service

Families with young children are purchasing fewer high calorie drinks and processed foods, which may be a factor in declining rates of childhood obesity, finds a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Released: 22-May-2014 2:05 PM EDT
People with Low Incomes Less Likely to Use Healthy Weight Loss Strategies
Health Behavior News Service

Poorer people of all ages are less likely than wealthier ones to follow recommended strategies for weight loss, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Released: 15-May-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Many Smokers Still Surprised by Facts About Tobacco’s Dangers
Health Behavior News Service

Between half and one-third of smokers presented with corrective statements about the dangers of smoking indicated that some of the information was new to them and motivated them to quit, finds a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Released: 13-May-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Obese Employees Cost Employers Thousands in Extra Medical Costs
Health Behavior News Service

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that, on average, a morbidly obese employee costs an employer over $4,000 more per year in health care and related costs than an employee who is of normal weight.

Released: 8-May-2014 2:00 PM EDT
More Patient Education, Not Physician Training, Helps Control Diabetes
Health Behavior News Service

Teaching people with diabetes how to control their blood glucose levels, not their doctors, helps them achieve better results, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Released: 6-May-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Low Self-Rating of Social Status Predicts Heart Disease Risk
Health Behavior News Service

How a person defines their own socioeconomic standing (SES) within their community can help predict their risk of cardiovascular disease, but only among Whites, not Blacks, finds a recent study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Released: 1-May-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Misunderstanding Health Insurance Leads Some to Overspend
Health Behavior News Service

Uninsured adults who didn't understand health insurance tended to have trouble selecting plans that aligned with their stated needs and spent more money, finds a study in Health Services Research.

Released: 29-Apr-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Minorities Face Disparities in Treatment and Outcomes of Atrial Fibrillation
Health Behavior News Service

Minority patients with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that increases the risk of stroke, were less likely to receive common treatments and more likely to die from the condition than their white counterparts, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

24-Apr-2014 2:45 PM EDT
Public Health Centers Deliver Equal or Better Quality of Care
Health Behavior News Service

A new study in Health Services Research reports that patients who get care at federally funded health centers have fewer office visits and hospitalizations, and receive similar or a better quality of preventive care when compared to similar patients of non-health center primary care providers.


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