Category Archives: Health Care: Literacy

Many would risk earlier death rather than take a pill

Roughly one in three people who took an online survey would prefer to risk an earlier death rather than take a pill every day to prevent heart disease. About one in five would be willing to pay at least $1,000 … Continue reading

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Misreporting diet information impacts nutrition recommendations

You are what you eat, unless you’re not quite sure what you ate. A new paper by Jinan Banna and Marie Kainoa Fialkowski of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and Marilyn Townsend … Continue reading

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The ‘taste-health balance point’ and why it’s important for nutrition

Newswise — NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Variety may trump virtue when it comes to the struggle to eat healthy, says a Vanderbilt marketing professor who studies consumer self-control and endorses “vice-virtue bundles” combining nutritious and not-so-nutritious foods. “We suggest a simple … Continue reading

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70% of stroke victims were unaware that physical inactivity is a cause

PeerJ. 2014 Jul 10;2:e489. doi: 10.7717/peerj.489. eCollection 2014. Physical activity habits and preferences in the month prior to a first-ever stroke. McDonnell MN1, Esterman AJ2, Williams RS1, Walker J3, Mackintosh SF1. Author information 1International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School … Continue reading

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20-30 per cent of hospital discharge patients don’t even fill their meds prescriptions

(Reuters Health) - More than half of heart patients in a new U.S. study made mistakes taking their medications or misunderstood instructions given to them after being discharged from the hospital. Those with the lowest “health literacy” were among the … Continue reading

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40 percent of urban parents of 9-and-unders make medicine dosing errors

Acad Pediatr. 2014 May-Jun;14(3):262-70. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2014.01.003. Liquid medication dosing errors in children: role of provider counseling strategies. Yin HS1, Dreyer BP2, Moreira HA2, van Schaick L2, Rodriguez L3, Boettger S2, Mendelsohn AL2. Author information 1Department of Pediatrics, New York University … Continue reading

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More than half of consumers will choose a health-care plan that costs too much: Columbia Business School

NEW YORK —Right now, many consumers are signing up for healthcare via the new health insurance exchanges set up by the federal and state governments. Using simulated exchanges modeled on the design of the actual exchanges, alarming new research from … Continue reading

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A Few Basic Science And Tech Facts Many Americans Don’t Know

How does a power cord charge a cell phone? Magic, silly! According to a Pew poll, many of my fellow Americans are completely in the dark about how their world works, including the fact that carbon dioxide is a chemical … Continue reading

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Local TV health news stories too short, MU researcher says

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Previous research has shown that the most popular way Americans get their health news is by watching local television broadcasts. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Journalism have found that while local television news … Continue reading

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Women may THINK they are following a cancer-prevention lifestyle, but often they are not

J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Jun;22(6):487-93. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2012.4015. Lifestyle and cancer prevention in women: knowledge, perceptions, and compliance with recommended guidelines. Vidrine JI, Stewart DW, Stuyck SC, Ward JA, Brown AK, Smith C, Wetter DW. Source: Department of Health Disparities … Continue reading

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Alcohol relatively ignored by policy makers in favor of drugs

J Psychopharmacol. 2013 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print] The high harm score of alcohol. Time for drug policy to be revisited? van Amsterdam J, van den Brink W. Source 1Laboratory for Health Protection Research, National Institute for Public Health … Continue reading

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Innovation could slow health spending growth by 2 trillion USD: Commonwealth Fund

New York, NY, January 10, 2013—A synergistic set of policies that would accelerate health care delivery system innovation could slow health spending growth by $2 trillion from 2014 to 2023, according to an analysis released today by the Commonwealth Fund … Continue reading

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Medical research should be expanded by new Congress, says majority of Americans

New poll summary reveals concerns among Americans about medical progress in tight fiscal climate Alexandria, Va.–January 9, 2013– America Speaks, Volume 13, a compilation of public opinion polls commissioned by Research!America, features timely data about Americans’ views on issues related … Continue reading

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