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Still thinking about eating that whole bag of chips?

Flickr: Penn State With consumers now more health conscious than ever before, nutrition food labels are becoming increasingly important to help us choose between products. In light of recent advances in nutritional science with regards to the link between diet and chronic diseases such as heart disease, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2016 published rules on the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods which will facilitate consumers in making informed decisions when it comes to food choice. By January 1st this year, manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales must have switched to...

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Cannabis conversations: the role of the health care professional

With the ever-changing landscape of cannabis legislation in recent years, cannabis use has become more accessible and accepted. Currently, 33 states plus the District of Columbia (D.C.) allow cannabis use for medical purposes, and in 11 of those states plus D.C. recreational use is also legal. A law that would legalize cannabis at the federal level (H.R. 3884) – a move that is supported by two-thirds of US adults – is working its way through the House of Representatives. Over 8% of US adults report using cannabis in the last month, and over 2% of adults report using cannabis...

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Working in partnership with communities: listening to women’s lived experiences to help set research priorities to address the preterm birth epidemic

Women with lived experience vote on the prioritization of research questions at a focus group facilitated by the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative. credit: authors If you and your community were impacted by a serious health condition, would you want to have a say in local and national research priorities? “Nothing About Us Without Us!” is a slogan that has become a rallying cry for community partnership in all public services and policy setting. For our team at UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA), the saying could easily describe what we consider to be the best approach to research...

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“The father is just as upset”: why we need multi-level strategies to support men when a baby dies

Expectant parents do not anticipate birth and death to collide. However, for millions of families worldwide each year, the death of their baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death within the first 28 days of life, is a devastating reality. Historically, parents’ grief over these losses remained unacknowledged. Over the past few decades, research into the emotional burden of grief has resulted in the development of sensitive healthcare and psychosocial support for families. However, bereaved parents continue to report stigma and societal norms which can minimize their loss. Men and baby loss Men are increasingly involved in pregnancy...

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Malaria: understanding drug resistance

Electron micrograph of red blood cells infected with Plasmodium falciparum. Sourse Wikki Commons. AuthorRick Fairhurst and Jordan Zuspann, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health Chloroquine was first discovered in 1934 and for decades was widely used as a cheap and safe drug both to treat malaria, and as a prophylaxis. However, in the 1980s, widespread resistance developed in the parasite causing the most pathogenic form of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum. Understanding how resistance evolved took a long time and is initially based on knowledge of the mode of action of chloroquine. Mechanism of chloroquine action...

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