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Health communication initiative targets heart health through the workplace

In early November, the American Heart Association hosted Start! Eating Healthy day. The promotion wasn’t your typical individual level behavior change campaign, however. It was geared toward employers. “We created Start! Eating Healthy Day to help keep your employees healthy….When companies make a pledge to increase their employees’ health, it not only helps the company…

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Weekly round-up

Who needs Four Loko when you’ve got these exciting health stories to get you going? Read on, and let us know what you think in the comments section. Wide-awake drunk: Alcohol-caffeine combo creates national stir (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Dear Oprah: Those health guests may not be so healthful (LA Times) Journal experts prefer ‘splashy’ findings…

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Holidays mean many traditions, including GERD

There’s a reason GERD (Gastroesphageal Reflux Disease) Awareness Week includes the Thanksgiving holiday. Overeating around the holidays can be a trigger for a common yet serious gastrointestinal ailment: GERD. According to, the most common symptom of GERD is chronic heartburn, but other symptoms include: Belching Difficulty or pain when swallowing Waterbrash (sudden excess of…

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Facebook and Breast-Feeding

Emma Kwasnica, at one point, was very frustrated with Facebook. They kept taking this breast-feeding activist and mother’s photo down, which pictured her nursing her two children. Kwasnica protested initially, however she has recently embraced the social media in order to organize a global community that facilitates offline milk sharing, reports Time. The new network…

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Is “controversy frame” helpful or harmful to public health?

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have conducted a nationwide observational experiment to examine the effects of the framing of media coverage (“uniform support” versus “controversy”) on public support for state-mandated HPV vaccination.  The study is published in the November, 2010 issue of Health Affairs, and was featured last week on More on methods…

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Hyper-texting associated with risky behaviors

Nearly 20 percent of teens report hyper-texting, which is sending more than 120 messages per day on school days. Aside from the fact that this means a lot of time is spent on cell phones, researchers recently discovered that “hyper-texters” are more likely to engage in a range of risky behaviors. According to an article…

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