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4 Your Health: Celebrities spreading awareness about disease not enough

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Tucson- In 2013, actress Angelina Jolie revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy. That announcement had a dramatic impact on getting women tested for breast cancer.

A new Harvard study found testing for the BRCA, breast cancer gene, increased by 64 percent in the weeks after Jolie went public. But that announcement did not translate to an increase in mastectomy rates.

Researchers suggest that while celebrity announcements reach a large audience, they may not necessarily target people who would benefit the most.

Also, new research finds many commercial pilots suffer from depression.

The anonymous survey of nearly 2,000 pilots, from 50 countries, showed over 12 percent met the criteria for depression and four percent had recent suicidal thoughts. Experts said many pilots are afraid to seek treatment for mental health issues because of the possible impact on their careers.

And a program, that provides home visits to support new parents, helps cut down on doctor visits during a child's first year.

The "First Born" program was tested on a group of first time parents living in New Mexico. Families who received the services were one-third less likely to visit the
ER with their child and had fewer sick appointments than those not in the program. And while home visits usually target teen or low-income parents, even low-risk children benefited from the program.

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