HEALTH BEHAVIOR NEWS SERVICE

CFAH's Health Behavior News Service covers the latest peer-reviewed studies and systematic reviews on the effects of behavior on health, health disparities and patient engagement research. Our goal is to present the facts for readers to understand and use to make informed choices about health and health care.

Only Half of U.S. Adults Over 45 Are Screened for Diabetes
September 25, 2014
A new cross-sectional study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that only half of adults in the U.S. were screened for diabetes within the last three years, less than what is recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
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Teens World-Wide Self-Medicate With Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs

September 23, 2014
Adolescents around the world are frequently using over-the-counter and prescription medications without a doctor’s order, a risky practice that can lead to overuse and abuse and is often continued into adulthood, reveals a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Pressure from Providers Leads Some Women to Have C-Sections, Inductions

September 23, 2014
Pregnant women who felt pressured to have a labor induction or cesarean section by their obstetrical care providers were significantly more likely to have these procedures, even if there was no medical need for them, suggests a new study in Health Services Research.

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Online Social Networking Linked to Use of Web for Health Info

September 16, 2014
The use of social networking sites like Facebook may have implications for accessing online health information, finds a new longitudinal study from the Journal of Health Communication.

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Elderly Who Have Had Serious Falls May Show Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress

September 11, 2014
Older adults who experience a serious fall may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the days following the event, finds a study published in General Hospital Psychiatry.

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Few Overweight People with Diabetes Getting Recommended Physical Activity

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.

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Poor Health Habits Linked to Financial Insecurity

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.

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Sexual Risk Behaviors of Hispanic Youth Vary by Language, Place of Birth

September 2, 2014
A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that the sexual risk behaviors of young Hispanic people living in the U.S. vary considerably with their degree of acculturation.

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Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Become Smokers

August 28, 2014
A study in American Journal of Health Behavior examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking.

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Seniors Face Barriers to Critical Dental Care

August 26, 2014
Poor oral health can have a negative impact on seniors’ overall health and well-being, but for many, there are significant barriers to visiting a dentist, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

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Leaving Their Pediatricians Tough for Some Teens with Chronic Conditions

August 21, 2014
A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health has found that one in five young adults with chronic illnesses said the transfer of their care from pediatrics to adult-oriented health care was unsatisfactory.

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Counseling Has Limited Benefit on Young People Drinking Alcohol

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.

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Self-Reported Health Information Predicts High-Need Medicaid Patients

August 19, 2014
Just three types of simple self-reported health measures can predict which Medicaid-eligible adults are more likely to access intensive and costly health services over the next year, a new study in Health Services Research suggests.

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