CDC: Flu cases still low in U.S. | Teen smokers are in greater danger of premature death | Adenotonsillectomy resolves bed-wetting in some children
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October 5, 2012
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CDC: Flu cases still low in U.S.
Flu activity this year is still at low levels, though it usually begins to pick up in October, CDC officials said. People ages 6 months and older are urged to get the shots, CDC's Tom Skinner said, adding that 135 million doses are expected to be available. HealthDay News (10/4)
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Teen smokers are in greater danger of premature death
Men who started smoking as teenagers and continued the habit throughout their lives had a twofold greater risk of dying prematurely compared with nonsmokers, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers also said that teen smoking was associated with increased odds of developing smoking-related cancers and heart disease. Reuters (10/4)
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Adenotonsillectomy resolves bed-wetting in some children
A study of 35 children diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and bed-wetting showed 51% had reductions in bed-wetting following adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy or adenotonsillectomy, according to a study presented at the American Academy for Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation meeting. Researchers also found that girls had a fivefold greater chance of having their bed-wetting resolved than boys following the procedure. Family Practice News (10/4)
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Prenatal BPA exposure tied to lower thyroid levels
Greater exposure to bisphenol A during pregnancy was linked to reduced levels of thyroid hormone in both mothers and male infants, a U.S. study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found. Researchers were uncertain why high BPA exposure affects boys and not girls, but said it is possible that boys are less capable of detoxifying the chemical than girls. HealthDay News (10/4)
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AlloHSCT tied to BMI decline after childhood hematologic cancer
The body mass index of childhood survivors of hematologic malignancies significantly dropped after undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, mainly due to reduced lean mass, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. News (10/4)
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Proper hygiene can curb germ transmission in schools
Giving students hygiene products and informing them about proper hygiene practices lowered the odds of germ transmission in schools by as much as 76%, U.S. researchers found. The findings were based on surface contamination tests conducted in six elementary schools. United Press International (10/3)
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Pink Angel recalls girls' denim shorts over choking risk
An estimated 1,170 pairs of Pink Angel Embroidered Girls' Denim Shorts were recalled because the decorative studs can detach and pose a choking hazard to young children. No injuries have been reported, but Buy Buy Baby said it has received one report in which the decorative studs detached from the shorts. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (10/4)
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Trends & Technology
More work needed for managing pediatric heart risks, study says
A study of 963 well-child checks found most included records of body mass index and blood pressure, but none of the charts had interpretations of blood pressure results or recommendations for management. Researchers also found that only 30% of the charts included recommendations for managing children with an elevated BMI. The study was presented at the Obesity Society meeting. Family Practice News (10/4)
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Health Policy & Regulations
Romney and Obama debate health law, Medicare
Health care was a major focus in Wednesday's presidential debate. Mitt Romney criticized the Affordable Care Act and said competition and the private sector are important parts of the system. President Barack Obama defended his signature health law and said Romney's plans would endanger Medicare. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/3), Reuters (10/4), CNN (10/4)
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