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Young adults with a high incidence of caries can quickly change their oral health behaviors

Young adults with extensive caries often have a high propensity for oral health risk. At the same time, with the right support and treatment, they can change their unhealthy behavior. A dissertation at the University of Gothenburg describes the challenges of helping patients in this vulnerable category. In Sweden, oral health has improved significantly over …

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The study provides a key link between the social environment and healthy brains

As people age, maintaining a positive and predictable social environment becomes increasingly important. For example, maintaining close relationships with friends and family has been identified as one of the key ingredients for healthy aging. While some declines in health, mind, and body are inevitable, studies show that maintaining a positive social environment can help prevent …

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High-level social support helps improve postgraduate students’ mental health during static management of the Covid-19 pandemic

A team of researchers undertook a study of the mental health of postgraduate students during the static management of the Covid-19 pandemic. They found that when students received high levels of social support, it reduced the stress, anxiety, and depression caused by static management. The results of their research are published in the journal Stress …

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Data from a wearable activity tracker can be used to obtain metrics related to the user’s physical health

A new Johns Hopkins study shows that data collected from activity tracking devices can be used to derive several metrics related to the wearer’s general physical health and cardiovascular health. While these sensors are typically marketed as daily step counters, the Johns Hopkins research team believes they could potentially serve a larger purpose: aiding clinical …

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Honey improves key measures of cardiometabolic health, study finds

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that honey improves key measures of cardiometabolic health, including blood sugar and cholesterol levels -; especially if the honey is raw and from a single floral source. Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials on honey and found that it lowers fasting blood sugar, …

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HEADS UP aims to improve health literacy among disadvantaged youth

Empowering students to pursue medical careers and become their own health advocates, Health Education and Development Services for Disadvantaged Groups has spent five years connecting with Ohio schools. Courtesy: Lovette Azap Disadvantaged Health Education and Development Services, a student organization, has spent five years connecting with Ohio schools to empower disadvantaged students to pursue medical …

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Like other counties, Kern Public Health skips reporting child deaths, citing lack of resources | News

Moon-shaped bruises marred a 5-year-old boy’s backside from “owies,” he told a social worker, according to a case report written by a Kern County sheriff’s deputy from an interview between the child and a social worker. The boy marked three X’s on a body chart using a dark red crayon to show where he believed …

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What is the role of adenoviruses in human health?

With advances in molecular biology informing recent developments in vaccinology, gene therapy and other areas of medicine, human adenoviruses (HAdV) are of paramount importance in medical research. A recent review in Trends in Molecular Medicine examines the promise of HAdV, their potential dangers and future challenges. Study: Adenoviruses in medicine: harmless pathogen, predator or partner. …

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A new look at how childhood trauma affects health outcomes

The social environment in which we grow up is crucial in determining our well-being and health later in life. Most Americans (67%) report experiencing at least one traumatic event in childhood, and a new study shows that these experiences have a significant impact on our health risks as adults. Physical illnesses such as obesity and …

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The Department of Defense health plan is cutting its pharmacy network by nearly 15,000 locations

Doris Spatz takes a Kisqali pill once a day to control her metastatic breast cancer. As a patient in the Department of Defense Health System, she can fill routine prescriptions at a military pharmacy without copay, but also has the option of using a regular pharmacy through Tricare, the Department of Defense’s private health care …

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