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Article ID: 717766

Sleep-tracking apps may contribute to insomnia

UW Medicine

As students get ready to go back to school, some may think that using sleep-tracking apps will give them insight into whether they've had a good night's rest. But sleep experts say obsessing over their monitor results can keep people awake and anxious. Most of these apps have not been clinically validated and track only movement during sleep. Downloadable soundbites with Dr. Vishesh Kapur, co-medical director of the UW Medicine Sleep Center, are available for news outlets.

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21-Aug-2019 8:50 AM EDT

Article ID: 717500

Eight Tips for Protecting Eye Health and Vision When Using Contact Lenses

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Most people don’t think of contact lenses as medical devices. But a prescription from an eye doctor is required for a reason – if not used correctly, contact lenses can seriously damage our eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends these eight eye-healthy tips when using contacts.

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19-Aug-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 717405

Cars Can Quickly Turn Into an Oven, Even on Cool Days

UW Medicine

You don't think it could happen to you, but the stories in the news show it can. Nearly 40 children die every year from being left in a parked car, and a majority of them are parents just forgetting their child was in the car. Dr. Brian Johnston, chief of pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center, says temperatures can rise quickly in minutes if a car is sitting in the sun, even if it's only 70 or 80 degrees outside. A simple way to remind yourself to look in the backseat before getting out is to leave your cell phone there.

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13-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 717210

At camp, young burn survivors rise above the scars

UW Medicine

Burn injuries can diminish your confidence, campers say. Having a supportive community helps both physically and emotionally. Downloadable media assets are available.

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8-Aug-2019 1:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 717013

A Public Health Approach Could Address Gun Violence

UW Medicine

Following a deadly weekend, there are nationwide calls to address these mass shootings. However, firearm violence happens every day.

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6-Aug-2019 12:25 PM EDT

Article ID: 716639

Teens falling victim to the Juul effect

UW Medicine

"We were seeing a real drop-off in youth smoking, but now we're seeing an increase," says Dr. Beth Ebel, a UW Medicine pediatrician and researcher with the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Among teens as young as middle-school age, vaping with products that have nicotine "predisposes you to cigarette smoking later on." Nicotine, once derived from tobacco plants to kill insects, works by altering the nervous system. "We've used it, refined it, concentrated it, and now we have a pure form of one of the most addictive substances known," Ebel says in downloadable video soundbites (2:22).

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30-Jul-2019 1:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 716425

Researchers discover the science behind giving up

UW Medicine

What happens when we give up? Inside the brain, a group of cells known as nociceptin neurons get very active before a mouse's breakpoint. They emit nociceptin, a complex molecule that suppresses dopamine, a chemical largely associated with motivation.

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25-Jul-2019 5:35 PM EDT

Article ID: 715209

Researchers use forecasting models and data analysis for hurricane recovery efforts

Texas State University

Dr. Eduardo Perez, associate professor in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University, is using forecasting models and data to help food banks be prepared for hurricanes during hurricane season, which began June 1.

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2-Jul-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 715030

Improving family and community health through getting kids cooking

Monday Campaigns

When kids help prepare meals, they eat healthier, learn important life skills and perform better in school. The Kids Cook Monday is an non-profit initiative from the Monday Campaigns that encourages families to make and eat meals together. Learn more about how to bring this program to your community through this video.

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1-Jul-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 714279

Getting kids and families healthier with cooking through strategic partnerships

Monday Campaigns

Through culinary literacy programming, The Kids Cook Monday, an initiative of The Monday Campaigns, and New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative at Rutgers University are promoting healthier eating. Getting kids involved in preparing meals makes them more likely to try healthier foods and sustain healthy eating habits over time.

Released:
18-Jun-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences


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