More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments, according to two new World Health Organization (WHO) reports, which note that indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene take the lives of 1.7 million children under the age of 5.
Today is World Hearing Day, a day aimed at raising awareness and promoting ear and hearing care around the world. The theme for this year’s World Hearing Day is ‘Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment’. This aims to draw attention to the economic impact of hearing loss and cost effectiveness of interventions to address it.
At toxic cleanup sites across the country, environmental agencies have allowed groundwater contamination to go untreated and slowly diminish over time—a strategy that saves money for polluters but could cost taxpayers dearly and jeopardize drinking water supplies.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) program is an asset to your employees, your customers and guests. An AED ensures your facility is ready to handle a cardiac emergency. Having one close at hand is the best chance for survival for a sudden cardiac arrest victim.
Experimental evidence confirms what surveys have long suggested: Physicians are more likely to prescribe antibiotics when they believe there is a high expectation of it from their patients, even if they think the probability of bacterial infection is low and antibiotics would not be effective, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association (APA).
American Heart Association warns of “crushing”economic burden
February 17, 2017
A new study,by the American Heart Association (AHA), projects that if left unchecked, cardiovascular disease (CVD) will place a crushing burden on the nation’s financial and health care systems affecting 131.2 million Americans -- 45 percent of the total U.S. population – and costing $1.1 trillion.
A new study led by American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers in collaboration with leading experts concludes that physical activity should be routinely assessed during the doctor-patient encounter, and that clinicians should design in collaboration with their patients a detailed physical activity plan with goals that should be set and monitored. The study uses concepts from public health and behavioral economics to provide practical advice to clinicians on effective counseling to patients. The study appears early online in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
A Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil may enhance the cardioprotective benefits of high-density lipoproteins (HDL—the “good” cholesterol) compared to other diets, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) journal Circulation.
New York City’s chain restaurants failed last week in their effort to overturn a city rule requiring warning about high-sodium menu items. The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division upheld the rules set by the city’s Board of Health, finding that it was “well within its authority” to require warnings about menu items that contained more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the federally recommended daily allowance.
When consumers of the multi-billion dollar dietary supplements industry hear about violations exposed in FDA inspections, they may presume that supplements are regulated in a manner similar to pharmaceuticals, given that the FDA is tasked with regulating both. Control of dietary supplements, in fact, differs significantly from that of prescription and over-the-counter medications in ways consumers should understand.