Air pollution and lack of physical activity pose competing threats to children in China

Children and adolescents in mainland China are facing two serious and conflicting public health threats: ongoing exposure to air pollution and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle with little regular physical activity outside school.

Improving child-teacher interactions can reduce preschoolers' stress levels

A school-based intervention that promotes warm and caring interactions between a teacher and child can reduce the child’s stress in the classroom, a new study has found.

Parenting classes benefit all, especially lower-income families

Parenting education can improve the skills of every mom and dad and the behavior of all children, and it particularly benefits families from low-income or otherwise underserved populations.

Policy changes needed for promoting physical activity in group home settings

Increased physical activity for group home residents and the huge health care savings that could come with it hinge on people who run the homes making health-promoting behaviors a priority.

Chronically ill women underusing online self-care resources, study shows

Barriers to internet use may be preventing chronically ill middle-aged and older women from being as healthy as they otherwise could be, new research from Oregon State University suggests.

 

Repeatedly thinking about work-family conflict linked to health problems

Thinking over and over again about conflicts between your job and personal life is likely to damage both your mental and physical health, research from Oregon State University suggests.

Mental health spending nets return by reducing jail population

Each dollar a state spends on mental health care cuts roughly 25 cents off its jail expenditures by reducing its inmate population, a new study shows.

System changes improve prenatal care for Oregon Medicaid beneficiaries

Oregon’s 2012 shift to an incentivized, accountable-care system for Medicaid beneficiaries led to positive changes for expectant mothers and their babies, OSU research shows.

Want to optimize those 10,000 (or fewer) steps? Walk faster, sit less

Want to get the most out of those 10,000 daily steps? Walk as briskly as you can as much as you can, and minimize the amount of time you spend sitting around.

Teens who smoke daily are more likely to report health complaints

As fewer teens overall take up smoking, those who do smoke daily are reporting more health complaints than in years past, a new study indicates.

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