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Mental health insurance illiteracy at serious high
The general public lacks information about important mental health benefits, and this lack of information represents a barrier in their seeking care when needed, according to a study by the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University published in the February issue of Psychiatric Services. (2000-01-27)

Study examines risks of circumcision
Parents of newborn boys have better knowledge about the possible risks of circumcision from a new study by doctors at the University of Washington. This report, the broadest of its kind, examined all hospital records in the state of Washington for a study period of more than nine years. (2000-01-09)

Sensible health warnings to stay out of sun may also be denying some people the benefits it provides
Are the effects of the sun bad for all people? In this week's BMJ, researchers say that the public should be educated on both the pros and cons of sunlight exposure, so that they can weigh up the associated risks for themselves. (1999-07-09)

Support-Service Approach To Welfare-To-Work Bolsters Children's Cognitive Development
Welfare-reform plans that include education, job training, and high-quality center-based daycare for children offer the greatest promise of moving parents from welfare to work and fostering their children's cognitive potential, according to research reported in the current issue of Child Development. (1999-05-21)

Tip Sheet: Health Benefits Of Caffeinated Beverages
The potential health benefits of caffeinated beverages, including coffee, tea and cocoa, are highlighted in a series of research papers being presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Anaheim, Calif., March 21 - 25. (1999-03-25)

Conference To Focus On Garlic Health Benefits
Can consuming garlic improve cognition, protect against ulcers, or help prevent cancer and heart disease? Researchers from around the world will meet Nov. 14 through 17 to consider such claims and more at an international conference on (1998-09-23)

Simple Signs Help People Take Steps To Get In Shape and Lose Weight
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center have found that inexpensive signs can encourage stair use, as reported in the September issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Signs promoting the health and weight control benefits of stair use were placed beside escalators with adjacent stairs in a Baltimore area shopping mall. (1998-09-01)

How To Improve Relationships Between Primary Care And Social Services
Looking at the benefits of collaboration between primary health and social services staff, Caroline Glendinning et al from the University of Manchester stress that, while basing a social worker or care manager in general practice can be beneficial to professionals and patients, planning services together can have longer term benefits. (1998-07-10)

Social Security News: Privatization Can't Cure $6.6 Trillion 'Ponzi Scheme,' UD Economist Reports
Nothing can save 40-something Baby Boomers from getting a raw deal at retirement because they're mired at the bottom of a massive pyramid or Ponzi scheme, according to a University of Delaware economist whose analysis of the Social Security system appears in the new issue of Humanomics, an international social science journal. Since 1940, U.S. retirees have received an estimated $6.6 trillion dollars more in benefits than they've paid in taxes, William T. Harris reports. (1998-06-16)

Sociologists Find Family-Friendly Benefits Aren't Shared Equally
Sociologists at the University of Cincinnati have released the second in a series of reports on the relationship between work and family structure. Survey results indicate that many employers do offer family-friendly benefits, but managers are more likely than blue-collar workers to receive them. (1998-05-29)

Education A Key To Ending Authoritarian Rule, Economist Says
The expansion of secondary and higher education is closely connected to the rise of democracy abroad, and in the breakdown of authoritarian regimes, a University of Illinois economist concludes in a book to be published this year. (1998-03-02)

Benefits Of Annual Mammography Outweigh Radiation Risks Of Cancer
Annual mammography screening beginning at age 40 is safe and highly effective in reducing breast cancer deaths. Stephen A. Feig, M.D., professor of radiology at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, has found that the benefits of annual mammography far outweigh risks of developing cancer from radiation exposure. (1997-12-03)

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