HEALTH BEHAVIOR NEWS SERVICE

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anxiety Associated With Ulcer Risk

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.

Mental Health Screening in Primary Care Helps Veterans

August 12, 2014
Veterans who receive mental health screening during primary care visits are generally getting adequate follow-up treatment, but the process for acquiring care could be improved, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Family History of Undertreatment May Discourage Blacks from Seeking Mental Health Care

August 7, 2014
Blacks with a family history of untreated mental health disorders are less likely to seek treatment, even when they rate their own mental health as poor, finds a new study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Medicare Changes Lower Hospital Use

August 5, 2014
A recent study in Health Services Research based on 15 years of hospital data suggests that cuts in Medicare prices under the Affordable Care Act may slow the growth in overall hospital spending.