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Waistlines of U.S. Adults Continue to Increase

The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

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Online Social Networking Linked to Use of Web for Health Info

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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Expert Available to Discuss Respiratory Virus Affecting Children Nationwide

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West African Leaders, NIH, Gather to Discuss Ebola Outbreak

Thomas Jefferson University’s Ebola vaccine is one of the front runners of those currently in development.

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Poverty-Obesity Link is More Prevalent for Women Than Men, Study Shows

New UT Austin study shows women are more likely than men to become obese in midlife due to socioeconomic disadvantage

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This Is Your Brain on Snacks—Brain Stimulation Affects Craving and Consumption

Magnetic stimulation of a brain area involved in "executive function" affects cravings for and consumption of calorie-dense snack foods, reports a study in the September issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Take Your Best Shot at Avoiding the Flu This Season

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At the doctor’s office, the focus is on you and what is going on with your health. This is your time to talk about concerns to improve your wellbeing beyond the flu season,” says Jorge Parada, MD, MPH, the medical director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at Loyola University Health System. “You trust your store employee to help you locate items you want to buy, not to diagnose what’s causing a persistent symptom, schedule other annual health maintenance exams such as mammograms or offer expert medical advice.”

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Smoke This! Public Health Impacts of E-Cigarettes

Despite the fact that traditional cigarette consumption has been on the decline in the United States since the mid-1970s, the use of electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” among adults and teenagers is becoming more and more prevalent. These devices are regularly marketed as a safe alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes, and are promoted as smoking cessation aids, similar to nicotine patches and nicotine gum. However, e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly scrutinized by health experts and regulatory agencies and there are an increasing number of questions surrounding these safety claims, particularly in regard to exposure among teenagers and young children. This article explains the known and anticipated risks of e-cigarette use, as well as the potential for accidental ingestion of liquid nicotine by small children.

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Embargoed AJPH Research: Tobacco Direct Mailings to Young Adults, Unemployed Higher Income Family Health Care, Air Pollution in Hispanic Neighborhoods

In this month’s release, find studies about tobacco direct mailings to young adults and their smoking habits; the health care implications of higher income families that undergo job loss; and connections between neighborhood racial composition and air pollution.

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Tip Sheet for Sept. 2014

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A study linking sex hormone levels in the blood to the risk of sudden cardiac arrest is just one of the story ideas included in the Sept. tip sheet from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. To pursue any of these stories, please contact the respective individual listed.

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