Drinking and smoking after first trimester may up late stillbirth

(HealthDay)—Combined drinking and smoking after the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for late stillbirth, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in JAMA Network Open. Hein Odendaal, M.D., from Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, and colleagues examined whether prenatal exposure to alcohol and tobacco cigarettes is associated with the risk for stillbirth […]

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Readers and Tweeters Ponder Vaccines and Points of Fairness

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Higher Insurance Rates for the Unvaccinated? Snuff Out That Idea This is about Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal’s comments on “All In With Chris Hayes” (“Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance,” Aug. […]

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A Quarter of US Hospitals, and Counting, Demand Workers Get Vaccinated. But Not Here.

Hospitals coast to coast are demanding their employees get vaccinated against covid as the highly contagious delta variant tears through populations with low vaccination rates. Nearly 1,500 hospitals — roughly a quarter of all hospitals in the U.S. —now require staffers to get a covid vaccine, said Colin Milligan, a spokesperson for the American Hospital Association. More follow suit every […]

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When insurers and doctors haggle over Medicaid costs, patients pay the price

When physicians and insurers haggle over reimbursement payments, health care providers lose revenue due to extra administrative burdens—an issue that is particularly acute with Medicaid, a key part of the social safety net that serves many low-income families. According to new research, those administrative hoops dissuade many doctors from seeing Medicaid patients, exacerbating disparities in health care access. To document […]

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More exercise and fewer hours watching TV cuts sleep apnoea risk

Being more physically active and spending fewer hours per day sitting watching TV is linked to a substantially lower risk of developing obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), according to new research published in the European Respiratory Journal. It is the first study to simultaneously evaluate physical activity and sedentary behaviour in relation to OSA risk. OSA is a condition where breathing […]

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Individual privacy and big data uses in public health

In the United States, massive volumes of individual-level data, called “big data,” are used for a variety of reasons, including marketing, intelligence gathering and political campaigns. Big data are also vital to public health efforts, such as improving population health, informing personalized medicine and transforming biomedical research. However, it can be challenging to use big data for health applications due […]

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Experts recommend a varied and moderate consumption of sushi limiting quantities of tuna

A research group from the URV and the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute have analyzed the concentration of various toxic elements in sushi and evaluated the risk of consuming them in infant, adolescent and adult populations. Eight pieces of salmon-based maki, nigiri or sashimi or maki unagi (eel) is the safest combination of sushi for adult and adolescent populations. That […]

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