Apr 21 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: April 21

Motorcycle Deaths Decline

Motorcycle deaths fell by 2% last year, after almost a decade of yearly increases. A study published by the Governors Highway Safety Association credits the change to increased helmet usage, a decrease in overall speed, less drinking and driving and better training for bikers.

How Fit Are Parents Of Young Children?

A Pediatrics study finds that mothers are more likely to drink sugared beverages and consume more calories and fat than women who don’t have kids and that mothers and fathers have lower levels of physical activity than men and women who are not parents.

Improving Health Communication Between Women and their Doctors

Patient health literacy is a continuing health concern in the U.S. The American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has just released communications recommendations for their members that include: keep messages simple, don’t use jargon and tailor health instructions for each individual.

Preterm Birth Increases Risk of ADHD

A new study in the journal Pediatrics found that babies born prematurely are at increased risk for developing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, with the greatest risk for babies born between 23 and 28 weeks.

High Levels of Flame Retardants Seen in Blood Samples of Mexican-American Children

A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that blood levels of flame retardants among Mexican-American children living in California were seven times higher than among similarly aged children living in Mexico. The researchers suspect that the chemicals leached out of products and and were transmitted to the children through house dust.

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