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Improved maternity care practices decrease racial gaps in breastfeeding in the US South

Credit: Baptist Memorial Hospital A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly™ practices in the southern U.S. with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved, evidence-based care. The changes were especially positive for African-American women. Between 2014 and 2017, 33 hospitals enrolled into the CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) program out […]

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Bee surveys in newest US national park could aid pollinator studies elsewhere

Entomologists Meiners, Griswold and Messinger-Carril publish in ‘PLOS One’ Credit: Therese Lamperty LOGAN, UTAH, USA – Declines in native bee populations are widely reported, but can existing data really analyze these trends? In the Jan. 17, 2019, online edition of PLOS One, Utah State University and USDA researchers report findings about pollinator biodiversity in California’s […]

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Air pollution increases ER visits for breathing problems

Rate depends on age, pollutant and lung disease Credit: ATS Jan. 17, 2019–As levels of ozone and fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) rise, more patients end up in the ER with breathing problems, according to the largest U.S. study of air pollution and respiratory emergency room visits of patients of all ages. The study was published […]

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Salad, soda and socioeconomic status: Mapping a social determinant of health in Seattle

Credit: UW School of Public Health Seattle residents who live in waterfront neighborhoods tend to have healthier diets compared to those who live along Interstate-5 and Aurora Avenue, according to new research on social disparities from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study used local data to model food consumption patterns by […]

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