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FDA Unveils Campaign to Support Tobacco Smokers Quit Smoking

Article Excerpt: The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has launched a year-long campaign dubbed: “Commit to Quit,” aimed at supporting tobacco smokers to abandon smoking as it poses enormous health hazards on their wellbeing. Activities of the campaign will include rolling out of routine public education in schools, market places and transport terminals to serve as a platform for speaking on specific challenges smokers encounter in their quest to quit tobacco smoking. The crusade would advocate stronger tobacco cessation policies, increase access to cessation services, raise awareness of tobacco industry tactics and empower smokers to make successful quit attempts through “quit and win” initiatives.

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Article Source: Ghana Web


Associations of health literacy, social media use, and self-efficacy with health information–seeking intentions among social media users in China: Cross-sectional survey

Niu Z, Willoughby J, Zhou R. Associations of health literacy, social media use, and self-efficacy with health information–seeking intentions among social media users in China: Cross-sectional survey. J Med Internet Res 2021;23(2):e19134. DOI: 10.2196/19134

Researchers conducted a cross-sectional survey to investigate the associations between health literacy, health-related social media use, self-efficacy, and health behavioral intentions online. The online survey was disseminated using a paid advertisement service and participants who were at least 18 years old and social media users were eligible to participate. The survey was completed by 449 adults in China. Participants were asked about frequency of social media use for health information, health literacy, self-efficacy in managing one’s health, and behavioral intention regarding health information seeking on social media. Results found that self-efficacy mediated the effects of health literacy and social media use on health information seeking behavioral intentions. Age of the participants significantly moderated the effects of health literacy on self-efficacy. Specifically, there was a stronger association between health literacy and health self-efficacy for younger participants (ages 23-30 years old) relative to older participants (over 30 years old). Findings give insight into the mechanisms behind health-related social media use.


University Series 030 – Rowan University

Article Excerpt: Join Operant Innovations as we speak to Rowan University and not only do we have faculty joining us, but also two students. Learn how Rowan University is unique in the classes, research, and practicum opportunities allowing their students to individualize their experience through their masters and PhD programming.

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Article Source: Operant Innovations podcast series


Breaking the Wall to Happier Teens

Article Excerpt: Over the past decade, the play2PREVENT Lab, using components of social and emotional learning and character development, has developed novel and ground-breaking methods and systems for developing and evaluating videogame interventions, with the input of adolescents at every step of the process, demonstrating significant engagement and impact in the areas of social education and a number of critical health outcome related to the overall well-being of adolescents.

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Article Source: Falling Walls


Technology Companies Come Together to Support Addiction Recovery During COVID-19

Article Excerpt: The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) – a non-profit dedicated to consumer protection and education around online pharmacies and prescription drugs – and a coalition of tech leaders Google, Facebook and Twitter have joined forces to announce a new online platform The site is a collection of resources to help those experiencing substance use disorder or battling addiction and the associated stigma.

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Article Source: Yahoo Finance


Utilizing Telemedicine to Fight Opioid Addiction

Article Excerpt: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), opioid overdoses stand at the top of the list of injury-related deaths in the US. To date, New Hampshire, West Virginia, and New Mexico are identified as having the most severe opioid problem and the problem is growing in Northern California. Opioid use has been rising in North Bay Counties. Options for treating the growing problem of opioid addiction are somewhat scarce due to a limited number of treatment facilities and the availability of qualified clinicians. One promising solution to deal with this growing crisis is the use of telehealth and telemedicine.

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Article Source: Sonoma County Gazette


Yale Researchers Develop Virtual Reality Game To Combat Teen Vaping

Article Excerpt: …On a recent Monday morning, about a dozen students sat at tables, each with a virtual reality headset strapped onto their faces and a controller in one hand. Instead of seeing each other, Tino Pavlat and his friends interacted with people at a virtual high school and played Space Cats, a shooter minigame…Pavlat, 12, is among 300 seventh and eighth grade students in the Milford Public School District who are part of a randomized, controlled trial run by the play4REAL Lab at the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games. Researchers developed a virtual reality game on vaping prevention and are looking at how effective it may be in reducing the rising rates of e-cigarette use by teens.

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Article Source: Connecticut Public Radio


What’s in your Juul? More than you think, Yale scientists find

Article Excerpt: It is a popular conception that e-cigarettes like Juul are as harmless as smoke machines at prom dances, just benign alternatives to toxic, smelly cigarettes. Yale scientists aren’t so sure.

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Article Source: Yale Daily News


Understanding the Marijuana Landscape

Article Excerpt: The issue of marijuana is especially challenging in New Hampshire. The drug is still illegal in New Hampshire, but the state is surrounded by other states where marijuana is legal for people 21 years and older. “The states that are legalized are just getting started with legalization, so we’ve yet to see the consequences of legalization in full force” (community partnership coordinator for the ALL Together coalition and for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Community Health Substance Misuse Team, Angie) Leduc says. “I’d love to say we’re ahead of this issue, but we feel very much behind. Right now, we’re just helping people understand the marijuana landscape, what it looks like, and how they can make educated decisions around it.” Last November, All Together organized a community talk by Alan Budney, PhD, a professor at the Geisel School of Medicine who specializes in the effects of marijuana.

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Article Source: Hartford Community Coalition via HereCast