Jul 6 2011

Public Health News Roundup: July 6

Healthy Living May Reduce Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that maintaining a healthy lifestyle—including not smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a low body weight, eating a healthy diet and moderate alcohol intake--may substantially reduce a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death. Researchers reviewed 26 years of data on over 80,000 women enrolled in The Nurses’ Health Study.

Prolonged Sitting May Increase Blood Clot Risk in Women

And a second study also suggests more active living may prevent a serious condition or death. A new study in the British Medical Journal finds that women who sit for extended periods of time everyday may be three times as likely to develop a blood clot in their lungs as active women.

You are What You Tweet

Twitter allows millions of social media fans to comment in 140 characters or fewer on about just about anything: an actor’s outlandish behavior, an earthquake’s tragic toll or the great taste of a grilled cheese sandwich. But by sifting through this busy flood of banter, is it possible to track important public health trends?

Adult Vaccine Boosters May Reduce Whooping Cough in Babies

A new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine suggests that making sure adult care givers are sufficiently vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis) vaccinations might prevent outbreaks in babies too young to have had their full series of vaccines for the disease.

Smaller, Rural Hospitals Provide Lower Quality of Care

Small rural hospitals in the U.S. provide lower quality care and have worse patient outcomes than larger hospitals, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers reviewed data on close to 5,000 hospitals that serve Medicare patients.

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