6/28: The Sale of Human Organs for Transplants

June 28, 2016 by  
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A majority of Americans oppose legalizing the sale of human organs for transplant purposes, and nearly half of U.S. residents consider such sales to be wrong, according to an Exclusive Point Taken-Marist Poll, commissioned by WGBH Boston for its new late-night, multi-platform PBS debate series Point Taken.  While a plurality of Americans think legalization of this process would help regulate the sale of human organs, notable concern about a black market exists. The national survey was conducted by The Marist Poll in advance of this week’s Point Taken episode, airing Tuesday, June 28th at 11pmET... 

7/18: Internet MD’s: Nearly Four in Ten Americans Self-Diagnose Using the Web

July 18, 2011 by  
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When ill, a sizeable proportion of the American population turns to the Internet to uncover the cause of their illness.  According to this national Marist Poll, 37% of adults nationally say they self-diagnose using the Internet at least sometimes.  This includes 6% who always go online to self-diagnose, 7% who do so often, and nearly one in four — 24% — who act as “cyber doctor” some of the time.  However, one in ten residents — 10% — seldom self-diagnose online, and a majority — 53% — never do. ©istockphoto.com/dra_schwartz Click Here for Complete... 

7/16: Fun in the Sun = Sunscreen?

July 16, 2010 by  
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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  So, are Americans taking a key step to protect themselves from getting this disease? ©istockphoto.com/inkastudio Despite all of the attention given to the prevention of skin cancer, four in ten Americans nationwide report they never wear sunscreen before going outside during the summer months.  And, an additional 31% only apply sunscreen a few days during the season.  Just 29% wear it most days or every day.  This includes one-fifth who use it most days, and 9% who apply it everyday. Those most likely to apply sunscreen most... 

7/15: Anxiety About H1N1 Virus Decreases

July 15, 2010 by  
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A review panel, charged with examining the World Health Organization’s response to the H1N1 pandemic, will reconvene in September to uncover the lessons learned from that response.  But, are Americans worried that those lessons will need to be applied to another bout with the H1N1 virus commonly referred to as “swine flu?” ©istockphoto.com/alexsl Just 20% of residents nationwide are either very concerned or concerned that they or someone in their household will become infected with the virus.  This includes 13% who are concerned and 7% who are very concerned.  On the contrary, most Americans... 

6/10: Alzheimer’s Disease: An Expert’s Perspective

June 10, 2010 by  
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Dr. Maria Carrillo is the Senior Director for Medical and Scientific Relations for the Alzheimer’s Association, a national group headquartered in Chicago. Its goal is a world without Alzheimer’s. Dr. Maria Carillo Dr. Carillo talks with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks about the prevalence of the disease, the costs of caring for Alzheimer’s patients, the signs of the disease, and the latest on the search for a cure. Listen to the Interview, Part 1 Powered by Podbean.com John Sparks Dr. Carrillo, you’re a Senior Director for Medical and Scientific Relations for the Alzheimer’s... 

6/9: Alzheimer’s Disease: Americans Knowledgeable About Early Signs, But …

June 9, 2010 by  
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More than three-quarters of U.S. residents are confident they can recognize the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  76% of Americans report they are informed or very informed about the disease’s early symptoms. This includes a majority — 51% — who say they are informed, and 25% who think they are very informed. One-fifth believes they are not very well informed, and 4% say they are not informed at all. ©istockphoto.com/Kuzma Despite the large proportion of residents who think they have a solid knowledge base about the disease, when the issue hits closer to home, fewer...