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Health Beats: April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011 | Ginny



Beats this week:

1) Happy April blogosphere! Spring isn’t the only thing we’re celebrating at Erie this week – we are also commemorating National Public Health Week (April 4th – 10th)! This year, the American Public Health Association is promoting the theme ‘Safety is No Accident’ and advocating Americans everywhere to take the proper precautions in their homes and workplaces to avoid potential injuries.

2) Research currently underway is showing that by examining cells found in women’s breast milk, future breast cancer risk may be able to be identified. Although the research is still in its infancy, it may show promise in the future. To read more, click here.

3) The U.S. teen pregnancy rate for 2009 (the latest year for which data is available) is at its lowest since data began being recorded 70 years ago. Although over 400,000 American teenage girls give birth a year, according to the Center for Disease Control, overall, the teen birth rate has fallen by 37% in the last twenty years.

4) While smoking is definitely a dangerous habit for one’s health, second hands smoke is proving to be extremely damaging as well – especially in children. Researchers at the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine recently published a study which found that children and teens routinely exposed to second hand smoke may be at greater risk for mental disorders such as ADHD, depression and anxiety.

5) Think you can sneak away from calorie counting by eating out? Not so fast. New FDA proposals will require restaurants to clearly post calorie content next to each item on their menu. These new requirements would affect chain restaurants with more than 20 locations, bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and coffee shop chains.

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