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July 12, 2023

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Gulf War Illness Caused by Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Not Inflammation

Scientists contest longstanding hypothesis about mysterious illness affecting Gulf War veterans, providing first direct evidence that symptoms are driven by impaired ...

Global Efforts to Reduce Infectious Diseases Must Extend Beyond Early Childhood

Global efforts to reduce infectious disease rates must have a greater focus on older children and adolescents after a shift in disease burden onto this demographic, according to a new ...

Maternal Mortality in the U.S. More Than Doubled Between 1999 and 2019

A new study has found that maternal mortality rates have worsened from 1999 to 2019, hitting some racial and ethnic groups and states harder than others. The study found rates highest for Black populations and the largest increase was seen in American Indian and Alaskan Native populations. By ...

Dangerous Chatbots: AI Chatbots to Be Approved as Medical Devices?

LLM-based generative chat tools, such as ChatGPT or Google's MedPaLM have great medical potential, but there are inherent risks associated with their unregulated use in healthcare. A new article addresses one of the most pressing international issues of our time: How to regulate Large Language ...

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Walkable Neighborhoods Help Adults Socialize, Increase Community

Adults who live in walkable neighborhoods are more likely to socialize and have a stronger sense of community, report ...

Words Matter: How Researchers Can Avoid Stigmatizing Language

New research offers insights into how researchers can use their platforms to help end the use of stigmatizing ...

Study Finds Excess Harm from Commonly Overprescribed Antibiotics for Patients Resulting in Widespread Side Effects

A new study finds that overprescribing and inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics is not only leading to antibiotic resistance, but also causing significant patient harm. It's one of the most ...

Drug Overdose Fatalities Among U.S. Older Adults Has Quadrupled Over 20 Years, Research Finds

Overdose mortality among people age 65 and older quadrupled over 20 years, suggesting the need for greater mental health and substance use disorder policies addressed at curbing the ...

Excess Death Gap Widens Between U.S. and Europe, Study Finds

A new analysis shows that, compared to similarly high-income European countries, the United States continues to have substantially higher death rates at all but the oldest ages, resulting in more ...

COVID-19 Pandemic Has Long-Lasting Effects on Adolescent Mental Health and Substance Use

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a long-lasting impact on adolescent mental health and substance use, according to a new population-based study based on survey responses from a sample of over 64,000 13- ...

Global Maternal Strep B Vaccination Program Could Save Millions and Prevent Thousands of Deaths Worldwide

A global maternal immunization program for group B Streptococcus -- strep B -- would save millions in healthcare costs by reducing death and disability, but without tiered pricing, equitable access ...

Study Sheds Light on Concerning New Trend in Drug Advertising: Patient Influencers

Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly partnering with real patients, or patient influencers, who share their experiences and advice on social media. A new study offers a first glimpse at why and ...

Looking for Risky Viruses Now to Get Ahead of Future Pandemics

Rather than let the next outbreak take the world by surprise, two virologists say that the scientific community should invest in a four-part research framework to proactively identify animal viruses ...

What If California Didn't Close Down During the Pandemic?

Using a novel economic-epidemiological model, researchers examine the health and economic impacts that could have occurred if California took a 'business-as-usual' approach to the COVID-19 ...

'All Work, No Independent Play' Cause of Children's Declining Mental Health

A new study suggests the rise in mental health disorders in children and teens is attributed to a decline over decades in opportunities for them to play, roam and engage in activities independent of ...


Researchers Find Rate of Fatal Opioid Poisonings Among Children More Than Doubled Over 13-Year Span

Researchers found opioids were responsible for more than half of all fatal poisonings in children ages 5 and younger, more than double the proportion of fatal poisonings caused by opioids in 2005. ...

Experts Demand Fire Safety Policy Change Over Health Impact of Widely Used Flame Retardants

Leading environmental health experts have called for a comprehensive review of the UK's fire safety regulations, with a focus on the environmental and health risks of current chemical flame ...

To Promote Exercise, Planners Must Look Beyond Cities

To encourage more active lifestyles, public health agencies recommend mixed-use neighborhoods and 'complete' streets that are friendlier to walkers and bikers, but new research finds that ...

The Far-Reaching Consequences of Child Abuse

Adverse childhood experiences in mothers can affect their children's mental and physical health, as researchers report. The study found that maltreatment during a mother's childhood is ...

High Infant Mortality Rates and Global Human Population Rise

New research showing high infant mortality rates are contributing to an incessant rise of the global human population supports arguments for greater access to contraception and family planning in ...

Diets Rich in Food from the Ocean and Freshwater Sources Can Help Address Nutritional and Environmental Challenges

Blue foods -- those that come from the ocean or freshwater environments -- have tremendous potential to help address several global challenges. With careful implementation of policies that leverage ...

Paying Family Members for at-Home Medical Care of Their Children Found to Be a Viable Answer to Healthcare Worker Shortage

A recent study found that a Medicaid program in Colorado can help address the shortage of home healthcare workers for children with complex medical needs by offering family members certified nursing ...

How Can the Metaverse Improve Public Health?

The metaverse is a technological revolution in the field of virtual reality, with potential benefits to public health research. A new article proposes several new ways in which the metaverse can help ...

Heart Disease Deaths Declining, but Not for Everyone

更少的人死于心血管疾病in the U.S., according to new research. But rural counties and those with a higher percentage of Black residents consistently experienced higher ...

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