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Marathoner and Dietitian Gives Babies a Running Start

January 31, 2014

Marathoner and Dietitian Gives Babies a Running Start

By Pamela K. Johnson

A 2003 photo of Reyana Abrahams-Ewing competing in a marathon a few months into her third pregnancy offers a telling snapshot of her life: She’s a mother, veteran of 16 marathons and a professional nurturer of pre-term babies.

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Falls, Not Car Crashes, Now Cause More Spinal Cord Injuries

January 30, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Traumatic spinal cord injuries are on the rise in the United States, and while until recently the chief cause was car crashes, new research from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine finds that more recently falls are more likely to cause the injuries. In addition, the rate of spinal cord injuries, which can range in severity from temporary numbness to permanent paralysis, is highest among older adults.

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UCLA Researchers Develop New Calculator to Assess Appropriate Treatment for Heart Failure

January 29, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Researchers at UCLA have developed a new “risk calculator” to help predict heart failure patients’ chances of survival for up to five years. The goal of the calculator is to help physicians determine how aggressively to treat a patient for the condition.

The new calculator was a better predictor of outcomes compared to two other available calculators, says Tamara Horwich, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine and cardiology at UCLA, and one of the study’s authors.

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New Protections in the Affordable Care Act are a Breakthrough for Trans People

January 29, 2014

New Protections in the Affordable Care Act are a Breakthrough for Trans People

But advocates say the law has a long way to go to make trans men and women visible in a system that makes them invisible

By Angela Woodall

Not long ago, Tiffany Woods received a letter from her doctor that it was time to have a regular cancer screening. Millions of women receive similar notices for cervical cancer prevention every year.

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Dying for Answers: Del Norte County has Worst Domestic-Violence Rate in CA

January 28, 2014

Dying for Answers: Del Norte County has Worst Domestic-Violence Rate in CA

By Hannah Guzik

She’d wanted to get away from the abusive relationship and the drugs for years, but she hadn’t known where to turn. She lived in rural northern California, where domestic violence shelters are few and far between. She was poor and jobless, and her abuser held the keys to the car.

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Access to Firearms Increases Both Suicides and Homicides

January 27, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new analysis of more than a dozen previously published studies finds that a person with access to firearms is three times more likely to commit suicide and nearly twice as likely to be the victim of a homicide as someone who does not have access to guns, according to researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF.)

The researchers say they found very striking gender differences in the data they reviewed.

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Diabetes Tops List of Health Concerns for Latino Families

January 24, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new poll conducted by National Public Radio, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on the views of Latinos in the US about their health and health care, communities, financial situation, and discrimination in their lives finds that Latino families see diabetes as the greatest health problem for their families.

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The Doula Trend

January 24, 2014

The Doula Trend

By Meghan Walsh

When people used to ask Darcy Stanley what she did for a living, her first response was to ask if the person knew about doulas. Many said no. That was three years ago.

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USDA: Diets of US Adults Are Improving

January 23, 2014

By Fran Kritz

American adults are eating better, making better use of available nutrition information, and consuming fewer calories from fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and eating more fiber, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

The study was based on data collected between 2005 and 2010 on close to 1,000 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which collects individual and household information on health-related topics through questionnaires, physical exams and lab tests.

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Keeping Hope Alive for Single-Payer System

January 23, 2014

Keeping Hope Alive for Single-Payer System

By Robert Fulton

Considering the prospects of a United States single-payer health care system, physician Matthew Hendrickson quipped: “Americans will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else.”

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