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More than half of the biggest U.S. cities flunk review of health and well-being policies


More than half of the biggest cities in the U.S. don’t have adequate policies to improve their residents’ health and well-being, according to a recent report by the CityHealth Initiative.

The two-year “gold standard” analysis was commissioned by the de Beaumont Foundation, a private organization devoted […]

Boston knocks tobacco out of the park


Fans will no longer be able to take tobacco out to the ballgame in Boston.

“Today the City of Boston delivered a huge victory for kids by acting to take tobacco out of baseball once and for all,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for […]

September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Tobacco|Tags: , |0 Comments

Boston mayor proposes smokeless tobacco ban at ballparks


Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Wednesday a proposal to ban chewing tobacco, snuff and other tobacco products at Fenway Park and other professional and amateur sports venues in the city.

Mayor Walsh will officially file the ordinance with the City Council on Monday. If enacted, […]

August 5th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Scientific statement: Understand the radiation risks before having heart imaging

People should understand why a heart-imaging test is needed before undergoing the procedure, including the benefits and risks involved, such as the potential long-term risk from radiation exposure, advises a new scientific statement in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

“When medical imaging is being considered, patients should feel very […]

Blacks, women face greater burden from CVD risk factors

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“We’ve been targeting traditional risk factors in […]

Sexual abuse in childhood linked to signs of atherosclerosis in midlife

Women who were sexually abused as children may show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

This is the first study to suggest a link between sexual abuse and higher carotid artery intima-media thickness – thickening of […]