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New health of the air report comes as EPA considers revising federal air quality standards — ScienceDaily

A paper published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society presents research discussing how new air quality standards recommended by the American Thoracic Society have the potential to prevent more illness and death than standards adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This study is part of the annual ATS/Marron Institute Health […]

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Food labeling is lacking in online grocery retailers — ScienceDaily

Online food retailers do not consistently display nutrition information on their websites — and U.S. laws are lagging behind in mandating the same labeling required for foods sold in brick-and-mortar stores, according to a new analysis by researchers from the NYU School of Global Public Health and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy […]

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Women doctors published fewer studies during stay-at-home orders, study finds — ScienceDaily

As people transitioned to working from home at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, journal submissions from academics increased across the board. But a new study from Northwestern University found as men’s scholarly productivity increased, women physicians were submitting less. The research reflects wider trends in academic publishing and is the first study to find […]

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Pandemic has exacerbated disparities in care, study suggests — ScienceDaily

Americans’ use of common outpatient health services dipped sharply at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, then rebounded to near-normal levels by the end of 2020, only to decline again during the second surge in January-February 2021, according to a new UCLA-led study. But the 2020 recovery in care wasn’t equal for all, researchers found. […]

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Living environment affects child’s weight development from birth to school age — ScienceDaily

A new study shows that living in a neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage is a risk factor for adverse weight development in children under school age. Researchers studied the connection between neighbourhoods’ socioeconomic status and children’s weight development from data covering over 11,000 Finnish children. A new study conducted at the University of Turku, Finland, examined the […]

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Social media use tied to poor physical health — ScienceDaily

Social media use has been linked to biological and psychological indicators associated with poor physical health among college students, according to the results of a new study by a University at Buffalo researcher. Research participants who used social media excessively were found to have higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a biological marker of chronic […]

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Higher levels of social isolation — but not loneliness — associated with faster tooth loss in older adults in China — ScienceDaily

Older adults who are socially isolated are more likely to have missing teeth — and to lose their teeth more quickly over time — than those with more social interaction, according to a new study of Chinese older adults led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The findings are published in Community […]

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Negative study findings, ‘once a dirty little secret,’ are now being acknowledged more often — ScienceDaily

New research suggests manufacturers of newly developed antidepressant drugs have become more forthcoming about clinical trials that don’t pan out. A new review and meta-analysis, published today in the journal PLOS Medicine, indicates that drug companies conducting clinical trials on new antidepressants have increased disclosure of clinical trials with negative outcomes, that is, trials that […]

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Children in Sub-Saharan Africa dying of COVID-19 at a higher rate than others, study finds — ScienceDaily

Children in sub-Saharan Africa who are hospitalized with COVID-19 are dying at a rate far greater than children in the U.S. and Europe, according to a new multicenter study published today in JAMA Pediatrics and led by a University of Pittsburgh infectious diseases epidemiologist. Among African children admitted to 25 hospitals with COVID-19 between March […]