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Churches Minister Better Health in African American Communities

African Americans who believe their church is responsible for promoting health in their members and the community are also more willing to attend church-based health fairs, according to a new study in Health Promotion Practice. Medical and faith communities can collaborate with health ministry programs as a way to get health messages out to the broader community and reduce health ...

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Alcohol and Mental Health Problems a Costly Combo for ICU Patients

People admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) with alcohol withdrawal were more likely to be readmitted or die within a year of their first hospitalization if they had a co-existing mental health condition such as depression, anxiety or schizophrenia, finds a new study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. “On average, every single day we have a patient ...

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Smoke-Free Public Housing Would = Better Health and Savings

Establishing smoke-free policies for public housing would help protect residents, visitors and employees from the harmful effects of smoking and result in significant cost savings, reports a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Despite this, the study’s lead author, Brian A. King, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health ...

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Birthing Centers Provide Equal or Better Deliveries

Low-income women who chose to deliver their baby at a birthing center under the care of a certified  nurse-midwife had the same or better birthing experience as women under traditional care with a hospital-based obstetrician, according to a new study in Health Services Research. Certified nurse-midwives can provide primary care to women in all stages of life, including during pregnancy ...

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Credit Card Debt Leads Some to Skip Medical Care

People with outstanding credit card or medical debt were more likely to delay or avoid medical or dental care, finds a new study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Other debts, such as having student loans, housing loans or car loans were not associated with forgoing care. Study author Lucie Kalousova, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of ...

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Teaching Patients about New Medications? A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

Improving people’s knowledge and skills about their medications may be best achieved with multimedia patient education materials, finds a new systematic review in The Cochrane Library. Sabina Ciciriello, Ph.D., head reviewer and rheumatologist at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia, says multimedia interventions offer significant potential advantages, often combining written words with diagrams, pictures, animation, audio or video. “Studies have shown ...

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Targeting Prescribers Can Reduce Excessive Use of Antibiotics in Hospitals

Giving prescribers access to education and advice or imposing restrictions on use can curb overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. This is important because unnecessary use of these life-saving drugs is a key source of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Some infections are no longer treatable due to bacterial resistance. Compared to ...

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Smoking Prevention in Schools: Does it Work?

Smoking prevention in schools reduces the number of young people who will later become smokers, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. For young people who have never smoked, these programs appear to be effective at least one year after implementation. Smoking causes five million preventable deaths every year, a number predicted to rise to eight ...

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Providing Workplace Wellness Centers Could Backfire

People who used a workplace wellness center on frequent basis reported an improvement in their overall quality-of-life, while those that used the center less often reported no improvements in their physical quality-of-life and a decline in their mental quality-of-life, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Previous studies have explored health-specific benefits of workplace wellness centers, ...

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Chronic Pain Sufferers Likely to Have Anxiety

Patients coping with chronic pain should also be evaluated for anxiety disorders, according to new research published in General Hospital Psychiatry. “I think [health care] providers are more aware of the common occurrence of depression in patients with chronic pain, and there has been less of an emphasis on anxiety,”  said lead author Kurt Kroenke, M.D., professor of medicine at ...

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