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Combined Interventions Ease Job Re-Entry for Cancer Survivors

For cancer survivors who wish to return to work after treatment, a new evidence review suggests that therapies focusing on a wide range of health interventions might best enable them to do so. The number of cancer survivors has risen sharply in recent years and most find that getting back to work helps improve their quality of life. Beyond producing ...

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Support Groups Have Built-in Benefits for People with Depression

People who get together for support with depression may find their symptoms decrease, a new systematic review suggests. “We’re not saying that peer support can do things for people with depression that other forms of therapy can’t, but we found that peer groups are better than no psychotherapy and may be as good as group cognitive behavioral therapy,” said Paul ...

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Pre-Teens Make Their Own Decisions on Diet, Exercise and Weight-loss

Eleven-year olds definitely have their own opinions about diet, exercise and weight-loss; and it is mostly their opinions — not those of their parents — that affect their lifestyle changes. Nevertheless, while parents’ opinions are secondary, they still count for something, a new study suggests. Preteens who believed they needed to lose weight or believed their parents thought so were ...

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Death Rates Remain Higher for Poor Black Americans

In 2000, a black, working-aged resident of a poor neighborhood was significantly more likely to die than a white American — a situation that essentially remained unchanged from 20 years earlier, according to a study in the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health. “The public health profession has been committed to reducing, if not eliminating, racial disparities ...

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When Bosses Are Exercise Friendly, Workers Get Their Move On

A new study reports that employees at exercise-friendly workplaces get more total moderate-to-vigorous physical activity than do others – a sign that bosses might be able to influence the fitness of their workers. A study co-author brushed off a seemingly contradictory finding – employees in these workplaces were also more sedentary overall − and said the research shows the value ...

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Want to Go for a Walk? Your Neighborhood Might Play a Part

Making a 30-minute walk part of your daily routine could come down to the positive features that exist in your neighborhood, says a new Australian study. Although current recommendations advise adults to get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five days of the week to stay healthy, the researchers were not surprised to find that only about 37 percent ...

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Teens Prefer Liquor to Beer, Hardly Touch Wine

Nearly half of American teen drinkers would rather have a shot of liquor than a bottle of beer, a new study finds. The golden brew and malt beverages only come a distant second and third, and wine barely registers on the radar. Teens who prefer liquor are much more likely to indulge in high-risk behavior, like binge drinking, drinking and ...

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Black Men at Both Ends of Economic Spectrum at Risk for Depression

Jobless African-American men might be at a greater risk of suffering from depression, new research shows. More surprising, at the other end of the income spectrum, African-American men making $80,000 and upward are also among those at higher risk. For women, the picture is different: those in the $45,000 to $79,999 income bracket are less likely to report symptoms of ...

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Pacifiers Don’t Interfere With Established Breastfeeding, Review Finds

Although mothers often use pacifiers to comfort cranky babies, many experts fear that they can interfere with successful breastfeeding. However, a new review finds no association between the devices and early cessation of nursing. The review did not provide information on whether pacifiers might cause breastfeeding difficulties like cracked nipples, or whether they affect infant health or development negatively. “We ...

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