Archive | August, 2007

Prevalence of Heart Disease — United States

August 31, 2007

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n 2005, a total of 4.0% of respondents reported a history of MI, and 4.4% reported a history of angina/CHD. A total of 6.5% of respondents reported a history of one or more of these conditions (MI, angina/CHD, or both).

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CDC survey finds teens are not getting recommended vaccinations.

August 31, 2007

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“Most young U.S. children are getting their recommended vaccinations, but rates for teens are lagging, especially for some newer vaccines,” according to statistics published in the Aug. 31 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Healthy People 2010 vaccination goals for children 13 to 17 have yet to be met. This is especially […]

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Childhood Obesity

August 30, 2007

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AN editorial in this week’s JAMA, that focuses on physician response to childhood obesity also explains why this is a Public Health issue, not just a physician-patient issue. [JAMA. 2007;298:920-922.]

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Household Income Rises, Poverty Rate Declines,

August 29, 2007

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From the Census Bureau today in the publication “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006 report [PDF].’ we learn that the nation’s official poverty rate declined for the first time this decade, from 12.6 percent in 2005 to 12.3 percent in 2006. There were 36.5 million people in poverty in 2006, […]

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UK to lead the way with picture warnings on tobacco packets

August 29, 2007

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Graphic images illustrating the devastating effects that tobacco can have on health will be printed on all tobacco packets from next year, the U.K. Health Secretary Alan Johnson announced today. The 15 images to be used were chosen following a consultation in 2006, market research and a public vote. The move makes the UK the […]

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Treating Diabetes during Pregnancy Can Break Link to Childhood Obesity

August 29, 2007

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From Kaiser Permanente, the largest study of its kind, this research shows that the risk of childhood obesity rises in tandem with a pregnant woman’s blood sugar level and that untreated gestational diabetes nearly doubles a child’s risk of becoming obese by age 5 to 7. The study also shows for the first time that […]

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Plain soap as effective as antibacterial but without the risk

August 29, 2007

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From the U-M School of Public Health in the first known comprehensive analysis of whether antibacterial soaps work better than plain soaps, Allison Aiello and her team found that washing hands with an antibacterial soap was no more effective in preventing infectious illness than plain soap. Moreover, antibacterial soaps at formulations sold to the public […]

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Obesity rates higher in 2006

August 28, 2007

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Despite all the messages to control obesity a report from the “Trust for America’s Health (TFAH)” reveals adult obesity rates rose in 31 states last year, according to the fourth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America. Twenty-two states experienced an increase for the second year in a row; no […]

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Is NICE’s cost effectiveness threshold too high?

August 25, 2007

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In the UK, Nice, the equivalent of AHRQ, the cost effectiveness threshold is emerging as a key factor in the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry into NICE, which has received evidence that the threshold may be too generous. An advantage of the way in which the United Kingdom funds the NHS is that […]

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Basic vs. Translational Research

August 25, 2007

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A fascinating discovery about how folate levels could be affected biologically, as a serendipitous finding in a basic bench research study. At Johns Hopkins. Amzel and colleague Maurice Bessman and their labs were in the middle of systematically characterizing how members of a family of related enzymes in bacteria can recognize specific molecules. With each […]

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