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These stories were released by the Health Behavior News Service between 1/17/2013 and 2/5/2013.

Effects of deployment on those left behind…

As the official conflict in Afghanistan draws to an end, researchers are assessing the various effects military deployment has had on soldiers and their families. A recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that multiple deployments of a parent or sibling were associated with an increased likelihood of lifetime and recent drug use among related youth, especially if a sibling was deployed. “There is research to suggest that the deployment of a sibling is similarly disruptive as parental deployment," said lead author Tamika Gilreath, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California.

"Parental concern may influence their interactions with the younger sibling who is left to cope with their own sense of loss as well as their parents’."

Commuting style linked to weight gain…

Do you drive to work? If so, living closer may be good for more than avoiding traffic. Walking or biking to work can reduce the weight gain common to most adults, according to a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This researchfinds thatdaily drivers, even if they engaged in weekly exercise, gained on average 3 pounds more than non-car commuters. If active commuting is not an option, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Ph.D., recommends “standing while working, taking stairs, activity breaks, doing active work at home…anything but sitting still.”

Drugs for fibromyalgia may do more harm than good…

Fibromyalgia sufferers may not find relief in two commonly prescribed medications, duloxetine and milnacipran. A new evidence review in The Cochrane Library reveals equal numbers of people were helped by or experienced unpleasant side effects from the medications. “This is a very important study,” says Fred Wolfe, M.D. of the National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases. “There’s an enormous amount of advertising suggesting that these drugs really help, whereas the research data show that the improvement is really minimal.”

Danger in the medicine cabinet…

What is the leading cause of unintentional death at home? A review in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals that overdosing on prescription drugs is to blame for an increase seen between 2000 and 2008. Carol Runyan, M.P.H., Ph.D., professor at the Colorado School of Public Health, says that the data signal “a need to rethink how pain medications are prescribed and used."

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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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