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These stories were released by CFAH's Health Behavior News Service (HBNS) between 9/19/2013 and 9/26/2013. HBNS provides high-quality reports on new scientific studies that can help you make good choices about your health and the health of your family.

Patient-doctor relationship affects diabetes care...
A survey of 563 rural people with diabetes found lower levels of trust in their physicians. Those with comparatively higher levels of trust engaged in more diabetes self-care measures, including exercise and eye exams. Robert Gabbay, M.D., Ph.D., of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, said a provider's communication style can make a big difference in establishing a trusting relationship. "Specifically, the provider can be directive, telling the patient what to do without listening to them, or be a guide for the patient to help them achieve what is important in their lives," Gabbay explained. The study appears in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

Women in Appalachia at risk for late stage breast cancer...
Older women living in the most deprived areas of the U.S. Appalachia had higher rates of late stage breast cancer than women in more affluent areas, finds a new study in Health Services Research. "Overall, we found counties that are struggling economically tend to have inadequate health care resources or infrastructure and have the highest rates of later-stage breast cancer," said Roger Anderson, Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

People with asthma need not fear exercise...
People with asthma who engaged in appropriate exercise programs had improved cardiovascular fitness and an overall improved quality of life, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library. Generally, the team found that the asthma patients involved in the studies responded to physical training in a similar manner to people without asthma. "There is little to no reason that patients with asthma should not fully participate in regular physical activity," said Felix S.F. Ram, Ph.D., of Massey University's College of Health in Auckland, New Zealand. "Provided that preventative medications for those with exercise-induced asthma have been administered properly."

Treating depression helps some smokers quit...
A new evidence review in The Cochrane Library finds that depressed smokers may stop smoking longer and benefit overall from mood management interventions after they quit smoking. In fact, when psychosocial components were added, smokers were able to stop smoking for longer periods. "When depressed smokers quit, depression symptoms may actually improve. This makes it all the more critical to understand this high-risk group of smokers and what helps them quit tobacco," remarked Gregory Kirk, M.D., director of Rocky Mountain Psychiatry Consultants, LLC in Denver.

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The Health Behavior News Service (HBNS), a division of the Center for Advancing Health, brings you the latest health behavior and patient engagement research from selected peer-reviewed journals. HBNS original stories summarize research findings including “Key Points” and are disseminated for free to the press and the public around the world.

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Health Care Access   Communicate with your Doctors   Participate in your Treatment   Promote your Health   Get Preventive Health Care   Women's Health   Exercise/Physical Activity   Mental Health   Depression/Anxiety   Cancer   Diabetes   Asthma   Patient Engagement  

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