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May 13, 2024

Daylight Saving Time Spells Bad News for Healthy Habits

Researchers found the onset of daylight saving time is associated with increased consumption of processed snack foods and fewer trips to the gym. 

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Apr 23, 2024

‘Sunny Day Flooding’ Increases Fecal Contamination of Coastal Waters

The findings suggest public health officials should be aware of potential risks associated with tidal flooding. 

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Apr 11, 2024

Synthetic Platelets Stanch Bleeding, Promote Healing in Animal Models

Researchers have developed synthetic platelets that can be used to stop bleeding and enhance healing at the site of an injury. 

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Apr 4, 2024

What You Do and Don’t Know About Racial Inequities in Health Care Can Hurt You

The extent to which people understand existing racial inequities in access to health care can have an effect on how white and Black people view their own health. 

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Mar 11, 2024

No, An Anti-Racist Program in Schools Didn’t Stress Out Kids

A new study finds an anti-racist intervention did not cause stress or feelings of alienation among high school students. 

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Mar 6, 2024

What Drives ‘Drug-Induced Homicide’ Prosecutions in North Carolina?

A desire to reduce overdose deaths is spurring DIH prosecutions -- but the evidence suggests it may be harming public health. 

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Mar 4, 2024

It’s Not Just You: Young People Look, Feel Older When They’re Stressed

A new study finds younger adults look and feel older on stressful days – but only on days when they also feel they have relatively less control over their own lives. 

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Feb 7, 2024

Easy Things We Can Do to Cope With Traumatic Loss

A new study finds there are simple activities that help people improve their mood and emotional well-being after the traumatic loss of a loved one. 

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Feb 6, 2024

Study IDs Ways to Better Help Children Experiencing Homelessness

The study suggests public service systems need to do a better job of working with parents to support homeless children. 

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Jan 29, 2024

Study Urges People to Think Twice Before Going on a Diet

The work underscores how toxic yo-yo dieting can be and how difficult it can be for people to break the cycle. 

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Jan 24, 2024

Study: The More People Know About Pregnancy, the More Likely They Are to Support Access to Abortion

The more people know about pregnancy, the more likely they are to oppose legislation that limits women’s access to abortions – regardless of political ideology. 

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Dec 7, 2023

How a Failure to Understand Race Leads to Flawed Health Tech

A fundamental misunderstanding means the way many health devices are developed and tested can exacerbate racial health inequities. 

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Nov 27, 2023

Don’t Make Loved Ones Barf: Holiday Food Safety Tips for Tamales

Tamales are a delicious holiday staple. Here are some tips to help you avoid foodborne illness when making them. 

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Nov 20, 2023

Why the COVID Pandemic Hit Non-White Americans the Hardest

There was a stark difference in the percentage of non-white Americans who died in the first year of the COVID pandemic compared to white Americans. A new book explains why. 

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Oct 31, 2023

Poop, Pee and Microbes: The Complicated Ecology of Pit Latrines

The findings are relevant for efforts to both improve public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with global climate change.