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    Click and Exercise! Amazon, Netflix, Hulu—Are You Listening?

    Oct 11, 2019

    Most Americans report spending their daily leisure time watching screens, and devote only a small fraction of leisure time to physical activity. The explosion in streaming apps and content is likely contributing to increased sitting time. Streaming services could consider adding a pop-up at the end of each episode that could encourage viewers to take a break and move.

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    Understanding America's Surge in Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids

    Oct 7, 2019

    Although overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioids have declined, deaths involving synthetic opioids are on the rise. Much of the current wave of overdoses is linked to one synthetic opioid: fentanyl.

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    How Do Army Families Handle the Challenges of Military Life?

    Oct 3, 2019

    Soldiers might see the stressors of military life as part of their duty but what about their families? A survey of more than 8,500 Army spouses identified the problems they faced in the past year, the resources they sought to solve them, and whether those resources met their needs.

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    How High-Quality Mental Health Care Improves Veterans' Lives

    Sep 25, 2019

    A growing body of RAND research shows that veterans who receive high-quality care have the best chance of improving their mental health outcomes.

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    Is Civic Engagement Related to Health?

    Sep 18, 2019

    Is there a connection between health and/or well-being and civic activities like voting and volunteering? Is health a cause of civic engagement, a consequence of it, or both? A review of the current scientific literature finds the links and identifies where further research is needed.

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