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Are Rates of Depression Overestimated?

An analysis recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests using self-report screening questionnaires rather than diagnostic interviews to diagnose depression – a common practice – results in an overestimation of depression p...
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Immunization Rates Improve in Response to Reminders

Although immunization rates are rising in children and adults, optimal goals have not yet been reached and vaccine-preventable diseases remain a significant health problem. Therefore, finding new ways to increase immunization coverage – strategies to ...
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Need Surgery? Avoid the Risky 'Weekend Effect'

Mortality rates are higher after elective surgical procedures performed at the end of the week than surgeries done earlier in the week, according to a study published in Medical Care. Previous research shows this “weekend effect” in other types of me...
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New Study Challenges Common View on Alzheimer's

Neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease are characterized by the significant, progressive loss of neurons and nerve endings, or synapses, in the brain. Now, a study conducted by French and Canadian researchers challenges this classifica...
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More Veterans Smoke and Use Tobacco

U.S. veterans used tobacco products at a much higher rate than non-veterans from 2011 to 2015, according to last week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the case for males ...
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Obesity Can Cut Your Life Span

Several recent studies have shown that life expectancy in the United States is not improving at a rate comparable to that in other wealthy nations, despite medical advances and efforts to reduce smoking. Rising obesity are to blame for the lack of im...
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Put Down that Energy Drink: Here's Why

More than half of all people who consume energy drinks, also known as sports drinks, experience negative health effects from them, suggests a study conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. These adverse effects are m...
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Experts Warn Against Raw Meat Diets for Pets

In a warning published in Vet Record, researchers in the Netherlands caution pet owners against feeding dogs and cats a raw meat based diet. Such a diet can pose a significant health risk for both the animals and their owners, compared to a conventio...
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All It Takes Is One Cigarette to Get Hooked

More than 61 percent of people become daily smokers after trying their very first cigarette, at least temporarily, according to a study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom and published in Nicotine & Tobacco Re...
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