Study reveals 412 counties, mainly in the Midwest and South, are at the highest risk of opioid deaths in the US. Researchers propose new strategies for improving treatment for opioid addiction.
A correlation has been identified between working long hours for ten years and an increased risk of stroke, particularly in those aged under 50.
Suicides and overdoses made up almost 20% of postpartum deaths in Californian women between 2010 and 2012.
Contrary to popular belief, higher coffee consumption is not associated with an increased risk of arterial stiffness. Drinking up to 25 cups of coffee a day has little impact on heart health.
Genome-wide study identifies five novel alcohol use risk loci which can pass on the risk of developing alcohol abuse disorder from parents to children.
From anti-vaccine rhetoric to the over-prescription of antibiotics, researchers suggest we should try to work together to improve public health, rather than socially shun those who ignore scientific evidence.
Researchers report one method to help combat anti-vaccine information and reduce vaccine hesitancy is to introduce those with negative views about immunizations to someone who has suffered a vaccine-preventable disease. The study reports 70% of students who were exposed to someone with a vaccine-preventable disease moved from vaccine hesitancy to pro-vaccine. Overall, 75% of those who were anti-vaccine increased their vaccine attitude scores, with 50% moving to a pro-vaccine stance.
Current vaccination policies are not sufficient to eliminate measles or prevent against future epidemics in the developed world, researchers report. Introducing compulsory vaccinations before entering school would allow the US, UK and Ireland to reach stable levels of herd immunity in the next ten years, thus helping to avoid future epidemics of the most lethal vaccine-preventable disease.
Regardless of socioeconomic status, children who were overweight by age 7 had a higher risk of developing emotional problems by age 11, researchers report.
Another new study refutes claims of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The study reports no link has been found between MMR and an increased autism risk, even in children with other risk factors for ASD. Researchers also reported, in a subgroup of girls, the MMR vaccine reduced the risk of autism by between 16% and 21%. No link was found between other vaccinations, such as Hib and DTaP, and an increased risk of ASD.
Study reveals evidence of rising feelings of despair in Generation X'ers reaching middle age that cuts across racial, educational and geographical divides.