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People who live in neighborhoods with green spaces have less stress, healthier blood vessels and lower risk of heart attack and stroke

People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. Residential greenness is associated with lower levels of sympathetic activation, reduced oxidative stress, and higher angiogenic capacity. This is independent of age, sex, race, smoking status, neighborhood deprivation, statin use, and roadway exposure.For this study (see the link below), researchers tested for a variety of biomarkers of stress and ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Nature, Reuters, Longevity, Geisinger, Ves Dimov, Danville Pennsylvania, Louisville Kentucky USA, Annemarie Hirsch

The recent fish oil and vitamin D studies: Go beyond the headlines

Results of a much-anticipated trial on fish oil and vitamin D generated conflicting headlines recently. Some stories declared good news about the popular supplements. Reuters wrote that fish oil “can dramatically reduce the odds of a heart attack while vitamin D’s benefits seem to come from lowering the risk of death from cancer.” The Washington Post reported […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Washington Post, Medications, Reuters, Cardiology, Meds, PA NP, CRNA

How are sadness and happiness like diseases? They're infectious, study finds

Is sadness a sickness? It appears to spread like one, a new study has found. Researchers at Harvard University and MIT wanted to see if a mathematical model developed to track and predict the spread of infectious diseases such as SARS and foot-and-mouth disease could also apply to the spread of happiness -- and found that it worked.  They used data collected from 1,880 subjects in the Framingham Heart Study, a long-term research effort that has followed subjects since 1948 (and added some new...
Tags: Health, Research, Mit, Mental Health, Depression, Harvard University, Reuters, Tami Dennis, Infections, Rachel Bernstein

Under local pressure, California school districts adopt lower lead limits for water

By Nico Savidge and Daniel J. Willis, EdSource Part three of a special report from EdSource revealing the extent of lead contamination in water in schools across California where water has been tested. Two years ago, McClymonds High School in Oakland found alarmingly high lead levels in water coming from a locker room shower. Water from some fountains and sinks tested high as well, leading health and community activists to demand that the district ensure safe water for all children. As the new s...
Tags: Health, News, California, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Oakland, Berkeley, Wilson, Reuters, Flint Michigan, Foster, Emerson

Trump says drug companies to announce 'massive' price cuts soon

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he expects major drug companies to slash prices on their products in two weeks, but did not provide details on which companies would do so or how such reductions would be made. Health care lobbyists in Washington said they were caught by surprise and had no idea what Trump was talking about. A Health and Human Services Department (HHS) spokeswoman said the agency had nothing else to share on ...
Tags: Health, News, Washington, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Steve Holland, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Health and Human Services Department HHS

Public Opinions Toward Diseases: Infodemiological Study on News Media Data

Background: Society always has limited resources to expend on health care, or anything else. What are the unmet medical needs? How do we allocate limited resources to maximize the health and welfare of the people? These challenging questions might be re-examined systematically within an infodemiological frame on a much larger scale, leveraging the latest advancement in information technology and data science. Objective: We expanded our previous work by investigating news media data to reveal the...
Tags: Health, Reuters, Zika, Infodemiological Study on News Media Data

Can Instagram keep its nose clean?

The photo-sharing app has avoided the scandal that has engulfed its owner, Facebook. But can it stay unscathed?It has been a rough few weeks for Facebook since the Observer reported the Cambridge Analytica data breach. The scandal revealed how the political consulting firm might have raked up the personal information of at least 87 million Facebook users in order to influence them with tailored political ads, sent the social network’s stocks into a tailspin, triggered the #DeleteFacebook movemen...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, California, Society, Mental Health, Playboy, US Senate, Cher, Kim Kardashian West

The Philippines Halts Mass Use of Dengue Fever Vaccine, Saying It May Be Linked to Three Deaths

On Friday, Filipino authorities tied at least three deaths to the 2016 deployment of Dengvaxia, the world’s first dengue fever vaccine, Reuters reported.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Philippines, Vaccines, Reuters, Dengvaxia, Dengue

California lags in testing toddlers for lead exposure

By Elizabeth Aguilera, CALmatters A third of young California children at risk for lead poisoning are not being tested despite state and federal laws that require it, according to a new study—a problem at least partly addressed by legislation now on the governor’s desk. Researchers using data from the state Department of Public Health found that 160,000 children 1 and 2 years old who needed testing never received it. That’s a 34 percent failure rate, the study says. “Our most vulnerable kids, th...
Tags: Health, News, California, Washington, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Santa Barbara, Environmental Working Group, Reuters, Flint Michigan, Hayward, Legislature, Centers for Disease Control

Antarctica plants show potential as natural sunscreen ingredients

Antarctica may be the last place you’d expect to find sunscreen ingredients, but scientists from Chile have a hunch the molecules that shield two species of Antarctic flowers from the harsh effects of the sun could also protect people and crops from the same. Researchers from Universidad de Santiago de Chile studying Colobanthus quitensis (a.k.a pearlwort) and Deschampsia antarctica (hair grass) under controlled conditions found that the plants were able to withstand high levels of ultraviolet ...
Tags: Health, Design, News, Chile, Antarctica, Plants, Sunscreen, Reuters, Gardening And Plants, Zuñiga, Sunblock, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Universidad de Santiago, Deschampsia, Gustavo Zuniga, Universidad de Santiago de Chile Photos

KKR said to be in talks to buy WebMD

 Private equity giant KKR is said to be in acquisition talks with medical site WebMD, according to a report from Reuters on Sunday. Shares of WebMD ticked up slightly in after-hours trading after the report. The price of the potential offer could not be learned, but the public market cap last valued the company at $2.1 billion. Shares are down 10% compared to a year ago, but up 11% since the… Read More
Tags: Health, Tech, M&a, KKR, Reuters, WebMD

Dear President Trump: What you should do about your health care plan

I hope you read this letter. I doubt you will. I know you’re busy rebuilding Washington, reshaping the international order and doing a lot of other weighty stuff.  Full disclosure, I voted for you.  Not because you promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or because you tweeted at me about it, but because our health care system is hopelessly broken and requires an overhaul that does not simply convert over to a single payer system. Recently you were quoted in an interview with Reuters: “I lov...
Tags: Health, Washington, Policy, Trump, Reuters, Health Reform

SoftBank-backed Indian e-tailer Snapdeal predicts profits in 2 years

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian e-commerce firm Snapdeal expects to turn profitable in the next two years, its CEO said, as the company cuts costs and boosts efficiency in a market currently dominated by homegrown Flipkart and U.S. internet giant Amazon.
Tags: Health, Money, Softbank, businessNews, Mumbai, SnapDeal, Flipkart, Reuters

Oakland has an even worse lead problem than Flint, Michigan

A new report from Reuters reveals that residents of the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland, CA are being exposed to far more dangerous levels of lead than residents of Flint, Michigan. However, in this case, the drinking water isn’t the reason for the contamination – it’s the lead-based paint still in use in many of the buildings there. When it chips or crumbles, the lead ends up being released into the air and the dirt nearby. Out of 500 children tested within the area, 7.57% had elevated lev...
Tags: Health, Design, News, California, San Francisco, Michigan, Oakland, Investigation, Air Quality, Reuters, Flint Michigan, Flint, Lead, Lead Poisoning, Flint Water Crisis, East San Jose

First cases of Zika-related microcephaly confirmed in Thailand

Health officials just confirmed the first two cases of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus in Southeast Asia. The cases were both in Thailand, although officials haven't said exactly where in the country. Zika outbreaks across Southeast Asia prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to warn people, especially pregnant women, against traveling to the area. Out of three cases tested, laboratory tests linked two to the Zika virus in Thailand. Statistics collected by health ...
Tags: Health, Design, News, Cdc, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, World Health Organization, Myanmar, Reuters, Zika Virus, Microcephaly, Zika, Miami Beach, Timor Leste

Legal reporters’ coverage of medical funders prompts calls for regulatory action

GraphicStock It’s no secret that even insured patients sometimes are unable to cover the full cost of their care. When that happens, some people turn to medical funding companies for help. Physicians and other providers sometimes will even refer patients to these entities, which are set up to pay the provider and then collect from the patient. There can be problems with this option, as journalists Alison Frankel and Jessica Dye learned last year in an investigation of unscrupulous medical fun...
Tags: Health, Legal, Insurance, Dye, Financing, Thomson Reuters, Cost, Frankel, Reuters, Alison Frankel, Jessica Dye, Consumer Financial Protection Board

Weekend reading: Have you fallen in love with money?

Good reads from around the Web. A re you a prudent saver who regularly runs the numbers on your potential post-retirement income? Or are you a Scrooge McDuck who has fallen in love with money for its own sake? The title of a John Authors’ article in the FT this week – Is Greed Good? No, It’s Seriously Bad For Your Health [Search result] – implies that this isn’t an academic question. Authors even cites research suggesting it’s not just your physical health that could suffer from an excessive l...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Europe, UK, London, Marketing, US, America, David Mitchell, Santander, Cnbc, Brexit, Suffolk, Reuters, Schroders, State

After Orlando outcry, FDA seeks comments on blood donation policy for gay men

Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Amanda Mills (2011) In the wake of criticism following the June attack at a gay nightclub in Florida, U.S. regulators are taking another look at the blood donation policy for gay men. In a Federal Register notice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called for public comments about its donation policy, which calls on gay men to defer giving blood for a year following their last sexual encounter. “The FDA said it was establishing a public doc...
Tags: Health, Florida, Congress, Lgbt, Time, Nbc News, Cnn, Clarke, Miami, Fda, Blood, Orlando, Donation, Maggie Fox, Reuters, Zika

Another look at blood donation in wake of Orlando shooting

Photo: Fibonacci Blue via Flickr Last month’s shooting in Orlando in drew attention not only to the city’s gay community but also to limits in how the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community there could respond when it comes to what many do in the aftermath of such tragedies – give blood. The shooting at the gay nightclub left 49 people victims dead. Many in the community sought to donate blood only to run into U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations that call for sexually act...
Tags: Health, Florida, Congress, Australia, Lgbt, Gay, Public Health, United States, Fda, Blood, European Parliament, Orlando, Donation, Reuters, U S Food and Drug Administration, Benjamin

Dangerous super bacteria found in Rio waters before Summer Olympics

Two new academic studies shared with Reuters news show that scientists have found drug-resistant "super bacteria" off Rio de Janeiro beaches - some of which will be hosting Olympic events in August. These deadly microbes, normally only found in hospital settings, have been turning up in the waters near some of the city's most popular tourist destinations. Though city officials are blaming illegal dumping for the contamination, it more likely has something to do with the fact that Rio pumps lite...
Tags: Health, Europe, Design, News, Cdc, Germany, Environment, US, Olympics, Brazil, World Health Organization, Rio De Janeiro, 2016 Summer Olympics, International Olympic Committee, Antibiotic Resistance, Water Pollution

Afternoon round-up: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

This morning the Court issued a five-to-three opinion in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, striking down as unconstitutional two provisions of a Texas law regulating abortions in that state.  Lyle Denniston covered the ruling for this blog. Other early coverage comes from Camila Domonoske of NPR; Pete Williams of NBC News; Sarah Ferris of The Hill; Ariane de Vogue, Tal Kopan, and Dan Berman of CNN; Adam Liptak of The New York Times, as well as Manny Fernandez and Abby Goodnough and Ford Fesse...
Tags: Health, Post, Texas, Law, Politico, Court, Nbc News, Bloomberg, Cnn, Atlantic, New York Times, Associated Press, Npr, Usa Today, Vox, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thursday round-up

Commentary relating to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to replace him comes from Cass Sunstein, who at Bloomberg View suggests that the conduct of Senate Republicans “is fully consistent with a much broader” principle:  “If a party can get away with refusing to confirm a Supreme Court nominee chosen by a president of the opposing party, that’s exactly what it will do. If so, appointments to the high court will become mired in the crassest for...
Tags: Health, New York, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Senate, Court, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, United States, Williams, New York Times, Npr, Louisiana, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Puerto Rico

'Nightmare' bacteria found in the U.S. resists all known antibiotics

Last November researchers in China discovered a strain of bacteria that resisted all forms of antibiotics - including the "last-resort drug" colistin. Now, government officials have found the first case of an antibiotic-resistant superbug in the United States. A 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania went to the doctor for symptoms akin to a urinary tract infection, however the ailment did not respond to antibiotics. She had not traveled during the five months before her infection. Doctors at Wal...
Tags: Health, Science, Design, News, Medicine, Obama, Drugs, China, Usda, Pennsylvania, United States, Antibiotics, Antibiotic Resistance, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Colistin, Reuters

Sliced and Diced: Chipotle Board Grilled by Shareholders Over Food Safety

Chipotle Mexican Grill keeps taking steps to put its food safety problems behind it, including hiring food safety experts and buying back its own shares. But the Chipotle board got at the chain’s annual meeting on Wednesday, as shareholders made it easier for investor groups that own a certain number of shares to nominate their own board candidates. Over the current board’s objection, investors a nonbinding proposal that would allow an investor or group of investors owning 3 percent or ...
Tags: Health, Board of Directors, Cdc, Restaurants, New York City, Advertising, US, Usda, Bloomberg, Pr, Shareholders, Fda, Food Safety, Jack, Chipotle, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

How limiting women's access to birth control and abortions hurts the economy

Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore Reproductive health isn't just about abortions, despite all the attention they get. It's also about access to family planning services, contraception, sex education and much else. Such access lets women control the timing and size of their families so they have children when they are financially secure and emotionally ready and can finish their education and advance in the workplace. After all, having children is expensive, costing US$9,000 to $25,000 ...
Tags: Health, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Cdc, US, Hillary Clinton, Medicaid, Huffington Post, Reuters, 288, The Supreme Court, Joshua Roberts, University of Baltimore

Health officials talk about cities in crisis, disparities in health #AHCJ16

Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJ Health officials from four cities that have faced recent crises shared their perspectives on addressing health disparities during a session at Health Journalism 2016. Susan Heavey, left, moderated the panel featuring Leana S. Wen, M.D., Melba R. Moore, M.S., C.P.H.A., Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., D.Phil., and Natoya Walker Minor, M.P.A. Health Journalism 2016 kicked off a powerful lineup of panels with a roundtable on covering the health angles of cities facing crises. Sus...
Tags: Health, Urban, Mental Health, Cities, Violence, Michael Brown, Conference, St Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, Freddie Gray, Reuters, Flint, Phil, Moore, Wen

Registration for Health Journalism 2016 has been extended; see the highlights

Health journalists have a few more days to sign up and get the advance rate for AHCJ’s annual conference. If you haven’t registered yet, this is a good time to check out the program and the speakers. Conference organizers have been nailing down the final details and adding speakers that are relevant to the latest news, including the U.S. Surgeon General, health officials from three key cities and the new undersecretary for health at the Veteran’s Administration. And you won’t want to miss our r...
Tags: Health, America, United States, Conference, Baltimore, Reuters, Zika, Susan Heavey, David Shulkin, U S Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, AHCJ, Vivek H Murthy, Health Journalists, #ahcj16, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Here, Melba R Moore

Myths And Facts About HB 2 -- The Anti-Choice Law That Could Overturn Abortion Rights

On March 2, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a controversial case that will determine the constitutionality of a Texas anti-choice law (HB 2) that severely limits women's access to abortion and medical care. In covering the case, some media outlets have relied on right-wing media talking points about the purported medical necessity of restricting women's access to abortion, as well as the false claim that HB 2 would prevent another "Kermit Gosnel...
Tags: Health, Post, Hollywood, Texas, Supreme Court, Congress, College, Mexico, Senate, Virginia, America, Austin, Fox, Pennsylvania, Gop, United States

This Lawyer's First Supreme Court Case Will Decide The Fate Of Abortion Rights

The night of Nov. 7, 2006, Stephanie Toti slept on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court. It was pouring rain, but the Capitol Police would not let the 26-year-old and her colleagues pitch a tent . So they laid in sleeping bags on the concrete, miserable, huddled together. The next morning, they stood in line in their soaking-wet clothes, hoping to get seats for oral arguments in the most important abortion rights case of the last decade. After camping in the rain all night, Toti...
Tags: Health, New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Harvard, Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, United States, Yale, Manhattan, Long Island, Huffington Post, Center For Reproductive Rights, Kennedy, Capitol Police, Reuters

Los Angeles hospital paid hackers $17,000 ransom in Bitcoins

(Reuters) – The president of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center said on Wednesday that his hospital paid hackers a ransom of $17,000 in bitcoins to regain control of their computer systems after a cyber attack. Allen Stefanek said in a statement that paying the ransom was the “quickest and most efficient way” of regaining access to the affected systems, which were crippled on Feb. 5 and interfered with hospital staff’s ability to communicate electronically. Stefanek said there was no evidence...
Tags: Health, Security, Business, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fbi, Bitcoin, Hackers, Reuters, Curtis Skinner, Los Angeles Police Department, Bitcoins, Laura Eimiller, Federal Bureau, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Allen Stefanek

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