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Urban Parks and Trails Are Cost-Effective Ways to Promote Exercise

HBNS STORY | December 8, 2014

A new systematic review in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that providing public parks and walking and biking trails is the most cost-effective strategy to increase physical activity among large populations in urban areas.

Military Culture Enables Tobacco Use

HBNS STORY | December 4, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that U.S. military culture perpetuates the notion that using tobacco provides stress relief. Previous studies of tobacco use for stress relief among soldiers have produced no evidence supporting the theory.

Physician Behaviors May Contribute to Disparities in Mental Health Care

HBNS STORY | December 3, 2014

The way medical doctors initially assess, treat and refer racial and ethnic minority patients may contribute to known disparities in their use of mental health services, according to a new study in Health Services Research.

Schools Often Fail to Follow Their Own Written Wellness Policies

HBNS STORY | November 18, 2014

A wide divide exists between public schools' written wellness policies and their actual day-to-day practices, finds a new study in Health Promotion Practice.

Unhealthy Diets Linked With Mental Health of Children

HBNS STORY | November 6, 2014

Children and adolescents who ate foods high in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates and processed foods appear to experience more depression and low moods, suggests a new systematic research review in the American Journal of Public Health.

Poor-Quality Weight Loss Advice Often Appears First in an Online Search

HBNS STORY | November 13, 2014

More than 40 percent of U.S. Internet users use online search engines to seek guidance on weight loss and physical activity. A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that high-quality weight loss information often appears after the first page of search engine results.

Time Spent Preparing Meals at Home Linked to Healthier Diet

HBNS STORY | October 30, 2014

Spending less than one hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food and spending more money eating out, finds new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Not having time available may be one of the most significant barriers to achieving a healthy diet.

Health Care Shortfalls for LGBT Young Women

HBNS STORY | October 28, 2014

Young sexual minority women, including those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), were found to have higher elevated odds of adverse health conditions than heterosexual young women. They also have lower odds of receiving a physical or dental examination, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Fecal Blood Test May Save More Lives Than Colonoscopy

HBNS STORY | October 21, 2014

Colorectal cancer, or CRC, is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. State public health programs could screen nearly eight times as many individuals and prevent nearly twice as many CRC cases by using fecal immunochemical testing, or FIT, instead of colonoscopies, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Children With Chronic Health Conditions Less Likely to Graduate From High School

HBNS STORY | October 16, 2014

Approximately 32 million U.S. children have at least one chronic health condition, which can negatively affect their chances of receiving a high school diploma or its equivalent by age 21, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Sexting in Teens Linked to More Sexual Activity, Low Self-Esteem

HBNS STORY | October 7, 2014

Relatively few teens say they have engaged in sexting, but those who do may put themselves at sexual risk, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Few Overweight People with Diabetes Getting Recommended Physical Activity

HBNS STORY | September 9, 2014

Women and men with diabetes who are trying to lose weight are not meeting the recommended amounts of physical activity for weight loss, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Poor Health Habits Linked to Financial Insecurity

HBNS STORY | September 4, 2014

Financial hardship, or feeling that one can’t make ends meet, may be more predictive of health risk behaviors than actual income levels for people with low-incomes, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Counseling Has Limited Benefit on Young People Drinking Alcohol

HBNS STORY | August 21, 2014

Counseling techniques used to help young people with drinking problems may be of limited benefit, suggests a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Anxiety Associated With Ulcer Risk

HBNS STORY | August 14, 2014

A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry finds evidence of a relationship between anxiety disorders and the prevalence and incidence of ulcer over a 10-year period in a sample of U.S. adults.

Neighborhoods with Healthy Food Options Less Likely to Have Overweight Kids

HBNS STORY | July 8, 2014

Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Mental Health Wins When Teens Play School Sports

HBNS STORY | July 1, 2014

Adolescents who play team sports in grades 8 through 12 have less stress and better mental health as young adults, finds new research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Health in Young Adults

HBNS STORY | June 24, 2014

Socioeconomic adversity during childhood increases the likelihood of both depression and higher body mass index (BMI) in early adolescence, which can worsen and lead to illness for young adults, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Psychological Distress Affects Tobacco Use Differently for Men and Women

HBNS STORY | June 17, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior finds that women are more likely than men to use tobacco products after experiencing severe psychological distress.

Customized Text Messages Can Help Smokers Quit

HBNS STORY | June 10, 2014

Sending smokers individualized text messages was found to be twice as effective at helping them quit smoking than simply providing self-help materials, according to a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Life-Changing Events Can Lead to Less Physical Activity

HBNS STORY | June 5, 2014

Adults tend to engage in less leisure-time physical activity after changes in both lifestyle and physical status, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Smokers Slow to Embrace Routine Use of Electronic Cigarettes

HBNS STORY | June 3, 2014

Few smokers who try e-cigarettes have made the permanent switch from regular tobacco cigarettes, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Families with Preschoolers Buying Fewer High Calorie Foods and Beverages

HBNS STORY | May 27, 2014

Families with young children are purchasing fewer high calorie drinks and processed foods, which may be a factor in declining rates of childhood obesity, finds a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

People with Low Incomes Less Likely to Use Healthy Weight Loss Strategies

HBNS STORY | May 22, 2014

Poorer people of all ages are less likely than wealthier ones to follow recommended strategies for weight loss, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Social Support May Prevent PTSD in Heart Patients

HBNS STORY | May 20, 2014

Having a good social support system may help prevent the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in patients with heart disease, finds a study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Obese Employees Cost Employers Thousands in Extra Medical Costs

HBNS STORY | May 13, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that, on average, a morbidly obese employee costs an employer over $4,000 more per year in health care and related costs than an employee who is of normal weight.

Low Self-Rating of Social Status Predicts Heart Disease Risk

HBNS STORY | May 6, 2014

How a person defines their own socioeconomic standing (SES) within their community can help predict their risk of cardiovascular disease, but only among Whites, not Blacks, finds a recent study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Tobacco Use Varies Widely Among Asian and Pacific Islanders in U.S.

HBNS STORY | April 17, 2014

A new study in American Journal of Health Behavior finds significant differences in tobacco use when analyzed by specific Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity.

Blacks with Financial Worries Have Lower Health Scores

HBNS STORY | April 15, 2014

Black adults who reported feeling more financial strain also rated their health more poorly than those with less financial strain, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

Tobacco Promotions Still Reaching Youth

HBNS STORY | April 1, 2014

Teens and young adults who are exposed to marketing materials for tobacco products, such as coupons and websites, were far more likely to begin smoking or to be current smokers than those not exposed, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Double Discrimination Impacts Physical and Mental Health

HBNS STORY | March 25, 2014

Racial and sexual minorities, women, and obese people may face more health risks because of their disproportionate exposure to discrimination, according to a new report in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Moves Take a Toll on Kids' Mental Health

HBNS STORY | March 20, 2014

Children in military families who relocate have an increased odds of suffering mental health problems, finds a large new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Many New Parents Unaware of Safety Guidelines

HBNS STORY | April 8, 2014

A new parent’s health literacy can affect their ability to follow recommendations to protect infants from injury, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Better Benefits Help Medicaid Recipients Quit Smoking

HBNS STORY | March 6, 2014

Expanded smoking cessation benefits offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should give more people the opportunity to quit, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Parents Should Team with Kids to Encourage Exercise

HBNS STORY | March 4, 2014

Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s weight, finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Evidence Mixed on the Usefulness of Echinacea for Colds

HBNS STORY | February 20, 2014

For people seeking a natural treatment for the common cold, some preparations containing the plant Echinacea work better than nothing, yet “evidence is weak,” finds a new report from The Cochrane Library.

African Americans' Concept of Health May Be More Than Physical

HBNS STORY | February 13, 2014

Some African-Americans rate their health as good, despite being overweight or having high blood pressure, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Health Inequalities Seen in Gays and Lesbians

HBNS STORY | February 11, 2014

People who identify as homosexual have several health disparities relative to their heterosexual peers, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

With Training, Friends and Family Can Help Loved Ones Quit Tobacco

HBNS STORY | February 4, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior finds that teaching people about smoking cessation—even those without a medical background—can motivate them to encourage their friends, family and acquaintances to stop smoking.

Gap in Life Expectancy Between Rural and Urban Residents Is Growing

HBNS STORY | January 23, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that rural residents have experienced smaller gains in life expectancy than their urban counterparts and the gap continues to grow.

Sedentary Lifestyles Up Mortality Risks for Older Women

HBNS STORY | January 21, 2014

Older women who spend a majority of their day sitting or lying down are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, cancer and death, finds a new study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Rich or Poor, Schools Fall Short on Providing Physical Activity

HBNS STORY | January 16, 2014

Schools in wealthier areas are more likely to have a physical education (PE) teacher on staff than are schools in poorer areas, but students in both wealthy and less affluent areas are not getting enough physical activity, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Teen Concussions Increase Risk for Depression

HBNS STORY | January 9, 2014

Teens with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Antibacterial Agent Boosts Toothpaste Effectiveness

HBNS STORY | January 9, 2014

Regular use of fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan, an antibacterial agent, reduces plaque, gingivitis and slightly reduces tooth decay compared to regular fluoride toothpaste, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Minorities and Poor More Likely to Suffer from Restless Sleep and Chronic Diseases

HBNS STORY | December 17, 2013

The poor and minorities tend to suffer from poor sleep and chronic disease more often, but sleep does not appear to be a root cause of disease disparity, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease.

Doctors Unaware That More Teens Are Turning to E-Cigarettes

HBNS STORY | December 10, 2013

Many clinicians are unfamiliar with or uncomfortable with addressing the use of e-cigarettes with their young patients, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Combining Alcohol With Energy Drinks Can Lead to Heavier Drinking

HBNS STORY | December 3, 2013

Young people who mix alcohol with a caffeinated energy drink drank more heavily and reported more negative consequences of drinking than those who just drank alcohol, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Alcohol Use Disorders Linked to Death and Disability

HBNS STORY | November 26, 2013

Disorders related to the abuse of alcohol contribute significantly to the burden of disease in the U.S., finds a new study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Teens from Military Families Suffer from Deployments

HBNS STORY | November 19, 2013

Teens that have had a parent or sibling on military deployment were more likely to have suicidal thoughts or be depressed than teens without military connections, finds a new study in The Journal of Adolescent Health.

Smartphone Apps to Help Smokers Quit Come Up Short

HBNS STORY | November 14, 2013

Most popular smartphone apps do not include evidence-based practices known to help smokers quit, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Teen Athletes at Risk for Medication Misuse

HBNS STORY | November 10, 2013

Male adolescents who participate in organized sports are more likely to be prescribed opioid medications and misuse them than male teens that don’t play sports, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens with Late Bedtimes Have Lower Grades

HBNS STORY | November 10, 2013

Late bedtimes during the school year, especially in younger teens, predicted a lower cumulative grade point average and more emotional distress by college age, finds a new article in Journal of Adolescent Health.

Banning Workplace Smoking Not Enough

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

Failing to address the presence of other smokers at home limits the effectiveness of workplace smoking restrictions, finds a new study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Lifestyle Behaviors Key to Post-Deployment Health of Veterans

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that the lifestyle of veterans both pre- and post-deployment influences their post-deployment wellness.

Veterans Groups Miss Opportunities to Curb Tobacco Use

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

Websites targeting veterans fail to provide information about the risks of tobacco products despite high rates of smoking in the military, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Students with Fake IDs at Greater Risk for Alcohol Abuse

HBNS STORY | October 17, 2013

Students who used false IDs more often were at increased risk for alcohol use disorder, according to a new longitudinal study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Healthy Food Rarely Convenient for Urban Minorities

HBNS STORY | October 15, 2013

A survey of stores in a predominantly black, low income area of Philadelphia found that nearly 80 percent received low ratings for the availability of healthy food, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Weight Loss Apps Lack Key Ingredients for Success

HBNS STORY | October 10, 2013

Weight loss mobile applications may work well as basic tracking devices, but need to do more to help dieters, according to a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Parents Play a Role in Teen Eating Disorders

HBNS STORY | October 3, 2013

The ways parents or caregivers interact with children around mealtimes can have unintended consequences, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

It May Not “Get Better” For Bisexual Teens

HBNS STORY | October 1, 2013

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that bisexual teens may be at risk for suicide even into young adulthood.

Exercise Benefits People with Asthma

HBNS STORY | September 24, 2013

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.

Binge Eating More Likely to Lead to Health Risks in Men

HBNS STORY | September 17, 2013

Binge eating is a problem affecting both men and women however, obese men who binge are more likely than their female counterparts to have elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.

More Education, Not Income, Fights Obesity

HBNS STORY | September 12, 2013

Higher education, rather than income, protects women in disadvantaged neighborhoods from obesity, finds a new study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Less than 10 Minutes of Brisk Activity Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight

HBNS STORY | September 5, 2013

Short bursts of less than 10 minutes of higher-intensity physical activity reduce the risk of obesity, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Exercising with Others Helps College Students Reduce Stress

HBNS STORY | September 3, 2013

College students who exercise with friends are less likely to report feeling stressed, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Body Image Tied to Suicidal Thoughts in Young Teens

HBNS STORY | August 29, 2013

Seeing oneself as overweight or obese may be an important, independent predictor of suicidal thoughts, especially in young girls, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Kids Get More Exercise in Smart Growth Neighborhoods

HBNS STORY | September 10, 2013

Children who live in smart growth neighborhoods, designed to improve walkability, get 46 percent more moderate or vigorous physical activity than those who live in conventional neighborhoods, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Rural Seniors Prefer Self-Care Over Doctors

HBNS STORY | August 15, 2013

A survey of older rural adults found a high degree of medical skepticism, the belief that one knows and can control their own health better than a medical professional can, reports a recent study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Teens with Fighting Injuries Have Declines in IQ

HBNS STORY | August 13, 2013

Teenagers who have been seriously injured in a fight show a reduction in intelligence and cognitive ability, according to a large study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Do Antioxidants Improve a Woman’s Chances of Conceiving?

HBNS STORY | August 6, 2013

There is no high quality evidence that antioxidant supplements help to increase a woman’s chances of having a baby, according to the results of a new Cochrane review.

Employers Can Motivate Employees to Get Moving

HBNS STORY | July 30, 2013

Workplace efforts to encourage employees to increase physical activity are most effective when they incorporate tools such as pedometers and related electronic health information, finds a new review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Significant Others Can Influence Extreme Dieting

HBNS STORY | July 25, 2013

Women who are frequently encouraged by their significant others to lose weight are more likely to resort to unhealthy measures to do so, according to new research in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Obesity Is a Major Obstacle for Disabled Americans

HBNS STORY | July 16, 2013

Obesity and its related health problems impacts far more people with a disability than previously reported, according to new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Wellness Programs Linked to Healthier Foods in Schools

HBNS STORY | July 11, 2013

A new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that schools with more robust federal wellness programs offer healthier foods and beverages, including foods offered in vending machines, school stores and a la carte sales.

Negative Public Health Campaigns May Undermine Weight Loss Goals

HBNS STORY | June 20, 2013

Public health campaigns that stigmatize obese people by using negative images or text do not motivate them to lose weight any more than more neutral campaigns, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

First Sips of Alcohol Start in Second Grade

HBNS STORY | June 18, 2013

The age at which many children in the U.S. take their first sip of alcohol is surprisingly young, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Taxing Unhealthy Food Spurs People to Buy Less

HBNS STORY | June 18, 2013

Labeling foods and beverages as less healthy and taxing them motivates people to make healthier choices, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Doctors Don’t Provide Sexual Health Info to Teens

HBNS STORY | June 11, 2013

Most sexually active teens don’t get information about sexual health from their health care providers, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Quitting Smoking: Licensed Medications Are Effective

HBNS STORY | June 6, 2013

Nicotine replacement therapy and other licensed drugs can help people quit smoking, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Probiotics Prevent Diarrhea Related To Antibiotic Use

HBNS STORY | June 6, 2013

Probiotic supplements have the potential to prevent diarrhea caused by antibiotics, according to a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Cyberbullying Puts Teens at Risk

HBNS STORY | June 4, 2013

Teenage victims of cyberbullying, defined as the use of the internet or cell phones to send hurtful and harassing messages, are more likely to develop symptoms of depression, substance abuse and internet addiction, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Walking Leads to Better Health for Older Men

HBNS STORY | May 30, 2013

The more an older man walks, the better his physical and mental health and his quality of life are likely to be, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Parents’ Activity Unlikely to Influence Teen Fitness

HBNS STORY | May 28, 2013

Teens don’t necessarily follow in their parents’ footsteps when it comes to physical activity, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens Have Unsupervised Access to Prescription Drugs

HBNS STORY | May 23, 2013

Most teens have unsupervised access to their prescription drugs at home, including drugs with potential for abuse, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens Experience Both Sides of Dating Violence

HBNS STORY | May 14, 2013

Teens in a relationship that involves dating violence are likely to be both a victim and perpetrator, as opposed to being just one or the other, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Calorie Counts on Menus Have Small but Promising Effects

HBNS STORY | May 9, 2013

Menu labeling has made more people aware of how many calories are in restaurant meals and has some people reducing their intake, according to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Black Students Drink More Soda When Available at School

HBNS STORY | May 9, 2013

The availability of sugar-sweetened or diet soda in schools does not appear to be related to students’ overall consumption, except for African-American students, who drink more soda when it’s available at school, finds a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Teens Overeat at Subway, Too

HBNS STORY | May 7, 2013

Adolescents are just as likely to consume too many calories at Subway as at McDonald’s, a new study in Journal of Adolescent Health finds, despite the fact that they think Subway offers healthier food.

Providing Workplace Wellness Centers Could Backfire

HBNS STORY | May 2, 2013

People who signed up for a workplace wellness center but then used it infrequently experienced declines in their mental quality-of-life, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Smoking Prevention in Schools: Does it Work?

HBNS STORY | April 30, 2013

Smoking prevention in schools reduces the number of young people who will later become smokers, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Smoke-Free Public Housing Would = Better Health and Savings

HBNS STORY | April 16, 2013

Establishing smoke-free policies for public housing would help protect residents, visitors and employees from the harmful effects of smoking and result in significant cost savings, reports a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Alcohol and Mental Health Problems a Costly Combo for ICU Patients

HBNS STORY | April 16, 2013

People admitted to a hospital ICU with alcohol withdrawal were more likely to be readmitted or die within a year if they had a co-existing mental health condition, finds a new study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Churches Minister Better Health in African American Communities

HBNS STORY | April 9, 2013

African Americans who believe their church is responsible for promoting health in their members and the community are also more willing to attend church-based health fairs, according to a new study in Health Promotion Practice.

Unwilling to Pay Extra for Wellness

HBNS STORY | April 9, 2013

Although most overweight adults agree that health insurance benefits designed to promote weight loss are a good idea, they don’t want to pay extra for them, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Depressed Teens Have Rocky Twenties

HBNS STORY | April 2, 2013

Depressed teenagers are more likely to have serious problems during their twenties, including ongoing mental illness and excessive drinking, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Prebiotics: Do Supplements In Baby Formula Help Prevent Allergies?

HBNS STORY | March 28, 2013

Prebiotic supplements in infant formula may help to prevent eczema, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

School Grades Go Down When Health Risks Go Up

HBNS STORY | March 26, 2013

Academic performance is linked to risky health behaviors in children and teens, reports a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Mandating Fruits & Vegetables in School Meals Makes a Difference

HBNS STORY | March 12, 2013

State laws that require minimum levels of fruits and vegetables in school meals may give a small boost to the amount of these foods in adolescents' diets, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Housing Improvements Should Be Targeted at Those in Poorest Health

HBNS STORY | March 5, 2013

Improving housing can improve health, particularly when interventions are targeted at those in the poorest health, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Screening Decisions Are Better Informed When Risk Information Is Personalized

HBNS STORY | February 28, 2013

Patients’ ability to make genuinely informed choices about undergoing disease screening increases when the risk information that they receive is related to their own personal risk, rather than average risks, according to the results of a Cochrane systematic review.

Friendships Are Good for Our Health

HBNS STORY | February 28, 2013

While participating in social activities and organizations promotes health, having personal ties with friends is even better, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Obesity Lowers Quality of Life in Boys

HBNS STORY | February 19, 2013

Being overweight or obese significantly reduces health-related quality of life in boys, but not girls, when compared to normal weight peers, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Accidental Poisonings Leading Cause of Deaths at Home

HBNS STORY | February 5, 2013

An increasing number of people die from unintentional home injury, in large part due to accidental drug overdose, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Current Evidence Does Not Support Selenium for Preventing Heart Disease in Well-Nourished Adults

HBNS STORY | January 31, 2013

A systematic review published today in The Cochrane Library finds that in well-nourished adults current evidence does not support selenium for preventing heart disease.

Commuting to Work by Car Linked to Weight Gain

HBNS STORY | January 22, 2013

According to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, urban residents who drive to work gain more weight than those who do not commute by car.

Teen Physical Activity and Screen Time Influenced by Friends

HBNS STORY | December 13, 2012

The company a teen keeps can influence how much time they spend either in front of a screen or participating in healthy physical activity, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Exercise Can Extend Your Life by as Much as Five Years

HBNS STORY | December 11, 2012

Adults who include at least 150 minutes of physical activity in their routines each week live longer than those who don’t, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Caregivers Neglect Their Own Health, Increasing Heart Disease Risk

HBNS STORY | November 6, 2012

People acting as caregivers for family members with cardiovascular disease may inadvertently increase their own risk for heart disease by neglecting their own health, according to a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Seniors in Public Housing Suffer Worse Health Than Others in Community

HBNS STORY | March 16, 2011

In a study of more than 16,000 older adults, fatigue, cardiac conditions, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and psychiatric problems were more prevalent among those living in public housing.

Memory Training Might Not Be Best for Reducing “Senior Moments”

HBNS STORY | January 18, 2011

A new evidence review suggests that memory drills and similar brain-boosting activities are not any better than simple conversations at improving memory in older adults.

Heat Injury Rates on the Rise

HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010

Outdoor exercise and physical activity increase the risk for heat-related injuries, including dangerous heat stroke. Heat injuries are on the rise for all age groups, and football-playing boys are among the most vulnerable.

School Vending Machine Choices Affect Overall Diet for Children

HBNS STORY | November 16, 2010

Vending machines in public schools influence the diets of school children and can affect overall dietary intake and health, depending on what foods they contain.

Dorms With Dining Halls Might Add to Freshman Weight Gain

HBNS STORY | August 3, 2010

Older Americans Watch More TV, But Enjoy It Less

HBNS STORY | June 29, 2010

WIC Program Has Moderate Effect on Birth Outcomes

HBNS STORY | April 28, 2010

A new study that looked at the effect of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to determine the effect on various birth outcomes found that the overall effects were only moderate.

Parents Can Help Overweight Kids With Body Image

HBNS STORY | April 20, 2010

Fed When Hungry, Premature Babies Go Home Sooner

HBNS STORY | February 16, 2010

Women With Partner, Baby Gain More Weight Than Single Women

HBNS STORY | January 5, 2010

Most High School Students Are Sleep Deprived

HBNS STORY | January 5, 2010

Only about 8 percent of high school students get enough sleep on an average school night, a large new study online in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds.