epidemiology

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Stressed out: Americans making themselves sick over politics

Exposure to political news may be having a detrimental effect on the public health of the American people, researchers say. A new study reveals 40% of Americans surveyed say politics increases their stress levels, with 1 in 5 people actively losing sleep as a result of political exposure. 20% of those surveyed say politics has damaged interpersonal relationships, and 4% of the sample reported suicidal thoughts because of the current political climate.... Read More...
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Top global public health scientists launch new challenge to anti-vaxxers

Recently, the WHO declared vaccine hesitancy one of the top ten international public health problems. They report the crisis is man-made, unnecessary and dangerous. Researchers are calling on search engines and social media organizations to do more to stem anti-vaccine rhetoric, and stop the spread of disinformation surrounding vaccinations. They also call for governments to better support mandatory immunization programs. ... Read More...
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Alcohol causes significant harm to those other than the drinker

The effects of heavy drinking extend beyond those who use alcohol, a new study reports. Each year, one in five American adults are harmed as a result of someone else's drinking. People report threats of harassment, vandalism, physical aggression, financial and family problems, and harm from DUIs as main problems associated with other people's drinking. Researchers say the type of harm experienced differ by gender, with women more likely to report financial or family problems, and men reporting physical aggression and vandalism more often. Women are more likely to experience harm as a result of a family member's drinking, while men are more likely to be harmed as a result of alcohol use by a person outside the family. Even those who don't drink heavily are at three times higher risk of antisocial behaviors.... Read More...