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Up to 540,000 lives could be saved worldwide by targeting speed and other main areas — ScienceDaily

A new series published in The Lancet today highlights the growing problem of road traffic injuries and lays out some opportunities for preventing injuries and saving lives. The series comes at the same time as the United Nations General Assembly launches a high-level meeting on global road safety June 30-July 1 in New York. The […]

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Road injuries are killing young people, and it’s hardly slowing down — ScienceDaily

New research led by UNSW Sydney reveals traffic-related fatalities and injuries are the biggest killers of young people worldwide – causing more deaths than communicable and non-communicable diseases or self-harm. The findings are published todayin The Lancet Public Health in thefirst global analysis of transport and unintended injury-related morbidity and mortality of young people aged […]

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Small amounts of waste in administering the drug could add up to thousands of vials-worth of drug being discarded — ScienceDaily

Medicare could waste up to $605 million per year on the controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab if it is eventually approved for widespread use because it is supplied in vials containing fixed doses that may not be appropriate for all patients-resulting in the trashing of large volumes of unused drug, new UCLA research finds. The drug […]

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Study reveals the job problems contributing to physician suicide — ScienceDaily

Physician burnout and suicide are a growing public health concern, with 1 in 15 physicians experiencing suicidal ideation. Studies consistently show that physicians are more likely than non-physicians to experience work-related stressors prior to suicide. Still, the exact nature of these stressors was unknown. To better understand and characterize the job stressors that contribute to […]

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Serious physical injury and respiratory-reasons the two leading causes of ED visits and hospitalizations among cannabis users — ScienceDaily

Visits to the emergency department and hospitalizations are 22 per cent higher among individuals who use cannabis compared with those who do not, according to a new study. The study, published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research and led by researchers at Unity Health Toronto and ICES, found serious physical injury and respiratory-reasons were the two […]

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Analysis shows that Black and Hispanic mothers bore the greatest burden — ScienceDaily

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts have taken a disproportionate toll on American mothers who were pregnant or just gave birth. Maternal mortality (i.e., deaths during pregnancy or in the early postpartum period) increased by 18% in 2020, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, exceeding the ~16% increase in overall US […]

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Association between children conceived via infertility treatments and education and mental health outcomes — ScienceDaily

Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction (MAR) fare better at school but are slightly more likely to have mental health problems by their late teens, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of Helsinki. The researchers say the correlation for mental health is only observed when the social demographics of […]

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Making Emergency Plans Inclusive | Blogs

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month. LGBTQIA+ communities must prepare for—and are affected by—emergencies, including natural disasters and disease outbreaks. Unlike some, LGBTQIA+ communities often face barriers, such as discrimination and harassment, that can make it difficult to meet their preparedness and response needs. All people, regardless of their […]

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Unexplained disparities at screening sites influence the lag in follow-ups among nonwhite women, authors say — ScienceDaily

Black and Asian women are more likely than white women to experience significant delays in getting breast biopsies after a mammogram identifies an abnormality. Moreover, those delays appear to be influenced by screening site-specific factors that may stem from structural racism, according to research published today in JAMA Oncology. “Even after adjusting for multiple factors […]