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January 10, 2013
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  • U.S. life expectancy, health status lag
    Americans have shorter average life expectancy than those in other wealthy nations and are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as consuming high-fat, high-calorie diets, according to a report released by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Researchers also said the U.S. fared poorly on metrics such as infant mortality, teen pregnancy, and obesity and diabetes when compared with 16 other countries. Reuters (1/9), WebMD (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Weight, physical fitness may affect endometrial cancer survival
    Overweight and obese women with endometrial cancer had a significantly higher risk of death within five years of diagnosis than their normal-weight counterparts, according to a study of 1,400 women with the condition. But those who performed moderate to vigorous exercise more than seven hours a week before their diagnosis, regardless of BMI, had a 36% lower risk of death than those who performed little or no exercise. The findings appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes raises risk of complications following angioplasty
    Data on 6,298 heart attack patients who had their first angioplasty revealed those with diabetes had higher rates of second heart attack, stent thrombosis, repeat revascularization and death compared with those who did not have diabetes. The results were published in Diabetes Care. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Artificially sweetened drinks may raise depression risk
    Older adults who consumed at least four servings of artificially sweetened soda, fruit punch or iced tea every day had a higher risk of being diagnosed with depression in the next decade, according to a study of more than 260,000 adults ages 50 to 71 in the U.S. Regular soda drinkers also had an increased depression risk, but the link was weaker than the one between artificially sweetened drinks and depression. The study will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mothers' hormones may affect bacterial diversity in breast milk
    Mothers who were overweight or gained more than the recommended weight during their pregnancy had less bacterial species found in their breast milk, Spanish researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. They found that the breast milk of mothers who underwent planned cesarean section delivery had fewer species of bacteria compared with that of the vaginal birth group or mothers who had unplanned C-sections. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu outbreak prompts Boston to declare public emergency
    Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Wednesday declared a public health emergency. The city has recorded 10 times the number of cases so far this year as in the entire previous flu season. Officials will provide residents free vaccinations on Saturday. "This is the worst flu season we've seen since 2009 and people should take the threat of flu seriously," Menino said. (1/9), Reuters (1/9)
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  • Doctor visits dropped during Great Recession in U.S.
    Americans visited their doctors' offices less often and filled fewer prescriptions when the Great Recession was in full swing in 2008 and 2009 compared with before the economic downturn, a study showed. Following the recession, blacks had fewer hospital stays than before, while hospitalization rates remained flat for Latinos and whites. The findings, based on data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 1 in 8 U.S. teens have suicidal thoughts
    Harvard University researchers looked at nearly 6,500 teenagers and found that 12.1% of them experienced suicidal ideation and 4% have either made plans to end their life or attempted suicide. Although most teens with suicidal thoughts received treatment for mental health problems, more than 50% of them didn't begin manifesting suicidal tendencies until after treatment started. The findings were published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. HealthDay News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 options for states to build foundation for ACOs, medical homes
    Almost every state is exploring policy frameworks aimed at addressing care access, coverage, quality, cost control and delivery system transformation, says John Colmers of Johns Hopkins Medicine. To help lay the groundwork for accountable care organizations and medical homes, Colmers recommends that states assume the roles of regulators, data holders, purchasers, market enablers and conveners. Government Health IT online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Prevent shiftwork sleep disorder
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