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Obstetrics & gynaecology

Risk of premature birth from smoking while pregnant more than double previous estimates

Cambridge researchers have found that women who smoke during pregnancy are 2.6 times more likely to give birth prematurely compared to non-smokers—more than double the previous estimate.


Exposure to air pollution linked to increased risk of stroke within 5 days

Short-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to an increased risk of stroke, according to a meta-analysis published in the September 27, 2023, online issue of Neurology. Short-term exposure was defined as occurring ...

Radiology & Imaging

AI chest X-ray model analysis reveals race and sex bias

An AI chest X-ray foundation model for disease detection demonstrated racial and sex-related bias leading to uneven performance across patient subgroups and may be unsafe for clinical applications, according to a study published ...


Just 23% of U.S. adults 'definitely' plan to get new COVID shot

Just 23% of American adults say they 'definitely' will get the new COVID-19 vaccine, while another 23% say they will 'probably' get it, according to a new poll, which also finds interest in the shot falls along partisan lines.

Medical economics

State COVID-19 websites fail to meet accessibility standards

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. states and territories all created websites designed to share information with the public about the disease, vaccinations and related public health recommendations. However, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Research team studies homicides of health professionals

Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have examined homicide rates of health professionals in the United States to inform prevention interventions and strategies.

Oncology & Cancer

Q&A: What your home region reveals about your cancer risk

For many types of cancer, the incidence rate is decreasing—but according to a new study some regions are benefiting considerably more from this trend than others. Health economist Lars Schwettmann explains the connections.

Overweight & Obesity

In 22 U.S. states, more than a third of adults are now obese

Obesity is on the rise across the United States. In 22 states, 35% of adults or more were obese last year, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. Just 10 years ago, there were no states that ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study finds wrist temperature linked with future risk of disease

Continuous wrist temperature monitoring can uncover insights into the potential for future disease risk for ailments like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, kidney failure, and more. These new findings from Perelman ...