Archive | May, 2011

Polio Eradication

May 26, 2011

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A short excellent brand new Video on progress from epidemiologist, Bruce Aylward,   http://www.ted.com/talks/bruce_aylward_how_we_ll_stop_polio.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2011-05-24&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email

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Women Who Start Prenatal Vitamins Early Are Less Likely to Have Children With Autism

May 26, 2011

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ScienceDaily: Women who reported not taking a daily prenatal vitamin immediately before and during the first month of pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to have a child with an autism spectrum disorder as women who did take the supplements — and the associated risk rose to seven times as great when combined with a […]

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Study Finds Widening Gap Between Distracted Driving and Legislation.

May 25, 2011

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The new study, published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is the first comprehensive collection and coding of state laws attempting to address the public health risk posed by distracted driving. Cell phone distractions account for more than 300,000 car crashes each year. As a result, most states have put laws in […]

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Burden of Acute Otitis Externa.

May 20, 2011

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Also, from today’s MMWR we are reminded that summer and the swimming season are upon us and that the annual problem of “swimmers ear” can be avoided by careful attention to ear hygiene and keep the ears dry after swimming. Ambulatory-care visits for swimmers ear during 2003–2007 were highest among children aged 5–9 years.

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CDC Identifies 10 Public Health Achievements of First Decade.

May 20, 2011

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The 10 domestic public health achievements are published in today’s issue of CDC’s MMWR. “Americans are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives than ever before thanks in part to extraordinary achievements in public health over the past decade,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. The United States has saved billions of dollars […]

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Steep Price For High Rates Of Unintended Pregnancy.

May 20, 2011

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Two new studies taking different methodological approaches arrive at the same conclusion: Unintended pregnancy costs U.S. taxpayers roughly $11 billion each year. Both estimates are conservative in that they are limited to public insurance costs for pregnancy and first-year infant care, and both studies conclude that the potential public savings from reducing unintended pregnancy in […]

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Seniors’ STD rates up.

May 17, 2011

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The Los Angeles Times reports, “Aging baby boomers are once again busting stereotypes, setting records and breaking rules,” with the number of cases of syphilis and chlamydia among those 55 and older reported to the CDC increasing 43 percent between 2005 to 2009, and, “in the Sunbelt where retirees have formed large communities, the rise […]

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Weekly doses of antibiotic cocktail may cure latent TB in three months

May 17, 2011

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Treating “latent tuberculosis normally requires nine months of daily pill-taking,” a much shorter “course of medication…works just as well,” according to findings presented at the American Thoracic Society meeting. The study compared the typical “daily dose of the drug isoniazid for nine months” with a once-weekly regimen that included taking a higher dose of isoniazid […]

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Early Treatment With Antiretroviral Therapy Prevents HIV Transmission

May 14, 2011

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A UNC-led research study showed the study, which spans nine countries, involved more than 1,700 couples, in which one partner was HIV-positive and the other was not. Each couple was randomly assigned to one of two study groups. In the first group, the partner with HIV began receiving antiretroviral drugs as soon as they enrolled […]

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As time goes by, it gets tougher to remember new information

May 14, 2011

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ScienceDaily:  The older we get, the more difficulty we seem to have remembering things. We reassure ourselves that our brains’ “hard drives” are too full to handle the new information that comes in daily. But a neuroscientist now suggests that our aging brains are unable to process this information as “new” because the brain pathways leading […]

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