IVF birth rates improving, multiple birth rate at a record low

IVF success rates in Australia and New Zealand have continued to improve, while the number of IVF twins are falling, a new UNSW report has shown. IVF success rates in Australia and New Zealand have continued to improve, while the number of IVF twins are falling, a new UNSW report has shown. The Assisted Reproductive Technology in Australia and New […]

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Suicide rates climbing, especially in rural America

Suicide is becoming more common in America, an increase most pronounced in rural areas, new research has found. The study, which appears online today (Sept. 6, 2019) in the journal JAMA Network Open, also highlights a cluster of factors, including lack of insurance and the prevalence of gun shops, that are associated with high suicide rates. Researchers at The Ohio […]

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Rising self-harm rates suggest financial crisis may have hit middle-aged men hardest

Self-harm in middle-aged men increased significantly following the 2008 financial crisis, according to a study led by researchers at The University of Manchester. The research from the Multi-Centre Study of Self-harm in England, funded by the Department of Health is published online by the British Journal of Psychiatry today (30 May). The team investigated self-poisoning and self-injury in three cities, […]

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Readmission rates vary little among primary care doctors

(HealthDay)—There is minimal variation in readmission rates among primary care providers (PCPs), according to a study published online May 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Siddhartha Singh, M.D., from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study to examine whether 30-day readmission rates vary by PCP in Texas. Data were included for patients […]

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When doctors and nurses can disclose and discuss errors, hospital mortality rates decline

The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and David Stuckler (Bocconi University) published in Health Affairs. Hospital openness, defined as an environment in which staff freely speak up […]

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Suicide rates fall when states raise minimum wage: study

(HealthDay)—The link between paychecks and mental health just got a little stronger. New research suggests that raising the minimum wage might slow the rate of suicides in the United States. The review of all 50 states found that between 2006 and 2016, increasing a state’s minimum wage by a dollar was linked to a decrease in that state’s rate of […]

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Adults at high risk for HIV infection have low rates of vaccination against human papillomavirus

Adults who are at high risk of becoming infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, were less likely than the general population to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause anal and cervical cancer, according to results presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019, held in Atlanta March 29-April 3. HPV infection is common, and […]

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These 5 Jobs Have the Highest Suicide Rates for Women

A new government report highlights suicide rates among different occupations and found surprising differences between industries for both men and women. According to the most recent research, suicide rates are highest among men in construction and extraction industries, while they are highest among women working in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media. The report also shows a 34% increase in suicides among […]

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Stage 4 pancreatic cancer: Symptoms, treatment, and survival rates

According to research from 2015, about 53 percent of people with pancreatic cancer receive a diagnosis when the cancer is in stage 4. Treatment aims to prolong life and manage pain and other symptoms. In this article, we describe the symptoms of pancreatic cancer and outline the treatment options when the cancer is in stage 4. What is stage 4 […]

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