Jun 23 2011

Public Health News Roundup: June 23

Blame Fries, Chips, Soda and Red Meat for U.S. Obesity Epidemic

The New England Journal of Medicine has some compelling though hardly surprising data about the obesity epidemic in the U.S. A study by Harvard researchers finds that the crisis is fueled by too little exercise and over-consumption of certain foods including sweetened beverages, potato chips and French fries.

Driving While Buzzed: No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe Behind the Wheel

A new study published in the journal Addiction suggests that there is no such thing as a safe BAC, and that driving after consuming even a small amount of alcohol — just one beer, for instance — is associated with incapacitating injury and death.

Smoking During Pregnancy Could Increase Heart Risks for Kids Later On

Mothers who smoked in pregnancy are more likely to have children with lower levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol, according to a new study in the European Heart Journal. The lower levels may increase the risk of having a heart attack later in life.

Federal Agency Launches Survey on Health Risks Tied to Water at Military Base

The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) is sending a health survey to more than 300,000 people who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune or Camp Pendleton in California before 1986. (Camp Pendleton was chosen for comparison purposes.) The agency is investigating diseases that may be associated with chemical exposures related to water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base camp. The survey was mandated by Congress, and results are expected in early 2014.

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