Sep 26 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: September 26

Rural Women Face Greater Intimate Partner Violence, Less Access to Resources

Researchers from the University of Iowa College of Public Health recently published a study that found that women in rural areas are at greater risk of intimate partner violence, higher rates of HPV and severity of physical abuse than women in urban areas. The researchers, who published their findings in the Journal of Women’s Health, also found that more than 25% of women in rural and isolated areas were more than 40 miles from the closest abuse assistance services, compared with less than 1 percent of urban women.

Genetic Differences May Explain Some Uncontrolled Asthma

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that as many as forty percent of people with asthma may not respond to inhaled steroids because of genetic differences that impact their response to the drugs. For those with a genetic predisposition to uncontrolled asthma, management of environmental risks and triggers may be even more important.

Diabetes-Free Life Expectancy Has Decreased For People Who Are Obese

A new study in the journal Diabetes Care finds that years of life spent dealing with diabetes has increased since the 1980s for men and women who are obese. On average, obese men now have 5.6 more years of life with the disease; obese women have 2.5 more years.

More Young Adults Report Mental Health Concerns; Fewer Seek Care

A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of young adults who report mental health disabilities, but also an increase in the number of people not seeking medical attention for mental health concerns, because of cost concerns.

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