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  • 03 Sep 2014 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    Thirsty students in Henrico County most often pushed the Powerade button on school vending machines last year. But when school stats on Tuesday, kids will find their favorite sports drink banned in favor of healthier substitutes such as bottled water of fruit juice. Read more...

  • 03 Sep 2014 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    The 2014 version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) is now available. Following a yearlong review and revision process, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice recently released this updated version of the Core Competencies for use by public health practitioners, educators, and researchers.

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  • 03 Sep 2014 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    Excessive salt consumption may be behind one in 10 deaths from heart disease and stroke worldwide — one in five for people younger than 70. The global total for annual deaths linked to sodium may be as high as 1.65 million.

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  • 03 Sep 2014 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. According to latest research conducted at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, the risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends nine to ten hours of sleep for teenagers.

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  • 03 Sep 2014 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    How long patients wait for kidney transplants often depends on where they live. But minor changes to kidney transplant allocation policies could reduce those geographic disparities, suggests a Northwestern Medicine study.

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  • 03 Sep 2014 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    Depression is known to be a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease, but remains untreated for many patients, according to a new study by Northwestern Medicine investigators in collaboration with the National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF).

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  • 03 Sep 2014 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    The Association for Community Health Improvement is seeking proposals for its 2015 National Conference, March 4th - 6th in Dallas, Texas. "This year's theme is Building the Next Generation of Healthy Communities. The conference will feature presentations that share successful case examples and practical tools and skills in areas including building: health-promoting hospitals and care systems, healthy policies and environments, healthy and impactful partnerships, a community health workforce and leaders, tools to measure community health impact, healthy and sustainable funding sources, and healthy populations. 

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    Proposals are due Friday, September 26th.

  • 20 Aug 2014 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    The rates of hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke in the U.S. have declined dramatically in the past two decades, a new study has found. Researchers looked at the medical records of nearly 34 million people ages 65 or older who had been hospitalized for various conditions between 1999 and 2011, and found that the rate of hospitalization for heart attack, heart failure and stroke declined by about 30 to 40 percent over this time. This decline was more rapid than what was seen in other conditions. (Fox News) Read more...

     

  • 18 Aug 2014 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    Depression, dental problems, difficulty buying groceries among most common reasons, study finds.

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of American seniors seen at emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, a new study reveals. Read more...

  • 18 Aug 2014 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Yet certain types of lung malignancies are still on the rise.

    MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall lung cancer rates are dropping, according to a new analysis of nearly a half million Americans with lung cancer. But, the news wasn't all good -- the study also found that the rates of certain types of lung cancer are increasing, according to researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Read more...


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