Public Health News Roundup: June 6
The New York Times has reported that organically grown sprouts appear to be the culprit food source in the German e.coli outbreak. Four people have died and thousands have fallen ill, including four Americans who recently traveled to Germany. The Food and Drug Administration also announced, in an email to reporters late Sunday evening, that it was stepping up inspections of imported lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprouts.
This June marks thirty years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the U.S. and worldwide, and the news about the disease is encouraging. The number of new HIV cases reported each year fell 25% between 2001 and 2009, according to a press release from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Researchers say they attribute the drop in HIV cases to safer sex behaviors among men and women, in part because of increased awareness and prevention campaigns.
Latinos trying to quit smoking may be more successful if they have a partner to provide support, according to researchers at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. The study, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, included 131 Latino smokers. Over 75% were female and smoked an average of 11 cigarettes a day. The participants also averaged three quit attempts.
A new, though small, study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine finds that morning exercise may improve night time sleep habits, according to a news release issued by the College. Researchers at the Appalachian State University studied the effects of exercise timing on the sleep patterns of six male and three female study participants. Each was monitored on a treadmill three times—in the early morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. At night, each wore a sleep-monitoring headband to measure sleep stage time and quality of sleep. Using data from the sleep monitors, researchers found that morning exercisers had greater rates of light and deep sleep and a 20 percent increase in sleep cycle frequency. Increased sleep has been linked to improve health factors, including increased weight loss for people trying to lose weight.