Study finds rising rates of food insecurity among older adults

From 2007 to 2016, food insecurity–or limited access to nutritious foods because of a lack of financial resources–increased significantly from 5.5% to 12.4% among older US adults, and the increase was more pronounced among individuals with lower income. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. The study, […]

Significant disparities in telemedicine use, especially among older and POC patients

After “COVID-19,” the term that most people will remember best from 2020 is likely to be “social distancing.” While it most commonly applied to social gatherings with family and friends, it has impacted the way many receive medical care. Historically, the United States has been relatively slow to broadly adopt telemedicine, largely emphasizing in-person visits. […]

Effective posts led to better understanding among new parents — ScienceDaily

When using social media to nudge people toward safe and healthy behaviors, it’s critical to make sure the words match the pictures, according to a new study. After looking at social media posts, parents of young children were better able to recall safety messages such as how to put a baby safely to sleep when […]

Obesity, eating disorder disparities among sexual, gender minority children

What The Study Did: The likelihood of having obesity or eating disorders was compared between sexual and gender minority children ages 9 to 10 and other children in this study. Authors: Natasha A. Schvey, Ph.D., of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed […]

Self-managed abortion attempts among US women

What The Study Did: Researchers used nationally representative survey data to estimate the proportion of women of reproductive age in the United States who have ever attempted to end an unwanted pregnancy on their own without medical assistance. Authors: Lauren Ralph, Ph.D., of the University of California San Francisco, is the corresponding author. To access […]

The ‘crazy beast’ that lived among the dinosaurs

Adalatherium is an important piece in a very large puzzle on early mammalian evolution in the southern hemisphere, one in which most of the other pieces are still missing New research published today in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes a bizarre 66 million-year-old mammal that provides profound new insights into the evolutionary history of […]

Restorative justice preferred among the Enga in Papua New Guinea

A group of Enga men offer pigs to contribute to the compensation for the victim for harm done. Credit: Polly Wiessner All human groups create systems for regulating cultural norms to maintain cooperation in society. Most large-scale populations employ a punitive judicial system where a third party doles out punishment. Yet, there’s little evidence that […]

Native American ancestry associated with more mutations in EGFR gene among Latin Americans

Bottom Line: Among patients with lung cancer from Latin America, genomic and ancestry analyses revealed that Native American ancestry was associated with increased mutations in the EGFR gene, independent of smoking status. Journal in Which the Study was Published: Cancer Discovery, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research Author: Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, […]