News tagged with public health

Nutrient-based tax could cut nation's medical bills

(Medical Xpress)—To reduce obesity-related disease in America, many policymakers and public health officials have proposed either taxing products that make us fat or taxing individual nutrients in fattening ...

Jan 17, 2014
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Do diet drinks make you eat more?

(HealthDay)—Overweight adults often turn to diet beverages to help them slim down, but this tactic might backfire, new research suggests.

Jan 16, 2014
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Study dispels 'obesity paradox' idea for diabetics

The "obesity paradox"—the controversial notion that being overweight might actually be healthier for some people with diabetes—seems to be a myth, researchers report. A major study finds there is no survival advantage ...

Jan 15, 2014
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Text messaging boosts flu vaccine rates in pregnant women

A study by researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health evaluated the impact of text messaging reminders for influenza vaccine in a low-income obstetric population. The findings showed that sending text messages to ...

Jan 11, 2014
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Funding problems threaten US disaster preparedness

The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City prompted large increases in government funding to help communities respond and recover after man-made and natural disasters. But, this funding has fallen considerably since the ...

Jan 09, 2014
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Heart attacks hit poor the hardest

As people get older, their bodies wear down and become less resilient. In old age, it's common for people to become "clinically frail," and this "frailty syndrome" is emerging in the field of public health ...

Jan 08, 2014
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