Childhood exposure to air pollution linked to self-harm in later life

A study of over 1.4 million Danes has revealed a link between higher levels of exposure to two common pollutants during childhood and an increased risk of self-harm in later life. The collaboration between academics at The University of Manchester and Aarhus University in Denmark is published today (16/09/2021) in a special issue on suicide prevention of the journal Preventive […]

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Poll: Half of US Adults Uncomfortable Seeing Unvaccinated Doctor

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. About half of adults in the United States say that they would be uncomfortable seeing a doctor who had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a recent WebMD/Medscape poll. In the survey, 54% of the 687 respondents said that they would be “not at all […]

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1 in 4 parents won’t vaccinate their kids against COVID-19: poll

More than one-quarter of U.S. parents don’t plan to vaccinate their kids for COVID-19, and roughly as many oppose school-required coronavirus shots, a new study finds. This opposition was more common among moms than dads, and was especially common among white mothers who identified as Republican/Republican-leaning, the researchers said. “Women tend to serve as family health managers within the family […]

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National poll: Half of parents have declined kids’ play date invites

The new school year often leads to playdate invitations, sometimes between families who don’t know each other. But parents don’t always agree to such invites, with nearly half in a new national poll saying they have declined a playdate because they didn’t feel comfortable leaving their child in the other parent’s care. Parents’ top concerns about playdates include children being […]

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National Poll: Daddy shaming happens too

One gift some dads may want for Father’s Day: not being judged for their parenting style. About half of fathers in a new national poll say they have faced criticism and second-guessing about their parenting choices on everything from what they feed their kids to how they play with them. And while many fathers say they respond to criticism in […]

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Poll: Many adults worried about developing dementia

(HealthDay)—Many adults are worried about developing dementia and about half report taking steps to maintain or improve memory, according to a report published by the National Poll on Healthy Aging. Preeti Malani, M.D., from the National Poll on Healthy Aging team, and colleagues surveyed 1,028 adults aged 50 to 64 years about their memory, concerns about developing dementia, and participation […]

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Poll: Many blame drug firms for opioid crisis

About two-thirds of Americans believe drug companies are to blame for the opioid crisis, although nearly as many hold drug users themselves responsible, a new poll finds. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll showed many people also fault doctors who prescribed opioid pain pills and government officials who haven’t done enough to expand addiction treatment and arrest […]

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