Affordable Care Act repeal threatens access to preventive care

John Cawley, co-director of Cornell University’s Institute on Health Economics and an expert on the economics of risky health behaviors, studied the impact of the Affordable Care Act on preventive care and found that one of the more controversial features of the law – state-level expansions of Medicaid – improved preventive care among low-income Americans, […]

Cancelled climate conference casts dark clouds

Michael Hoffmann, professor of entomology and a fellow at Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, says cancelling conferences such as the CDC’s Climate and Health Summit negates a democratic and transparent process essential to science. Bio: https://entomology.cals.cornell.edu/people/michael-hoffmann   Hoffman says: “President Trump and his ‘climate change denier cabinet’ seem to be casting a dark […]

Anti-vaping warnings drive people back to tobacco

Donald S. Kenkel, professor of public health economics at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, studies the effects of cigarette taxes, tobacco regulations and antismoking advertisements on public health. Kenkel says that while the public should be informed about the dangers of e-cigarettes, research suggests that such warnings may encourage more people to smoke tobacco. […]

New and improved kale varieties coming to a store near you

Media note: Photos of some of the new varieties of kale along with the researchers’ favorite kale recipe can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Kale ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University program is reimagining kale – its color, shape and even flavor – in a bid to breed the naturally biodiverse vegetable for consumer satisfaction. Traits of […]

Soda tax fizzles out without education

This week, Cook County, Illinois passed a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages just days after voters in four cities – San Francisco, Oakland, Albany California and Boulder Colorado – approved such taxes at the polls. Cornell University economist John Cawley has studied the effectiveness of soda taxes in Berkeley, California and says that while cities […]

Soda tax falls flat

ITHACA, N.Y. – Four cities will be voting Nov. 8 on whether to tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Some proponents say the taxes would raise prices by exactly the amount of the tax, encouraging consumers to cut down on soda and improve their health. But research shows that prices might rise by only half […]

What do New Yorkers think of their healthcare?

ITHACA, N.Y. – A painful, pre-existing condition — obsession over the cost of medical care and health insurance – makes the latest announcements of rising insurance rates a potent political issue, according to survey takers who polled patients throughout New York state this year. The 2016 Empire State Healthcare Survey, conducted by a collaborative group […]

Don’t bug out over latest Zika news

Vector biologist Laura Harrington and chair of the Department of Entomology at Cornell University says overreaction to the threat of Zika virus in the continental U.S. could be harmful to citizens’ psychological well-being, as well as the environment as it may lead to mass spraying of insecticides that may not be effective in controlling the mosquitos. […]

Junk-food junkies go healthy when rewarded

ITHACA, N.Y. – Healthy eating habits are more important than ever, with advocates calling for fast-food restaurants, schools and food providers to promote the sale of salads and vegetables as alternatives to burgers and fries. According to new Cornell University research, the most effective strategy for influencing such healthy food choices is not calorie counts […]

Malaria family tree has bird roots

ITHACA, N.Y. – A study published this week in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution reveals a new hypothesis on the evolution of hundreds of species of malaria – including the form that is deadly to humans. Extensive testing of malarial DNA found in birds, bats and other small mammals from five East African countries […]