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Obamacare's Birth Control Coverage May Have Reduced Unplanned Pregnancies

Obamacare`s Birth Control Coverage May Have Reduced Unplanned PregnanciesTUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- When Obamacare made contraception affordable, the rate of unplanned pregnancies among poor Americans declined, a new study reports.The Affordable Care Act's (ACA) elimination of out-of-pocket costs for birth control was tied to fewer births in all income groups, but especially among poorer women, the new research found. In fact, the lowest income group had a 22% decline in births after the law was passed."Our findings suggest that expanded coverage of prescription contraception may be associated with a reduction in income-related disparities in unintended pregnancy rates," said lead author Dr. Vanessa Dalton. She's an obstetrician-gynecologist at Michigan Medicine Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, in Ann Arbor. "Reducing unintended pregnancies...

Almost 1 in 5 Parents Are 'Vaccine Hesitant,' Study Finds

9 November 2020
Almost 1 in 5 Parents Are `Vaccine Hesitant,` Study FindsMONDAY, Nov. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five American parents described themselves as "hesitant about childhood shots" in 2019, a new U.S. government study finds.That was fewer than the one in four who expressed hesitancy about vaccines in 2018.The new research found real consequences from vaccine hesitancy. Rates of flu vaccination were 26 percentage points lower in children of "vaccine-hesitant" parents in both years studied."This is a very large percentage point difference," said study leader Tammy Santibanez, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in Atlanta.Vaccine hesitancy has contributed to large outbreaks of preventable diseases in several countries, including the...

Teens Benefit With Less Screen Time, More Time With...

9 November 2020
Teens Benefit With Less Screen Time, More Time With Sports and ArtMONDAY, Nov. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Walking away from TV, laptops and cellphones and spending more time in sports and other extracurricular activities boosts teens' mental health, Canadian researchers say.Spending less than two hours a day browsing the internet, playing video games and using social media was linked to increased levels of life satisfaction and optimism and lower levels of anxiety and depression, especially among girls, the study found."Although we conducted this study before the COVID-19 pandemic, the findings are especially relevant now when teens may be spending more time in front of screens in their free time if access to extracurricular activities, like sports and arts programs, is restricted due to COVID-19," said lead author Eva Oberle, an assistant professor...

Smoking Bans Don't Work If Not Enforced, NYC Study Finds

5 November 2020
Smoking Bans Don`t Work If Not Enforced, NYC Study FindsTHURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Although New York City has banned smoking in its public housing, exposure to secondhand smoke hadn't declined a year later, a new study finds.The reasons might include delays in promotion and enforcement, researchers said. These include not putting up signs, training building managers and reluctance to report violations. Also, lack of smoking cessation services may be a factor.The goal of the 2018 ban was to cut secondhand smoke exposure in more than 165,000 low-income apartments run by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).This goal had been accomplished in places like bars and restaurants, and city officials hoped it would work in large apartment buildings.However, researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine found that little change...

Working Women Show Sharper Memory With Age

4 November 2020
Working Women Show Sharper Memory With AgeWEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women who work outside the home may end up with a sharper memory later in life, a new study suggests.Researchers found that among nearly 6,200 U.S. women aged 55 and older, those who'd worked for pay in young adulthood and middle-age were less prone to memory decline, versus those who'd stayed out of the labor force.The link was seen whether women were married or single, or had children or not.Experts said the findings do not prove that paid work somehow preserves brain health.But they also said the work-memory link makes sense: Other research has found that both mental and social stimulation may help ward off memory loss as people grow older. And a job can provide those things."My interpretation is that participation in the labor force is a...

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