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Drugs in the news
Alan Cassels and colleagues studied newspaper coverage of different prescription drugs in 24 of Canada's largest daily newspapers to determine how well news reports present potential benefits, potential harms and potential conflicts of interest of quoted spokespeople. (2003-04-28)

Pilates provides a range of benefits for patients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions
A Musculoskeletal Care study is the first to investigate individual perceptions of the impact of a Pilates exercise program on the daily lives of people with chronic conditions. (2018-11-07)

Are one stop breast clinics justified?
One stop clinics for assessing women with suspected breast cancer may not be as cost effective as previously thought, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-02-28)

Popular media influences choice of childbirth
Women's magazines influence whether women decide to have a more natural childbirth or not, with most of the messages biased towards promoting the benefits of medicalized birth. (2015-05-07)

T'ai chi helps prevent falls and improve mental health in the elderly
T'ai chi has particular health benefits for older people, including helping to prevent falls and improving mental wellbeing, reveals a review published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2011-05-16)

GMOs with health benefits have a large market potential
Genetically modified crops with an increased vitamin and/or mineral content have large potential to improve public health, but their availability for consumers is still hampered, as a result of the negative public opinion. Research from Ghent University has demonstrated that these crops have a promising market potential. (2015-01-13)

Study highlights flaw in common approach of public opinion surveys about science
A new study from North Carolina State University highlights a major flaw in attempting to use a single survey question to assess public opinion on science issues. Researchers found that people who say that risks posed by new science fields outweigh benefits often actually perceive more benefits than risks when asked more detailed questions. (2011-01-13)

Good news: Light and moderate physical activity reduces the risk of early death
A new study by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Cambridge University and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found that even light or moderate intensity physical activity, such as walking or cycling, can substantially reduced the risk of early death. (2010-08-11)

Music played to premature babies may lessen pain and improve feeding habits
Music played to premature babies may help to reduce their pain and encourage better oral feeding, suggests research published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2009-05-27)

Gel or whitening? Consumer choice and product organization
Consumers choose lower-priced products and are more satisfied with their purchase when products are organized by benefits instead of features, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2013-06-18)

Removing tonsils has little benefit
Surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids (adenotonsillectomy) in children with mild symptoms of throat infections or enlarged tonsils and adenoids has no major benefits over watchful waiting, finds a new study published on (2004-09-09)

Fish consumption guidelines not environmentally sustainable
Recommendations to increase fish consumption because of health benefits may not be environmentally sustainable and more research is needed to clarify the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, write Dr. David Jenkins of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and coauthors in an analysis in CMAJ.. (2009-03-16)

Federal disability payments encourage more family caregiving, study finds
While it's well understood what sources of income and insurance support people who experience a disability, less is known about the mechanisms of how family support changes over the evolution of a disability. A new study finds that federal disability benefits can lead to increases in other support for beneficiaries, such as in-kind assistance from adult children. (2019-12-10)

SNAP benefits increase household spending on food, study finds
A new study by two Brown University economists at the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab finds that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits increase a household's overall spending on food each month and that an equivalent cash benefit would lead to much smaller increases in food spending. (2017-02-06)

Canadians spend more on private health insurance for smaller payouts
Spending by Canadians on private health insurance has more than doubled over the past 20 years, but insurers paid out a rapidly decreasing proportion as benefits, according to a study published today in the CMAJ. (2014-03-24)

Current chemotherapy regimens for advanced colorectal cancer prolong survival
The current regimens of irinotecan, oxaliplatin, and molecular-targeted treatments prolong survival for patients with advanced colorectal cancer by several months compared with a few years ago when these treatments were unavailable, according to an article in the Lancet Oncology to be published online Thursday, Sept. 20. (2007-09-19)

States should extend benefits for youth in foster care, MU expert says
Each year, 29,000 foster youths are released from care as they become adults. A University of Missouri foster care expert has found that youth who receive care benefits through age 21 have greatly improved outcomes; he recommends all states consider extending benefits for foster youth. (2011-02-03)

Teen school drop-outs 3 times as likely to be on benefits in later life
Teen school drop-outs are almost three times as likely to be on benefits in later life as their peers who complete their schooling, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2012-02-06)

NUS scientists identify optimal areas for conservation and agriculture in the tropics
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use. The team examined deforestation activities of more than 50 countries in the tropics between 2000 to 2012, and identified regions where deforestation is most and least beneficial. (2017-07-26)

Report reviews estimates of costs and benefits of compliance with renewable portfolio standards
A new report, prepared by analysts from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, reviews estimates of the costs and benefits of compliance with Renewable Portfolio Standards in the United States and explores how costs and benefits may evolve over time. (2014-06-10)

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)

Patients not told about risks and benefits of radiology procedures
Emergency room physicians are woefully undereducated about radiation doses used in diagnostic CT scans and, therefore, are not providing patients with the information they need to make an informed decision about care, a new study shows. It is the radiologists' responsibility to educate emergency room physicians so they can educate their patients, authors of the study say. (2003-05-05)

Publicly funded research lays critical foundations for private sector
Nearly 10 percent of US National Institutes of Health research grants directly generate a patent, a new study reveals, and more than 30 percent generate articles that are then cited by patents. (2017-03-30)

Residential addiction treatment demonstrates economic benefits
A study in Washington State found that benefits of residential drug abuse treatment far exceed its costs. (2002-11-04)

Effects of the proposed SNAP eligibility changes
Proposed changes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may result in as many as one in ten U.S. families losing SNAP benefits, and potential impacts are unknown. A new study led by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute examines the potential effects of the proposed SNAP eligibility changes on health and health care affordability. The study, ''Socioeconomic and Health Characteristics of Families at Risk for Losing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits'', appears in JAMA Internal Medicine on March 9. (2020-03-09)

Medical marijuana laws may affect workers' compensation claims
New research published in Health Economics indicates that after US states passed medical marijuana laws, workers' compensation claims declined. (2020-02-05)

Marine reserves are critical for coral reef resilience
Due to the combined effect of human and natural disturbances, coral reefs are declining at an alarming rate. (2016-04-07)

Some mental health cost controls may increase employers' long-term expenses
A new study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds some mental health plan benefits designed to contain costs by restricting access to care may actually increase an employer's expenses over the long-term. Workers in plans with high deductibles, preexisting condition exclusion periods, or (2003-07-21)

Contraception in women over 40
Despite declining fertility, women over age 40 still require effective contraception if they wish to avoid pregnancy. A review article outlines the risks and benefits of various contraceptive options for these women. The article, based on current evidence and published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), is aimed at helping physicians find the best methods for their patients. (2013-03-04)

Probiotics may prevent antibiotic associated diarrhoea
Probiotics (microbes that protect their host and can prevent disease) can prevent diarrhoea associated with the use of antibiotics, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-06-06)

Acamprosate prevents relapse to drinking in alcoholism
Acamprosate reduces the number of patients being treated for alcoholism who return to drinking, according to a new Cochrane Systematic Review. The drug showed moderate benefits in trials when used in addition to non-drug treatments. (2010-09-07)

No evidence that 4 hour A&E target benefits clinical care, say doctors
In this week's BMJ, a group of senior doctors say they have no evidence that the four hour A&E target benefits clinical care. They also argue that it has encouraged target led rather than needs led care. (2010-07-06)

Research suggests we are genetically programmed to care about climate change
Humans may be programmed by evolution to care about the future of the environment, suggests research published today. (2009-05-27)

Unemployment benefits not sought by jobless
Employment insurance is a vital safety net for the unemployed across North America, yet some take advantage of the system. Recent headlines have made much of a recent report from the US Department of Labor that 11 percent of all unemployment benefits were overpaid between 2009-11. But new research from Concordia University proves that uncollected benefits represent a much larger dollar figure than overpayments. (2013-01-10)

'It is time for scientists to make the case for stem-cell research'
Stem-cell research--and its political, legal, and ethical implications--is the theme of this week's issue of THE LANCET. An editorial comments how scientists need to step forward and engage the public to make the case for the future benefits of stem-cell research. (2004-07-08)

Targeting diet products: Why are more independent consumers better at delaying gratification?
Product benefits that occur later in time are more likely to appeal to more independent consumers than to those who are more group or family oriented, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2013-03-05)

Two-pronged gene therapy for glioblastoma proves safe in phase 1 trial
A phase 1 clinical trial has demonstrated that a two-step gene therapy treatment was safe and effective in 31 patients with recurrent glioblastoma -- a stubborn form of brain cancer -- potentially overcoming a major hurdle that has hindered the use of systemically administered interleukin 12 (IL-12)-based regimens. (2019-08-14)

Tai Chi improves brain metabolism and muscle energetics in older adults
A new Journal of Neuroimaging study provides insights into the biochemical mechanisms by which Tai Chi -- a mind-body exercise -- may provide both physical and psychological benefits. (2018-04-19)

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)

Exercise testing and training statement updated
The American Heart Association today published a scientific statement on (2001-10-01)

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