Rates of the most common form of liver cancer are rising in rural areas

Research indicates that rural Americans are disproportionately affected; those most at risk are men ages 60–69, non-Hispanic Blacks, American Indian/Alaskan Natives and those who live in the South or in high-poverty areas. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer and the fastest-growing cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to national cancer statistics. Historically, […]

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Cervical cancer rates stable or trending down in countries with effective screening measures

A recent trend analysis indicates that cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates have remained stable or are dropping in most countries across the globe. These rates differ based on each country’s socioeconomic development level, cervical cancer screening use, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates. The findings are published by Wiley early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American […]

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Routine vaccination rates in Victoria unaffected by COVID-19

Researchers, led by Dr. Frank Beard, Associate Director of the National Center for Immunization Research and Surveillance and the University of Sydney, and Mr Brynley Hull, a Research Fellow at the NCIRS and the University of Sydney, compared vaccination activity in Victoria in 2019 and 2020 by analyzing de-identified Australian Immunization Register (AIR) surveillance data. “Neither stage 3 nor stage […]

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Women had ‘alarmingly high rates’ of mental health problems during start of the pandemic

A study at the University of Chicago Medicine found U.S. women experienced increased incidence of health-related socioeconomic risks (HRSRs), such as food insecurity and interpersonal violence, early in the COVID-19 pandemic. This was associated with “alarmingly high rates” of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. The research was published April 5 in the Journal of Women’s Health. Other studies […]

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Racial disparities in heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes death rates

In the last 20 years, Black adults living in rural areas of the United States experienced high mortality rates due to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke compared to white adults. According to a research letter published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, racial disparities improved minimally in rural areas over the last two decades, […]

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Study finds rising rates of food insecurity among older adults

From 2007 to 2016, food insecurity—or limited access to nutritious foods because of a lack of financial resources—increased significantly from 5.5% to 12.4% among older US adults, and the increase was more pronounced among individuals with lower income. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. The study, which drew from data from […]

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Why are coronavirus rates rising in some areas of England and not others?

Growing alarm has been expressed over the rising number of people who are testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK. More tests have been made available and more people have been taking those tests, but that alone does not explain the increases in the numbers of those who have tested positive, nor why there is such variation across different parts […]

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Higher rates of pain, bleeding found with Essure birth control device

(HealthDay)—The permanent birth control device Essure is associated with higher rates of chronic lower abdominal or pelvic pain and abnormal uterine bleeding compared with tubal ligation, according to interim results of a postmarket study ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The researchers compared Essure and tubal ligation among more than 1,100 women across the United States and found […]

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