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More people with mental illness, substance use disorders have insurance coverage, research suggests

More people with mental illness, substance use disorders have insurance coverage, research suggests

Significantly more people with mental illness and substance use disorders had insurance coverage in 2014 due to the expansion of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but many barriers to treatment remain, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. [More]
Tobacco control policies can provide economic and public health benefits, report reveals

Tobacco control policies can provide economic and public health benefits, report reveals

Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new landmark global report from the World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. [More]
UNICEF launches new campaign to stress importance of early childhood development

UNICEF launches new campaign to stress importance of early childhood development

UNICEF today launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain. [More]
Low neighborhood socioeconomic status linked to increased cardiovascular disease risk among black residents

Low neighborhood socioeconomic status linked to increased cardiovascular disease risk among black residents

The lower a neighborhood's socioeconomic status is, the more likely its black residents are to develop heart disease and stroke, according to a new Drexel University-led public health study. [More]
Childhood poverty can cause psychological damage in adulthood

Childhood poverty can cause psychological damage in adulthood

A large and growing body of research shows that poor kids grow up to have a host of physical problems as adults. [More]

Conservation agriculture improves crop production and farmer's livelihood In Bangladesh

Bangladesh, one of the densest countries in terms of population with about 1000 people living per square kilometre, has always been under huge pressure to feed its growing population. [More]
Direct Relief provides medical aid to Haiti to help treat cholera and other diseases

Direct Relief provides medical aid to Haiti to help treat cholera and other diseases

Direct Relief today airlifted 82 tons of medical aid to Haiti to help treat cholera and other diseases that have spread widely since Hurricane Matthew struck in October, incapacitating the country's already overstretched health care system. [More]
Discrimination interacts with certain genetic variants to negatively impact health

Discrimination interacts with certain genetic variants to negatively impact health

It's no secret that discrimination is stressful for those who experience it, but turns out the issue is more than skin deep—these stressors can interact with our genetics to negatively impact our health, a new University of Florida study shows. [More]
Increasing access to pediatric cardiac care could save lives of children with CHD

Increasing access to pediatric cardiac care could save lives of children with CHD

Over one million children are born with congenital heart disease (CHD) each year. When children with CHD receive timely treatment, 85% can survive into adulthood to live healthy, productive lives. [More]
WHO launches new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage worldwide

WHO launches new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage worldwide

To mark Universal Health Coverage Day, the World Health Organization today launched a new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) around the world. The portal shows where countries need to improve access to services, and where they need to improve information. [More]
Never-smoking women are susceptible to COPD, study suggests

Never-smoking women are susceptible to COPD, study suggests

A new study published by University of Toronto researchers suggests that women who have never smoked are susceptible to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and that African American women are particularly vulnerable. [More]
Albert Einstein College of Medicine awarded NIH grant to launch diabetes translation research center

Albert Einstein College of Medicine awarded NIH grant to launch diabetes translation research center

The National Institutes of Health has awarded researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System a five-year, $2.9-million grant to launch a new center, one of only 8 in the country, for diabetes translation research. [More]
New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

Only 12 percent of older Americans have some form of dental insurance and fewer than half visited a dentist in the previous year, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research on Medicare beneficiaries. [More]
Latina women with breast cancer likely to experience many gaps in survivorship care, research suggests

Latina women with breast cancer likely to experience many gaps in survivorship care, research suggests

Breast cancer patients in one of the United States' largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority groups are likely to experience numerous gaps in care following their primary treatment, research from Oregon State University suggests. [More]
Prevention program removes effects of poverty on brain development of children

Prevention program removes effects of poverty on brain development of children

A University of Georgia research team has shown for the first time that participation in a prevention program known as the Strong African American Families Program, which enhances supportive parenting and strengthens family relationships, removes the effects of poverty on brain development. [More]
Researcher finds link between social disadvantage and mental illness among people in northern India

Researcher finds link between social disadvantage and mental illness among people in northern India

A survey of nearly 1000 households in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand showed that six percent of adults were identified as depressed. [More]
UMass researchers receive federal grant to improve health of low-income African-American men

UMass researchers receive federal grant to improve health of low-income African-American men

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been awarded a five-year, $2.3 million federal grant to study and build upon the success of an innovative program in Springfield, MA to improve the health of low-income African-American men. [More]
New study to explore ways of helping chronic pain patients get back to work

New study to explore ways of helping chronic pain patients get back to work

Researchers from the University of Warwick's Medical School are leading a novel study to explore ways of helping people with chronic pain back to work. [More]
Study: Fungal asthma in UK greatly exceeds prior estimates

Study: Fungal asthma in UK greatly exceeds prior estimates

Experts are warning of a significant increase in the number of people in the UK who are living with invasive and serious fungal diseases that affect the lungs, bloodstream and brain and can sometimes lead to death. [More]
Rising national wealth and education expenditures linked to declining rates of global adolescent fertility

Rising national wealth and education expenditures linked to declining rates of global adolescent fertility

Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that an important explanation for declining rates of global adolescent fertility is rising national wealth and expenditures on education. [More]
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