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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Multiple Sclerosis More Linked to Depression in Minorities

December 21, 2010
For many with multiple sclerosis, the disease wreaks havoc with emotional well being, and according to a new study, minorities might especially be at risk for developing depressive symptoms.

Popping a Pill Can Help Some Alcoholics Curb Drinking

December 14, 2010
A little-used medication can help treat alcoholism, an evidence review confirms, when combined with counseling, 12-step programs or other interventions.

Girls Who Start School Earlier Might Have Lower Obesity Risk

December 14, 2010
Effective strategies to fight youth obesity have been elusive. A new study suggests a simple step that might help cut the problem down to size: start school sooner.

When Mental Health Meds Are Out of Reach, Hospitalization More Likely

December 10, 2010
Too often, mental health patients have problems accessing or paying for their prescription drugs under Medicaid. The results — longer hospital stays and more emergency room visits — are hard on patients and costly for the entire health care system, a new study finds.

Treating Women’s Depression Might Help Them Lose Weight

December 10, 2010
For women coping with obesity and depression, new research finds that improving your mood might be the link to losing weight.

Stem Cell Treatment Is Effective for Certain Cases of Acute Leukemia

December 9, 2010
Some adults and children with acute leukemia could benefit from certain transplants of blood stem cells, but the benefits are not equal across all cases of leukemia, according to a new review of 15 studies.

“White-Noise” Therapy Alone Not Enough to Curb Tinnitus

December 9, 2010
Tinnitus — what many think of as “ringing in the ears” — is the perception of sound without any real acoustic stimulation. Sound masking therapy, a common component of tinnitus treatment, is of uncertain benefit when used on its own, a new evidence review finds.

Dialysis Center Choice Makes Difference in Death Risk

December 9, 2010
A large study found that patients in certain large chain facilities are significantly more likely to die than those treated elsewhere. Mortality was also higher in for-profit than non-profit dialysis centers.

Ginseng Might Boost Brain Power, but Evidence Is Weak

December 7, 2010
Many people believe that the popular herb ginseng can improve thinking ability and prevent or even treat dementia. However, a comprehensive review of research failed to find convincing evidence of these benefits.

Limiting Salt Lowers Blood Pressure and Health Risks in Diabetes

December 7, 2010
For patients living with diabetes, reducing the amount of salt in their daily diet is key to warding off serious threats to their health, a new review of studies finds.

Kids Who Are Sick Have Fewer Friends, Study Finds

December 7, 2010
A new study reveals that sick teens are more isolated than other kids, but they do not necessarily realize it and often think their friendships are stronger than they actually are.

Heat Injury Rates on the Rise

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.

Depressed Smokers Less Likely to Stay Tobacco Free

December 7, 2010
Depressed smokers want to quit the nicotine habit just as much as non-depressed smokers, but a new study suggests that depression can put a kink in their success.

Teens Get More Ear Infections When Someone Smokes at Home

December 7, 2010
In households with secondhand smoke, teens are 1.67 times more prone to have recurrent ear infections.

Childhood Sexual, Physical Abuse Linked to Drinking Problems in Women

November 16, 2010
Women who suffered sexual or physical abuse as children are more likely to abuse alcohol than are others, according to a new study of 3,680 women.

School Vending Machine Choices Affect Overall Diet for Children

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.

Instruments Can Assist Birth, But With Risks to Mother, Child

November 9, 2010
Forceps might be a better instrument than a vacuum cup for assisting a successful birth, but new mothers might experience more trauma and complications after a forceps delivery, according to a new review of studies.

Unaffordable Housing Might Lead to Poor Health

November 9, 2010
People who cannot afford their housing are more likely to suffer from poor health, according to a new study, which also found that renters consider themselves less healthy than homeowners.

Childhood, Teenage Abuse Raises Diabetes Risk in Women

November 9, 2010
A new study of nearly 70,000 women found a clear association between abuse in childhood and adolescence and the risk of type 2 diabetes in adult women.

Programs Help More Blacks Get Needed Colorectal Cancer Screening

October 29, 2010
African-Americans are less likely than whites to be screened for colorectal cancer, and the disparity almost certainly contributes to higher mortality. A new review of studies identifies effective strategies for improving the situation, but suggests that work remains to be done.

Nursing Homes Can Reap Financial Gain From Good Report Cards

October 29, 2010
Nursing homes that improve their quality of care – and thereby score high on public report cards – might see financial gains.

Specialized Interventions Help Latinos Quit Smoking

October 29, 2010
Latinos who live the United States are more likely to quit smoking when they take part in an intervention program, finds a systematic review of studies conducted by Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Miami.

Behavioral Feedback Boosts Online Weight Program

October 28, 2010

Review Favors Newer Type of Radiation for Prostate Cancer

October 27, 2010

More People Get Health Screenings When Deductibles Are Waived

October 15, 2010

Mass. Smoking Ban Might Be Linked to Fewer Fatal Heart Attacks

October 7, 2010

Childhood Asthma Reduces Smoking in Teenage Boys

October 7, 2010

Kids With Chronic Illness, Disability More Apt to Be Bullied

October 7, 2010

Telehealth Care Can Keep People With Severe Asthma Out of the Hospital

October 5, 2010

Review: Ibuprofen Offers Relief for Many With Migraine Headaches

October 5, 2010

Emotional and Physical Wellness Might Be Linked to Longer Life

October 5, 2010

Public Awareness Campaign Lowers Male Suicides in German City

September 30, 2010

US Teen Births Drop, Still Highest in Developed World

September 29, 2010

South Asians in US at Higher Diabetes Risk Than Other Asian Immigrants

September 21, 2010

In Cyber Bullying, Depression Hits Victims Hardest

September 21, 2010

Healthy, Educated Employees More Likely to Pick High-Deductible Plan

September 16, 2010

Early Alcohol, Tobacco Use Might Delay Puberty in Girls

September 14, 2010

Non-hormone Treatments Can Relieve Hot Flashes in Women With Breast Cancer

September 7, 2010

Helping Kids Cope With Chemo

September 7, 2010

Alternative Birthing Rooms Safe for Mom, Baby

September 7, 2010

More Seniors Get Flu Shot After Personalized Reminders, Provider Urging

September 7, 2010

For Obese Teens, Weight Problems Persist Into Young Adulthood

September 7, 2010

Desk Jobs Could Derail Health, Review Suggests

September 7, 2010

Canada, US Immigrants Have Less Health Care Access Than Natives

September 2, 2010

Hooked on Headphones? Personal Listening Devices Can Harm Hearing

August 31, 2010

Fluoride in Water Prevents Adult Tooth Loss

August 24, 2010

More Walking, Cycling Linked to Healthier Weights Worldwide

August 24, 2010

Unequal Health Care Increases Colorectal Cancer Mortality in Blacks

August 19, 2010

Low-Cost Program Encourages Latina Moms to Seek Postpartum Care

August 19, 2010

Team Approach to Foot Care Lowers Risk of Amputation in Diabetes

August 19, 2010

Prescription Restrictions Cut Costs, But How Does Health Fare?

August 17, 2010

Allergy Shots Are Helpful for Some Asthmatics, Risky for Others

August 7, 2010

For Parents of Uninsured Kids, a Little Help Goes a Long Way

August 7, 2010

Hmong-American Women Far Less Likely to Get Pap Test

August 5, 2010

Americans Cut Risk of Heart Disease Death in Half, Prevention Is Key

August 3, 2010

Dorms With Dining Halls Might Add to Freshman Weight Gain

August 3, 2010

Early Puberty Tied to Obesity in Girls

July 26, 2010

Schizophrenia Patients Suffer More Hospital Injuries

July 23, 2010

Patient-centered Care Can Lower Risk of Death in Heart Attack

July 22, 2010

Colleges Not Meeting Guidelines to Limit Alcohol Access

July 20, 2010

Parkinson’s Patients More Likely to Stick With Certain ‘Add-on’ Drugs

July 8, 2010

Hormonal Contraceptives Have Mixed Success Among Overweight Women

July 8, 2010

OTC Constipation Treatment Beats Prescription Med in Review

July 6, 2010

Surgery Is Good Teachable Moment to Help Smokers Quit

July 6, 2010

Tai Chi and Qigong Show Significant Health Benefits

June 30, 2010

Sedentary Behavior Puts White Women at Greatest Risk for Obesity

June 29, 2010

Older Americans Watch More TV, But Enjoy It Less

June 29, 2010

Severe Obesity Becoming More Common in Sixth-Graders

June 29, 2010

Large Gap in Diabetes, Obesity Screening Among U.S. Health Clinics

June 22, 2010

Advance Directives Evolve to Ensure Better End-of-Life Planning

June 17, 2010

Low Back Pain Is No Reason to Stay in Bed

June 15, 2010

Exercise Preserves Freedom of Movement After Breast Cancer Surgery

June 15, 2010

Synthetic Sutures Might Be Less Painful for Stitches Following Birth

June 15, 2010

Quitting Smoking Before Pregnancy Could Save Babies’ Lives

June 8, 2010

Another Exercise Benefit: You Won’t Fall as Much

June 8, 2010

Latinas Delay Seeking Care, Even if Insured and Ill

June 3, 2010

Relationships Can Lower Substance Use in Young People

June 1, 2010

Consider Teen Activity Options When Choosing Where to Live

May 27, 2010

Prevention Program Linked to Fewer Air Force Suicides

May 25, 2010

Out-of-Pocket Costs Put Arthritis Drugs Out of Reach for Some

May 20, 2010

Blacks, Hispanics Less Likely Eligible for Medicare Prescription Help

May 20, 2010

Mental Stress Doesn’t Distract Young Drivers at the Wheel

May 18, 2010

Smoking Hits New Low for White California Kids

May 18, 2010

Aggressive Approach to Childhood Cancer Worth Risks, Review Finds

May 11, 2010

Iron Supplements Effectively Treat Kids’ Breath-Holding Spells

May 11, 2010

Dental Treatment Might Lower Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes

May 11, 2010

Drug-Releasing Stents No Better at Warding Off Death After Angioplasty

May 11, 2010

Kiosk Offers Smokers a Bilingual Decision Aid for Quitting

May 10, 2010

Prescription Costs More Likely to Deter Hispanics in Study

May 10, 2010

Deaths Would Drop With More Preventive Services

May 4, 2010

Seeking Health Info? Print Media Readers Make Healthier Choices

May 4, 2010

Employment and Insurance: No Guarantee for Better Health

April 30, 2010

WIC Program Has Moderate Effect on Birth Outcomes

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.

Corner Shops Could Bring Healthier Food to Inner Cities

April 27, 2010

Parents Can Help Overweight Kids With Body Image

April 20, 2010

Exercise-based Rehab for Heart Failure Can Improve Quality of Life

April 13, 2010

Chiropractic Treatment Offers Some Relief for Early Low Back Pain

April 13, 2010

Self-Monitoring Lowers Risks for Patients on Anti-Clotting Drug

April 13, 2010

Teens With Diabetes Might Need Help in Transition to Adulthood

April 6, 2010

Tainted Produce More Likely for Low-Income Shoppers

April 6, 2010

Stigma Keeps Some Latinos From Depression Treatment

March 26, 2010

Trends: From Anxiety to Depression and Back Again

March 25, 2010

Study: HPV May Not Act Like Other STDs

March 23, 2010

Smokers Who Quit Gradually or Cold Turkey Have Similar Success

March 16, 2010

Health Care Delivery Fixes Somewhat Helpful in Heart Disease

March 16, 2010

Acetaminophen Alone Works Well for Postpartum Pain

March 16, 2010

Common Cold Symptoms Not Washed Away by Nose Irrigation

March 16, 2010

Teen Girls Look to Peers to Gauge Weight Goals

March 15, 2010

Most Teens Don’t Stop to Think About Tattoo-Removal Risks

March 3, 2010

Sleep-deprived College Students: Asleep at the Wheel

March 2, 2010

Cigarette Ads Fuel Teens’ Desire to Start Smoking

March 2, 2010

Drinking 100-Percent Juice Might Not Lead to Teen Overweight

February 26, 2010

School STD Programs Have Limited Influence on Teens’ Sexual Behaviors

February 23, 2010

Zinc Supplements to Prevent Middle Ear Infections: Evidence Is Weak

February 16, 2010

Is Your Back Pain Caused by Herniated Disc? Single Test Can’t Tell

February 16, 2010

More Flexibility at Work Boosts Employee Health

February 16, 2010

Fed When Hungry, Premature Babies Go Home Sooner

February 16, 2010

Breast Cancer Rates Decline Most for Affluent White Women

February 10, 2010

Spanish-Language Ads Get Message Across for Smoking Quit Lines

February 10, 2010

Latino and White Children Might Receive Different Pain Treatment

February 4, 2010

Blacks Less Likely to Survive Cancer Than Whites in Large N.J. Study

February 2, 2010

Most African-American Adults Skip Sun Protection, Study Suggests

February 2, 2010

Sexual Orientation Affects Risk of Bullying in Teens

January 28, 2010

Report: Too Few Minority Doctors After Decades of Discrimination

January 27, 2010

Alcohol Increases Women’s Risk of Intimate Partner Violence

January 27, 2010

Used as Prescribed, Opioids Relieve Chronic Pain With Little Addiction Risk

January 19, 2010

Motivating, Not Judging, Might Help Smokers Quit

January 19, 2010

Scoliosis in Teenagers: To Brace or Not to Brace Is Still a Question

January 19, 2010

Routine Antibiotic Use Reduces Mothers’ Infection Risk From C-Section

January 19, 2010

Treating Swimmer’s Ear Just Got Simpler

January 19, 2010

Would Medical Images Spur You to Change Risky Health Behaviors?

January 19, 2010

Best Fluoride Levels Determined for Children’s Toothpastes

January 19, 2010

Insulin Pumps Might Have Slight Advantage Over Shots in Type 1 Diabetes

January 17, 2010

Medicare “Doughnut Hole” Causes Seniors to Skip Diabetes Meds

January 7, 2010

Women With Partner, Baby Gain More Weight Than Single Women

January 5, 2010

Childhood Vaccination Gaps Narrowing in U.S.

January 5, 2010

Most High School Students Are Sleep Deprived

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.