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Is universal healthcare progress related to changes in childhood vaccination rates? Study analyzed how childhood immunization coverage differed during the COVID-19 pandemic between countries with varying universal health coverage — ScienceDaily

Countries with greater progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) had smaller declines in childhood vaccination coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study publishing August 16 in open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Yesim Tozan of New York University’s School of Global Public Health, USA, and colleagues. Many previous studies have indicated that UHC […]

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‘Win-win’ solutions to protect human health and conserve ecosystems — ScienceDaily

A far-reaching review of academic papers and reports evaluated 46 proposed “win-win” solutions for reducing human infectious disease burdens and advancing conservation goals, which now can be explored on a publicly available website. The study highlights diverse and widespread bright spots where there could be opportunities to simultaneously safeguard human and ecosystem health. Nearly 30 […]

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Delays in diagnosis and treatment may exacerbate long-standing health disparities — ScienceDaily

Infants from minoritized racial and ethnic backgrounds who have positive newborn screening tests for cystic fibrosis received their diagnostic follow-up for the disease later than recommended and later than white, non-Hispanic infants, according to a study published in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. The study also found that this delay in diagnosis and treatment was […]

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Financial and sleeping difficulties are key mental health risk indicators in university students — ScienceDaily

A new study of student wellbeing during the pandemic by the University of Warwick has identified worsened financial situation and sleep difficulties as key indicators of individuals at higher risk of developing mental health issues. The findings will be valuable to higher education institutions in identifying those students at higher risk of developing mental health […]

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Exposure to ‘forever chemicals’ costs US billions in health costs — ScienceDaily

Daily exposure to a class of chemicals used in the production of many household items may lead to cancer, thyroid disease, and childhood obesity, a new study shows. The resulting economic burden is estimated to cost Americans a minimum of $5.5 billion and as much as $63 billion over the lifetime of the current population. […]

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Anomalies could underlie higher risk for health conditions in Black Americans — ScienceDaily

Racial discrimination increases the risk for physical and mental illnesses, and Black women suffer from diseases at significantly higher rates than White women. How traumatic experiences such as discrimination increase vulnerability to illness remains the topic of intense research. Now, a new study shows that the experience of racial discrimination affects the microstructure of the […]

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Multi-layered strategies needed to protect public health from oil and gas drilling impacts — ScienceDaily

Efforts to mitigate the potentially harmful effects of oil and gas drilling are often focused on single measures, such as increasing setbacks, the minimum allowable distance between drilling and homes, schools, and other sensitive locations. However, in a July 6 commentary in Environmental Research Letters, a group of public health experts from several universities and […]