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External linkpdf file CDC Releases 2011 Health Disparities and Inequalities Report [PDF | 3MB]
The report highlights health disparities by varying demographic characteristics, the need for more data and how disparities translate to a person's quality of life over the lifespan.
External link CDC Releases 2009 STD Surveillance Report
The CDC's Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance 2009 and Trends Summary document is available online and finds that some progress has been made regarding rates of STDs, but disparities persist.
External link HHS Secretary's Priorities
Read or view the priorities HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has set for our agency and the country's health. Highlights? Promote Early Childhood Health and Development, Reduce Teen and Unintended Pregnancy, and Support the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. See them all.
External link NIH Grant to Fund Study of American Indian Disparities Exit Disclaimer
The National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities grant awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to the University of Kansas Medical Center. The university will create a new Center for American Indian Community Health to study and address health disparities facing American Indians.
External link HIV, Aging Result in Bone Loss Exit Disclaimer
Emory University scientist studied the effects of HIV infection on the bones of rats, finding that the virus impacted hormones leading to decreased bone mass and bone loss.
External link Gum Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at New York University studied 20 years of data and found evidence supporting a link between gum disease and brain inflammation, neurodegeneration and Alzheimer ’s disease.
External linkpdf file Report Released: STDs among American Indians in Arizona [PDF | 152.5KB]
This report looks at the STD disparity among American Indians in Arizona, using the Arizona Department of Health Services' sexually transmitted disease surveillance database and looking at the occurrence of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis.
External link Bad Cholesterol Common, But Screening Rates Low among Young Adults
The report, "Prevalence of Coronary Heart disease Risk Factors and Screening for High Cholesterol Levels among Young Adults, United States, 1999-2006," in the July-August 2010 issue Annals of Family Medicine, found that about half of young adults forgo cholesterol screenings even though about 25 percent have elevated cholesterol levels.
External linkpdf file It Takes Two to Tango: Defining the Role of Fathers [PDF | 616.2KB] Exit Disclaimer
National Healthy Start organization released this brief about the role of fatherhood in child development and the impact involved fathers can have when it comes to encouraging healthy outcomes for mom and child and discouraging negative outcomes, such as infant mortality. The brief also takes a look at what it means to be a father and how maternal-child-health policies could be modified to include men.
External link CDC Survey Finds Too Much Sodium in Diets
About nine of every 10 adults in the United States get too much sodium in their diet due to foods that may not even taste salty. Those nine people are receiving twice their recommended daily intake due to processed foods and eating out at restaurants.
External link More Adults Need to be Screened
Although the number of adults receiving screening for colorectal and breast cancer rose from 2002 to 2008, experts found that there were still thousands of deaths that resulted from lack of screenings, particularly for blacks and Hispanics.
External link Robots Help Cut Procedure Time for Vasectomy Reversal Exit Disclaimer
University of Florida urologists have used a robot to reverse a vasectomy, resulting in a normal sperm count returning at a quicker pace compared to the same surgery using a microscope.
External link Men’s Testosterone Levels React to Women’s Scent Exit Disclaimer
To test whether the women’s natural body odor had an impact on men, psychological scientists from Florida State University tested the testosterone level in men’s saliva samples before and after they smelled t-shirts worn by ovulating women. The scientists, Saul L. Miller and Jon K. Maner found that the woman’s body odor on the shirts increased the men’s testosterone levels.
External link Low Testosterone Levels Impair Quality of Life Exit Disclaimer
A study in the journal Cancer, focuses on the low testosterone levels of cancer survivors who have undergone radiation treatment or chemotherapy and how that impacts the person’s quality of life, including energy, self esteem and sexual function.
External link Study Links Sleep Duration to Belly Fat Exit Disclaimer
The study our of Wake Forest University School of Medicine found an increase in body mass index and abdominal fat for participants under the age of 40 who slept for long and short periods as opposed to six or seven hours of sleep each night.
External link Life Expectancy Reaches New High
For the tenth straight year, life expectancy for Americans has increased and reached an all-time high of 77.9 years. The gap between life expectancy for males and females has narrowed and black males are expected to reach an average of 70 years.
External linkpdf file Effects of Vitamin D and Calcium on Health [PDF | 6MB]
This 408-page report released by the federal Agency for Health Research Quality looks at the impact of Vitamin D and calcium on several factors, such as a person’s growth and various types of disease and chronic health conditions.
External link Hearing Loss Study Tries to Prevent the Norm Exit Disclaimer
A Vanderbilt University study finds that most young people and adults would turn down their music or wear protective ear gear if it was suggested by a professional. The study found that half of respondents had experienced symptoms of hearing loss at some point in time.
External link Using Baking Soda to Improve Health Exit Disclaimer
A study of 134 patients found that a small dose of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) helped slow down the decline of kidney function in patients who also underwent regular treatment for kidney failure.
External link HIV meds may Curtail HepB Exit Disclaimer
Researchers have found that the prolonged use of highly active antiretroviral therapy treatments by those with HIV also benefits individuals who are also infected with Hepatitis B and protects them from negative effects, such as liver damage.
External link Blacks Claim Top Spot for Obesity
Obesity rates have risen across the nation, but blacks have the highest rates of obesity, about 50 percent higher than other ethnic groups. Hispanics have the second highest obesity prevalence rate at 21 percent.
External link Childhood Obesity linked to Parent Exit Disclaimer
A study in the International Journal of Obesity finds that childhood obesity is strongly linked to behavioral habits of the parent with the same gender versus being a solely genetically-driven condition
External link Alzheimer’s Conference sheds light on Factors Exit Disclaimer
Research presented at the 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s suggest a link between post traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s and an inverse relationship between exercise and Alzheimer’s.
External link Generic Drugs: Weigh Your Options Exit Disclaimer
A neurologist cautions people to wisely consider when generic drugs may be more beneficial to take instead of just a cheaper option
External link Foods We Eat Responsible for Hunger Exit Disclaimer
Research out of the University of Cincinnati finds that it may be the foods we eat that activate the hormone that causes us to become hungry.
External link Cutting Carbs May Stunt Tumors Exit Disclaimer
At the Duke Prostate Center, urologists are looking at the relationship between a decrease in carbohydrate consumption and a decrease in the growth of prostate tumors.
External link Healthy Lifestyles on the Decline Exit Disclaimer
An article in the June issue of The American Journal of Medicine finds that healthy habits have not only decreased, but there has been an increase in unhealthy practices among Americans.
External link Factors Influencing Prostate Cancer Exit Disclaimer
A study from the Josephine Ford Cancer Center found that prostate cancer seemed more likely to return for patients who had a low oxygen supply around the tumor.
External link Exercise as Medicine Exit Disclaimer
Doctors and the American College of Sports Medicine are encouraging individuals and their physicians to turn to recommendations of physical activity in order to help combat chronic diseases and promote health.
External link Salt and Summer Foods Exit Disclaimer
Doctors at the University of Cincinnati are reminding people to be aware of what they eat during the summer months, especially when it comes to salt intake from prepared foods and the affect it can have on a person’s blood pressure.
External link Routine Screening Process May Waste Time Exit Disclaimer
Research from a University of Cincinnati neurologist finds that valuable time is lost when patients who experienced severe strokes are screened using computed tomography angioplasty, which could result in a greater chance of death or disability.
External link Study Shows Alcohol Consumption Persists
A 15-year CDC study found that, on average, one out of eight women consumes alcohol during pregnancy and that number has not decreased, despite warnings from the surgeon general.
External link The importance of Stretching Exit Disclaimer
A University of Cincinnati orthopedist breaks down the essentials of stretching for athletes and those who put their muscles through day-to-day strains.
External link Veterans’ Risk of Prostate Cancer Exit Disclaimer
A study out of the Medical College of Georgia found that males exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War were more likely to have a higher risk of prostate cancer aggressively returning.
External link Breathalyzer-like Device Detects GI troubles Exit Disclaimer
A new testing device from the University of Cincinnati is being used to detect the growth of bacteria inside the gastrointestinal tract from a person’s breath.
External link Circumcision Decrease Risk of Transmission
An NIH study conducted in Uganda found that circumcision decreased males’ chances of contracting the human papillomavirus and the herpes virus, which causes genital warts.
External link Weight Loss Obtainable for Obese Adults
A study in the Feb. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and funded by NIH, shows that diets low in calories with heart-friendly foods lead to sustained weight loss in overweight and obese adults.
External link Parents are Key Factor in Obesity Exit Disclaimer
Researchers out of UCLA have found that a strong link to teens and obesity is the amount and types of food they consume because they follow their parents’ eating habits.
External link Preventing Kidney Stones Exit Disclaimer
Physicians are sending out reminders for people to make sure they get enough water during the holidays to prevent kidney stones. Small, but painful kidney stones develop when salts and chemicals crystallize and build up inside the kidneys so they are not able to leave the body with a person’s urine. The rate of kidney stones is higher in men.
External link Views of Alcohol, Coercion Vary Greatly for Boys, Girls Exit Disclaimer
A UK study found that boys and girls opinions varied greatly when presented with different scenarios about teens having sex and when it may be acceptable to for a person to be forced into having intercourse. The use of alcohol as a means to getting a person’s way was viewed as acceptable in the boys’ focus groups.
External link Messages lead to Unwanted Results Exit Disclaimer
Ads meant to increase the number of minorities seeking cancer screening have backfired due to negative messages, according to research published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
External link Study Reveals Increases in Cancer Disparities Exit Disclaimer
A study from the American Cancer Society finds that a decrease in cancer disparities is due to progress in cancers related to smoking. However, disparity rates related to screening and treatment may be on the rise.
External link Other Foods offer Protection against Bone Loss Exit Disclaimer
A diet high in fruit and vegetable consumption can also strengthen the bones, according to a new study being prepped for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
External link Health Literacy Alters Transplant Rates Exit Disclaimer
The lower the health literacy rate of a person with kidney disease, the less likely that person is to receive a kidney transplant, according to a study in the January 2009 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
External link Gene Therapy Shows Promise Exit Disclaimer
Scientists have successfully injected a corrective gene into a mouse with a form of sickle cell that later showed no difference from a normal mouse, according to an article in Molecular Therapy.
External link Fertility Patients shows Concerns about Unused Embryos Exit Disclaimer
In a study by researchers from Duke University Medical Center, more than 1,000 fertility patients were surveyed and found to have varying viewpoints of what should be done with their frozen embryos after having successful pregnancies.
External link Hepatitis C Treatment Reduces the Virus but Liver Damage Continues
A study funded by NIH found that even when Hepatitis C was treated in patients, the progression of serious liver disease continued despite a decrease in a person’s viral count and inflammation of the liver.
External link Researchers find Target for Sickle Cell Therapy
Researchers have pinpointed the gene that impacts the formation of hemoglobin and could modify the production of the oxygen-carrying protein in people with sickle cell disease and thalassemia. The study is in the online Dec. 4 issue of Science.
External link Secondhand smoke raises odds of fertility problems in women Exit Disclaimer
Females exposed to secondhand smoke, at any age, are more likely to be infertile and experience miscarriages, according to a report from scientists at the University of Rochester.
External link Exposed Newborns More Difficult to Soothe Exit Disclaimer
Research from the Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI found that the same babies who experience low birth weight and a higher risk of SIDS because of exposure to cigarette smoke while in the womb, are also less likely to be self soothe and are more irritable. The study, which looked at 56 babies, is published in the online edition of the Journal of Pediatrics.
External link Monitoring Needed for Kidney Injuries Exit Disclaimer
People who have experienced damage to their kidneys or those who have had kidney surgery can be a increased risk for chronic kidney disease, according to a study appearing in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
External link Good Genes Make a Difference Exit Disclaimer
A study appearing in the November issue of the Journal of American Geriatric Society found that people whose parents lived to be 97, had decreased chances of developing chronic diseases.
External link Gender plays a Role Exit Disclaimer
A study presented at the 2008 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology suggests that a persons’ gender helps determine the likelihood of survival for patients with lung cancer.
External link Hypertension Linked to Environment Exit Disclaimer
A study out of John Hopkins University and published in the November issue of Social Science and Medicine found that disparities in hypertension were decreased when the groups being compared to each other came from the same environments.
External link Exercise Curbs Stroke Effects Exit Disclaimer
In the Oct. 21 issue of Neurology, researchers found that people who had some sort of physical activity before having a stroke, were less likely to have a severe stroke and more likely to have a better recovery.
External link Low-Carb Diets alter Liver Fuction Exit Disclaimer
A study appearing in the November issue of Hepatology has found that if a person is on a low-carbohydrate diet, the liver will rely on other substances to produce glucose at an increased rate.
External link Study of boys who commit dating violence Exit Disclaimer
A qualitative study, which appeared in the September issue of the American Journal of Men’s Health, focuses on the lives of teen boys who are violent toward girls. Several common themes among the boys studied were witnessing violence in the home, failing in school and family troubles.
External link Gender-specific testing needed in stress studies Exit Disclaimer
An Australian report featured recently in European Journal of Neuroscience finds that male and female mice respond differently to stress tests even after being introduced to stress reducers. Researchers believe that this may signal a need for gender-specific testing in human stress studies.
External link Spinal Cord injuries Exit Disclaimer
An upcoming study at the University of Cincinnati is looking at whether mentally “rehearsing” physical movements can help improve the recovery results of spinal cord injury patients. The multi-year study is funded by NIH and will take place in Cincinnati.
External link Nonsmoking males live longer Exit Disclaimer
Men who have never smoked still live longer, healthier lives than men who have quit smoking, according to an article in the Oct. 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
External link Death Rate 70 Percent Lower at Top Hospitals Exit Disclaimer
The annual health grade for American hospitals was released Monday Oct. 14, taking into account data from the past three years. Results showed that although hospitals have made improvements to decrease mortality rates, the top hospitals were still ahead, decreasing their death rate by 70 percent.
External link Families Benefit from Sports Exit Disclaimer
This study involving more than 2,000 students and 800 parents found that communication is often better in families whose children play sports and that girls living in urban settings are less likely to have opportunities to play.
External link Immune Systems Tracks Herpes Virus Exit Disclaimer
In the Oct. 10 issue of Science, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine challenge the idea that the Herpes Simplex Virus I, which can cause cold sores, blindness and lethal encephalitis, is invisible to the immune system. Instead, the scientists believe the virus is constantly watched by the immune system, which keeps it from spreading.
External link Movement Necessary for Patients Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at John Hopkins University Medical School are recommending further study into the effects of prolonged bed rest for patients in intensive care units. In an Oct. 8 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers note that keeping patients sedated while on bed rest can lead to weakened muscles and possibly physical impairment after being released from the hospital.
External link High-Risk Habits Linked to Lack of Awareness [PDF, 17KB] Exit Disclaimer
In a study published in the August 2008 issue of The Journal of Urology, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that the more men participated in unhealthy habits like smoking, the less they were aware of the Prostate Specific Antigen or the importance of having a PSA test.
External link Low Testosterone Levels Evident in Diabetic Men Exit Disclaimer
Doctors at the University at Buffalo are ready to publish their research in the online edition of Diabetes Care, detailing their study that found lowered testosterone levels in men with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers point out that this doesn’t affect their reproductive futures, but their bone mass and overall maintenance of diabetes.
External link Viagra’s Added Benefits Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at Queen’s University are looking to isolate an enzyme in Viagra, a drug that treats erectile dysfunction and its related cause, pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs), in order to prevent platelets in certain areas from building up and possibly causing a heart attack or stroke.
External link Healing the Effects of Stroke Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at Loyola University are studying ways to return mobility to people who have experienced debilitating strokes up to days and months after the incident. Trials of Nogo-A treatments, which jumpstarts nerve fibers in the brain and was developed for victims of spinal cord injuries, are expected to begin in 2012.

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