Sep 27 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: September 27

New Report Finds More People Worldwide Overweight than Hungry

The World Disasters Report from the International Federation of the Red Cross finds the number of overweight people in the word—one billion—tops the 925 million who are undernourished.

Not Enough Sleep Increases Risky Behaviors in Teenagers

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 70 percent of high school students get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep per night for this age group, based on responses to the 2007 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Students who reported insufficient sleep were more likely to engage in health-risk behavior than students who reported sufficient sleep, including low physical activity, cigarette smoking, alcohol use, physical fights and unsafe sexual behavior.

New Vaccine Recommendations

The current issue of Pediatrics includes articles that detail new recommendations for the polio, Tdap and Hepatitis B vaccines. This update brings the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations in line with those of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Some of the new recommendations include:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine for all household members and close contacts of an adopted child from a country with high rates of hepatitis A.
  • A single dose of Tdap for children 7 through 10 years of age who were under-immunized or who have an incomplete vaccine history.
  • Vaccinations for adults at risk of exposure and new guidelines for immunocompromised children.

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