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Dow, Habitat for Humanity expand partnership to address global housing, sanitation issues

The Dow Chemical Company and Habitat for Humanity announced today plans to expand their partnership in 2015 to address global housing and sanitation issues, helping thousands of families across five continents create decent, affordable housing. With first-time builds in Ethiopia, Argentina, Colombia and Nepal, Dow is increasing its support to a total of 30 countries since becoming Habitat's first national partner in 1983. [More]
Cepheid, FIND announce receipt of CE-IVD status for Xpert HIV-1 Qual test

Cepheid, FIND announce receipt of CE-IVD status for Xpert HIV-1 Qual test

Cepheid and FIND today announced that Xpert HIV-1 Qual, a qualitative 90-minute molecular HIV test, has achieved CE-IVD status under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. [More]
Racial and ethnic minority groups face disproportionate rates of smoking, health-related illnesses

Racial and ethnic minority groups face disproportionate rates of smoking, health-related illnesses

April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most significant health issues minorities face is disproportionate rates of smoking and health-related illnesses. [More]
Humans carry recessive disease mutations that can cause severe genetic disorders or prenatal death

Humans carry recessive disease mutations that can cause severe genetic disorders or prenatal death

Humans carry an average of one to two mutations per person that can cause severe genetic disorders or prenatal death when two copies of the same mutation are inherited, according to estimates published today in the journal GENETICS. [More]
Uninsured cancer patients may face higher charges for chemotherapy drugs

Uninsured cancer patients may face higher charges for chemotherapy drugs

Uninsured cancer patients are asked to pay anywhere from two to 43 times what Medicare would pay for chemotherapy drugs, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [More]

High-quality early education can narrow achievement gap before children reach kindergarten

New research from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) reveals high-quality early education is especially advantageous for children when they start younger and continue longer. Not only does more high-quality early education significantly boost the language skills of children from low-income families, children whose first language is not English benefit even more. [More]
Study investigates health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in MA plans at member-level

Study investigates health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in MA plans at member-level

Inovalon, a leading technology company providing advanced cloud-based analytics and data-driven intervention platforms to the healthcare industry and the Special Needs Plan (SNP) Alliance, released today the largest analysis ever performed on dual eligible quality outcomes, entitled "An Investigation of Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Member-Level Performance on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Five-Star Quality Measures." [More]
Researchers report correlative links between family income, brain structure in children

Researchers report correlative links between family income, brain structure in children

Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children's brain development, a team including investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. Relationships between the brain and family income were strongest in the lowest end of the economic range - suggesting that interventional policies aimed at these children may have the largest societal impact. [More]
Women suffering from domestic violence at greater risk of mental health problems

Women suffering from domestic violence at greater risk of mental health problems

In addition to their physical injuries, women who are victims of domestic violence are also at a greater risk of mental health problems such as depression and psychotic symptoms. These are the findings of a study that was just published by a team of researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London in England, the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, and the University of Montreal. [More]
Study: Mexican Americans spend high proportion of their later years with disability

Study: Mexican Americans spend high proportion of their later years with disability

Life expectancy for Hispanics in the U.S. currently outpaces other ethnic groups, yet a new study finds that Mexican Americans -- especially women who were born in Mexico -- are spending a high proportion of their later years with some form of disability, a fact that suggests a growing need for community assistance and long-term care in the future. [More]
Researchers find strong relationship between prenatal PAH exposure and behavioral impairment

Researchers find strong relationship between prenatal PAH exposure and behavioral impairment

Researchers at the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and colleagues at Columbia University's Center for Children's Environmental Health have found a powerful relationship between prenatal PAH exposure and disturbances in parts of the brain that support information processing and behavioral control. [More]
New Quest Diagnostics study analyses impact of ACA in promoting earlier diagnosis of diabetes

New Quest Diagnostics study analyses impact of ACA in promoting earlier diagnosis of diabetes

People in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are far more likely to be newly identified with diabetes than in states that elected not to expand the public health care program, finds a new study by researchers at Quest Diagnostics. [More]
New book focuses on life events resulting in teen motherhood

New book focuses on life events resulting in teen motherhood

If Diane could reverse time, she never would have slammed the door--an act of teen frustration and ongoing family conflict that finally got her kicked out of her mother's house. [More]
The fight continues to end tuberculosis

The fight continues to end tuberculosis

Today is World TB Day. The Centenary Institute is one of the leading medical research institutes in Australia championing the fight to put an end to this insidious disease. [More]

Senior citizens experience considerable improvement in their sex lives

Senior citizens have experienced a considerable improvement in their sex lives since the 1970s. A doctoral thesis by Nils Beckman at Sahlgrenska Academy has found that six out of every ten women and seven out of every ten men over 70 are highly satisfied with their sex lives. [More]
American Cancer Society, World Lung Foundation unveil ‘The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition’

American Cancer Society, World Lung Foundation unveil ‘The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition’

The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition ("The Atlas"), and its companion mobile app and website TobaccoAtlas.org, were unveiled today by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health. [More]
Two researchers win Humanity in Science prize for developing new antimalarial drug production methods

Two researchers win Humanity in Science prize for developing new antimalarial drug production methods

Prof. Dr. Peter H. Seeberger, a director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and a professor of chemistry at Freie Universität Berlin, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg and a professor of chemical engineering at the Otto-von Guericke-University in Magdeburg, won the Humanity in Science prize for their groundbreaking work in developing new production methods for antimalarial drugs. [More]
CUGH conference brings world's leading researchers together to tackle global health challenges

CUGH conference brings world's leading researchers together to tackle global health challenges

The sixth annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference is creating a stir by bringing together some of the world's leading researchers to tackle many of the biggest global health challenges we face. [More]
CHOP researchers find link between infancy BMI and childhood obesity

CHOP researchers find link between infancy BMI and childhood obesity

Body mass index (BMI) during infancy may help to predict if a child will be obese by age four. In a study focused on the infant BMI-childhood obesity relationship in a cohort with a majority of African-American children, researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia say that a better understanding of infant growth patterns may lead to more effective early efforts at obesity prevention. [More]
Study finds significant links between depression, poor dietary quality and high BMI

Study finds significant links between depression, poor dietary quality and high BMI

In a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers from the RAND Corporation report that for people receiving food assistance there are significant links between depression, poor dietary quality, and high body mass index (BMI). [More]
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