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Pharmacy Research to Raise Standards of Health Literacy
In a special themed issue on "Pharmacy, Medication Use, and the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy," published in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, pharmacy...more



Study Finds Pre-College Talk Between Parents and Teens Diminish Drinking Habits
In a handbook developed by Robert Turrisi, professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, pre-college chats between parents and teens can prevent or lessen heavy drinking habits. Turrisi claims...more

Behavioral Problems Associated with Soft Drink Consumption among Young Children
A new study set for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics finds that behavioral problems such as aggression, withdrawal and attention issues are linked to soft drink consumption in young...more

Slow Decline of American Obesity Epidemic May be Premature
A new study published by University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor, Ruopeng An, presents the idea that the American obesity epidemic is slowly declining, but not by...more

Teen Mentors Motivate Younger Children to Make Healthier Choices
A new study indicates that teen mentors who participated in an obesity intervention resulted in healthy lifestyle changes among younger children. A medical trial conducted by Ohio State University...more

Low Levels of Exercise and Heavy Use of Electronic Media Result to Increased Health Risks Among Children
A University of Eastern Finland study finds that low levels of physical activity and heavy use of electronic media are associated with increased risk factors for type 2 diabetes and vascular diseases...more

Summer Community Program Makes Impact on Physician Access in Rural Areas
In a study by the University of Missouri School of Medicine, the Summer Community Program offered by the institution creates a positive impact on physician access in rural communities. The Summer...more

Health Effects of Childhood Obesity May Be Long-Lasting, New Study Finds
According to a University of Colorado Cancer Center evidence study, the health effects of childhood obesity may be long-lasting even in cases in which obese children lose weight later in...more

Cancer Research Launches Smartphone Game to Help Beat Cancer
Cancer Research UK has unveiled a free smartphone game called Genes in Space which "uses the collective force of players to examine real genetic data and help beat cancer sooner." Cancer...more

Emotional Awareness Spurs Healthy Eating Choices
In a new study appearing in the Journal of Marketing Research, being mindful of their emotions can promote better, healthier eating options. Authors of the study encouraged consumer educational...more





The 2014 Social Enterprise Awards, now on is 2nd year, has revealed its finalists, which include “businesses that turn household waste into wages, employ the disadvantaged through the baking of artisan breads, or transform the purchasing power of toilet paper into life-saving sanitation.”




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