Jun 7 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: June 7

Risky Behaviors More Likely Among Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Teens

Students who report being gay, lesbian or bisexual are more likely than heterosexual students to engage in unhealthy risk behaviors including tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual risk behaviors, suicidal behaviors, and violence, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers analyzed data from youth risk behavior surveys conducted between 2001–2009 in seven states and six urban school districts.

Wildfires, Tornadoes, Floods; Are Hurricanes Next?

The United States is bracing for a rough hurricane season, and budget cuts in disaster preparedness have some experts concerned.

Low Blood Sugar Episodes Impact Work Days for People with Diabetes

Nearly one in five people with diabetes frequently miss hours of works each month because of low blood sugar episodes, according to a new study in the journal Value of Health. The study was based on a survey of over 1,000 people with diabetes in the U.S., Great Britain, France and Germany.

March of Dimes Begins New Healthy Baby Campaign

“Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” is a new campaign from the March of Dimes to encourage women having healthy pregnancies to let labor to begin on its own, rather than schedule a C-section. March of Dimes officials say that the campaign wants to dispel the myth that it's safe to schedule a delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy without a medical need. Only 25 percent of women know a full-term pregnancy should last at least 39 weeks, according to research published in the December 2009 issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

HRSA HIV/AIDS Clinical Care Guide Now Online

The updated Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care, published in January 2011, is now available online. The guide is a comprehensive directory for health professionals treating patients with HIV/AIDS. Information in the guide includes updates on testing, patient assessment and medications.

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