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Nutrition of low-income Americans can be improved across life span by participating in SNAP-Ed

Nutrition of low-income Americans can be improved across life span by participating in SNAP-Ed

The nutrition of low-income Americans can be improved across the life span through participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), according to a new research brief published by RTI Press. [More]
Research roundup: 20M gain insurance, coverage's effect on surgery choices; opioid use by service members

Research roundup: 20M gain insurance, coverage's effect on surgery choices; opioid use by service members

This report aims to help readers understand recently announced enrollment numbers, as well as other numbers that have received less attention, and assess their importance for the future of the ACA and our health care system. . [More]
Nutrition education program can improve child's at-home diet

Nutrition education program can improve child's at-home diet

A nutrition education program in low-income child care centers can improve a child's at-home consumption of vegetables and low-fat/fat-free milk, according to a study by researchers from RTI International, Altarum Institute, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The study was supported by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. [More]
Parents opt for emergency room visits to help children attend child care

Parents opt for emergency room visits to help children attend child care

Substantial proportions of parents chose urgent care or emergency department visits when their sick children were excluded from attending child care, according to a new study by University of Michigan researchers. [More]
New well-child care guidelines have long-term impact on children's lives

New well-child care guidelines have long-term impact on children's lives

Well-child visits are the foundation of pediatric primary care in the U.S. Accounting for more than one-third of all outpatient visits for infants and toddlers, the appointments are intended to give doctors the opportunity to identify health, social, developmental and behavioral issues that could have a long-term impact on children's lives. [More]
State highlights: Complaint says Fla. plans tried to keep out AIDS patients; Ill. restores some Medicaid services; Fla. Gov. to sue feds

State highlights: Complaint says Fla. plans tried to keep out AIDS patients; Ill. restores some Medicaid services; Fla. Gov. to sue feds

Four Florida insurance companies offering Affordable Care Act policies are discriminating against people with HIV or AIDS, according to two health-rights organizations that plan to file a formal complaint with the federal government Thursday. [More]
Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System recognized as 2014 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion

Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System recognized as 2014 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System is one of nine U.S. health care employers recognized May 15 as a 2014 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion, an award given by CareerSTAT, an initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and Jobs for the Future. [More]
Parents of obese children more likely to give schools D or F grades for obesity-related efforts

Parents of obese children more likely to give schools D or F grades for obesity-related efforts

Parents - especially those of overweight children - give schools a failing grade for efforts to encourage healthy habits that combat childhood obesity, according to a new poll from the University of Michigan. [More]
Highlights: Mass. death rate drops after universal coverage; Calif. immigrant licensing; Calif. offenders mental health treatment

Highlights: Mass. death rate drops after universal coverage; Calif. immigrant licensing; Calif. offenders mental health treatment

The mortality rate in Massachusetts declined substantially in the four years after the state enacted a law in 2006 mandating universal health care coverage, providing the model for the Affordable Care Act. [More]
Endo enters into definitive agreement to acquire Grupo Farmaceutico Somar

Endo enters into definitive agreement to acquire Grupo Farmaceutico Somar

Endo International plc today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Endo will acquire Grupo Farmaceutico Somar, a leading privately-owned specialty pharmaceuticals company based in Mexico City, Mexico, for cash consideration. Endo expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to adjusted earnings per share. [More]
Susan G. Komen announces new grants to seven breast cancer organizations

Susan G. Komen announces new grants to seven breast cancer organizations

Susan G. Komen today announced more than $1.89 million in new grants to seven breast cancer organizations serving the National Capital Region. The announcement came during the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure Media Kickoff Event and Survivor Roundtable marking the official start of activities leading up to the 25th Global Race for the Cure May 10 on the National Mall. [More]
State highlights: Bad grades for 45 states on medical price posting; Kan. Planned Parenthood funds; Conn. for-profit hospitals

State highlights: Bad grades for 45 states on medical price posting; Kan. Planned Parenthood funds; Conn. for-profit hospitals

A selection of health policy stories from California, Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Minnesota. [More]
MD Anderson Cancer Center honors two champions of gender equality in medicine and research

MD Anderson Cancer Center honors two champions of gender equality in medicine and research

​Two champions of gender equality in medicine and research will be honored by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center at 4 p.m., today in MD Anderson's Onstead Auditorium. [More]
Four MAXIMUS centers recognized as Certified Centers of Excellence

Four MAXIMUS centers recognized as Certified Centers of Excellence

MAXIMUS, a leading provider of government services worldwide, announced today that four of its customer contact centers have been recognized as "Certified Centers of Excellence" by BenchmarkPortal. [More]
Gender differences in parenting, household labor persist among physician-researchers: Study

Gender differences in parenting, household labor persist among physician-researchers: Study

A new study finds gender differences in parenting and household labor persist among a group of highly motivated physician-researchers in the early stages of their career. [More]
Healthy Lunchbox Challenge guides children to choose healthy foods and beverages

Healthy Lunchbox Challenge guides children to choose healthy foods and beverages

During the school year, 21 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches, yet less than 10% of those children participate in the Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program. [More]
Specific genes and factors can lead to delays in language development in kids

Specific genes and factors can lead to delays in language development in kids

Boys are at greater risk for delayed language development than girls, according to a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The researchers also found that reading and writing difficulties in the family gave an increased risk. [More]
Indoor exposure to radon gas may cause of lung cancer

Indoor exposure to radon gas may cause of lung cancer

Pointing to startling statistics on lung cancer risks, child health and other experts in Canada are ramping up calls for families nationwide to test their homes for radon gas contamination. [More]
Women must visit obstetricians, primary care doctors after childbirth

Women must visit obstetricians, primary care doctors after childbirth

Medical associations widely recommend that women visit their obstetricians and primary care doctors shortly after giving birth, but slightly fewer than half make or keep those postpartum appointments, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers. [More]

High Court justices debate union rights for home health care workers

The Illinois case was brought before the Supreme Court Tuesday. According to news accounts, Justice Antonin Scalia may be the swing vote. [More]