Advocacy and Policy News

Young Adults Prefer Shared Work-Family Life

January 21st, 2015
It appears that 21st century young adults desire a life in which work and family responsibilities are shared equally between partners. Thus, if the circumstances permit, women want to work and raise a family. The desire for an egalitarian relationship was discovered in ...

Co-Parent Training Helps Kids Adjust to School

January 20th, 2015
New research finds that a prenatal program aimed at enhancing couples' co-parenting relationship helped the parents raise children who were better adjusted and ready for school at age seven. Pennsylvania State researchers found that teachers reported significantly better adjustment and positive school engagement ...

Healthy Changes More Successful If Partner Involved

January 20th, 2015
New research finds that people are more likely to improve their health habits when their partner makes positive changes too. Researchers from University College London (UCL), the British Heart Foundation and the U.S. National Institute on Aging looked at how likely people were ...

Kids’ Poor Sleep Can Up Risk for Substance Abuse

January 19th, 2015
It is not a secret that sleep issues are common among American youth. A new study now finds that sleep problems can predict specific substance-related problems. Using a nationally representative sample, researchers discover that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number ...

Alcohol & Many Medications Make A Risky Mix

January 19th, 2015
A new study finds that almost 42 percent of U.S. drinkers have also used one or more prescription medications that interact with alcohol -- everything from blood pressure medications to diabetes drugs to antidepressants. Although 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol, little is known ...

Partner Therapy Expedites Treatment for STDs

January 19th, 2015
A new public health initiative in Washington State, called expedited partner therapy (EPT), shows promise in reducing curable sexually transmitted illnesses. EPT is the clinical practice of treating the sex partners of patients by providing prescriptions or medications to the patient to take ...

Probes of MDs Can Lead to Severe Depression, Anxiety

January 18th, 2015
Physicians who are being investigated because of complaints tend to suffer from high rates of severe depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according to a new U.K. study published in the journal BMJ Open. The researchers suggest that by causing psychological ill health and encouraging ...

Closing Your Eyes Boosts Memory

January 18th, 2015
A new study from the U.K. has found further evidence that eyewitnesses to crimes remember more accurate details when they close their eyes. The researchers also discovered that building a rapport with witnesses helped them to remember more. For the study, published in the ...

Many Prisoners Suffer From Untreated Mental Illness

January 17th, 2015
Many individuals in state and federal prisons who suffer from mental illness get no treatment, according to new research by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The study is published in American Journal of Public ...

Little Evidence Opioid Drugs Work for Chronic Pain

January 17th, 2015
New research has found little to no evidence that opioid drugs are effective for long-term chronic pain, despite explosive growth in their use, according to a new paper released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The findings reveal that many of the ...